Healthcare in London

Bevan Brittan LLP

The team at Bevan Brittan LLP are pre-eminent in the healthcare sector, acting for a high number of NHS providers, clinical commissioning groups and independent health and social care organisations. The team is best known for advising clients through changing governance and regulation, guiding clients through health-related transactions, supporting them through investigatory processes and assisting independent health and social care organisations integrate with the NHS. Matters covered by the team regularly address fundamental human rights like personal autonomy and the right to life. Vincent Buscemi heads the independent health and social care practice, advising a range of NHS organisations, as well as investors, funders, developers and operators on a diverse range of corporate, commercial, transactional and regulatory matters. Rosemary Jago has extensive experience advising on high value procurements for NHS clients, while Carly Caton advises NHS commissioners on all types of commercial projects, transactions and partnering arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Lloyd; Vincent Buscemi

Other key lawyers:

Rosemary Jago; Carly Caton; Letitia Winterflood-Blood

Testimonials

‘Carly Caton has been my main contact throughout and she is so amenable, always willing to go the extra yard and has become someone who’s judgement I value very highly.’

‘Carly Caton has been instrumental in getting the programme we are working on to the point that it is. She is always responsive and explains everything in a thorough way. She is responsive to our requests for meetings and always returns tasks when she say she will. It is a pleasure working with her’

‘Vincent Buscemi and Carly Caton consistently offer an exceptionally high level of support. Always prepared to go the extra mile, they ensure client satisfaction remains high at all times. They combine expertise with relationship skills, insight and humour.’

‘Extensive knowledge of the NHS and, in particular, the requirements of the our Hospital trust’

‘They are extremely approachable, accessible and understanding of our requirements. Their expert opinion is highly valued by the organisation.’

Key clients

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

King Edward VII Hospital (KEVII)

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Barts NHS Foundation Trust

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

NHS Property Services

NHSEI

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust on a shared service project
  • Advised the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Circle Hospital (Bath) Ltd from Circle Health Limited.
  • Advising the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust on the development of a significant (£500m+) new acute hospital on a greenfield site, as part of the New Hospital Programme.

Browne Jacobson LLP

The national health and social care team at Browne Jacobson LLP is particularly renowned for its advice on the creation of integrated care systems and expertise on service reconfiguration and NHS mergers. The team includes experts from five different offices, giving them a strong national presence and a combined wealth of experience in integrated care, social care, insurance, health tech, local government, education and criminal and regulatory law. Team leader Gerard Hanratty is at the forefront of advising the NHS on the development of integrated care systems and health technology innovations. Christian Dingwall specialises in governance, regulation and compliance for the NHS, standing out for his experience in contracting, procurement and trust creation. Charlotte Harpin regularly advises on complex governance and public law issues in the health sector.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Hanratty

Other key lawyers:

Christian Dingwall; Charlotte Harpin; Victoria Thourgood

Key clients

NHS England

NHS Resolution

CNA Hardy

MPS

NHS Transformation Unit

East London NHS FT

Mid & South Essex NHS FT

Essex Partnership University NHS FT

North East London NHS FT

North East London CCG

Work highlights

  • Representing and defending NHS England from a judicial review which attempted to get the National Framework on Continuing Healthcare declared unlawful in part and argued all decisions which had led to a refusal of CHC should be retaken. As CHC is an annual c.£4billion cost then the potential consequences were very significant.
  • Advising the Welsh Government Primary Care Health Division on their reform of the provision of primary care health services in Wales. This has included the development of, and drafting provisions for, replacement secondary legislation (and related contractual provisions) for General Medical, Dental and Ophthalmic contractors and associated Directions to Local Health Boards in respect of practitioner contracts and remuneration.
  • Instructed by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT), following a competitive tender, to represent them during the Government ordered Independent Inquiry into Mental Health Deaths in Essex from 2000 to 2020. The Inquiry is chaired by Dr Geraldine Strathdee and is anticipated to last several years.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The large health and social care team at DAC Beachcroft LLP offers a full spectrum of legal advice to the NHS, particularly in regards to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the transition into a recovery phase, as well as a number of key procurements. The team also has a strong focus on governance issues, as well as diagnostics and women’s health. Hamza Drabu leads both the London practice and the firm’s medtech group, advising on many of the major commercial transactions in the NHS. Alistair Robertson has been successfully defending the NHS in a number of high profile judicial reviews. The last year has seen the team take on a number of prominent new members, including assistant coroners Jacques Howell and Gemma Brannigan.

Practice head(s):

Hamza Drabu

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Robertson; Udara Ranasinghe; Jacques Howell; Gemma Brannigan;  Darryn Hale

Testimonials

‘Interactions always useful and enjoyable. Excellent client service and care. Particular call out for Alistair Robertson, partner.’

‘Darryn Hale, Hamza Drabu and David Hill are all great lawyers and are always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Their diverse public/private client base allows them to apply a wide nous to a problem and apply strategic and commercial solutions’

‘Partners and associates are approachable and available. We have been very confident in our key relationship with Hamza Drabu as partner, and have had particularly timely advice on contracting from Andrew Johnston and Alistair Cooper.’

‘DACB is an excellent full-service healthcare law firm. The team’s biggest strength is their ability to quickly mobilise for their sole counsel clients covering international jurisdictions in very lean-resourced environments. There is deep and wide healthcare sector expertise across multiple legal disciplines – so the responsiveness never comes at the cost of quality of technical advice either.’

‘Hamza Drabu is a class act. Fierce intellect coupled with great commercial nous. Hamza’s pragmatism and knack for seamless collaboration are a huge credit to him. Darryn Hale also deserves mention for his practical advice on tricky data protection issues.’

‘Udara Ranasinghe is a leader in his field. His ability to get under the skin of his clients’ organisational culture and needs is unmatched. Udara’s advice is practical and timely, whilst always set against the context of his clients’ overall risk appetite.’

