Healthcare in London

Bevan Brittan LLP

Spread across London and Bristol, the team at Bevan Brittan LLP has an impressive track record of work advising the NHS and its partners on high-profile multi-disciplinary matters, covering legal, regulatory, and consultancy issue. The team has acted for every local authority in the country and has worked on significant international joint ventures related to the procurement, funding, and delivery of clinical facilities and outsourcing projects such as shared services models. Procurement specialist Sharon Renouf heads up the large team, while Rosemary Jago advises on PPPs and joint ventures. Vincent Buscemi, Carly Caton, Hannah Taylor, and Monica Macheng all are highly recommended. The team has expanded with Mark Paget Skelin joining from Capsticks LLP and James Teagle joining from Blacks Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Renouf

Testimonials

The practice is easily accessible and the service is delivered in language that can be easily understood. The team’s strength is the ability to listen, analyse, review, and respond with a concise answer and/or deliver a series of potential solutions.’

The team is well led and all members from trainee solicitor through to partner level are easy to deal with and extremely competent. Rosemary Jago has a lovely manner, unflappable, and makes the complicated simple – a true gift.’

Having worked closely with teams from Bevan Brittan for the past two years, I have found them to be consistently responsive; extremely knowledgeable; highly flexible; quick to establish trusting relationships with public sector clients; and focused on adding value wherever possible. Their outputs always meet their own exacting standards and ensure an increased level of assurance with regard to high risk and technical aspects of programmes of work.’

Vincent Buscemi and Carly Caton are all highly valued and respected colleagues. I have always been fully assured that they will provide support and expert guidance, in a timely fashion, and respond effectively to the changing demands of our clients. With regard to the healthcare sector, their knowledge is beyond compare, and they bring a wealth of invaluable experience to each programme of work. They all excel at establishing rapport and trust rapidly with a wide range of clients, alongside an ability to describe complex issues succinctly.

The team has extensive healthcare experience and totally understand the governance requirements and dynamics of NHS Acute Trusts. Other firms have parts of the overall skillset, but Bevan Brittan has no “weaker” areas that I have come across compared to others. Capital management, JV structures, PFI contracts, procurement, and land transactions are all particular skillset areas.’

Key clients

West London NHS Trust

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mutual Ventures (MV) and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

St Georges Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Norfolk and Norwick University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

BMI

Barts Health NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Symphony Healthcare Services Ltd

Royal Free London NHS FT

Huntercombe Group

NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG

Work highlights

  • Provided the West London NHS Trust with comprehensive contract and commercial support regarding a 10 year contract with NHS Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group.
  • Commissioned in partnership with Mutual Ventures to formalise the Manchester Resilience Hub.
  • Appointed by the Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to provide access in connection with the refinancing of a PFI Project Agreement in 2000 for the provision, operation, and maintenance of seven specialist mental health premises in Leeds.

Browne Jacobson LLP

The large team at Browne Jacobson LLP has a broad geographic reach, covering London, Nottingham, and Manchester, and advises a range of clients across both the public and independent sectors, particularly on the creation of integrated care systems, NHS mergers, and service reconfigurations. It has frequently been involved in high-profile development projects in digital technology, and the team also has provided advice on high-value complex claims for the MPS and major private healthcare providers. Practice head Gerard Hanratty advises the NHS on key CCG mergers. Christian Dingwall joined from Hempsons in January 2019 and specialises in regulation and compliance for the NHS and the health sector in general. Senior associate Charlotte Harpin specialises in NHS commissioning functions.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Hanratty

Testimonials

Browne Jacobson is friendly and extremely approachable, with a down-to-earth approach and an excellent knowledge of the areas of law that my organization requires legal advice on. Furthermore, they provide good value for money.’

Key clients

Derby and Burton University Hospitals NHS foundation trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS England

4Ways Healthcare

NHS Leicester City CCG

CCG Mergers

NHS Commissioning Board (aka NHS England)

London Devolution Programme – London Estates Board

The Doctors Laboratory

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the 7 North East London CCGs on their plans to merge and create a single CCG from April 2021. The work covers aligning the current CCGs governance and policies and adding to the collaborative mechanisms for working they have already put in place.
  • Advised the NHS Leicester City CCG on the reconfiguration of services across the community and sector.
  • Advised on and negotiated a ten-year pathology services agreement and facilities services agreement between The Doctors Laboratory Limited and a major NHS hospital in London.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a long history of advising the NHS and other key players in the healthcare sector on high-profile and complex matters, covering corporate and commercial, regulatory, employment, and governance issues. The firm has supported clients on high-profile legal challenges and advised NHS providers subject to increasing criminal investigation by police and CQC. Anne Crofts is head of the national health commercial team; she works on health joint ventures and has advised on key NHS reorganisations. Commercial lawyer Hamza Drabu, who leads the medtech team, focuses on advising digital health providers on regulatory and commercial issues, while Alistair Robertson is a judicial review specialist.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Montgomery; Hamza Drabu

Other key lawyers:

Anne Crofts; Alistair Robertson

Testimonials

The team at DAC Beachcroft was able to provide clear and thorough support, advice, and guidance in the context of an innovative structure requiring a balanced view across information law, company law, and contract law.’

Everyone I’ve worked with at DACB exudes calmness, professionalism and instills a confidence that is always required when trying to negotiate tricky legal agreements. I have to utmost respect for their ability to tailor explanations of legal issues (and solutions) to their audience, be it partners, peers, or laypeople.’

Completely reliable and prompt high-quality advice and service. Always at my side through thick and thin.’

Immediate availability and ability to respond urgently when required. Strong inter-department linkages providing rapid access to a comprehensive legal spectrum.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

MDU

Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

BUPA

NHS Digital

Royal Marsden Hospital

Moorfields Eye Hospital

AT Medics

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS England on its two-part  procurement strategy of PET-CT diagnostic imaging tools, involving drafting bespoke contracts and engaged to defend NHS England over a threatened litigation.
  • Successfully defended the Royal College of Physicians of London from high profile judicial review proceedings.
  • Advised University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust on its proposed acquisition of Weston Area Health NHS Trust.

Hill Dickinson LLP

With four teams spread across London, Liverpool, Manchester, and Leeds, Hill Dickinson LLP is one of the most prominent national healthcare operators, with an increasing presence in the South and in London advising NHS organisations, start-ups, and private providers on procurement, regulatory and governance work, inquests, and Court of Protection matters. The 'exceptional' Kiran Bhogal and Emma Galland co-head the London practice and both are highly recommended by clients, as are Joanna Trewin, Robert McGough, and Sharon Thomas. The team continues to expand with new hires such as Fiona McLellan from Hempsons and Ben Troke from Browne Jacobson LLP.

