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Addleshaw Goddard

The health practice at Addleshaw Goddard is split into four sub-sector teams: public sector and health infrastructure; life sciences; social and long-term care; and private healthcare. The department also handles PFI secondary market transactions, insourcing and joint ventures for commercially minded NHS clients, and manages the healthcare portfolios of substantial infrastructure funds. A product liability team focuses on health and pharmaceutical recalls. Team head Michael O’Connor is an expert on public, private and transformational transactions within the healthcare sector. Stephanie Townley has significant experience in trust mergers and outsourcing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Townley


‘The team is highly experienced in dealing with complex group actions in the health litigation area. They have detailed knowledge of clinical trial protocols and the regulatory environment.’

Key clients

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes Mercian Helathcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust


Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS University Hospital Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

University pf Hospitals Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Business Services Authority

Serco Limited

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Represented University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust in a claim to recover 80% of business rates paid to them by defendant local authorities and to claim back payment of rates payments.
  • Advised three NHS trusts in Essex on a merger.
  • Advised Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation trust on the set up and mobilisation of its wholly owned subsidiary company, Edovation Limited.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP’s health and social care practice is particularly well known for its work on  integrated care systems, service reconfigurations and NHS mergers. Other key areas of work include guidance on serious incidents and inquiries, capital models for the development of  infrastructure and workforce issues. Amanda Callaghan heads the department. Christian Dingwall has extensive experience of NHS transactions and projects; Rebecca Fitzpatrick leads the mental health and social care advisory team; Gerard Hanratty heads the health sector team; Victoria Thourgood is head of the independent health and social care real estate team. Senior associate Heather Caddy is also noted.

Other key lawyers:

Helen Simm; Heather Caddy


‘Strong varied knowledge base within the firm.’

‘Heather Caddy is already developing a good reputation as a talented lawyer.’

Key clients

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Manchester Mental Health FT

Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

THe Christie NHS FT

North West Ambulance NHS Trust

The Priory Group

NHS England

CNA Hardy

Medical Protection

Work highlights

  • Advised on the merger of former Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • Advised Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust on the acquisition of a property portfolio of seven health centres, assignment of three leases and seven leases of new premises.
  • Advised Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust on its acquisition of North Manchester General Hospital from Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.


Hempsons provides the full spectrum of legal services in the healthcare sector to clients including public and private healthcare organisations, health-focused charities and social enterprises, and organisations in the life sciences industry. The team counts commercial disputes work, healthcare advisory matters and primary care advice as key areas of strength. Anne Ball heads the team and has extensive experience in defending healthcare practitioners in civil, regulatory and criminal proceedings. Oliver Crich is noted for his advice on commercial contracts and public procurement law.

Practice head(s):

Anne Ball


‘The team takes a clear-headed and commercial approach to its work.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Defense Union

Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mersey Care NHS Trust

NHS East Lancashire CCG

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Pennine Care NHS Trust Foundation Trust on the transfer of community health services.
  • Represented Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS  Foundation Trust in successfully challenging a regionally significant procurement to secure a provider of two urgent treatment centres.
  • Advised on the formation of the Middlewood Partnership from four general practices.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP offers a wide range of services including representation at inquests, mental health advisory work, Court of Protection matters, healthcare governance, property advice, commercial advice and transactions, procurement and healthcare commercial litigation. The department also has a niche in acting for healthcare providers in prisons and advises NHS England in respect of independent homicide investigation reports. Andrew Craggs manages the firm’s health team; Joanna Trewin heads the Manchester practice. Amanda Hurst leads the property healthcare team. Legal director Paul Allerston is noted for his 'huge experience'.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Craggs; Joanna Trewin


‘Experience,  intelligence and depth throughout the firm which is unrivalled in the field.’

‘Provide outstanding results for their clients.’

