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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Noel Wardle

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Healthcare


Noel advises a wide range of healthcare clients, in particular pharmacists and dentists, on matters which include disciplinary proceedings, judicial reviews, criminal investigations and prosecutions (including fraud), NHS England disputes and inquests. He has particular expertise advising pharmacists and pharmacy owners on the complex rules relating to NHS market entry and market exit, including conducting advocacy at NHS Litigation Authority appeal hearings. Noel also acts for clients in the pharmaceuticals industry, with particular expertise on "close to market" regulation.

He is a guest lecturer for the law and ethics module at several UK Schools of Pharmacy. Noel also has expertise advising clients in relation to regulatory investigations and prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards and the Environment Agency.

Noel is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience highlights:

  • Advised a pharmacy organisation on its response to a Government consultation on proposed changes to allow hub and spoke dispensing
  • Represented a pharmacist at a GPhC fitness to practise hearing which was dismissed by the Committee at the end of hearing the Council’s case on the grounds that the Council’s witnesses had misled the Committee and fabricated evidence
  • Acted for a construction company being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for breaches of the Asbestos Regulations which exposed workers to asbestos fibres
  • Successful application for a new pharmacy contract in relation to a housing development in Gloucestershire. The application had strong local support which we were able to evidence, but was opposed by local pharmacy owners and dispensing doctors. Part of the argument put forward by interested parties included a legal technicality that would have forced the NHS to refuse the new pharmacy application, which we successfully defended
  • Represented a UK pharmacy company in relation to alleged unlawful activity regarding supplies of medicines to patients in the US

London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†continues to be a dominant force in the market; the practices's particular expertise in pharmacy law has certainly helped it stand-out in the market and¬†attract key clients in the¬†pharmaceutical sector.¬†¬†Tim Jenkins¬† jointly lead the practise which includes David Reissner¬† and¬†Noel Wardle¬†both of whom¬† have ‚Äėunrivalled‚Äô expertise in pharmacy and healthcare regulatory law. Wardle is currently advising a large online pharmacy company on multiple challenges relating to its online operations in several jurisdictions. Michael Lingens¬†‚Äôs notable expertise in corporate finance and transactional work includes advising the shareholders of Minster and Croftwood Care Groups on the ¬£149m sale and leaseback of 56 elderly residential care homes to Impact Healthcare REIT plc. Jenkins assisted Juno Health Ltd purchase of the entire issued share capital of Ashchem Chemists, a group of 15 pharmacies in North-East England. Jonathan Steele continues to advise BUPA Dental Care and Dentex Healthcare Group on M&A work.

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