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Bevan Brittan LLP 's healthcare team has ‘extensive knowledge of the sector’ and is ‘proactive in its response; it always goes the extra mile'. The multi-disciplinary practice advises NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups, government bodies and private sector organisations on a wide range of healthcare, mental health, real estate and corporate matters. Practice head Sharon Renouf is praised for her ‘excellent attention to detail’; she focuses on high-value procurements for NHS clients contracting with the private sector, and counts Barts Health NHS Trust as clients. ‘Shrewd, knowledgeable and very client focused’, Carly Caton acts for NHS trust clients on private patient projects and international ventures, among other matters. Rosemary Jago leads on complex public/private partnership procurements, and is advising Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust on a complex redevelopment programme for St Mary's Hospital valued at £900m. Ian Caplan  is recommended for health-related property matters and Vincent Buscemi for commercial healthcare work.

Browne Jacobson LLP 's ‘highly recommended’ 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.

The ‘impressive’ and ‘highly experienced’ team at Fieldfisher  ‘provides a level of service that represents excellent value’. The practice specializes in private healthcare including advice on regulatory, procurement, eHealth issues and contentious cases involving NICE challenges. Department head Sarah Ellson  is ‘a well-known name in professional regulation’ and is ‘able to spot potential issues in the mass of detail’; her recent highlights include representing Roche Products on appeal proceedings against a NICE appraisal that refused to extend the use of Esbriet on the NHS. The team is known for advising regulators such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority on matters such as gene editing and mitochondrial donation. Debbie Nicholson regularly advises commercial clients such as the Online Clinic UK in relation to contentious and non-contentious Care Quality Commission matters. Alison Dennis is highly recommended for life sciences work, and Holly Bontoft is singled out for regulatory matters.

Hempsons' ‘outstanding’ specialist health and social care practice handles a wide range of healthcare regulatory, life sciences and corporate work for an impressive roster of clients including NHS trusts, the Care Quality Commission, and  private and third sector providers. Key contacts within the sizeable team are Christian Dingwall, who has ‘unrivalled experience’ in NHS governance and services configuration; recent work includes advising NHS Burley CCG on putting in place interim alliance contracting arrangements, and Manchester Primary Care Providers relating to the establishment of the Manchester Local Care Organisation with its partners (Manchester CC and the Manchester acute and mental health trusts). Miriam Farley focuses on clinical negligence and high value brain injury claims, while Ian Hempseed  advises charities and social enterprises, and counts The Health and Work Community Interest Company (Syngentis) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as clients. Jamie Foster has notable experience in the management of complex projects and transactions, having recently advised on the merger of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHSFT and University Hospital South Manchester NHSFT. Other contacts to note are Janie Barber in healthcare regulatory and employment and Tania Francis  specialises in advising healthcare practitioners.

Mills & Reeve LLP's team is led by Bridget Archibald and is praised for its ‘proactive approach and a great understanding of the NHS industry'. The practice has extensive expertise in healthcare M&A, commercial NHS work and technology. Julian Smith  and Duncan Astill advised US-based investors the Nashville Healthcare Council and Tenet Healthcare on entry into the UK healthcare market through joint ventures and acquisitions. The ‘impressive ’ Jill Mason  heads the health care and mental health group and recently acted for a South East CCG in designing a home care package for a patient with complex requirements, as well as for a charity care home in Court of Protection proceedings. Commercial specialist Kevin Calder  continues to work with the Department of Health on high-value commercial projects. Peter Wainman is advising Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust on procurement of two new interconnecting IT systems. Jill Weston and Sarah Garrood ‘have years of experience and are highly recommended’ for mental health and regulatory work, and Stuart Knowles  is ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ in clinical governance and inquests. James Fry  joined the team from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  in September 2017 to lead the life sciences practice.

Addleshaw Goddard's healthcare practice spans the public sector infrastructure, social care, private healthcare and life sciences sectors and counts NHS England, BUPA and TC Biopharm among its clients. Practice head Michael O’Connor is a ‘pragmatic and creative thinker’ who specialises in healthcare transactions. Recent instructions include advising The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust on estates and facilities management and the delivery of specialist cancer care hospital in Liverpool valued at £160m. Matthew Newing  has an ‘impressive breadth of knowledge’ in healthcare development and investment transactions; he is continuing to advise Kajima Partnerships and Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures on a £600m development with South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust to build two new hospitals, residential and commercial facilities. Glasgow- based Murray Jack advises life sciences investors.

