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Bevan Brittan LLP’s team assists NHS providers, clinical commissioning groups, private sector organisations and government bodies, and counts UnitedHealth, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and the Department of Health among its clients. The group is frequently instructed on procurement for service provision and large sector development projects. Health infrastructure partner Rosemary Jago is advising Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust on procurement, contractual and property-related matters arising from the St Mary’s Hospital redevelopment project. Practice head Sharon Renouf assisted University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with the appointment of Proton International as a concessionaire for private patient proton beam therapy services, including managing the procurement process and drafting the concession agreement. Other highlights included handling health and safety investigations and setting out regulatory frameworks for hospitals. Michael Boyd, Stuart Marchant, David Owens and Vincent Buscemi are also recommended. Carly Caton joined from Pinsent Masons LLP. John Chapman retired.

The ‘outstanding’ group at Bindmans LLP is ‘welcoming, supportive and always available any time of day or night’ and has ‘a high level of knowledge and professionalism matching their sincerity and integrity in fighting for justice'. The group’s wide contentious offering includes representing families at inquests, handling a range of human rights claims, Court of Protection work and disputes relating to social services. The ‘dedicated and passionate’ Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) is acting for Luisa Ferreira in Court of Appeal proceedings pertaining to the death of the petitioner’s sister, who lacked mental capacity, at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Chahal also represented the directors of Justice for Health in challenging the Secretary of State for Health’s decision to impose a contract on junior doctors. John Halford is advising the Association of Child Psychotherapists on constitutional matters, disciplinary investigations and data protection matters, and recently acted for the client in a case concerning the impact of domestic violence on fitness to practise. ‘Extraordinarily effective’ associate Charlotte Haworth Hird, who is ‘a phenomenal solicitor who fights hard for her clients’, represented the family of Connor Sparrowhawk in a claim under Article 2 of the Human Rights Act pertaining to his drowning in a bath on a specialist NHS unit. Jamie Potter is another name to note.

Capsticks LLP’s ‘leading’ practice includes ‘caring, compassionate and courteous lawyers, who utilise their wealth of expert knowledge to lead clients through strategic decision-making and ensure fair resolution’. The group assists new market entrants as well as established public and private sector bodies, including the NHS, on high-profile contentious as well as non-contentious matters of the highest complexity. ‘Attentive’ practice head Rachael Heenan, who ‘understands the commercial context and provides support that enables clients to take intelligent action’, represented NHS Employers in judicial review proceedings initially filed by the British Medical Association pertaining to the introduction of new junior doctors’ contracts. Gemma Brannigan acted for the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in the third inquest into the death of Carmel Bloom following her transfer from a private hospital to an NHS facility. Senior partner Peter Edwards and Peter Marquand are also noted. Sharon Lamb joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP. Robert McGough joined Hill Dickinson LLP.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘excellent, responsive and knowledgeable’ team ‘outstrips others in the field’, counting numerous NHS foundation trusts among its clients, including Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts, as well as ambulance trusts, clinical commissioning groups and several independent health providers. The group’s wide-ranging expertise includes partnership advice, handling procurement processes, defending judicial review proceedings and conducting compliance reviews. The ‘quick-thinking’ Hamza Drabu, who ‘understands clients’ needs and designs creative solutions to complex problems’, and practice head Anne Crofts are advising four partners of the Hillingdon Accountable Care Partnership on the creation of an accountable care partnership, including two NHS foundation trusts, a voluntary sector organisation and a GP federation. The group also assisted London Central & West Unscheduled Care Collaborative with procurement for the provision of integrated urgent care and 111 services across five boroughs in north London, which included related commercial, employment and property advice. Giles Peel led a team handling a potential conflict of interest arising from a non-executive director’s position as a director of a company with business links to the Trust for an NHS foundation trust. Stephen Hocking advised NHS England on the commissioning of a preventative HIV treatment and represented the client in related judicial review proceedings concerning the scope of the NHS’ powers in public health matters. Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Bupa and Spire Healthcare are also clients.