Key clients

NHS North West London CCG

NHS North East London CCG

BUPA

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Circle Health

NHS England & Improvement

NHS Digital

NHS Resolution

NHS North West London CCG

NHS North East London CCG

BUPA

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Circle Health

NHS England & Improvement

NHS Digital

NHS Resolution

Work highlights

  • Advising NHS England on its defence of an extremely high profile judicial review challenging the NHS and Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it had on care home residents.
  • Advised the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust on the defence of a landmark Judicial Review challenging the lawfulness of ever prescribing puberty blockers to children. DAC Beachcroft LLP also advised the Trust on related proceedings regarding the ability of parents to consent on a child’s behalf.
  • Advised Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS FT on their merger by acquisition, including all aspects of due diligence, revisions to the constitution, advice on governance, commercial contracts, and the transaction documentation, including heads of terms and the transaction agreement.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s health team has offices across the country with a focus on London and the South West. The team contains a number of specialists in life sciences and is experienced in handling a wide range of issues, including defendant clinical negligence, regulatory, employment, healthcare law and corporate projects. Kiran Bhogal is head of the London healthcare team and has considerable expertise in public law issues, representing clients in the Court of Protection, High Court, Coroner’s Court and First Tier Tribunal in regards to judicial reviews and public inquiries. Andrew Craggs leads the firm's national health business group and is a nominated partner for both clinical and non-clinical claims for NHS Resolution, specialising in high value clinical negligence matters as well as workplace employment claims brought against the NHS.  Emma Stockwell regularly provides support for national public bodies like NHS England and the Care Quality Commission, advising on high profile public inquiries and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Craggs; Kiran Bhogal; Emma Stockwell

Other key lawyers:

Robert McGough; Joanna Trewin; Sharon Thomas; Christiana Demetriou

Testimonials

‘Hill Dickinson are very understanding of our business and its needs and they work to fit around us and fulfil those needs, which we appreciate. They know their area and their advice is commercial and sensible.’

‘Christiana Demetriou is a down to earth, roll her sleeves up type of person who talked in the language of our business and well understood our needs. She was able to work seamlessly with other business areas while keeping other members of the legal team updated.’

‘The Healthcare Team at Hill Dickinson is incredibly responsive – they are by far the most responsive law firm we have dealt with. They do what they say they will do – when they say they will! I have found this to be fairly unique across our panel firms and is the reason they are our favourite firm to deal with. We often instruct them on complex matters and the team is sensible and practical, with a clear aim of helping us find the right solution for us and explaining what we need to know in plain English.’

‘High quality and timely expert advice, integrated across a number of specialisms of contracts, procurement and property. Highly responsive.’

‘Kiran Bhogal is an exceptional lawyer who leads by example. She is knowledgeable, responsive and has excellent judgement. She will always go the extra mile for her clients. She really is outstanding. ‘

‘They have in depth knowledge in their area which they apply commercially.’

Key clients

Practice Plus Group

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

West London NHS Trust

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Care Alliance

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust in relation to an inquest
  • Advised Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) on its acquisition of three additional hospital sites from Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAHT).
  • Advised The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust on a US partnership with Guardant Health to improve patient access to personalised cancer treatment.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s healthcare team is noted for its full-service advice on major healthcare projects for NHS Trusts, independent health and care providers, commissioners and national bodies. The team is heavily involved in a number of major public inquiries and has continued its work with a number of central government departments on the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The last year has seen an increasing focus on supporting care providers on vaccination policies and the establishment of integrated care systems. Jill Mason is head of the national health and care sector team as well as the healthcare law practice. She provides risk management advice to a number of public sector providers, independent sector health clients and NHS commissioners. Duncan Astill is an experienced regulatory lawyer specialising in police and health and safety investigations, while Jog Hundle  heads the health and care employment team, advising on matters ranging from  reorganisations and mergers, through to staff disputes and discrimination matters.

Practice head(s):

Jill Mason

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Astill; Jog Hundle; Natalie Wade

Testimonials

‘Team has a great knowledge of both commercial and NHS sectors and will go away and come up with answers even with the most difficult issues.’

‘M&R have an exceptional conveyor of talent – all have been really good quality and brilliantly managed by the more senior team, including Natalie Wade. For the smaller ticket items they are prepared to work on a fixed fee and are always sensible around remaining commercially viable.

‘They don’t seem like an external partner reaching into our business. They take the time to get to know the business, our people and our strategy, so they present more as an extension to our team. That allows them a lot of latitude in dealing with unexpected circumstances.’

‘Caring, knowledgeable, proactive and professional are words I would use to describe all of the team we have been exposed to. They really care about our business and display that in their behaviour’

Key clients

Operose Health

Elysium Healthcare

UK Health Security Agency

SYNLAB UK & Ireland

BMA Law

Department of Health and Social Care

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cleveland Clinic

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Bio Products Laboratory Limited

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Care Quality Commission

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Supply Chain Coordination

NHS North West London Clinical Commissioning Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust in connection with its £327 million refinancing of its QAH PFI Project.
  • Advising the UK Health Security Agency on its National Microbiology Framework Agreement.
  • Advising Supply Chain Coordination Limited (NHS Supply Chain) on the development and procurement of new Category Tower Service Provider contracts to manage the purchasing of clinical consumables, capital medical equipment and non-medical products for the NHS.

Addleshaw Goddard

The international healthcare team at Addleshaw Goddard has dedicated partners across the world including Hong Kong, Europe and the United Arab Emirates, giving the team a strong capability to handle international, cross-jurisdictional matters. The UK team has been doing a lot of work to support clients through Covid, including supporting the negotiation of PPE contracts and aiding in the development of Covid testing facilities. Michael O’Connor heads the team in Manchester and co-chairs the firm's international health team. He is an expert on handling commercial transactions involving the NHS such as public-private transactions and mergers.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Newing; Nathalie Moreno; Andrew Pettinger; David Hartley; Rachel Orton; Suzanne Moir

Testimonials

‘The Addleshaw Goddard Healthcare team is notable for its longstanding and collaborative client relationships. The team’s detailed knowledge of their clients enables them to give the right strategic and tactical advice. The team is particularly strong on regulatory healthcare matters.’