Bindmans LLP is  ‘extremely strong in Court of Protection, inquests, and human rights claims in the healthcare arena’. The practice has a strong focus on contentious cases; representing a range of clients in Court of Protection cases, mental health cases, disciplinary investigations in relation to healthcare professionals and actively challenging the current healthcare framework. Saimo Chahal QC (Hon)  is ‘a formidable solicitor and a tough negotiator’ with ‘outstanding depth of knowledge and experience’; she has recently acted for Omid T, a neurodegenerative disease patient in a high-profile right-to-die claim challenging the current legislation on suicide. Chahal also represents families on Article 2 inquests and mental health challenges. Charlotte Haworth Hird is extremely active in mental health and inquests; she regularly takes on advocacy work  for families whose loved ones have died in custody or whilst in the care of the state. Recently she represented the family of Melissa Mathieson, a woman with ADHD and autism who was murdered by a fellow care-home resident, and acts in several complex mental health and negligence claims against mental health providers. ‘Rising star’ Laura Hobey-Hamsher is highly recommended for cases involving human rights issues.

Bird & Bird LLP  ’s healthcare expertise spans international healthcare projects, public/private partnerships, eHealth, and healthcare M&A. Mark Hilton , Simon Shooter  and Ian Edwards  jointly lead the 26-partner healthcare and life sciences department which was joined by Stuart Cairns  from Pinsent Masons LLP in August 2017. Shooter regularly advises healthcare providers on all aspects of outsourcing and commercial operations in emerging markets; recently highlights include advising Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust on establishing a department in an existing Women's and Children's' Hospital in Abu Dhabi. Cairns and associate Chris Murray have acted for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust to deliver patient information and entertainment system - only the third Innovation Partnership to be procured within the EU. Edwards advises clients Guy's & St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust on a range of technology and commercial procurement matters. David Ayers' extensive industry experience includes running large scale transformational projects for public and private sector organisations, such as for North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust on the outsourcing of its pathology services to a joint venture between University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and The Doctors Laboratory. Associate Ben Woodfield regularly assists Ayers and Edwards and is also recommended.

Blake Morgan LLP ’s practice combines strong expertise in corporate and commercial transactions with an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare sector, acting for regulatory organisations, NHS Trusts, private healthcare and medical equipment providers. Bruce Potter leads the team and is highly experienced in public procurement projects and healthcare re-organisation. Stephen Tainsh leads the new medical technology group and advises global medical technology companies on new models of supplying equipment and software services to the NHS. Recent highlights includes advising Getinge UK  on an innovative transaction with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Allan Wilson’s expertise includes acting for NHS Trusts, CCGs and private sector clients on contentious disputes arising under the public procurement regime and in judicial review proceedings. Alison Patten-Hall advises clients on all aspects of commercial trading contracts and outsourcing projects.

Capsticks LLP  acts for public sector clients, NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers on contentious and non-contentious work such as employment issues, services reconfiguration and advising GP’s on a new code of conduct. Rachael Heenan heads the practice and advised the NHS Employers on issues surrounding GDPR regulations and on terms and conditions for consultants and clinical excellence awards. Martin Hamilton  defended the Croydon Health Services NHS Trust in a case brought on by a consultant cardiologist for dismissal and misconduct. Specialist healthcare litigator Ashley Irons  currently represents Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust on the inquest into Ian Brady’s death whilst detained under the Mental Health Act. The practice has seen several departures recently including Gemma Brannigan to Clyde & Co LLP,  Robert McGough  to Hill Dickinson LLP, Will Marshall to DWF, and Mark Jarvis  to VWV. Hugh Giles, former director of legal services from the Metropolitan Police, joined in November 2017.

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 ‘unrivalled’ 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 ’s 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.

Clyde & Co LLP  significantly strengthened their healthcare practice with the recruitment of Gemma Brannigan  from Capsticks LLP , David Hansom  from VWV   and Judith Duffin from BLM  . The ‘very responsive, knowledgeable and thorough’ team is headed by the‘powerhouse' Claire Petts who ‘has a wealth of experience’ and has represented a number of NHS Trusts on high profile inquests. Brannigan is a ‘very strong advocate’ and is also recommended for healthcare inquiries; she has  recently acted for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Trust on a clinical negligence case. Duffin advises a medical defence organisation in the highly complex ‘Deepcut barracks’ inquest. The team also acts for life sciences clients. Jacques Howell and Elizabeth Bradley are also highly recommended.