Hempsons’ enviable client base includes NHS Resolution, the Care Quality Commission, numerous NHS trusts and foundation trusts, clinical commissioning groups and other major public, private and third sector organisations. The group previously handled the establishment of Our Health Partnership by way of a merger of 35 GP practices in central Birmingham and assisted NHS Trust Development Authority with the merger of Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust with South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Christian Dingwall specialises in corporate, commercial and public law work. Janice Barber is renowned for her expertise in legal matters related to the NHS and its activities. John Holmes, who is ‘always the calmest person in the room’, and Jamie Foster are also recommended.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s team, led by Bridget Archibald, provides ‘invariably sound and helpful advice in a prompt and timely manner’ and has ‘a sensible and pragmatic approach to issues’. The group provides specialist advice on overseas investors’ entry into the UK healthcare market through acquisitions and joint ventures, and also assists clients with the delivery of technology projects nationwide. Julian Smith led on acquisitions and disposals for Bupa and Partnerships in Care, and Jill Mason represented the management of St George’s Hospital in judicial review proceedings filed by the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Dawn Brathwaite is assisting NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group with co-ordinating an information sharing system between GPs, hospitals, ambulance services and other healthcare providers in Birmingham. Kevin Calder is assisting the Department of Health with the procurement, employment and competition aspects of the planned future operating model project, intended to be a replacement for the NHS Supply Chain. Calder is also advising Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust with the procurement of an electronic patient record system. Duncan Astill is advising a private fertility clinic on the ethical, regulatory and reputational aspects of a contentious matter. Senior associate Jane Williams ‘takes a real interest in her subject and clearly relishes the intellectual challenge inherent to the cases she acts on'.

Addleshaw Goddard’s practice handles complex development projects, including PPP and PFI, as well as construction and property-related matters, private equity financing and procurement proceedings for clients in acute, primary and mental healthcare, long-term care providers, Local Investment Finance Trusts (LIFT) and private providers. Commercial disputes are also an area of focus, with the team acting for major pharmaceutical companies in a variety of contentious matters. The group, including practice head Michael O’Connor, provides ongoing estate management advice to clients including Semperian PPP Investment Partners, Equitix and GB Partnerships, who operate, own or manage estates under the Department of Health LIFT programme and acute hospital PFI projects. Matthew Newing, who joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, is assisting Kajima Partnerships and Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures with their appointment as a development partner in a major redevelopment project. Andrew Pettinger advised Serco on a £600m outsourcing arrangement with Barts Health NHS Trust.

At Bird & Bird LLP, the group’s expertise spans international projects, data protection, PPP, corporate matters, financing and investment, and transformational projects, as well as advising NHS trust boards and suppliers on their operations and long-term commercial strategies, frequently with an international element. Simon Shooter is assisting King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s commercial entity KCH Management with its joint venture with Ashmore Investment Management for the establishment of King’s Healthcare, a private hospital and several clinics in the Gulf states. Commercial partner Ian Edwards is advising Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on software agreements for the Biomedical Research Centre and the diabetic eye screening programme. The group also handled the restructuring of Home Instead Senior Care’s businesses in the UK, China and Hong Kong and is advising Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust on its licensing agreements and collaborations. Other work included advising Tinnitus Clinic on its international expansion, and Mark Abell assisting South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust with projects including international contracting arrangements with the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi. David Ayers is also recommended.

Blake Morgan LLP’s team handles procurement issues, the implementation of nationwide programs, joint ventures, governance and regulatory matters. Practice head Bruce Potter led a team assisting NHS England with the introduction of a nationwide programme to reach, diagnose and treat individuals suffering from Hepatitis C, advice included defending the client in a judicial review challenge arising from the alleged failure to implement technology appraisal recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for three new drugs. Bradley Albuery handles regulatory matters and disciplinary challenges. Clare Strickland’s expertise includes representing institutions in fitness to practise hearings and investigations. Gayle Curry handled the negotiation and management of clinical services contracts for NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group. Other contentious highlights included defending NHS England in a judicial review challenge of the client’s refusal to approve and pay for the provision of a stereotactic radiosurgery service designed for specialist radiation treatment.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic and approachable’ group combines local government and social care expertise with its healthcare specialism to assist local authorities, NHS bodies, private sector providers and membership bodies for healthcare professionals with matters ranging from commercial initiatives and projects to inquests and regulatory work. Simon Tait represented Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in an inquest into the death of a patient from hypoxic brain damage following spinal surgery and guided Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through an investigation into the chief executive’s compliance with the regulatory framework, prompted by a complaint received by the Care Quality Commission from a member of the public. Oliver Pritchard advised PCT Healthcare on the £65m acquisition, subsequent reorganisation and demerger of WR Evans (Chemist). Ben Troke assisted NHS England with the preparation of guidance on the delayed discharge of medically fit patients, particularly in cases of mental incapacity or related to mental health issues. Troke also represented Intensive Care Society and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, as intervening parties, in R (Ferreira) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner South London, pertaining to the legal implications of deprivation of liberty in intensive care. Simon Charlton joined from Weightmans LLP