Testimonials

Members of the team are available promptly for urgent queries and these are responded to clearly, explaining reasons for decisions as required. Partners and associates are very friendly and personable, making nervous witnesses feel relaxed. I have had a lot of positive feedback from staff following inquests.’

There is strength and depth in this team, with strong leadership from Kiran Bhogal, but with experience and practical good sense all the way through the ranks.’

‘An already strong team now strengthened by Ben Troake joining the team.’

‘Kiran Bhogal is exceptional – a sensible and pragmatic problem-solving approach to client issues. Emma Galland is rapidly becoming a leader in the field too.’

Outstanding reputation and expertise in this field. Hill Dickinson has been on a recruitment drive recently and it is paying dividends – showing that movers and shakers from other firms are very keen to join this excellent firm.’

‘Top-quality advice from the excellent management team headed up by Kiran Bhogal. Hill Dickinson is trusted with the biggest cases in this sector and for good reason. Excellent fee earners and partners at all levels ensure a seamless level of service. Definitely the go-to firm for this work.

Kiran Bhogal has an unparalleled reputation for running cases at the highest level. She has been in this sector for more than 20 years and has a reputation for excellence in her judgement and advice and straight-talking that serves her clients very well indeed. One of the few solicitors who are highly respected by the judiciary as well.’

Her team includes Emma Galland who has recently and justifiably made partner. Emma is a star turn and follows Kiran’s lead in excellence.’

Very prompt advice; bright and personable lawyers. Always a pleasure to deal with. Understand both the law and the pressures their clients operate under. A real asset as in-house counsel.’

Key clients

Royal Free London Hospitals NHS FT

Kings College Hospital NHS FT

Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT

Royal Marsden Hospital NHS FT

Imperial College Healthcare NHS FT

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS FT

Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group

Havering, Barking and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group

Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital NHS FT

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

West London NHS Trust

East of England Ambulance NHS Trust

West Hampshire CCG

NHS England

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Care Quality Commission

Health Education England

NHS Business Services Authority

The Newcastle University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust on acquiring the private hospital operated by BMI on its land.
  • Successfully advised the Surry Downs Clinical Commissioning Group as to the merits of a challenge to the national statutory process for assessing CHC eligibility.
  • Advised Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on an in-depth review of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP advises a wide range of healthcare clients, including NHS Trusts, health and care providers, charities and not-for-profits, on matters such as NHS integration projects, healthcare digitisation and super-partnerships to run GP services. The team also has extensive experience advising on infrastructure projects for mental health hospitals. Practice leader Jill Mason has taken over as head of the national health and care practice and focuses on complex patient-related healthcare matters. Dawn Brathwaite focuses on high-profile judicial reviews,  Natalie Wade advises on healthcare M&A, and Peter Wainman specialises in IT and data protection in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Jill Mason

Testimonials

‘Personal touch, quick responses and complete transparency about costs and work involved.’

‘The team are always available and get the work done in a timely manner by providing all the relevant information upfront.’

Key clients

NHS England

Department of Health and Social Care

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bupa

Elysium

Alliance Medical

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

British Medical Association

Preventx Limited

Work highlights

  • Supported the British Medical Association in connection with the new £2.8bn GP contract in England with £1.8bn being earmarked to support the creation of new Primary Care Networks.
  • Advised Imperial College Health Partners on Discover-Now – a hub that combines anonymised patient health data from populations of London and Manchester onto a single platform and makes them available for NHS, academic and industry research.
  • Advising the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust on a infrastructure project creating two new mental health hospitals together with infrastructure supporting new housing – over 800 residential units.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is praised for its 'extremely good understanding of the healthcare sector and the challenges it faces'. The team frequently advises clients on PFI secondary market transactions, managing healthcare portfolios, restructuring and insolvencies in the care home sector, as well as private equity deals in the sector. Manchester office head Michael O’Connor leads the national practice and handles major transactions, complex projects and procurement matters; Matthew Newing and David Hartley specialise in PPP/PFI projects, while Andrew Pettinger also has a track record of work on corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Connor

Testimonials

The team have an extremely good understanding of the healthcare sector and the challenges it faces. The partners and senior team are exceptional in their insight and ability to understand and formulate an appropriate response to the problems.

My experience of this team is of its highly impressive product liability defence, product safety and product regulation team. On the litigation side, the team can handle the most heavyweight of disputes. The team also stands out for its in-depth product safety and regulation expertise. Particular sectors where the team is strong include life sciences, consumer health, and healthcare technology. The team are also very experienced in acting for and against parties supported by litigation funding.’

Key clients

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

STEP Springfield Village Ltd

Fulcrum Infrastructure Group Limited (FIG) and Fulcrum Infrastructure Management Limited

Care Concern, Richmond Retirement Villages, Downing LLP, Nazareth Care, Handsale, Healthcare Property Holdings

Central Manchester NHS Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University NHS Foundation Trust

Equitix

GB Partnerships Limited

Imagile Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by 17 NHS Foundation Trusts jointly to proceed with a claim in the High Court.
  • Appointed as legal advisor for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the Trust’s estates redevelopment programme. The entire project is valued circa £4bn.
  • Appointed by STEP Springfield Ltd to advise on the development of two new health facilities in Tooting and Kingston, as well as the redevelopment of the Tooting site for housing and commercial use.

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP represents clients involved in highly complex cases relating to medical mistreatment and deaths, especially concerning high-profile inquests and alleged violations of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). New head of department Charlotte Haworth Hird is a civil liberties and human rights practitioner, primarily acting for individuals in cases against the state, deaths in mental health custody, and breaches of the ECHR. She also represents families of individuals who have died in the care of mental health or learning disability services in civil claims. Jamie Potter focuses on regulatory advice, contentious public procurement, judicial review, and human rights law relating to healthcare for children. During 2019 Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) was promoted to senior consultant.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Haworth Hird

Testimonials

Bindmans are, in my view, the leading public law healthcare practice.’

Bindmans is an excellent law practice with a strong team of professionals.’

Jamie Potter is dedicated, straightforward and able to simplify complex matters. Very practical approach.’

