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Browne Jacobson LLP’s clients include Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, NHS England and NHS Leicester City CCG. A recent highlight was acting for Raphael Healthcare in a refinancing matter. Jonathan Hayden heads the practice, while Neil Ward heads up the inquest practice.

The lawyers in Capsticks LLP team ‘are second to none’, and have recently advised a large number of healthcare providers and NHS trusts on the new inspection and enforcement regime conducted by the Care Quality Commission. Tracey Lucas is ‘an extremely effective clinical lawyer and provides high-quality advocacy at inquests’. Jacqui Atkinson is also recommended.

Recent highlights for Mills & Reeve LLP included advising Tenet Healthcare on its £144m acquisition of Aspen Healthcare, a private hospital operator, and assisting 13 national CCGs in relation to Better Care Fund Plans and the drafting of partnership agreements. Rhian Vandrill joined the team from Gowling WLG. Jill Mason is head of the Birmingham team and is recommended.

Weightmans LLP provides ‘a high level of customer focus’, according to one source, who also commends Tony Yeaman for his ‘knowledge of the local healthcare economy’, which is said to be ‘second to none.’ Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust are longstanding clients. Deborah Bannister and Jasmine Armstrong are recommended.

Sharon Renouf heads the team at Bevan Brittan LLP, which grew recently through the hires of Michael Boyd and Ashley Norman from DWF, and Richard Lane from Hugh James. A recent highlight was advising University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust on the legal aspects of its 100,000 Genomes Project. Other clients include NHS Property Services, NHS Litigation Authority and the Department of Health.

Longstanding clients of Pinsent Masons LLP include Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust, Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and the Department of Health. The team also recently advised Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust on the first healthcare PF2 project. Joanne Ellis heads the team, which recently welcomed Moad Giebaly from Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

Sydney Mitchell LLP’s team is headed by Fahmida Ismail and also includes key individual Tony Harris. The practice has a particular strength in assisting sole practitioners and GPs.

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