CMS’ group includes ‘experts in the complex area where law, regulation, politics and social policy meet’ and the team provides ‘crisp and cost-effective’ service in corporate matters, financing transactions and regulatory work. The group’s commercial, compliance and competition offering was bolstered by the arrival of a team of private sector specialists, including Rachel Cooper, real estate specialist Candice Blackwood and Warren Taylor, who co-heads the life sciences and healthcare group, as a result of the firm’s merger with Nabarro LLP. Jason Zemmel, praised for his ‘commercial insight and judgement’, is advising Orla Healthcare on procurement matters and the expansion of its home care offering to NHS trusts and is representing the client in various commercial disputes. Martin Treagus is assisting Integral Medical Holdings Group with corporate, contractual, tax and regulatory matters as well as handling related procurement work.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team is ‘unrivalled’ in the pharmaceutical sphere, advising pharmacies on regulatory aspects of their relationships with the NHS, as well as providing ‘second-to-none’ representation in contentious matters including fitness to practise proceedings, tribunal hearings, judicial reviews and prosecutions by the regulator. Michael Lingens advised the Minster Care Group on its £153m sale to Impact Healthcare REIT and handled a ground rent sale and leaseback arrangement for CareTech. David Reissner, acting for a group of pharmacy chains, challenged the government’s decision to cut the remuneration of NHS pharmacies. Senior associate Jenin Khanam, who provides ‘sound legal advice and a customer-focused approach’, has core strengths in the dental sector; she is assisting Oasis Dental Care with several practice acquisitions, which includes advising on TUPE, compliance and property-related matters. National Pharmacy Association, Goddard Veterinary Group and Celesio are also clients. William Nash and the ‘excellentTim Jenkins jointly head the practice. Senior associate Rachel Warren is ‘highly sought-after by pharmacy companies due to her excellent technical abilities, hard work and fantastic knowledge of the law and regulation’. Noel Wardle is also recommended. Matthew Newing joined Addleshaw Goddard.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s group, led by Simon Crossley, acts for companies in the private healthcare sector, including service providers, investors and developers, and routinely acts for long-term senior and social care providers, as well as major pharmaceutical companies. Marc Meryon leads the independent hospital group and Dominic Morris is a senior living and social care specialist. The team assisted Celesio with the corporate and competition aspects of its acquisition of specialist pharmaceutical compounding and dispensing services provider Bupa Home Healthcare, and advised CBPE Capital on the acquisition of SpaMedica. It is also representing Peninsula Community Health Services in a dispute with BT Cornwall arising from the threatened termination by Cornwall Council of a £260m information and communication technology shared-services agreement.

The ‘expert’ team at Fieldfisherhandles the work promptly and to a high standard’, specialising in private sector healthcare, particularly regulation and procurement. The team counts several specialised regulators among its clients, including the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority. Practice head Sarah Ellson, who stands out for her ‘outstanding knowledge of the law, practical approach and incisive advice that addresses clients’ needs’, recently handled appeals challenging the leniency of sanctions imposed by the Professional Standards Authority against health professionals. Ellson frequently acts for healthcare professional regulators and is advising regulators, including the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority, on developing new guidance and decision tools to enable the client to licence and authorise the first establishment to use mitochondrial donation. Paul Barton advised Healthways on its participation in an eHealth initiative as part of the National Diabetes Prevention Programme and assisted NHS Improvement with the contractual and procurement aspects of several information and communication technology projects. The group also handles various work for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, including appeals and work pertaining to formal procedures to decide which drugs can be used by the NHS.