‘AG provides an amazing client service. Nothing is too much trouble for them. They have the strength and depth to run everything from heavy group actions to unitary pieces of discrete legal advice. They can offer the full range of expert services.’

‘Pragmatic, easy to work with and very experienced.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Yourgene Health plc

Step Springfield Village Limited

Maco Pharma S.A.S

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

NHS Improvement

NHS Business Services Authority

Serco Limited

Citybranch Limited and Citybranch Healthcare Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group Plc

GB Partnerships

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Fulcrum

YTHFML

D-Hive

First Option Healthcare

Recipharm AB

Turks and Caicos Island Government

Work highlights

  • Working with Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on a review of its subsidiary arrangements, with a view to establishing commercial subsidiary entities for the Trust in the UK and the GCC (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) to house its private patient activities.
  • Engaged to rewrite, design and automate GlaxoSmithKline’s entire suite (circa 200) of commercial templates including those for general services, supply chain, technology, R&D, clinical trials and material transfers that were robust and flexible enough to work for US and UK jurisdictions.
  • Acting for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) on a review of their public private partnership (PPP) hospitals contract, which has ~12 years remaining on the contract term, for the provision of healthcare infrastructure and certain clinical services

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP‘s healthcare team is widely regarded for the public interest litigation work it takes on behalf of individuals, charities and NGOs across the full scope of healthcare matters. The team regularly takes on cases to challenge the law in certain areas, such as cases relating to the provision of PPE to NHS staff and Covid-19 vaccine prioritisation cases. Laura Hobey-Hamsher leads the team and a practice that takes on serious medical treatment cases against the Court of Protection and public law challenges regarding the provision and withdrawal of medical treatment. Elizabeth Cleaver is a highly experienced mental health practitioner, with a strong public law practice while associate Will Whitaker has a strong reputation for handling work in the Court of Protection.

Practice head(s):

Laura Hobey-Hamsher

Other key lawyers:

Will Whitaker; Elizabeth Cleaver; Anna Thwaites

Testimonials

‘Bindmans have a very strong healthcare team with capabilities spanning medical treatment issues, mental health, inquests and regulatory matters and major public law decisions.’

‘Elizabeth Cleaver is an excellent solicitor. She is dedicated to her clients and has very good judgement.’

‘Extensive expertise in relation to niche areas such as serious medical treatment disputes involving babies, children and adults’

‘Laura Hobey-Hamsher. Vastly experienced, compassionate, professional and a dream solicitor to work with.’

‘Elizabeth Cleaver is a stand-out solicitor. She is dedicated, driven, organised and empathetic.’

‘Bindmans’ wide public law base means that it is well able to manage cases which straddle a range of areas (e.g. mental health, clinical care, capacity, education etc). Highly invested in their individual clients, in my experience they never lose sight of the legal merits and strategic issues.’

‘Laura Hobey-Hamsher is an absolute joy to work with and a terrific lawyer. She is incredibly experienced across a range of healthcare public law issues and takes a no nonsense compassionate approach to her work.’

‘Will Whitaker and Liz Cleaver  stand out as very pragmatic and experienced members of the team.’

Work highlights

  • A successful challenge to the government’s decision not to prioritise disabled people for Covid-19 vaccinations
  • A claim involving serious abuse at a hospital placement, uncovered by an investigation by BBC Panorama
  • Instructed by the children (who were also the attorneys) in an urgent medical treatment matter in the Court of Protection which has now become an inquest and article 2 ECHR civil claim (right to life), following a hospital’s decision to remove a patient’s feeding tube against the wishes of their children and despite the patient’s clearly recorded wish that treatment be maintained.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's health and social care team regularly advises on the  implementation of large, complex, high value procurement transactions in the healthcare sector The team supports legal work at the forefront of medical science for clients like the Human Tissue Authority and has been advising on the commercial and regulatory aspects of the Covid-19 vaccine program. Bruce Potter has wide and varied experience in national public policy, including major public and private procurement projects. He co-leads the team with Cardiff-based Eve Piffaretti , who has a broad practice covering a wealth of Welsh public law issues, with particular specialism in statutory interpretation of health and social care and regulatory law.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Potter; Eve Piffaretti

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Thompson; Richard Portlock; Claire Rawle; Clare Strickland

Testimonials

‘The team are excellent at providing robust and pragmatic support regarding procurement. They are solutions driven and always give a legal view in context of the problem at hand rather than just giving a “cold” legal opinion. They take the time to understand the business need and the overall strategic direction of travel to ensure their advice aligns with this’

‘Excellent team. Responsive, approachable, experienced and offer practical solutions. Understand our operating environment.’

Key clients

Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network

NHS in Wales (Seven local health boards, three NHS trusts and Digital Health and Care Wales)

Human Tissue Authority

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

NHS England and NHS Improvement

InHealth Limited

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Social Care Wales

Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust

Healthcare and Professions Council

Medway Community Healthcare

Medical Imaging Partnerships Limited

Nottinghamshire and Nottingham CCG

Welsh Government

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Joint instructions to act for NHS England and NHS Improvement on the Covid 19 Public Inquiry.
  • Provided expert and critical advice to UK-wide and Welsh regulatory bodies in response to the pandemic, legislative change and in their on-going response to Brexit.
  • Advising and representing NHS England and NHS Improvements  in relation to a judicial review brought by individual Claimants relating to NHSE/I’s approach towards NHS critical care treatment and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP provides advice to a wide range of health-related clients, including the NHS, private healthcare companies, GPs, care homes charities and government bodies. The team advises on a number of major infrastructure projects across the country and is highly experienced in advising on the termination of NHS PFI contracts. Its healthcare litigation team also advises on criminal proceedings and contract procurement disputes. Andrew Rowland is the head of the NHS healthcare team, spending a large amount of the last year advising NHS bodies and trusts on Covid-related issues. Peter Edwards is highly experienced in advising public bodies on governance and statutory powers and duties, regularly working for NHS bodies and regulators.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rowland

Other key lawyers:

Francis Lyons; Stephen Tainsh; Sunita Raja, Peter Edwards

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of Healthcare –  providesclear advice.’