Key clients

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust / Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

NHS Resolution

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Morecombe Bay CCG

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust at an inquest into the death of a patient following deterioration in his mental health.
  • Acted on behalf of the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust in a matter concerning the disclosure of the offending history of an individual to his girlfriend; both parties were patients of the Trust and detained under the Mental Health Act.
  • Represented Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust in a pathology-related matter.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP provides a broad range of legal advice to healthcare professionals, healthcare providers and commercial entities, with a focus on private clients. The practice offers guidance on healthcare regulatory, fitness to practise, corporate transactional matters, governance, e-commerce, professional negligence, litigation, employment and property advice, and boasts a strong base of pharmacy, dental and paramedic clients. Richard Hough heads the team and focuses on advising clients in the pharmacy sector on a variety of regulatory and commercial work, including acquisitions, disposals and disciplinary issues. Andrea James, who leads the professional discipline and healthcare regulatory team, is described as 'a real pleasure to work with.'

Practice head(s):

Richard Hough

Other key lawyers:

Andrea James


‘Brabners has coverage across all forums. Furthermore, the firm has real insight into the commercial issues that impact upon regulators and those who are regulated.’

‘Andrea James is approachable, explains legal terminology in an easy way, provides workable solutions, and is fair and professional in her approach. A real pleasure to work with.’

‘David Seddon consistently goes above and beyond in terms of work ethic and communication. You are never left waiting for a response, but his best skill is being able to reduce legal concepts into understandable language.’

‘Richard Hough leads the team with considerable experience and detailed knowledge of the sector, leaving us confident to point clients in their direction knowing Brabners will be able to handle any scenario.’

‘The individual support from Andrea James and James Stewart can always be relied upon to be responsive, comprehensive and empathetic. They excel at providing a personal service that not only meets the client’s professional needs, but factors in and is mindful of their emotional needs too.’

‘In a very difficult and worrying situation, you need a lawyer who has experience and good knowledge in the subject, who is calm and communicates well both with yourself and all the other bodies involved in the case, who is able to make sense to you in what can be a very long and daunting process. James Stewart has been all that during my case.’

‘Andrea James has been very reassuring and ensured all queries were explained.’

‘James Stewart has years of experience in this field. However, he wears it lightly and does not need to underline his experience. He is an exceptional lawyer and very comfortable in all jurisdictions and appeal courts.’

Key clients

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Medtrade Products Limited

The Bullen Healthcare Group

Dumbledore Dental Care Limited

The College of Paramedics

National Pharmacy Association

Medical Defense Society

UK Meds Direct Limited

Apollo Generics

NorthWest EHealth Limited

Well Pharmacy

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a College of Paramedics member in fitness to practise proceedings involving 70 allegations regarding 22 separate patients, including a child fatality.
  • Advised Dumbledore Dental Care Limited on the acquisition of four dental practices from Colosseum Dental UK partnerships.
  • Successfully defended the General Dental Council’s attempted prosecution of Naturawhite for illegal dentistry through its use of tooth whitening products.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises both NHS and private sector clients in the health and social care spheres on a full spectrum of legal services. The team handles a broad spread of matters, touching on corporate and commercial, regulatory, clinical negligence and medical malpractice, employment, real estate, public law, governance and tax. Other areas of work include strategic site acquisitions and estate management for NHS trusts. Sean Doherty heads the team and focuses his practice on defending clinical negligence cases of high severity and complexity.

Practice head(s):

Sean Doherty


‘An extremely experienced team that gives sound, clear advice to its clients.’

‘A definitive professionalism; their operations are smooth, slick and professional.’

‘Phenomenal team who give solid and reliable legal advice on all aspects of healthcare to a high standard.’

‘The team is professional, prompt and reliable in terms of keeping promises to their clients.’


Key clients

NHS Resolution


Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Allscripts IT Healthcare

BMI Healthcare Ltd

HCA Healthcare Ltd

Elysium Healthcare Ltd

Care Fertility Group Ltd

Florence Nightingale Hospital


Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands



Allied World Assurance Company

Priory Group

Work highlights

  • Advised EMIS Health on the terms of the NHS GP IT Future framework and its appointment as a supplier.