Gowling WLG’s ‘responsive and well-connected’ team’s expertise in the healthcare space spans projects, corporate transactions, procurement matters, and alliance contracting in the private and public sector. The group counts NHS contractors, investors, clinical commissioning groups and NHS foundations trusts among its clients. Inquests and investigations form an important part of the group’s regulatory practice, which is headed by Andrew Litchfield. Practice head Robert Breedon led a team assisting NHS Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group with the governance, procurement and commercial aspects of the development of its system-wide ‘Better Together’ alliance with Nottinghamshire County Council and ten service providers. Breedon also advised NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group with procurement for a primary and acute care system contract and related governance matters. In another highlight, the group assisted Labco Diagnostics UK and Synlab UK with the merger of the UK operations of the group following its acquisition by Cinven. Michael Lacey, finance specialist Jon Lent and real estate lawyer Christine Jackson are also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s group handles strategically important work for NHS trusts and advises private equity investors, property funds, banks, corporates and management groups on regulatory issues, financing and corporate transactions. The group also acts for private sector organisations in alliance with the NHS. Practice co-head Kate Orviss is advising UK Global Healthcare on the implementation of the Indo UK Institute of Health Programme, which involves managing relationships with multiple private sector partners, structuring joint ventures, and assisting with procurement, clinical partnerships and corporate matters as well as handling the regulatory and intellectual property aspects of the project. Co-head Joanne Ellis assisted Oasis Healthcare with several acquisitions of dental practices nationwide and handled the management buyout of Oakland Primecare for Synova Capital. Sean Elson is advising a US-based investment company on the impact of an ongoing Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation on the planned acquisition of a chain of care homes, which also includes assisting the management board on their health and safety duties. Other clients include Barts Health NHS Trust, Pharmacy2U and Octopus Healthcare. Carly Caton joined Bevan Brittan LLP. Barry Francis retired.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s team advises on joint venture and partnership agreements in the private healthcare and social care sectors, as well as handling governance, property and employment-related matters for clients including private equity investors. Tim Nye, who jointly heads the group with Kyle Holling, acted for Cambian Group on the £377m sale of its adult mental health and learning disabilities division to Cygnet Health Care and led on MedicX Healthfund II’s acquisition of three property SPVs, which owned care homes operated by the Maria Mallaband Care Group. Paul McDermott advised the London Borough of Croydon on the governance and contractual aspects of a proposed programme for the integration of health and care services for the elderly in England. Employment lawyer Emma Burrows is acting for the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group in a challenge to the government’s wage guidance for sleep-in care workers. Hilary Blackwell joined from Capsticks LLP.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘stellar’ team of ‘highly capable lawyers who inspire trust and confidence’ provides ‘excellent results’. The group acts for NHS bodies and private sector clients in matters ranging from commercial and corporate instructions to regulation and inquests, and represents NHS trusts in inquests, inquiries and Court of Protection matters. The group represented Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust in an Article 2 inquest into the death of an immigration detainee in a detention centre. The ‘exceptionalKiran Bhogal, who joined from Weightmans LLP, is ‘hugely impressive’ and ‘always one step ahead of competition’. Bhogal represented Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the Hillsborough Inquest and is acting for NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group in an inquiry pertaining to deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Sharon Thomas acted for the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group in a Court of Protection case set to determine whether the continued provision of life support to a patient in a minimally conscious state would be in the patient’s best interest. Andrew Craggs heads the health practice. Regulatory specialist Emma Stockwell is also noted. Emma Galland, Sarah Brooke and Jessica Kohler were new arrivals from Clyde & Co LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP and Capsticks LLP respectively.