Charlotte Haworth Hird is a superb solicitor. She is concise, intelligent, calm and thoughtful. She always spots the difficult points and finds an answer to them.’

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP's global scope enables it to focus on international healthcare projects, covering e-health and IP, IT, and data protection, as well as PPPs, major M&A and key transformational projects in the sector. For many years, the team has worked with IT suppliers on transforming the NHS. David Ayers and practice leader Simon Shooter advises high-profile NHS trusts and healthcare sector suppliers. Stuart Cairns handles public sector procurement, specifically with NHS healthcare trusts, while associate Ben Woodfield has advise on major healthcare projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Shooter

Testimonials

The Bird & Bird commercial team has been a huge support to us during the last several years, advising across a range of healthcare initiatives, including digital health and MedTech. Expertise in IP and regulatory affairs, and commercial structures/ incentives, with a view to international markets as well.

Simon Shooter is strategic, collaborative, responsive, and always willing to share knowledge, expertise, and network. A great friend to the team!

The kind of team that has found the perfect balance between a strong personal relationship and consistent point of contact but whilst knowing they have that deep expert in a specific topic as and when you need them. The feel of a personal boutique with the strength and reassurance of a corporate firm.’

Simon Shooter is an outstanding leader in his field. As an individual he is incredibly personable, remembers every aspect of your business without needing to re-cap even if you haven’t spoken for many months and responsive in a way that few senior partners normally are. He is the key reason we have chosen to work with Bird & Bird for many years.’

Key clients

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Group

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS London Procurement Partnership

eZono

Omnicell Group

Albion Capital

BGI Genomics Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust in relation to a number of complex technology contracts, including contract management and termination / exit.
  • Advised eZono on a number of strategic alliance and collaboration agreements with international partners for the licensing, development and integration of its guiding procedural ultrasound technology into partner products.
  • Advised Albion Capital, Ananda Ventures and Cass Entrepreneurship Fund on their Series A £3m investment round for Raremark, a real-world data collection platform focused on rare diseases to ultimately assist with drug development.

Blake Morgan LLP

The team at Blake Morgan LLP focuses on complex and high-value transactions in the healthcare sector, as well as providing highly specialist support to NHS England, NHS Wales, and national private providers. The team also has expertise in public law, prison health, social care transactions, and GDPR compliance. Practice leader Bruce Potter focuses on PPPs, transactions, and private procurements. Cardiff-based health and social care head Eve Piffaretti advises on statutory interpretation of health and social care and regulatory law, while professor and consultant Richard Jones advises on mental health and community care law.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Potter; Eve Piffaretti

Other key lawyers:

Richard Jones

Testimonials

We have always found Blake Morgan to be exceptionally helpful in our commercial discussions. They always add value to the process rather than just ticking the box, which is what we have experienced with some other firms. Blake Morgan take the time to understand the underlying issue and provide a range of legal solutions rather than simply quoting the law back at you. Their strengths are in procurement, drafting and application of appropriate commercial agreements. The way they work makes it feel as though they are an extension to the team rather than an external adviser.’

We always value Bruce Potter’s pragmatism and solutions-focus. Bruce has earned the confidence of the team, including that of our director. We can rely on Bruce to give us a straight answer when the law demands it and potential options for consideration when these are available.’

The team has a reassuring ability to provide sound legal advice whilst at the same time accurately reading a situation and judging the internal politics of an organisation. This combination of excellent people skills and sound legal advice makes the life of the in-house team so much easier. Blake Morgan has a fantastic ability to cut through the noise and get to the nub of the issue whilst keeping everyone on board.’

Speedy clear and concise advice. Considered as experts. I always prefer to go straight to Blake Morgan to avoid delay and ensure the advice is reliable.

Richard Jones stands out. You can always rely on Richard to respond almost immediately to most queries. He usually knows the answer off the top of his head and even the more complicated queries are responded to quickly and most importantly in a language that you can understand! On occasions where other legislation overlaps you can rely on Richard to ensure that you are handed over to the most appropriate person to assist.’

The practice has a wealth of knowledge and expertise. They are flexible, and accessible, ensuring the right person is always available to provide the appropriate advice and information.’

The individuals have an excellent range and depth on knowledge on their subject. Both Richard Jones and Eve Piffaretti are extremely knowledgeable and respected in their field. They are always approachable, and the advice they offer to practitioners has been helpful and practical. They have a good understanding of the challenges facing staff, and have are therefore able to offer appropriate, practical, and applicable advice.’

The Blake Morgan team always goes the extra mile to understand what we need and what we are trying to achieve. They have developed a real understanding of our business, and the challenges we face. We have worked with Bruce Potter for a number of years, and our board values the advice and support he offers. He is not afraid to challenge preconceptions and to expect the board and individual board members to challenge their preconceptions to ensure we provide the best care we can in the most effective way possible to ensure that we achieve our strategic objectives.’

Key clients

Various Charities

Oxford Academic Health Science Network

Circle Nottingham Limited

NHS England

The Welsh Ministers (WM)

Hywel Dda University Local Health Board

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised on a complex procurement challenge against Rushcliffe CCG about competition to run former NHS treatment centre, with a value in excess of £10m.
  • Acted on complex procurement challenge to a £1bn procurement project designed to support elimination of Hepatitis C from England, then successfully defended major challenge.
  • Defended complex mental health challenge against both changes to treatment conditions and European Communities of Human Rights conditions.

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP's cross-disciplinary team has a national reach, advising NHS Trusts, GPs, care homes, charities, and other government agencies on a range of matters including high-profile judicial review cases, major healthcare infrastructure projects, clinical law, healthcare-related litigation and reputation management. Andrew Rowland leads the national practice. Peter Edwards works in public law; Francis Lyons advises NHS Trusts on contentious matters; and Stephen Tainsh focuses on corporate, commercial, and finance issues for NHS Trusts. The team has seen recent growth in defending clinical negligence claims. In 2019, newly promoted partner Paul McFarlane and legal director Charlotte Rathbone joined from Weightmans LLP and Browne Jacobson LLP, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rowland

Testimonials

‘The team is accessible, responsive, and knowledgeable. They have a broad range of expertise so when there are areas of uncertainty, another specialist in the area can pick up.’

‘They understand the primary care landscape both from the commissioner and provider side.’

‘Stephen Tainsh was very supportive through a very complex negotiation and dispute. His advice was always well considered and thought-through. His knowledge of the contract was exceptional and he was resilient when his advice was challenged. His support went above and beyond what would be expected and his personal approach helped at the most challenging times..’