‘Real and detailed understanding of all aspects of the workforce agenda for employers in the NHS – medical and non-medical. They look at practical and sustainable solutions and also support activity around national issues as well as local / regional challenges.’

‘Francis Lyons – excellent lawyer. Very helpful and approachable. Knowledgeable about his field and very good at thinking through issues from a legal as well as practical aspect to ensure advice is useable and applicable operationally. Would not hesitate to work with him or recommend him and request him every time I need legal advice.’

‘Capsticks have an enviable reputation in the healthcare market. The team enjoys an unparalleled strength in depth within the field, offering true expertise to NHS Trusts and other NHS organisations across a broad range of fee earners. They are particularly good at matching the appropriate level of resourcing to individual cases, providing clients with the right service for them in each case.’

‘Andrew Rowland –  There is nothing that Andrew does not know in his practice area. Clients are visibly reassured by his hands on and engaging style and his encyclopaedic knowledge ensures that things do not go wrong on his watch.

‘It has been a pleasure and a benefit to build working relationships with Capsticks legal representatives over a number of cases. I have been impressed with their understanding of the working practices of the NHS in general. They have always been helpful, efficient, understanding and professional.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

North Middlesex University Hospital

Kettering General Hospital

University College London Hospitals NHS FT

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising NHS Trust on a fundamental dishonesty case with significant media interest. The claimant received an immediate custodial sentence of 29 weeks after seeking to defraud the NHS of c. £2 million by exaggerating impact of a delay in treating his cauda equina syndrome for which the Trust had accepted responsibility.
  • Supported all legal aspects of the £70 million Pears Maudley Centre project, from funding and contractual arrangements to the construction of this world class building. The new facility will include inpatient, outpatient and crisis mental health care facilities for children and young people, as well as world leading clinical research facilities.
  • Acting for the North Middlesex NHS Trust on a major site-wide reconfiguration at the North Middlesex hospital site (worth £100 million) to develop new housing and invest the proceeds into the development of new clinical and office space.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s healthcare team works across five separate offices in the UK and has a strong track record representing healthcare professionals in negligence claims, fatal accident inquiries, internal disciplinary proceedings and regulatory proceedings. As well as this, the team is experienced in handling inquests, with three assistant coroners representing clients. The team also operates in the private sector providing medical defence to private health and social care providers. Claire Petts is the global head of healthcare at the firm, specialising in healthcare, coronial law investigations and  Court of Protection matters David Hansom is another key name who works internationally in public procurement law.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petts

Other key lawyers:

David Hansom; Vanessa Splaine

Testimonials

‘Clyde & Co can always be relied un to provide support for the Trust during the Inquest process.’

‘The individuals we work with show a great understanding of complex medical issues as well as providing legal support.’

‘Huge sector knowledge and experience’

‘Claire Petts is an exceptional head of healthcare

‘Jo Bower has great all round industry knowledge’

‘Clyde & Co have strong expertise in the Court of Protection field, building on their unrivalled reputation in the healthcare sector.’

Key clients

London Ambulance NHS Trust

Apollo Capital Projects Development Limited

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS Resolution

East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust

Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Trust

Dartford & Gravesham Hospitals NHS Trust

Hempsons

Hempsons' health and social care team handles a range of complex, high value projects and cases on behalf of clients in the private and public sector, with a presence on a number of key NHS panels and a track record of working for health and care charities like Macmillan cancer support. The team is regularly involved in corporate transactions and commercial work for NHS Trusts across the country, with a strong national presence across a number of UK offices. Ian Hempseed  , who leads the corporate commercial team, has a wide range of experience in constitutional and governance law. John Holmes is the head of healthcare advisory and mental health at the firm. Meanwhile, Mary Menjou heads the healthcare litigation team.

Practice head(s):

Ian Hempseed; John Holmes; Mary Menjou

Other key lawyers:

Surjit Dubb; Adam Smith; Simon Eastwood; Jon Pearce; Kristy Harkett; Tanya Francis

Testimonials

‘Simon Eastwood is the best money can buy. He has both a criminal and regulatory background. He takes on the pressure of his clients for them. He is a masterclass in calm’

‘The healthcare team at HEMPSONS is first class. They are able to identify very early on which claims to fight and those to settle. You are in a very safe pair of hands with them.’

‘Kristy Harkett is amazing. She has a detailed knowledge of her cases, offers great advice to clients and really fights their corner. She is a pleasure to be instructed by.’

‘Tanya Francis is knowledgeable, skillful and extremely good with clients. She is very receptive to different tactical approaches to cases.’

‘Surjit Dubb is very calm and that transmits itself to clients, providing great reassurance.’

‘John Holmes is excellent. Highly experienced in inquests and highly rated by the clinicians he has supported. He has a calm and practical approach to inquests which is noteworthy.’

‘Jon Pearce and his team that work for our Trust are very personable, reliable and provide advice based on sound rationale. They work collaboratively with us in achieving the Trust’s aim.’