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘extremely powerful’ claimant practice represents family members and individuals in serious medical treatment cases. Yogi Amin, who has ‘a real eye for the overall strategy of each case’, and associate Anne-Marie Irwin, who is ‘extremely calm and effective in juggling many balls in the air in a big case’, are representing Noel Conway and Dignity in Dying in a judicial review challenge to the law on assisted dying on the grounds of incompatibility with Article 8 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Irwin is also advising a charity on the Orthodox Jewish community’s access to NHS fertility treatment and is acting for an individual with muscular dystrophy against a claim for hospitalisation against his will filed by an NHS trust. Polly Sweeney ‘commands huge respect in management of Court of Protection cases and her contributions to the law’. Alex Rook, who handles judicial review challenges in health and social care, has ‘impressive business acumen and industry knowledge’.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s ‘top drawer’ group is ‘at the forefront’ in acting for private healthcare providers and care homes, as well as representing NHS clients in inquests, investigations, Court of Protection claims and issues arising under mental health law. Practice head Andrew Parsons is ‘a tough but realistic litigator with a phenomenal knack for handling difficult cases with ease’; he is acting for a major care home provider in a HSE prosecution arising from the fall of a resident out of a window, and defended a major healthcare provider in a case concerning the death of a patient resulting from a kidney stone removal. Parsons, alongside Alexandra Johnstone, acted for a hospital in a Court of Protection claim for withdrawal of treatment. Johnstone also represented Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest pertaining to the death of an informal patient who died after setting himself on fire on the Kensington Palace estate after being dismissed from work on disciplinary grounds. The ‘astute and perceptiveJulia Appleton, who ‘can be firm while maintaining a lightness of touch’, represented a major private healthcare provider in an independent investigation commissioned by NHS England pertaining to the service user’s interaction with another service user, and acted for a major NHS trust in a Court of Protection matter concerning the treatment of a life-threatening disease contracted by a delusional patient.

Weightmans LLP’s group is ‘one of the strongest performers in the sector’ and has ‘a good understanding of commercial challenges in high-value claims’. It assists major clients, including NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups and community trusts, with various matters, including regulatory and employment issues. Edwina Farrell and Nathan East assisted London Ambulance Service NHS Trust with implementing a strategy for the provision of emergency services and are handling a review of occupation and partnership arrangements of the member practices of Kent Local Medical Committee. Other highlights included representing a large acute NHS trust in an inquest into a patient’s death following childbirth and acting for a charity provider of specialist care in an inquest pertaining to the death of a service user in a residential home. Vanessa Splaine, who is ‘an absolute star with an unerring nose for the right points to take in a case’, defends clients against high-value clinical negligence claims. Head of advisory group Richard Jolly, department head Rachel Kneale, who is ‘an experienced litigator with an unrivalled experience of quantum value claims’, and Tony Yeaman, who leads the healthcare litigation practice, are also recommended. James Rowley joined from Ryan Solicitors. Kiran Bhogal joined Hill Dickinson LLP and Simon Charlton joined Browne Jacobson LLP.

Clyde & Co LLP’s group acts for NHS trusts, charities, private and public providers and pharmaceutical companies in a range of matters, including regulatory issues and projects. Claire Petts, who is ‘a force to be reckoned with, who takes no prisoners and fights tooth and nail for her clients’, advised Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the treatment of a patient suffering from Huntington’s disease, the discharge recommendation challenged by the patient and the subsequent deprivation of liberty authorisation. Other work includes Petts representing a private care provider in an inquest pertaining to the death of a care home resident following his admission to hospital and associated accusations of poor standard of care. The group also assisted an NHS trust with preparing for a Care Quality Commission inspection. Liz Jenkins assists clients with PFI and PPP initiatives nationwide and James Major handles High Court and tribunal employment claims. Defence lawyer Duncan Batchelor, professional liability and regulatory specialist Graeme Watson, medical malpractice defence lawyer Rob Wilson and medical defence litigator Anthony Brown are also noted.

Deighton Pierce Glynn’s practice is ‘brilliant at healthcare work that raises difficult human rights questions’, and disputes concerning immigrant rights to medical treatment and challenges to refusals to treat form a considerable part of its caseload. Recent work includes acting for an asylum seeker in a case pertaining to a hospital’s refusal by to put the client on the transplant waiting list for a kidney. The ‘bright’ Adam Hundt and Louise Whitfield, who is ‘dedicated, clever and a delight to work with’, represented the National AIDS Trust in a Court of Appeal challenge to NHS England’s decision not to commission a life-saving treatment preventing HIV infection. Hundt also represented four patients who were ineligible for free NHS treatment as a result of their immigration status. Sue Willman acted for a medical NGO, as an intervenor, in a Supreme Court appeal concerning treatment policy for mentally ill detainees. The ‘charming and super clever’ Polly Glynn ‘knows everything about everything in community care’.