‘Andrew Rowland runs a very tight ship, is fantastic with clients and goes the extra mile.’

‘Paul McFarlane is a great addition to the team and is another who is fantastic with clients and puts them at ease.’

‘Stephen Tainsh is highly knowledgeable across the sector and has a very wide set of skills covering all aspects of healthcare.’

Key clients

Sellers of the controlling interest in a med tech company.

CHG-Meridian UK Limited

Getinge UK Limited

NHS Resolution, St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust

Social Work England

Medicus Health Partnerships

Various Primary Care Networks

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Nursing & Midwifery Council

General Dental Council

East London NHS Foundation Trust

Department of Health & Social Care

NHS Improvement

Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Berkshire University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted on all planning and property aspects of the £98m disposal of the existing Heatherwood Hospital site in Ascot via a series of land transactions, making way for up to 230 homes, a new hospital and a new primary care GP hub.
  • Advised CHG-Meridian in relation to a tri-partite equipment managed services arrangement involving Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust as the customer and Olympus Medical as the sub-contractor.
  • Defended an NHS Trust against a claim for failing to warn the claimant that her father suffered from Huntington’s disease, denying her the opportunity to terminate her pregnancy, as the condition is hereditary.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises clients including retail pharmacies, healthcare charities, and healthcare corporations on complex transactions, including M&A, sales and leasebacks, debt and equity financings, and corporate reorganisations. The healthcare regulatory team is lead by Noel Wardle in Guildford. He focuses on pharmacy law, with expertise in advising pharmacists appearing before NHS England Fitness to Practice Panels and other relevant tribunals, inquests, and councils. Michael Lingens leads the healthcare practice and advises on corporate and transactional work in the healthcare sector, while Tim Jenkins leads the healthcare transactions team and focuses on deals involving pharmacy, dental, and veterinary practices.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lingens

Other key lawyers:

Noel Wardle; Tim Jenkins

Key clients

CareTech Holdings

Country Court Care

Juno Health

Dentex Healthcare Group

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

The National Pharmacy Association

Minster Care Group

Kreos Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Juno Health on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Avicenna Holdings, which comprises of 21 pharmacies, as well as Avicenna’s buying group operations and serving more than 1,000 pharmacies.
  • Advised longstanding client, Kreos Capital, on a number of investments including their $20m growth capital investment in JenaValve Technology Inc, a US company founded to develop next generation transcatheter aortic valve replacement systems.
  • Advised one of the leading providers of specialist care in the UK on a transaction to raise £32.6m in cash to further support its growth strategy through a ground rent agreement with funds managed by Alpha Real Capital at a net initial yield of 2.85%.

Clyde & Co LLP

With teams based across the UK, but with a particularly strong presence in London and Edinburgh, Clyde & Co LLP works with medical insurers, private healthcare providers and over 85 NHS trusts on a broad range of matters, covering coroner inquests, clinical negligence defence and high-profile medical malpractice matters. Practice head and 'superb leaderClaire Petts represents clinicians before regulatory bodies in inquests and has particular experience of advising on highly complex brain injury claims. Solicitor advocate and assistant coroner for West London Gemma Brannigan is one of the 'go-to individuals' for inquest work, as well as on inquiries and investigations, while Jacques Howell is an 'inquest expert', and specialises in investigations and inquiries.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petts

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Brannigan; Jacques Howell

Testimonials

Very friendly, helpful and efficient team who are always on hand to assist.’

All members of staff always provide a timely response and are very supportive. They have particularly been supportive during the pandemic and ensured that our team know they are happy to help in any way they can.’

A superb leader in Claire Petts and a strong team beneath her. Claire is a giant in the field, hugely respected, with excellent judgement.’

The Clyde & Co health and social care team is highly regarded by all of its peer firms. I know first hand that those leaving rival firms would consider it a significant ‘step up’ in their career progression to be offered a place with Claire Petts’ team. Claire has a national and international reputation.’

‘The team has significant strengths in all of the major cities including London, Birmigham, Manchester, Bristol, parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their clients include all of the major insurers and medical defence organisations and they also represent some of the leading independent sector organisations; these clients seek the best legal representation and often need advice within hours of an healthcare issue or crisis arising. Those clients know they can rely on Claire’s team for expert and speedy advice. This is a tough and resilient team who will look to reach a sensible outcome but who will not shy away from litigation if the need arises.’

Gemma Brannigan is considered one of the ‘go-to individuals’ for Court of Protection and inquest work in London and the South East.’

Jacques Howell is a leading in-house barrister who is considered an inquest expert. He also represents and guides major healthcare clients who are subject to police investigations. Jacques is known for his measured and tactical approach that brings these emotionally charged criminal investigations to a non-prosecution conclusion.’

Key clients

North London Clinical Commissioning Group

South Central Ambulance Service

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust

Medical Protection Society

MDDUS

Premium Medical Protection

Zurich

Dale Underwriting

Polarspeed

Ashford & St Peters NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust following the death of a baby at the hospital and asked by the Trust to carry out an independent investigation into the care received as well as represent the Trust in a civil claim, inquest, criminal investigation and investigations by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and ICO.
  • Instructed by the Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Trust following the death of a baby at the hospital and asked by the Trust to carry out an independent investigation into the care received as well as represent the Trust in a civil claim, inquest, criminal investigation and investigations by the CCQ and ICO.