Key clients

British Medical Association

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Camden Health Evolution Limited

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

East End Health Network Co Ltd

Integrated Care 24 Ltd

Islington GP Group Ltd

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Defence Union

NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Resolution

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Royal Society for Public Health

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors’ Organisation

Kennedys

Kennedys' 'flexible, dynamic, collaborative' healthcare team regularly advises NHS Trusts on high profile and sensitive inquest and Court of Protection work, particularly work relating to matters of consent and mental capacity. This ties in with the significant amount of work the team does defending NHS Trusts against claims brought by families of deceased mental health patients for alleged failures of care. Rob Tobin leads much of this work, sitting on the Intensive Care Society's Legal Ethical and Advisory Group as their legal adviser. Newly promoted partner Daniel Freeman is regularly instructed on behalf of mental health providers to represent them at judicial review proceedings and emergency declarations.

Practice head(s):

Rob Tobin; Daniel Freeman

Other key lawyers:

Claire West

Testimonials

‘Responsive, flexible, dynamic, collaborative and always excellent value for money’

‘This is an experienced, client-focused and collaborative team. There is a multitude of resources available to clients at no additional cost, including seminar materials and easy access to partners. Short-notice responses are swift and outcomes excellent.’

‘Daniel Freeman – available, responsive, excellent with lay clients, engenders confidence and able to get to the nub of a matter very quickly. His outcomes are exceptional.’

‘I have worked with Kennedys for 20-plus years and have found them to be a committed, flexible and easy-to-work with firm. I regularly seek advice on issues related to mental health law, support with applications to the Court of Protection and other legal areas. I always find them helpful and available. They provide support with training, free at the point of use, which is also much valued.’

‘Rob Tobin – not just a first class solicitor but a specialist background in medical ethics and specifically intensive care he is the ideal choice for difficult medical treatment dilemmas concerning adult and child patients not able to make decisions for themselves.’

‘Daniel Freeman is another excellent partner’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

NHS England

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridge & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS)

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

North East London NHS Foundation trust

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a very high-profile Court of Protection matter involving “the most complex patient in the world”, which went to the Court of Appeal and resulted in fresh guidance relating to judicial visits to hospitals as part of evidence gathering in medical treatment decision cases.
  • Represented Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest that allowed the Trust to review its nasogastric tube insertion practices, as well as its internal note-taking and escalation processes and procedures.
  • Represented North East London NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest involving highly sensitive transgender rights and mental health issues regarding minors undergoing transition.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on a broad range of work including corporate matters, property transactions, structuring and regulatory issues for Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated businesses in the public and private sector. The team also offers specialist regulatory due diligence  and has particular experience working for clients on matters relating to dental M&A and refinancing, advising on the majority of major transactions in that market. Joanne Ellis leads the team, advising clients on major transactions within the social care and dental space. Robert Moir advises on real estate matters, while Mario Subramaniam advises life science clients on the development and exploitation of their patents.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Robert Moir; Mario Subramaniam; Louise Fullwood

Testimonials

‘Going above and beyond to get the transaction over the line.’

‘Joanne Ellis is an excellent partner, smooth operator and level-headed.’

Key clients

Twenty 20 Capital

Kingdom Holding Group Limited

Riverdale

Medical Properties Trust

Department for Business, Energy and Industrials Strategy and the Department of Health and Social Care (BEIS and DHSC)

RVG (AXA owned)

Key Group Holdings

Simon Jackson, Matt Bambery and The Management Team of Frontier Medical Group

Work highlights

  • Advised BEIS and DHSC in relation to contracts for the supply of Covid-19 vaccines, antiviral products and antibody products.
  • Advised Twenty20 Capital on its acquisition of Virgin Healthcare Holdings Limited (trading as Virgin Care) from the Virgin Group. Now rebranded as HCRG Care Group, the Virgin Care business is a leading independent provider of community health, care and support services.
  • Advised the shareholders of Kingdom Holding Group Limited and Westerwood Smile Limited on the sale of the Real Good Dental Group, constituting 46 dental practices and cosmetic healthcare services including the Westerwood Health brand, to Thistle Bidco Limited, on behalf of TriSpan Investments.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The health and social care team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP provides deep cross sector expertise across all facets of healthcare. In particular, the team is highly active within the rapidly growing field of senior living, having won a number of awards for their work in this sector. As well as this, members of the team are experts in real estate, employment, public law and charities in the independent sector. Tim Nye regularly advises operators in the specialist areas of mental healthcare, residential nursing and domiciliary care. He co-heads the team with Kyle Holling, a projects lawyer highly experienced in care homes, retirement living and supported housing, who advises providers in the public, private and third sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tim Nye; Kyle Holling

Other key lawyers:

Alison Chivers; Tom Calnan; Helen Fysh

Testimonials

‘In my view they are the #1 firm in the rapidly expanding senior living sector, and understand that this sector is a combination of real estate and consumer legislation. This is an area where there will be considerable law reform in the coming years and Trowers are at the forefront of the thinking around this.’

‘Excellent team with unique extensive experience in the somewhat “unusual” field of NHS Property Management.’

‘Very impressed with the London healthcare team at Trowers & Hamlin. Their attention to detail, understanding of the market, and ability to simplify highly complicated issues into easy discussion points is crucial to their high standard of service. Their advice is both timely and accurate, and there is never any complaint or difficulty in going the extra mile for a tight deadline.’

‘Alison Chivers is extremely strong and able to support very efficiently.’