CMS' team, headed by Warren Taylor, handles M&A, transactions, complex regulatory and public sector work for clients including Nuffield Health, NHS Trusts and Johnson & Johnson.  Paul Smith  also advised Johnson & Johnson Finance Limited on their new and innovative long-term partnership with Guy’s Hospital in London to deliver a managed orthopaedic service. Further, Smith advised Assured Guaranty, US Bank and Lloyds Bank on refinancing of the teaching facility and Bexley Wing of St. James’s NHS Hospital in Leeds. Rachel Cooper  handles several investigation, clinical conduct and complaints handling of the General Optical Council. David Day and Candice Blackwood are also names to note.

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for NHS Trusts, CCGs and private healthcare providers. The practice, led by Anne Crofts,  balances commercial interests with a public sector focus to deliver innovative projects such as the first London devolution project for City & Hackney CCG to commission health and social care alongside two local authorities, and for London Central and West Unscheduled Care Collaborative on its successful bid to provide integrated urgent care and 111 services across five boroughs in North London. Crofts focuses on advising public and private providers and commissioners on innovative joint ventures, she recently assisted Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on a joint venture to establish a private patient clinic with US-based The Mayo Clinic. Hamza Drabu  advises on a broad range of commercial and public law issues. Senior associate Alistair Robertson is highly recommended for challenging public procurement decisions, as is Dean Parrett for real estate work.

Gowling WLG 's healthcare expertise spans transactions and procurement work, as well as advising care home providers on acquisitions, restructuring and outsourcing; the team also acts for public sector clients and NHS Trusts. Practice head Robert Breedon's 'experience in alliancing in the public sector is second to none’; recent instructions include advising Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on the £39m sale of two medium secure units to its wholly-owned subsidiary Summerhill Services Ltd, and Lakeside Healthcare on its merger with six other GP practices. Andrew Litchfield  is an expert within the healthcare regulatory space and Michael Lacey is recommended for corporate work and healthcare transactions.

Hill Dickinson LLP's sizeable team continues to make its mark in the healthcare sector and is regularly called on by numerous NHS and private sector clients, the team's expertise lies in complex and contentious cases, inquests and judicial review proceedings. Practice head Kiran Bhogal  is ‘particularly good at finding pragmatic solutions to clients’ problems’ and is singled out as a leading expert in complex inquests, Court of Protection cases and mental health issues; she has represented a CCG in Supreme Court proceedings raising the fundamental issue as to the dividing line between the Court of Protection (COP) and the Administrative Court. Emma Galland  ‘an accomplished solicitor advocate and gives the team real depth’ has a private healthcare focus and also acts in inquests; she is currently advising a healthcare professional at the inquest into the death of a young child who died following the administration of an overdose of anti-seizure medication. Sarah Brooke is also recommended for commercial healthcare work Robert McGough joined in August 2017 from Capsticks LLP   and co-heads the Leeds office with Mike McKenna .

The ‘extremely proactive practice’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP is jointly led by Kate Orviss  and Joanne Ellis and advises national and international clients on a range of high-value M&A and joint venture transactions. Orviss ‘is most innovative in her thinking and in resolving problems'; she leads the global healthcare group. Highlights included acting for Indo UK Healthcare Private and UK Global Healthcare on the implementation of the Indo UK Institute of Health Programme, an Indian and British government supported venture aiming to build 11 hospitals and polyclinics with the intention of bringing NHS standard healthcare. Ellis focuses on transactions in the social care and dental space; she has advised Jacobs Holding AG on the acquisition of the Southern Dental group and Tracscare on the acquisition of the New Bridges Care Group, a specialist residential and outreach service provider for individuals who have acquired brain injury, complex needs and learning disabilities. Robert Moir’s work encompasses corporate finance and structures, joint ventures and investments.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP 's  group has extensive expertise within the private sector, with particular focus on residential and social care, advising on NHS Trust estates management, retirement villages and secondary care facilities. Kyle Holling  and Hilary Blackwell  are currently advising Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust on PPP re-development of the St Pancras Hospital site to create a new mental health facility including the Institute of Mental Health run by University College London. Corporate partner Tim Nye  advises investors on M&A and joint ventures and jointly heads the department with Holling. Paul McDermott  specializes in social care and has recently worked on the integration of social care and health services in the London Borough of Croydon, while Alison Chivers' work focuses on M&A and investments in health and social care.