CMS

The international cross-disciplinary team at CMS provides advice on a wide range of healthcare-related matters, including major transactions, high-value medical claims, international inbound investment into the UK, and related contentious work. The team has particular experience on cross-border M&A and real estate transactions involving Germany, France, Spain, and Saudi Arabia. Head of healthcare Warren Taylor acts for high-profile investors, support services providers, and investments banks in the healthcare sector. In May 2019, Alaina Wadsworth and Jenny Walker were both promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Warren Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Alaina Wadsworth; Jenny Walker

Key clients

Abbey Care Homes

Assura

Aurora Care & Education

Balfour Beatty

Barchester Healthcare

BMI Healthcare

British Medical Association

BUPA

Care UK

Cindat Capital Management

Civitas Social Housing

Core Assets

FTI Consulting

General Optical Council

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust

Hamberley Development

HCA International

HealthTrust Europe

HSBC

Johnson & Johnson

Moorfield Eye Hospital NHS Trust

NatWest

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

NHS National Services Scotland

Nuffield Health

Omega Healthcare Investors

Outcomes First Group

PegasusLife

Primary Health Properties

Public Health England

South Central Ambulance NHS Trust

Sovereign Capital

Spire Healthcare

The Medical Defence Union & The Dental Defence Union

Welltower Inc

Westfield Health

Work highlights

  • Advised Cindat Capital Management on the acquisition of the remaining 49% interest in a portfolio of 67 care homes across the UK in a joint venture with the US REIT, Omega Healthcare Investors.
  • Advised Public Health England on procurement, construction, consultant contracts, and ongoing project advisory support for the new circa £400m 650,000 sq ft laboratory and public health campus being built in Essex.
  • Advised Spire Healthcare on the disposal of two cancer centres and the establishment of an innovative partnership with GenesisCare.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher works with private healthcare providers, start-ups, and professional regulators on a wide range of matters, including regulatory work, data protection and privacy, reproductive technologies, eHealth services, and personal injury and medical negligence. Practice leader Sarah Ellson is particularly experienced in bioscience regulation and advising pharmacy and optical providers. Former life sciences head Alison Dennis left to join Taylor Wessing.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson

Key clients

Roche Products

Professional Standards Authority

Olympus KeyMed

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Trisel plc

Nursing & Midwifery Council

PRA Health Sciences

Forward Clinical Ltd

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has particular expertise advising clients on digital health matters, integrated healthcare issues, and major care home restructurings and acquisitions, such as advising on flagship NHS projects, groundbreaking PPPs and multi-practice mergers of GP practices into super-partnerships. Practice leader Robert Breedon focuses on integrated healthcare issues and joint ventures between providers and commissioners, while Hugh Maule handles venture capital matters and corporate work for public companies on the AIM and main markets. Based in Birmingham, Andrew Litchfield advises on regulatory work and is a specialist in managing risk and the avoidance of regulatory criminal offences.

Practice head(s):

Robert Breedon

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Litchfield; Hugh Maule

Testimonials

Gowling WLG demonstrate a flexible and commercial approach.’

My first point of call – they are very high quality and commercial. Robert Breedon is outstanding.’

The team has in-depth understanding which is reflected in all our transactional work. Their ability to appreciate the concerns of the other side and clearly address these concerns has been key in achieving the success that we have. We also do quite a bit of international work and their access to international associates that can provide specific advice has been very helpful.’

Key clients

Department of Health and Social Care

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG and NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Limited

UDG Healthcare Group plc

Lakeside Healthcare

Horder Healthcare

Synlab Group (includes Labco UK, Integrated Pathology Partnerships and Synlab)

Circle Health

Formation Capital, LLC

Getinge Group (includes ArjoHuntleigh UK, Arjo Ltd Med AB, Arjo Med Aktiebolag, Altrax Group, Getinge Infection Control AB, Getinge UK)

Montreux Healthcare Fund

Beckman Coulter (UK) Limited

Central Surrey Health Limited

Philips Electronics (Healthcare)

Sitekit Applications Limited

Rehab Without Walls Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Montreux Healthcare on its acquisition of Independence Homes Ltd and the respiratory care company Remeo Healthcare.
  • Advised Sitekit on the data protection legal aspects concerning the use of the e-Red Book by the NHS and users.
  • Advised Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals on a range of public private partnerships including the joint venture with Diaverum for the provision of renal dialysis services to NHS patients in south London.

Hempsons

Hempsons fields a 'very strong team' with 'lots of experience in this sector', advising public and private healthcare organisations on matters such as intra-NHS transactions, joint ventures and major procurement deals. Based in London, John Holmes leads the team, which acts for over a third of the UK's mental health trusts, while Mary Menjou - 'a real star in her field' - leads the clinical negligence team. Ian Hempseed, Tania Francis, and Miriam Farley are also highly regarded. In April 2019, Justin Cumberlege joined the London office from Cripps Pemberton Greenish, while in January 2020, Adam Smith and Surjit Dubb joined from Eastwoods.

Testimonials

Very strong team, lots of experience in this sector, and everyone I work with is committed, clever, and skilled, as well as sensible.

Mary Menjou is hugely experienced and committed to all the cases she supervises – a real star in her field.’

The whole team is personable and makes me feel like I am their only client. They are very knowledgeable and I am confident in their ability to represent my trust with professionalism and confidence.’

When in court they are able to pinpoint concerns on both sides and treat them in a necessary manner without asking unnecessary questions.’

All staff members have an excellent rapport and only ask questions when necessary and not raising matters because they feel they need to.

Key clients

NHS Resolution & Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Healthbridge Direct

UKHCDO – The United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors’ Organisation

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented UKHCDO, a core participant in the Infected Blood Inquiry. UKHCDO are named in the Terms of Reference as they are an association of doctors treating patients in haemophilia centres in the UK at the material time and since.
  • Advised NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group on a competitive procurement and contract drafting issues for a contract for adult community services with an OJEU advertised contract value of £2m over five years.

Kennedys

The 'modern and forward-thinking' team at Kennedys acts for large healthcare providers across the UK, as well as significant health trusts and mental health trusts, handling heavy-duty matters such as judicial reviews and High Court cases. It frequently deals with highly sensitive cases, high-profile litigation and Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act queries. Practice co-head Robert Tobin splits his time between London and Cambridge, and leads on high-profile healthcare and mental health cases, while practice co-head Amanda Mead is based in Cambridge, and is particularly experienced in clinical negligence cases. Daniel Freeman continues to work in emergency declarations, mental health matters, and inquests.Long-serving partner Janet Sayers retired in April 2019.

Practice head(s):

Rob Tobin; Amanda Mead

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Freeman

Testimonials

‘A modern and forward-thinking firm.’

‘Amanda Mead is unflappable and organised. Obviously trusted by her clients.’