Key clients

Octopus Real Estate

Dimensions

National Autistic Society

Royal National Institute for the Deaf

Apposite Capital

Inflexion Private Equity

Cornerstone Healthcare Group

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Swanton Care & Community

Rangeford Villages

Ellison Oxford Limited

Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO)

Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Limited

Inspired Villages

Anchor

Octopus Healthcare Fund

Octopus Real Estate

Dimensions

National Autistic Society

Royal National Institute for the Deaf

Apposite Capital

Inflexion Private Equity

Cornerstone Healthcare Group

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Swanton Care & Community

Rangeford Villages

Ellison Oxford Limited

Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO)

Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Limited

Inspired Villages

Anchor

Octopus Healthcare Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised  Octopus Real Estate and Schroders Real Estate on a joint venture with Elysian Residences to bring forward market-leading retirement communities. The new communities will provide age exclusive new homes for retirees and are targeted to generate close to £200m of GDV.
  • Advised Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Limited (a portfolio company of Inflexion Private Equity) on its bolt-on acquisition of a portfolio of liquid pharmaceutical products by way of the acquisition of Yorkdale Pharma Liquids Limited from Essential Pharmaceuticals Limited.
  • Advised Ellison Oxford Limited (the UK subsidiary of The Lawrence J Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine) in purchasing a life sciences building in Oxford, its first UK property  purchase, in a move that strengthened its partnership with the University of Oxford and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

Weightmans LLP

Following a merger with Weightmans LLP, the healthcare team at Weightmans LLP has significantly bolstered its offering, with a strong national presence across nine offices. The team has expertise handling public inquiries, acting for the NHS in a number of high profile matters, including the infected blood inquiry. As well as this, the firm is known for a strong GP practice, led by Edwina Farrell, and its handling of more niche commercial work around procurements, FT constitutions and reconfiguration of services. Richard Jolly is the national head of healthcare and is the client partner for a number of NHS Trusts. Rachel Kneale specialises in handling clinical negligence claims of the highest value, including obstetric, neurological and other catastrophic injuries. From the Radcliffes side, Andrew Parsons has joined as a senior partner, specialising in health and social care law and regularly advising public and private bodies on care homes law, mental health law and judicial reviews.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jolly; Emlyn Williams; Rachel Kneale

Other key lawyers:

Edwina Farrell; Andrew Parsons; Sam Flew; Michael Clifford; Dewi Ap-Thomas; Morris Hill

Testimonials

‘The whole team are very strong’

‘Morris Hill is hugely experienced and is a solicitor at the top of his game. He has a quiet confidence and a pragmatic and practical approach to the most complex of problems. He is completely unflappable even in the most complex and demanding of cases. He is a joy to work with and for.’

‘Extremely responsive and good value’

‘Andrew Parsons best in class’

‘Stand out as having invested time in understanding our organisation and thinking about the best way to support us. They respond extremely promptly to any request for assistance. They always identify the best person for the job. Everyone in the team is friendly , approachable and always value for money. Very accurate on their cost estimates for work to be carried out. Always transparent in all stages of a case. They always provide all the available options and are true professionals. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.’

‘Richard Jolly  – Can run litigation effectively and very cost efficiently and has great skill at assembling the right team’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Birmingham Women’s & Children’s Hospitals

NHS Blood & Transplant

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Liverpool University NHS FT

Alder Hey Children’s NHS FT

NHS England

Mersey Care NHS FT

Partnership Caring Ltd

IDH Dental

Dentex

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS FT

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in proceedings that received worldwide media attention when the Trust brought proceedings under the Children Act 1989/the inherent jurisdiction for orders allowing the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment to a two year old child. Following a hearing the High Court concluded that it was in the child’s best interests for treatment to be withdrawn.
  • Represented Alder Hey in the case of Sasha Burn v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWHC 1674 (QB). The case involved the question of whether the Claimant was entitled to disclosure of all documents in the possession of the case investigator before she was required to attend an investigatory interview. The team was successful in the Court of Appeal.
  • Advising Elysium Healthcare on the Sophie Riley Inquest involving the death of a detained patient who absconded from the unit and was then knocked over and killed on the A14 dual carriageway

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP‘s life sciences and healthcare team focuses on five key areas within the sector: international healthcare projects, data protection, public/private sector partnerships, investment and transformational projects. This is supported by the team’s strong capabilities across life sciences, IP, telecoms and data protection. Simon Shooter heads the international commercial group and regularly advises healthcare providers on operations in emerging markets. David Ayers has extensive experience running largescale transformational projects, a specialism shared with senior associate Ben Woodfield.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hilton; Simon Shooter; Sally Shorthose

Other key lawyers:

David Ayers; Stuart Cairn; Ben Woodfield

Key clients

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Group

NHS London Procurement Partnership

NLSH – New Landspitali Hospital, Reyjavik

UK Global Healthcare Limited

Omnicell Group

Albion Capital

BGI Genomics Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in relation to several IT contracts (both existing and new), supporting the pooling of data in a data warehouse. Also assisted with a number of queries in relation to other high-value / critical IT contracts.
  • Acting for UK Global Healthcare Ltd in the Commercial Court to recover the sums owed to them under contract by their supplier in relation to the failed supply of PPE equipment.
  • Advising NLSH (New Landspitali Hospital, Reyjavik) on procurement matters relating to the construction of a new university hospital campus in Reykjavik.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP‘s healthcare team works on a number of unique, bespoke projects for high-calibre private sector clients, as well as some public sector clients, including the Department of health and Social Care. The team has very strong contentious capabilities, working on complex and sensitive issues for key public and private institutions. Patrick Parkin heads the team, specialising in advising national and international private healthcare providers on commercial projects, public procurement and regulatory matters. Newly-promoted partner Richard Binns advises on procurement and commercial disputes while associate Paul Doherty advises real estate players on healthcare matters.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Parkin

Other key lawyers:

Richard Binns; Paul Doherty; Ceri Barrett

Testimonials

‘Very professional, very knowledgeable and easy to work with.’

‘Patrick Parkin is great to work with. Very approachable, knowledgeable and and works consistently hard to get the job done and in good time. Highly commended.’