The healthcare team at Fieldfisher has extensive regulatory experience, which it combines with expertise in corporate, commercial, real estate, tech, outsourcing and privacy matters. Developing areas for the practice include CBD and cannabis-related businesses, online medical services and healthtech and AI. The team’s key client base include healthcare providers who turn to the firm for privacy and technology expertise. Sarah Ellson heads the team and has significant regulatory and public law experience challenging and defending public body decisions.  'Stand-out associate' Joshua Marshall is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Ward; Joshua Marshall


‘An efficient and responsive service with a pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Roche Products

Human Tissue Authority

Sharp Therapeutics

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Nursing & Midwifery Council

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

Professional Standards Authority

TLC Care Homes

NHS England

Mills & Reeve LLP

The healthcare sector client base at Mills & Reeve LLP includes NHS trusts, independent sector health and care providers, commissioners, national bodies, charities and not-for-profit organisations, investors and advisers to the sector and primary care providers. The practice advises on integrated care systems, healthcare infrastructure projects and strategy for lab services and international hospital groups. Key contacts in Manchester are Chris Wilkinson, who has a strong track record of work in the pharmaceuticals sector and Paul Knight, who has a developing practice in health tech. Associate Charlotte Lewis is also recommended.


‘Charlotte Lewis has been absolutely fantastic from day one.’

Key clients

NHS England

Department of Health and Social Care

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



Alliance Medical

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Crohn’s & Colitis UK

Feedback Medical Limited

NHS South Cheshire & Vale Royal CCGs

Patient Platform Limited

Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Patient Platform Limited on the rollout of an upgrade to its patient health app.
  • Acted for Rowlands Pharmacy in respect of the sale of approximately 70 pharmacy sites.
  • Acted for the East Midlands Adult Secure Provider Collaborative to support a collaborative approach to the provision of adult medium secure and low secure services.

Slater Heelis

The healthcare team at Slater Heelis advises on a broad spread of work, covering primary care matters, GP mergers, clinical trial agreements, corporate structures, and acquisitions and disposals of pharmacy businesses. Other areas of work include service contracts for medical and dental services and employed practitioners, development capital for healthcare projects, and criminal and regulatory matters. The team also offers guidance on property matters and employment issues. Nicky Collins, who has extensive corporate and commercial experience within the sector, heads the practice. Crime and regulatory specialist Rachel Fletcher joined from JMW Solicitors LLP in October 2019.

Practice head(s):

Nicky Collins


‘They are an experienced, close-knit team who deal with queries efficiently.’

Key clients

Kings Norton

Solihull Healthcare Partnership

Blueberry Therapeutics

Mark Flett


South Cumbria Primary Care Collaborative

Quantum Science Limited

Maxwellia Limited

Gendius Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of a family-owned NHS dental practice on the sale of their company to High Street Smiles Ltd together with the practice premises.
  • Advised Kings Norton Partnership on putting a new partnership agreement in place and on new leases of their practice premises.
  • Advised Solihull Healthcare Partnership on creating a constituent practice model partnership.

Weightmans LLP

Key areas of work for the healthcare group at Weightmans LLP  include public inquiries, high level judicial review cases, employment disputes, information management and governance reviews and investigations. The practice also has a niche in commercial work around procurement, advising on FE constitutions and reconfiguration of services. Richard Jolly manages the department and specialises in acting on behalf of NHS trusts and private healthcare providers. Dewi Ap-Thomas  heads the regulatory practice, including the healthcare inquest team; Emlyn Williams heads the healthcare employment team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jolly

Other key lawyers:

Dewi Ap-Thomas; Emlyn Williams


‘Very approachable and down to earth. They always try and find practical solutions to problems. Very proactive and responsive. Very professional and understand their customer’s requirements. The practice brings confidence and assurance that our interests are protected.’

Key clients

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

Lancashire Care NHS FT

NHS Blood & Transplant

Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Royal Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust

Alder Hey Children’s NHS FT

Countess of Chester NHS FT

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital Trust

NHS England

Bolton CCG

Mersey Care NHS FT

Partnership Caring Ltd

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS FT