‘Fantastic lawyers – always insightful and happy to help.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

NHS England

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS)

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

North East London NHS Foundation trust

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for Barts Health NHS Trust in a high-profile matter concerning a five-year-old child that culminated in a one-week hearing at the High Court in London.
  • Advised the Health and Social Care Advisory Service, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, and Welsh Government on the independent enquiry into alleged institutional abuse at Tawel Fan Ward, Wales.
  • Represented the East Suffolk North Essex NHS Foundation Trust in the Court of Protection where the Trust seeks to displace a patient’s relatives from being involved in her best interest discussion on the basis that they are causing her significant harm.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The full-service team at Pinsent Masons LLP has particular expertise in advising private equity houses and property funds on healthcare deals. The team also has strong knowledge of social care and regulatory issues relating to live-in care, and advises hospitals on large-scale PPP and PFIs with international health providers. Practice leader Joanne Ellis advises on social care and dental law-related matters, while Robert Moir focuses on real estate sector clients seeking to invest in healthcare real estate. In February 2020, Kate Orviss left the team to start a consulting business.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Robert Moir

Testimonials

Pinsent Masons offer a very collaborative approach; you really feel like they are part of your team. Without exception, all of the team are readily available and respond quickly to emails and answer the phone themselves, rather than being redirected to someone to take a message. This really helps as it enables us to move very quickly and with no delays.’

It is difficult to pick an individual that stands out as they all provide the support and service to a very high standard and are very much a team.

They are willing to consider the wider relationship we have with the firm, which means we are able to leverage value from this in terms of legal fees, training, and contacts.’

Key clients

Good Care Group

David and Ceri Houston

Medical Properties Trust (MPT)

Dental Partners

UDG Healthcare

Xeon Smiles

LoneStar

Riverdale

Keys Group

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of the shareholders on the disposal of the Good Care Group.
  • Acted on behalf of Medical Properties Trust (MPT) on the acquisition of eight UK hospitals.
  • Acted on behalf of UDG Healthcare plc on the acquisition of Incisive Health Ltd.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has cross-sector experience of working with NHS Trusts, GPs, non-NHS operators, and other service providers on key areas such as M&A and private equity, real estate, and regulatory and public law matters. Practice co-head Tim Nye focuses on investors and operators of social care and healthcare matters, domiciliary care, and mental healthcare. Fellow co-head Kyle Holling is a projects lawyer with expertise in real estate and the Care Quality Commission regulatory scheme. Fiona Thomson joined from DLA Piper in September 2019.

Practice head(s):

Tim Nye; Kyle Holling

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Thomson

Testimonials

Excellent sector knowledge and commercial acumen really help with structuring complex operational real estate deals. A great can-do attitude and helpful and pragmatic in getting business done.’

Tim Nye has great knowledge of real estate and able to think across to different subsectors to help frame structures. Very deal-focused and maintains both momentum and detail in progressing complex issues.’

Kyle Holling has a strategic understanding of growth sectors and unique level of understanding of leasehold and tenure as they relate to operational real estate.’

Tim Nye is excellent. He provides calm clear advice and is always available to ensure the right teams are in place.’

Key clients

Department of Health and Social Care

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Octopus Real Estate & Schroders Real Estate

Caring Homes Healthcare Group

Swanton Care and Community Group

Apposite Capital

Shawbrook Bank

Anchor Hanover Group

Dimensions

Work highlights

  • Advised Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust on the St Pancras Hospital redevelopment.
  • Continued to provide advice to the London Borough of Sutton on the public sector and procurement aspects of the London Cancer Hub campus.
  • Assisted longstanding client MedicX Healthfund on the acquisition of two sites in Bishop’s Cleeve and Didcot.

Weightmans LLP

The healthcare regulatory team at Weightmans LLP advises NHS trusts and other key government bodies, as well as primary care providers, with extensive experience in reputation management for NHS trusts arising out of major patient safety incidents, as well as public inquiries, investigations, and governance reviews. Richard Jolly, Emlyn Williams, and Rachel Kneale jointly lead the team. In 2019, Michael Clifford, Kiran Sekhon, and David Birch joined from Capsticks LLP.

Testimonials

‘We have always received prompt and efficient attention.’

Key clients

NHS Blood & Transplant

NHS England

Partnership Caring Ltd

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Kent LMC

Nuffield Health

NHS Resolution

British Medical Association

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Defence Union

Celesio UK

Orchard House Surgery

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

CFC

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for NHS Blood and Transplant in the Infected Blood Inquiry.
  • Acted for Public Health England in respect to an inquest in relation to  the death of a 21-year-old male.
  • Represented IDH Group and their insurers on a vicarious liability case regarding allegedly provided negligent dental treatment.

Burges Salmon LLP

The full-service, cross-practice team at Burges Salmon LLP advises high-profile clients such as independent healthcare providers, and medical device and medicine providers to the NHS on a range of matters, such as debt finance and private equity, procurement, commercial contracts and M&A. It also has extensive experience advising on issues related to grant funding and dispute. Director Patrick Parkin specialises in commercial contracts and regulation, while senior associate Richard Binns focuses on dispute resolution and procurement challenges relating to NHS contracts.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Parkin

Other key lawyers:

Richard Binns

Testimonials

‘Having worked with the Burges Salmon team on number of healthcare transactions, I would have no hesitation recommending them in respect of this sector. Their general legal knowledge (and how this should be applied commercially) is excellent, as is their knowledge of the nuances that you need to be aware of in the healthcare arena. Their project management skills in moving a transaction through to completion are excellent as is their ability to focus in on the key issues. Overall, an excellent team.’

‘The Burges Salmon Team has always come through for our company, providing timely and practical advice. Some of their lawyers have worked for the NHS, providing them with a unique perspective on how to successfully partner with the NHS.’

‘Patrick Parkin provides thoughtful, practical and timely guidance. He is a fantastic resource for our company.’

‘Richard Binns is strong, and works with good private healthcare clients; he takes an aggressive and thorough approach.’

‘Technically strong – one of the best teams on procurement matters.’

Key clients

Virgin Care

Department of Health and Social Care

Optegra Eye Healthcare

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Synergy Health (UK) Limited (a subsidiary of STERIS plc)

Somerset Care

Cobalt Health

University of Oxford and Vaccine Manufacturing Innovation Centre

Nanopharm Limited

Vifor Pharma

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department of Health and Social Care on the procurement of three contracts to allow for the continued supply of medicines and medical devices to the NHS and other healthcare providers from mainland Europe post-Brexit.
  • Advised US-based Synergy Health (UK) Ltd on its acquisition of UK-based Diagmed Healthcare Ltd.
  • Advised longstanding healthcare client Somerset Care Ltd, completing a refinance of the company’s banking facility from Lloyds Bank to Barclays Bank.