Key clients

The Vaccine Taskforce

Spire Healthcare

DHSC

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Optegra Eye healthcare

Cambridge Perfusion LLP

Ludlow Street Healthcare

GAVI

Somerset Care

Porton Biopharma

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in relation to a number of nationally significant, groundbreaking projects for the development and manufacture of vaccines and antibodies as part of the national effort to fight Covid-19.
  • Advised Spire Healthcare, one of the leading private hospital chains in the UK, on the competition law aspects of its £15.7 million acquisition of Claremont Private Hospital in Sheffield, acquiring an 87% stake.
  • Advised Optegra Eye Healthcare on an agreement with Toukan Labs Openeyes for the provision of electronic patient records and associated design and development.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The multi-disciplinary healthcare team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP offers strong technical expertise in a range of transactional and advisory matters, with partners coming from a range of different practice areas, such as real estate and M&A. The team works with healthcare operators, investors and business owners, with an increasing focus in the growing areas of retirement living facilities and health tech. Sarah Wigington advises on all aspects of corporate finance transactions, including joint ventures, private equity and general corporate finance advisory work. She co-leads the team with Michael Lingens , who advises on transactional work for public and private companies. Tim Jenkins is another key name, leading the healthcare professionals’ transactions team.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Wigington; Michael Lingens

Other key lawyers:

David Coates; Tim Jenkins; Helen Wong

Testimonials

‘Pre-eminent profile advising pharmacy clients.’

‘Commercial knowledge and strategy review’

‘Dedicated and friendly, hardworking staff, with considerable knowledge in their specialty areas’

‘Michael Lingens has been a reliable and faithful source of advice to us for many years. David Coates handles our various M&A deals very capably, with a rapid grasp of key details.’

Key clients

CareTech Holdings

Caring Homes

Country Court Care

Avicenna / Juno Health

Dentex Healthcare Group

Goddard Veterinary Group

Minster Care Group

Lovett Care

Kirklands Care Limited

Emscott Holdings Limited

Amicura Care

BioMed Realty

CareTech Holdings

Caring Homes

Country Court Care

Avicenna / Juno Health

Dentex Healthcare Group

Goddard Veterinary Group

Minster Care Group

Lovett Care

Kirklands Care Limited

Emscott Holdings Limited

Amicura Care

BioMed Realty

Work highlights

  • Advised Cofinimmo  on its £57m acquisition of the freehold interests in three care homes
  • Advised Dentex Healthcare Group on the acquisition of 29 dental practices during 2021, with a combined deal value in excess of £108m
  • Advising Oakley Capital on the purchase of UK nationwide Nursery operator ICP Education Holdings Limited.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher‘s healthcare team is known for its regulatory expertise, advice and litigation services, working with organisations of all sizes but especially start-ups and newer organisations at the boundaries of established regulatory frameworks. The regulatory team also supports corporate, commercial and banking projects which require specialist review and due diligence advice. With expertise going beyond regulation, the team also has partners experienced in the corporate, commercial, real estate and tech sectors. Sarah Ellson co-heads the regulatory team with  a particular interest in health and social care issues and bioscience regulation. Tom Ward provides advice on private equity transactions with particular experience in the technology and digital media sectors while Neil Palmer advises clients on transition projects and major change programmes.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Ward; Neil Palmer; Olivia Woolston Morgan; Sonal Patel Oliva

Key clients

Roche Products Limited

KeyMed

Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

Rowlands Pharmacies/Phoenix Healthcare

Marlowe plc – Optima Health Group Limited

Alliance Medical – Lloyds Pharmacy

Karmacist

City Healthcare

Fresenius Kabi

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised three major pharmacy chains (Rowlands, Asda and Lloyds) on the development of online retail pharmacy services
  • Advised Marlowe plc on its acquisition of Optima Health Group Limited

Irwin Mitchell

The public law and human rights department at Irwin Mitchell is heavily involved in a range of disputes over medical care issues, including medical treatment decisions, right to life, Court of Protection disputes, physical and psychological abuse and funding disputes. Yogi Amin leads the team and specialises in equality duties, medical ethics, mental capacity and safeguarding. Mathieu Culverhouse specialises in patient rights and community care, while Oliver Studdert  specialises in children's rights. Angela Jackman recently joined the team and has expertise in mental capacity, education and human rights.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Mathieu Culverhouse; Oliver Studdert; Angela Jackman; Rebecca Chapman

Testimonials

‘The team has stand-out knowledge and experience in this sector. They are totally committed and really understand the needs of their clients.’

‘Yogi Amin is a leading partner. He has excellent with clients as well as on strategy.’

‘Led by giant in the field Yogi Amin, with Ollie Studdert and Angela Jackman in strong support, the IM healtcare team is one of the strongest claimant public law teams around. They offer a friendly and thorough service backed by an organisation which exudes a solid competence.’

‘Each member of this team brings a different style and expertise which gives them a real breadth of coverage. All have strong public law health experience and expertise. Their standout is being part of the much bigger IM health and clinical negligence team.’

‘From day one, the team at Irwin Mitchell ensured my family and I were regularly updated as to how our legal case was progressing. The team displayed empathy and compassion in what was an extremely distressing and anxious time for my family and I. From an early stage, I felt very confident that the practice was extremely experienced and knowledgeable in the area of law in which I was pursuing a legal case.’

‘Rebecca Chapman and Robert Atkins were very caring and diligent in the way our legal case was managed. Despite not meeting them face to face due to COVID 19 restrictions, they both ensured they were accessible and responsible via telephone, email and virtual meetings. I felt listened to throughout the legal process This ultimately helped to alleviate some of the stress and anxiety I experienced whilst pursuing the legal matter.’

Work highlights

    Mackintosh Law

    Mackintosh Law's healthcare and welfare team is adept at handling matters relating to mental capacity healthcare and welfare casework within the Court of Protection. The majority of cases conducted by the firm  are closely related to human rights and civil liberties issues, supporting individuals who have been victims of discrimination due to disabilities. The firm's founder Nicola Mackintosh regularly conducts cutting edge cases involving mental capacity, healthcare and community care. She co-leads the team with Zena Soormally Bolwig, whose work involves supporting vulnerable people with access to healthcare.

