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The six-partner group at Capsticks LLP is the ‘leading light of healthcare law’ and is headed by Leeds-based employment practitioner Rachael Heenan. Notably in 2016/17, Heenan has been leading on the high-profile junior doctors’ contract case on behalf of NHS Employers in both the judicial review proceedings and in the finalising of the contract. NHS England is a key client for the firm, but the team has also been instructed by private sector bodies that provide health and social care services throughout England. The firm is also one of the largest suppliers of legal services to GP partnerships, and is active in the healthcare insurance market. Lisa Geary is recommended for real estate matters and has a ‘knack of explaining complex legal issues in a straightforward and helpful way’; she has recently been advising Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust on the property aspects of the re-tendering of a services contract provided across five sites in the East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire area, and has been assisting Great Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation with due diligence related to the acquisition of Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust. Ian Cooper is the key name for Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection, regulation and enforcement by the CEOs of many NHS Trusts across England, and recently advised the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust on published ratings by the CQC, with a successful challenge to nine specific ratings.

The health sector team at DAC Beachcroft LLP in Leeds is led by Eve Gregory and advises NHS Trusts on a range of matters, such as new care models, governance and patient issues. Gregory acts for a substantial number of public sector clients in relation to real estate matters, including The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, for which she has recently been advising on issues relating to the conditional strategic disposal of part of a hospital site in Leeds to the Homes and Communities Agency and its developers. Charlotte Burnett leads the public law and regulatory team across the north and advises on commercial integration and primary care law issues. The firm is also instructed by the NHS Litigation Authority to advise the Family Health Services Appeal Unit on appeals, the majority of which relate to pharmacy relocations. The team also represent clients in inquests, most notably this year defending Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in the first-ever prosecution of an NHS Trust for corporate manslaughter.

Head of commercial Adrian Parker leads Hempsons’ health and social care department, which draws expertise from the corporate commercial, health and social care advisory, employment, healthcare litigation and real estate practices. The health and social care advisory team provides support and advice across a spectrum of issues and acts for NHS organisations as well as private, charity and third sector social care clients. Andrew Davidson has been promoted to head of employment in the north and acts for NHS clients such as Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust and London North West Healthcare NHS Trust. Work for GP practices and individual practitioners is led by recently promoted head of GP services in the north Ross Clark, whose recent highlights include assisting with the merging of GP practices and the establishment of federations and provider organisations across the country. Adrienne D’Arcy heads litigation for healthcare clients, and the firm also has dedicated procurement litigators on the disputes team. As a whole, the department is highly regarded for its ability to keep ‘up to date with a large and fast-moving area of law’ and for combining its ‘expert knowledge with a pragmatic approach and business acumen’.

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