Irwin Mitchell

The 'unique' team at Irwin Mitchell litigates on behalf of clients across a wide range healthcare cases, touching on issues such as human rights violations concerning end of life care, medical mistreatment and abuse allegations. Based in Sheffield, practice leader Yogi Amin handles public law and civil liberties matters, with expertise in mental capacity, safeguarding vulnerable adults, medical ethics, and access to NHS healthcare. Located in Manchester, Mathieu Culverhouse was promoted to partner in 2019 and specialises in patient rights and mental capacity law. While a trio of lawyers left to form Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP in April 2020, 'stand-out individualOliver Studdert joined from Simpson Millar LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Testimonials

My experience of Irwin Mitchell has always been excellent. have found all of the individuals I have worked with to be perceptive, proactive, and efficient. They are fully deserving of their stellar reputation.’

I would single out Irwin Mitchell employees for their thoroughness with cases, legal knowledge, and excellent tactical advice.’

Yogi Amin, Mat Culverhouse and Ollie Studdert are all top players in the field of healthcare law. They lead one of the strongest teams in the country.

Ollie Studdert is a stand-out individual here. Irwin Mitchell pulled off a real coup in recruiting him. His experience and expertise is second to none.

The practice is unique in that they make the legal process very accessible to communities that are disempowered by very powerful interests who are trying to ride roughshod over hospital and community health care services. We have found Irwin Mitchel very professional and approachable and user-friendly.’

We have been impressed by their proactive approach to our case. Even when our case has had setbacks from the court, they have not been fazed and have outlined the legal arguments that exist in the current law but are also prepared to push the envelope on law which has no precedent. We think this is very important because it shows that they have a deep interest in fighting for the enrichment of public law for the interests of all. We think their work is exceptional.’

Key clients

Noel Conway – Dignity in Dying

Tafeeda Raqeeb v. London NHS Trust

Bower and Jackson

North Staffordshire Pensioners’ Convention

R on the application of AA v Rotherham MBC

Gail and Matthew Rich (in relation to their children Nicole and Jessica Rich)

Aamir Mazhar

Work highlights

  • Acted for a private client supported by Dignity in Dying, in this ‘right to die’ judicial review against the Secretary of State for Justice, seeking a declaration of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act 1998.
  • Represented Tafeeda Raqueeb, a five year old girl kept in life support at the Royal London Hospital, following a traumatic brain injury. Undertook judicial review proceedings regarding her detention in hospital following the hospital’s expression of intent to withdraw life support and failure to take into account her rights under EU law.
  • Acted for four children with Batten disease, an extremely rare and fatal neurodegenerative condition, to challenge a NICE decision that was withdrawing funding of the only known life extending treatment available for their condition.

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

The London team at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP advises multinational clients on a broad spectrum of matters such as M&A, joint ventures, corporate and regulatory work and private equity deals. It has particular specialisms in international healthcare transactions, digital health diagnostic technologies, and handles complex work related to cancer and kidney care. The 'brilliant' Hamid Yunis and the 'excellentSharon Lamb lead in the practice. Yunis focuses on transactions, such as M&A and private equity deals, PPPs,and corporate finance, while Lamb handles both healthcare transactions and regulatory advice. Associate David Gibson provides corporate and finance advice.

Practice head(s):

Hamid Yunis; Sharon Lamb

Other key lawyers:

David Gibson

Testimonials

The multi-dimensional scope of expertise by the team completely fulfilled all of our needs. Very responsive in a timely manner to all concerns and issues that were raised.’

The wisdom, elegance and balance demonstrated by Hamid Yunis were indispensable in completing our acquisition. He quickly became a trusted and valued member of our leadership team.

The team has a real and practical knowledge of the healthcare sector, from the perspective both of public authorities and private entities. Standards of client care are very high. The team can draw on the firm’s other groups, including litigation, very effectively.’

Sharon Lamb is particularly excellent. She has an extensive knowledge of the healthcare sector, including the legal framework. She is well-versed in the practical considerations faced both by NHS and private entities. I have also been very impressed by her strategic thinking, in terms of efficiently meeting client goals.’

They are really good at understanding your business, concerns and needs. A very practical approach while being excellent from the technical point of view. The partner I have worked with, Hamid Yunis, is really brilliant from the strategical standpoint. The team is always available and ready to assist whenever your need their support. That was important for me considering my company is based outside the UK.

Sharon Lamb is THE go-to healthcare lawyer. She knows everything and everyone and works relentlessly hard.’

Key clients

Cygnet (UHS)

Varian Medical Systems, Inc.

Alliance Medical

Specsavers

Babylon Healthcare

Varex Imaging, Inc.

UHHS Cleveland

Guildhouse UK

UPMC

Eurofins

Emirates Medical Group

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP advises on high-value healthcare matters for hospitals and other operators, such as healthcare PPPs and PFI deals. The team has additional expertise in NHS outsourcing, procurement of supplies and services, facilities management, and construction projects. Practice co-leader Simon Hancock is an infrastructure expert, while the 'highly respected' Catherine Wolfenden works on NHS procurements. New practice co-leader Will James, an intellectual property disputes specialist, joined from Marks & Clerk Law in April 2019.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hancock; Will James

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Wilfenden

Testimonials

The practice is like an extension of my department – all are extremely competent, personable, and have a deep understanding of our business. The team genuinely cares about the business results we achieve. They are true partners, both business and thinking partners.’

There is great depth in the department, so whoever we deal with we know we are getting the best advice possible.’

Catherine Wolfenden is an industry-leading partner; highly respected with deep knowledge and love for procurement law.

Key clients

GAMA Healthcare Ltd.

Universal Health Services Inc

Pegasus Life

EE

Mountain Healthcare

Caledonia Investments

Imtech Low Carbon Solutions Ltd

Synova Capital

Grifols

Colony Capital REIT

Work highlights

  • Advised Management of BMI Healthcare on the $2bn sale of a 50-site portfolio of private hospitals and associated sale of BMI Healthcare, the operator of said facilities.
  • Acted for EE on the £900m, Home Office Emergency Services Network Project Contract project to provide a next generation communication system for the ambulance service and other emergency services.
  • Advised Barratt on the Springfield heating project to provide heating to Springfield Hospital in Tooting, South West London.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP frequently deals with highly sensitive issues before the Court of Protection, while also advising private healthcare providers, NHS clients, and mental health trusts regarding CQC investigations, health and safety investigations, safeguarding investigations, challenges to inspection reports, and ICO complaints. Head of healthcare Andrew Parsons advises NHS private healthcare providers on CQC issues, care homes and mental health law, inquests, and judicial reviews. In September 2019, senior legal officer Nicole O’Reilly joined from the Royal College of Nursing.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Parsons

Other key lawyers:

Nicole O’Reilly

Testimonials

This is a top-end team with some of the best in the business for regulatory law.’

