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Gill Weatherill

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Health regulatory and public law.


Gill has been providing specialist healthcare advice to a wide range of NHS bodies and healthcare professionals since qualifying as a solicitor in 2000. She specialises in mental health law, capacity and consent, DoLs, confidentiality and information governance, inquests, judicial review and serious untoward incident investigations. Gill advises both acute and mental health Trusts on complex treatment issues, including the implications of and overlap between the MCA and MHA jurisdictions. This has often included the use of declaratory proceedings. Gill has a detailed knowledge of mental health law, and has advised mental health Trusts in the context of SUI’s, public inquiries, and complex MHRT proceedings; in addition to the general provisions and difficulties associated with the complex and rapidly changing mental health law framework. She also has a particular interest in patient confidentiality, with expertise in the obligations imposed by the common law duty of confidentiality, the DPA, the FOIA and professional obligations. Gill has also represented Trusts in a wide range of inquests, including prison deaths and other jury inquests. Gill has delivered training throughout her professional career to a wide range of healthcare professionals. She also lectures on the Mental Health and Medical Law LLM courses at Northumbria University, and is an external examiner on the Information Governance LLM.


Trained Eversheds LLP; solicitor 2000; associate 2006; associate Beachcroft LLP (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) 2008; partner 2013.


Law Society. Visiting lecturer to Northumbria University (LLM in Medical law and LLM in Mental Health).


Sheffield University (BA (Hons) Politics); College of Law, York (LLP).

London: Private client

Court of protection

Within: Court of protection

At DAC Beachcroft LLP  Newcastle-based Gill Weatherill heads a ‘very responsive’ team. The national team advises NHS and independent providers of health social care services as well as local authority commissioners of care. In a complex case the team brought a court of protection (High Court) application on behalf of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust seeking a best interests’ declaration. This was in respect of the proposed surgical clearance of all of an incapable patient’s teeth. The patient was a Syrian refugee with learning disabilities who was non-verbal and had witnessed the torture of his brother in Syria by way of forced tooth extraction. Senior associate Jemma Gillson  is also recommended.

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Gill Weatherill - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Within: Health

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘top-drawer team’ consists of ‘high-quality people’, who are all ‘very responsive’ and well equipped to guide private and public health sector clients through the full range of strategic, commercial, regulatory and employment law matters. Legal director Alison Walton acted for the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in challenging a procurement run by North Tyneside CCG for urgent care services, and healthcare regulatory practice head Gill Weatherill assisted North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust with a Court of Protection application seeking a best interests declaration pertaining to proposed surgical clearance. Other key individuals include legal director and main contact for commercial health work Louise Watson-Jones  and employment and pensions team head Guy Bredenkamp. Senior associate and criminal regulatory lawyer Anna Hart joined the team from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in April 2017 and has particular expertise in advising public and private sector health and social care providers on crisis management and serious investigations conducted by the police, Care Quality Commission and other regulators.

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