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Oliver Pritchard

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Business services department.


Partner, Oliver, is a corporate and commercial specialist in the health and social care sector, advising public, private and third sector healthcare organisations.

He heads up the firm’s independent health team, which in 2017 and 2018 was shortlisted for three Health Investor awards and the “Legal Advisor of the Year” award at the LaingBuisson Independent Healthcare Awards.

Recent work has included advising the selling shareholders on the sale of specialist autism care provider The Hesley Group to Antin Infrastructure Partners; advising Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on its £650m merger with Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and advising management on the sale of 4Ways Healthcare to ECI Partners. 

Oliver has advised on national statutory guidance on governance matters for the healthcare sector and regularly provides advice and training to Boards of both public and private sector healthcare organisations on a range of corporate, commercial and governance legal issues.


Trained Browne Jacobson; qualified 2000; partner Browne Jacobson 2008. Has published various articles in health and social care sector publications.


Thetford Grammar School; Cambridge University (Social and political science 2(1); Phil Social Theory); Nottingham Law School (PGDL; LPC distinction).


Sailing, triathlon, tennis, qualified FA soccer coach, vice-chair of the governors of The West Bridgford Academy Secondary School.

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

Within: Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

Regional heavyweight Browne Jacobson LLP has considerable strength in  in both corporate and commercial matters. On the corporate side, the practice's expertise covers international acquisitions and disposals, acting for management teams and private equity houses in private equity transactions, and assisting small to large local businesses with high-profile transactions. It also has a strong track record in corporate reorganisations. The intellectual property and IT sectors are core areas of focus of the commercial practice, with the recent arrival of Selina Hinchliffe from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP bolstering the group’s transactional intellectual property offering. While the team’s experience spans a wide range of sectors, it has especially strong expertise in the public and healthcare sectors. Gavin Cummings, head of business services, and corporate partner Richard Cox jointly head the practice. In a recent highlight, Cox led the team acting for the sellers on the secondary buyout of Addo Food Group, backed by LDC and Fullbrook Thorpe Investments. In another highlight, involving cross-border issues between England and Spain, a team under the leadership of Nigel Blackwell advised the members of Catalyst Corporate Finance Group on the sale of their interests in the group to Alantra Partners. On the commercial side, Paula Dumbill and Birmingham-based practitioner Richard Nicholas assisted Triumph Motorcycles with its worldwide dealer template agreement, which involved co-ordinating local law expertise in seventeen different jurisdictions. Health expert Oliver Pritchard, finance specialist Mark Hughes and data protection expert Helena Wootton are also noted. Other clients include The National Trust, Albumedix and Eurocell.

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East Midlands: Public sector


Within: Health

Browne Jacobson LLP primarily advises clients from the public sector such as NHS trusts, but increasingly undertakes work for independent health providers. In addition to its impressive track record in the health sector, the team also handles social care mandates. Practice head Simon Tait recently handled a substantial number of governance-related matters, including in relation to mergers or sustainability and transformation partnerships. Oliver Pritchard advised the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on its proposed £650m merger with Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, including full pre-merger due diligence, and governance structure and employment advice, while Tait represented the client in an investigation and subsequent inquest into the death of a two-year-old from meningitis.

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London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

Browne Jacobson LLP¬†'s ‚Äėhighly recommended‚Äô healthcare practice handles a range of work, including public/private partnerships, social care, and ehealth work. The Manchester office recruited Gerard Hanratty¬† from Capsticks LLP;¬†he continues to advise several CCGs on a ¬£2bn merger in the West Midlands. Simon Tait¬†leads the national practice and specialises in contentious matters; he recently represented Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in an inquest into the death of a one-day-old baby from cerebral infarction. Clinical negligence expert¬†Matthew Trinder¬† joined in October 2017 from¬†BLM. Corporate and commercial specialist Oliver Pritchard¬†advised Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on a ¬£650m merger and Vision Express UK on the acquisition of 209 retail optical practices valued at ¬£55m. Ben Troke¬†leads the health and social care advisory team and Clare Auty¬† is a name to note within the independent healthcare sector.

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