Burges Salmon LLP's practice has a strong focus on advising leading suppliers and private healthcare operators on procurement, commercial contracts and corporate matters. The team counts Virgin Care, Optegra Eye Healthcare and Oxford University and Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust as clients. Mark Shepherd specialises in corporate and commercial transactions; he assisted Optegra Eye Healthcare on its acquisition of Arnott Eye Associates. Will Woodall advises investors in matters involving care homes and retirement villages. Patrick Parkin supported Virgin Care with the finalisation of its £700 m community healthcare service contract with commissioners in Bath & North East Somerset. Richard Binns is recommended for litigation work, and Paul Doherty is recommended for real estate matters.

Irwin Mitchell  is a leading practice specializing in representing claimants in a range of serious medical malpractice cases, public inquiries, and human rights cases. Yogi Amin  is ‘very good at seeing the bigger picture especially in sensitive cases’ and is highly experienced in ‘running strategic litigation in sensitive human right cases’; he continues to represent Noel Conway and Dignity in Dying in appeal proceedings on the leading case on assisted dying. Amin is also advising in a judicial review relating to reconfiguration of hospital services in Huddersfield which will lead to the closure of A&E and reduction of hospital beds. Senior associate Mathieu Culverhouse represents clients in relation to their rights to medical treatment and is praised for his ‘ability to combine details and is very thorough’. Key highlights include acting for Lindsey Briggs on behalf of her husband Paul Briggs in a Court of Protection in regards to a the right to discontinue life sustaining treatment. Anne-Marie Irwin is also highly recommended.

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP  has undergone a significant expansion over the last 18 months with the hire of Sharon Lamb  from Capsticks LLP  and Hamid Yunis  from Taylor Wessing LLP . The firm advises US-based and national clients on a range of matters  most notably strategic entry into the UK market and procuring contracts with the NHS, complex cross-border healthcare expansion plans, and broadly advising private sector clients and global medical equipment suppliers on range of commercial issues. Yunis is highly experienced in the commercial healthcare space and continues to advise key clients Varex Imaging, a leading supplier of x-ray tubes and image processing in relation to expansion plans and set up of European and Asian joint ventures, and Varian Medical Systems for the PPP and supply of radiotherapy equipment to healthcare facilities in multiple jurisdictions. Lamb assists Specsavers Optical Group on its optometry expansion to NHS clients including set up of its joint venture with ophthalmologists’ contracts with NHS commissioners.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur ’s expertise spans inquests, Court of Protection proceedings, Care Quality Commission regulatory work, and mental health law. Andrew Parsons  ‘has great judgment and gives advice that is ‘spot on’ when clients are really in trouble’; he has represented Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust in a judicial review before the Senior Coroner for Westminster on a case concerning a fatal overdose of a mental health patient on Trust premises. Alexandra Johnstone  is known for her in-depth knowledge of mental health law and handles inquests for a number of care homes and mental health hospitals. Recently promoted partner Marianne Frall is ‘first-rate’ and currently advices Central & North West London NHS on a number of matters relating to the Grenfell Tower fire. Julia Appleton  focuses on matters relating to consent, confidentiality and mental health. Graeme Irvine joined in September 2017 from an in-house position at the Royal College of Nursing and is also name to note.

The recent merger with Lockharts and the arrival of commercial healthcare partner Mark Jarvis from Capsticks LLP  has significantly expanded VWV’s capabilities; the practice specialises in advising GP’s and medical practitioners on M&A, real estate, development and corporate work as well as on contentious matters. Highlights for the team include advising on some of the largest and high-value GP mergers and developments, including for assisting Lewisham Care Partnership with the on-going merger using the Birmingham/ decentralised model. Key contacts within the team are Ben Willis who is ‘extremely well-connected and experienced in commercial real estate’ acts as head of healthcare and is continues to advice on several national large-scale GP mergers. Oliver Pool , appointed partner in 2017 is a commercial expert and regularly assists on GP mergers and contentious matters.