    Practice head(s):

    Nicola Mackintosh; Zena Soormally Bolwig

    Other key lawyers:

    Georgina Byrne; Kris Jackson

    Testimonials

    ‘Excellent team, partners and associates are on top of their game and have outstanding knowledge on healthcare matters’

    ‘Zena Soormally Bolwig: A well-deserved national reputation in this field; extremely well-respected in the Court of Protection world’

    ‘Kris Jackson: A real rising star, extremely impressive associate who can handle complex cases with a lot of skill’

    ‘This an excellent niche firm, which has a wealth of experience in the field of healthcare. The partners have a very hands on attitude to the firms cases, which I think many clients would appreciate.’

    ‘Nicola Mackintosh KC is a leader in her field. She has an excellent grasp of where the law ought to be going, and is not afraid to work her cases hard to get the results her clients deserve.’

    ‘This team is dedicated to the rights of the disabled and is the platinum standard for this client group.’

    ‘Zena Bolwig – she is unflappable, calm and an excellent communicator with difficult clients and parties. Her work is always on point, timely and of excellent quality. Her experience acting for those who lack capacity to make their own decisions means that she is well respected by other solicitors and counsel in the field of healthcare law.’

    Osborne Clarke LLP

    Osborne Clarke LLP's life sciences and healthcare team acts predominantly for private and third sector clients, with key strengths in handling matters relating to NHS procurement, health infrastructure, social care, real estate and investments. The team is also highly adept at handling judicial reviews and PFIs and PPPs. Catherine Wolfenden leads the firm's regulated procurement practice, advising some of the biggest suppliers to the NHS on complex procurement issues. Simon Hancock acts on infrastructure and outsourcing procurements for clients in the public and private sector, while Anna Elliott advises on all contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Catherine Wolfenden; Will James

    Other key lawyers:

    Simon Hancock; Anna Elliott; Jonathan Mills

    Testimonials

    ‘Catherine Wolfenden – amazingly practical, commercial, no-nonsense advice. Always prepared to give her opinion and does not sit on the fence.’

    Key clients

    GAMA Healthcare Limited

    Universal Health Services Inc

    Imtech Low Carbon Solutions Limited

    Synova Capital (client for 6 years)

    Grifols (client for over 20 years)

    Crisp Websites Limited (trading as Pesfix)

    Nutricia Limited (client for over 30 years)

    Lifestory Group Limited

    Imtech Low Carbon Solutions

    Endeavour Vision

    Creo Medical Group

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Pestfix in the high profile judicial review of the UK Government’s decision to award a number of valuable PPE contracts to suppliers in 2020 without competitive tenders.
    • The lead legal advisor for this rapidly growing health technology company, which produces infection prevention and control products, including antibacterial disinfectant wipes and personal hygiene products. The company is one of the largest suppliers of infection control products to the NHS in the UK, and manufacturers the bestselling disinfectant wipe, Clinell Universal Wipes.
    • Continue to be the sole adviser to Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition on all of its public procurement issues, commercial contracts with the NHS and competition law issues. Nutricia is the leading supplier of enteral feeds and associated nursing services to the NHS across the UK.

    Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP

    Founded in March 2020 by a group of former Irwin Mitchell lawyers, Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP has quickly developed a strong specialism in public law and human rights matters within the healthcare sector. The team has supported major clients like the Good Law Project in a number of high profile judicial reviews and claims against the NHS related to PPE contracts and discrimination against disabled children. Founding partners Alex Rook, Polly Sweeney and Anne-Marie Irwin are all specialists in public law and human rights law, all having experience of judicial review matters relating to health and social care and mental capacity.

    Practice head(s):

    Anne-Marie Irwin; Alex Rook; Polly Sweeney

    Other key lawyers:

    Caroline Barrett

    Testimonials

    ‘Full service team, very niche firm with real understanding of controversial issues. Highly impressive’

    ‘Anne Marie Irwin is absolutely spectacular at her job. Excellent client management. Real understanding of the law, and how to use controversial cases to change it’

    ‘Polly Sweeney is very efficient, dedicated and is a great communicator’ 

    Key clients

    Gendered Intelligence

    Good Law Project Limited

    Brook

    The Endocrine Society

    The Official Solicitor

    VWV

    VWV‘s healthcare team acts primarily for GPpractices on a range of matters, including partnership agreements, surgery funding, leases, employment and regulatory matters and the formation of GP super partnerships and primary care networks. In addition, the team is also known for its work with dental practices. Team head Ben Willis is a property specialist with experience in GP surgery development work. The ‘extremely able’ Rachel Crean leads the team in London and specialises in NHS GP partnership disputes as part of a wider expertise in healthcare related litigation and dispute resolution.

    Practice head(s):

    Ben Willis; Rachel Crean

    Other key lawyers:

    Oliver Pool; Adam Siwak

    Testimonials

    ‘VWV have a depth of expertise and experience of dealing with medical and dental partnerships along with other partnership disputes. Their litigation team is sensible and backed up with a specialist non-contentious team as well.’

    ‘Rachel Crean is extremely able. I’ve worked with her on a number of GP disputes. She is bright, good with clients and has a very good understanding of the legal, professional and commercial background to medical practices.’

    ‘A leading team in this niche area. Extremely knowledgeable and very good at what they do.’

    ‘Oliver Pool is a real expert in this area. Very good with clients and excellent to work with.’

    ‘Great knowledge, strong eye for detail and ability to work effectively to tight timescales on complex issues’

    ‘Oliver Pool has always been very swift to respond and keen to give support. Rachel Crean was also responsive and keen to get the right outcome for the Practice.’

    ‘Adam Siwak – very impressive – cool under time constraints – calm in his assessment of issues. Really understands the business of dentistry’

    ‘Rachel Crean. Willing to go above and beyond to provide support; attending meetings out of hours in order to support us and provide impartial. knowledgeable advice on options. Advice given was based on our best interests and took into account the potential costs both financial and otherwise to us. This was greatly appreciated and helped us to work out our options and how we should proceed’