Clear market leaders for NHS and particularly private clients. The team has great depth and variety and particularly attuned to working with the clients’ commercial realities in the private healthcare and care home sectors.

Andrew Parsons is simply the best healthcare lawyer there is. Calm and reassuring with clients his cool exterior belies the fact that his brain is working quicker than anyone else in the room.’

Key clients

Central and North West NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented the Mental Health NHS Trust in an inquest that concerned the killing by a patient of the Trust in the community of his girlfriend, who had formerly been a patient.
  • Acted for a NHS Trust who had been asked to undertake the care of a patient who was being treated for mental health problems in the Republic of Ireland.
  • A client had received an inspection report from the CQC with an overall rating of ‘Good’. They had been informed by a former CQC employee that the report should have been ‘Outstanding’. The team made representation to the CQC that the approach they had adopted had been flawed, with a view to a possible rating challenge.

Shoosmiths LLP

Advising private care service providers across England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, Shoosmiths LLP is known for its expertise regarding clinical and medical negligence claims. The team also advises private cosmetic surgery providers, opticians and pharmacies, and medical device manufacturers on matters such as M&A transactions and real estate. Practice leader Paul Batchelor specialises in M&A, private equity, and investment structures, while Hayley Saunders focuses on inquests.

Practice head(s):

Paul Batchelor

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Saunders

Key clients

National Care Group Limited

Precious Homes Support Limited

Churchill Retirement Plc

Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging Limited

Tanglewood Holding Company Limited

Marker AG

Boots plc

Dukes Education

Carewatch

Octopus Healthcare

Lasercare Clinics (Harrogate) Limited

Active Assistance

Cinnamon Group

Work highlights

  • Advised social care provider National Care Group on the acquisition of Integra Group.
  • Drafted and negotiated pre-let Agreements for Lease with institutionally acceptable long income leases to major care operators before selling each investment to three separate funds by way of a Forward Funded Transaction.
  • Advised the claimant in connection with negligent treatment of breast cancer following treatment from jailed breast surgeon Ian Paterson.

Stephenson Harwood

The London team at Stephenson Harwood works with the wider firm's lawyers across Europe, Asia and the Middle East to advise international banks, private equity investors and private hospitals on all aspects of healthcare transactions, including M&A, capital markets, commercial contracts, IP, regulatory, pensions, and employment. Karima Hudson leads the practice, while Andrew Edge leads the corporate team. Malcom MacDougall, Richard Coleman and Adam Crossley joined as partners from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in November 2019, while Warren Allan departed for Proskauer Rose LLP in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Karima Hudson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Edge

Testimonials

The team we worked with were very hands-on and easy to work with. They aspects of the transaction easy for our client to understand.’

Karima Hudson is extremely personable and commercial. I always recommend her to clients who are going through their first M&A transaction due to the way she breaks down complex legal points into a more simple and easy to understand issues.

Key clients

Formation Capital LLC

HC-One

Salutem Healthcare

Glenside Care Group

NHP Holdco 1 Ltd

Circle Health

Bowmark Capital LLC

NMC Healthcare

Acadia Healthcare

Health iQ

Nexus Tradeco Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Nexus Tradeco Limited (Nexus), in its role as property manager of Primary Health Properties (PHP), on the merger of PHP and Medicx, creating Britain’s largest healthcare real estate investment trust.
  • Advised the sellers of Health iQ on its sale by way of auction process to Corrona LLC.
  • Advised the mid-market private equity firm Bowmark Capital on the disposal of Care Fertility Holdings Limited, the UK’s leading fertility clinic group for IVF treatment, to Silverfleet Capital.

Travers Smith LLP

The team at Travers Smith LLP is strong in corporate, regulatory, and private equity work for healthcare sector clients, with a renowned track record of work on M&A deals. Practice head Doug Bryden frequently advises pharmaceutical and medical product manufacturers on liability issues and regulatory compliance. Edmund Reed can draw on his previous experience as an investment manager focusing on the healthcare sector, while Simon Rutman handles real estate investment and development-related work.

Practice head(s):

Doug Bryden

Other key lawyers:

Edmund Reed; Simon Rutman

Key clients

Impact Acquisitions

Cinnamon Care Capital

Edgbaston Care Home Limited

The Access Group

Bracco Imaging

Mears Group PLC

Graphnet Health Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on various acquisitions for Impact Acquisitions including multiple care homes and other properties.
  • Assisted Cinnamon Care Capital on its refinancing of a care home and assisted living unit care development in Hextable, Kent.
  • Advised Mears Group plc on the disposal of its England and Wales domiciliary care business to Cera Care Operations Holdings Limited.

VWV

Bristol-based firm VWV is primarily known for its work advising GP clients on a range of matters, including joint ventures, the formation of GP super-partnerships, and partnership and contractual disputes. The team has particular experience advising dental practices regarding dental procurement challenges and also advises on M&A deals. Practice leader Ben Willis specialises in GP surgery development work, Oliver Pool focuses on GP partnership mergers, and Mark Jarvis advises on NHS regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Ben Willis

Other key lawyers:

Mark Jarvis; Oliver Pool

Testimonials

They were absolutely straight with me, evaluating my chances, warning me what could go wrong and telling me what this could cost so that I was able to make a fully informed decision and go ahead with my eyes open. The whole team was supportive and made sure I knew exactly what was happening, advising me so that I could make the choices that were needed.’

VWV has been supportive of us to understand our role and has supported us effectively in negotiating with other organisations.’

Mark Jarvis has provided valuable support to us in a Joint Venture agreement and a subcontract between healthcare providers. The work was accurately costed in advance and delivered on budget and on time to a high quality.’

Key clients

Barnet Homes Limited Healthcare

The Confederation, Hillingdon CIC

Mark Thompson

Kent LMC

Work highlights

  • Advised the Confederation, Hillingdon CIC on an accountable care partnership covering NW London and on corporate restricting.
  • Advised a GP Federation on a contract with a software development company for the production of a recruitment and staff management application.
  • Advised a GP Partnership on the sale of their surgery premises and transfer of their primary medical services contract to a corporate vehicle.