Weightmans LLP ’s team ‘has excellent knowledge of the healthcare sector’ and expertise in advising a number of public bodies and NHS clients ‘means they are well-placed to provide the type of service needed by public bodies’. The practice handles regulatory matters and healthcare litigation for public sector clients . Rachel Kneale , Richard Jolly  and Tony Yeaman  jointly lead the national group and are supported by the ‘excellent and proactive’ Vanessa Splaine  who specialises in clinical negligence. Other key contacts are the ‘knowledgeable and informed’ Edwina Farrell  working on GP partnerships, transactions and real estate and Nathan East  gives ‘sensible and pragmatic advise’ to NHS Trusts, public services organisations and healthcare practitioner on commercial, governance and real estate issues. Simon Turner  is highly recommended for regulatory work and has acted for Professional Standards Authority for health and social care and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in highly complex litigation. Kneale represented Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in an inquest involving a patient who died from a laceration to the liver following a bike accident. Farrell and East continue to advise Kent Local Medical Committee on real estate matters.

Kennedys  is a ‘first-rate’ practice known for advising healthcare and mental health providers, organisations and individual clients in Court of Protection proceedings, inquests and regulatory matters. The group is headed by Robert Tobin , who takes on advocacy work for several NHS Trusts and Mental Health providers at inquests and highly sensitive and complex medical cases. Amanda Mead  specialises in matters surrounding capacity and consent in mental health. Daniel Freeman  acts in inquests, advises on mental health matters and training of doctors and psychiatrists on all aspects of mental health; he has recently represented North East London Foundation Trust in judicial review proceedings regarding the removal of care for a patient who suffered from several Mental Health issues including obsessive compulsive disorder, severe dyslexia and other serious disabilities. The practice has recruited 3  practitioners from Capsticks LLP  .

Osborne Clarke LLP   advises public, private and third-sector clients on health-tech matters, NHS outsourcing, PPP and funding matters. The ‘professional, extremely competent and commercially astute’ team led by Simon Hancock  assisted John Laing Integrated Services in a contract to provide services to Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust’s new mental health unit. ‘Industry leading lawyer’  Catherine Wolfenden specializes in regulatory and procurement work; she continues to advise GAMA Healthcare on several NHS tenders and Grifols on major NHS procurement for blood testing technology. In the life sciences arena Janita Good  assists international corporations on issues relating to licensing, strategic partnering, co-operative research and development, and drug supply.

Shoosmiths LLP 's team act for care providers, healthcare professionals and pharmacy groups in  corporate and M&A transactions, regulatory matters and take on advocacy work in contentious cases and inquiries. Corporate partner Paul Batchelor leads the team which includes Hayley Saunders , who focuses on  representing clients in contentious proceedings relating to CQC breaches and at inquests; she is also currently involved in a complex Article 2 inquest regarding the care provided to a young adult with severe learning disabilities. Key highlights for the team include assisting Lighthouse Healthcare Group on the group’s sale to Elysium Healthcare valued at £45m and advising PD Neurotechnology with cutting edge wearable technology to help with the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Simmons & Simmons  handles complex corporate healthcare transactions and advisory work for asset management and private healthcare providers. The team has a ‘huge depth of experience’ whole and practice head Jocelyn Ormond is noted for his ‘excellent knowledge of the healthcare market and the legal and contractual frameworks’, his recent instructions include advising Intelligent Ultrasound and Weight Partners Capital on complex M&A matters. Corporate partner Charles Mayo  is highly recommended for public/private partnership arrangements.

The ‘very responsive’ team a Stephenson Harwood  ‘have an enviable knowledge’ of the healthcare industry and advise private sector clients on M&A deals, corporate transactions, restructuring and joint ventures.  Karima Hudson  is singled out for her ‘professional manner and wealth of experience’  in advising healthcare operators on M&A and corporate matters.  Recent instructions include acting for Salutem Healthcare on the acquisitions of Pathways Care Group, Modus Care and associated equity and debt financing arrangements. Jordan Hurwitz and Olivia Short ‘provide invaluable support’ are names to note. Jonathan Pittal  and Warren Allan  joined from King & Wood Mallesons.

Travers Smith LLP 's team are an ‘extremely competent and commercially astute team with a breadth of experience’ with notable expertise handling large scale M&A transactions and real estate in the healthcare industry. Standout cases this year include head of private equity Paul Dolman  and regulatory partner Doug Bryden  assisting Bridgepoint on the £855m sale of Oasis Dental Care to BUPA. Edmund Reed and Simon Rutman advised Patron Capital on the sale neuro-disability care provider The Badby Group to Elysium Healthcare. Aaron Stocks  in investment funds has ‘complete understanding of corporate responsibilities and individual acquisition objectives’ has worked with Impact Healthcare REIT to fundraise £160m on its IPO. Leigh Stockey, Madeleine Gowlett and Sarah Walker are also names to note.

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