Kennedys’ team acts for clients including healthcare providers and insurers, and health and mental health trusts, including NHS Resolution. The group, which handles work ranging from Court of Protection matters to inquests, notably in the mental health space, is ‘on the ball, able to get to grips with the key issues and works well with in-house teams and counsel’. Robert Tobin represented Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest pertaining to the suicide of an individual who suffered from narcolepsy and cataplexy arising from a swine flu vaccination and, alongside Amanda Mead, acted for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in proceedings brought by a patient alleging failure to diagnose. Daniel Freeman, who is ‘sensible, knowledgeable and affable with a no-nonsense manner’, successfully defended Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust against a judicial review claim filed by an elderly patient sectioned under the Mental Health Act, which included accusations of safeguarding improprieties. Christopher Malla is another name to note.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)’s ‘prompt, responsive and reputable’ group includes some of ‘the most supportive lawyers in the sector’. It provides ‘sensible and competitive’ advice, and acts for contractors, including GPs, dentists and care homes, on funding, development and corporate work, as well as handling NHS contracts and contentious matters. The group’s public sector expertise includes assisting NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts with procurement, employment, regulatory and wider commercial matters. Healthcare charities are also clients. Practice head Ben Willis and Oliver Pool are ‘extremely knowledgeable about healthcare law and very practical in the way they address instructions’. Rosalind Parkin and Andrew Lockhart-Mirams joined the London team following the firm’s acquisition of Lockharts. Anthony Young joined Jordans Corporate Law Limited.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s team, led by John Hargreaves, assists institutional clients with financing transactions, NHS restructurings and wider corporate work. Its client base includes digital economy medical providers, in addition to professional councils and healthcare groups. The group assisted The Hub Pharmacy with its acquisition of six pharmacies from Living Care Pharmacy and advised a subsidiary of Rayner Surgical Group on purchasing Moorfields Pharmaceuticals from Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which involved support with employment law and pension liabilities. Head of corporate banking Rich Eldridge assisted a company in the Carebase Group with the £7.5m debt and corporate refinancing of Alderwood Care Home. Professional regulation expert Nicole Curtis acts as a legal assessor to the General Osteopathic Council. Restructuring expert Séamas Gray is also recommended. General Dental Council and Westgate Healthcare are also clients.

Stephenson Harwood’s team is active in the private sector and handles project financing, corporate transactions, restructurings, projects and joint ventures. Karima Hudson leads the practice and Rebecca Carter heads the public sector team. Corporate partner Andrew Edge advised Acadia Healthcare on its £1.3bn acquisition of behavioural healthcare facilities provider Priory Group and handled the $110m acquisition of Galil Medical for BTG. Hudson assisted the shareholders of Angela Swift Holdings with the £39m sale of Silk Healthcare to Methodist Homes, and acted for Circle Health on a joint venture with Vamed for the provision of rehabilitation services in Berkshire. Carter and Jonathan Cripps advised Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust on the design and build contract for the £40m construction of healthcare facilities in Stanmore. Finance expert James Linforth is also noted.

Travers Smith LLP’s team specialises in financing and private equity transactions in the healthcare industry, acting for investment funds as well as venture capital companies. Private equity head Paul Dolman advised Kester Capital on its investment in Factory-CRO and handled the £835m sale of Oasis Dental Care to Bupa for Bridgepoint. Investment funds specialist Sam Kay assisted SV Life Sciences with the structuring and formation of a £100m dementia discovery fund and advised Medicxi Ventures on its spin-off from Index Ventures Life Sciences. Adam Orr acted for the management of Partnerships in Care on the sale of a portfolio of 22 hospitals by its parent company Acadia Healthcare Company. Group leader Doug Bryden is also recommended.

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