Health in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is active across a range of mandates covering public sector and health infrastructure, social and long term care, life sciences and private healthcare. The team stands out for its experience in handling PFI secondary market transactions and has experience in advising on the management of healthcare portfolios of substantial infrastructure funds. It also houses a growing care home practice covering commercial, transactional, restructuring,  insolvency and funding mandates. Head of health Michael O’Connor Andrew Pettinger and Shelley McGivern  are key contacts, as is legal director Stephanie Townley, who is the public sector and health infrastructure lead.

Practice head(s):

Michael O’Connor; Andrew Pettinger; Stephanie Townley

Other key lawyers:

Clare Dwyer; Susan Bennett; Philip Dupres; Michael Rainey


‘The team has in-depth experience in advising health sector clients.’

Key clients

Celesio (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group)

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes

Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust


Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Business Services Authority


Citybranch and Citybranch Healthcare

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

GB Partnerships


Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Serco  on a £600m outsourcing (by Barts Health NHS Trust) of a wide range of “soft FM” services, including cleaning, security and pest control across several hospital sites in central London.
  • Advised Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, as part of its ongoing development of its life sciences investment in the Manchester Corridor, on the latest phases of the Citylabs development, a joint venture with Bruntwood.
  • Advised Premaitha in relation to its acquisition of Yourgene Bioscience, a Taiwanese company.
  • Advising University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the Transactions Guidance and engagement with NHSI to deliver a restructure of NHS services in the Derby region.
  • Acted for Lancashire Care on the termination of an existing property management services arrangement with a joint venture company, and advised on the subsequent dismantling of the joint venture itself and its associated contracts.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is active across public and private health sector mandates and it has a vast client base in the sector. The team defends clinicians in the private sector and handles clinical negligence claims; it regularly represents NHS bodies in judicial reviews and advises on service reconfiguration. Independent health and social care real estate work is another key focus, as is handling corporate, commercial, public law, governance, regulation and compliance for the NHS, its commercial partners and the wider health sector. The team also handles healthcare and public sector disputes and it has a dedicated mental health and social care advisory team. Amanda Callaghan   heads the department.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Callaghan

Other key lawyers:

Gerard Hanratty; Victoria Thourgood; Christian Dingwall; Rebecca Fitzpatrick; Nichola Evans; Helen Simm; Ed Pollard; Heather Caddy; Ann Cojeen


‘The team has vast knowledge of the health sector which is valuable for clients.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Health Education England Medical Protection Society

The Priory Group

NHS England

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Bolton NHS FT

CNA Hardy

The Christie Hospital

Chorley and South Ribble CCG

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)

Mersey Care NHS FT

Manchester University NHS FT

NHS Commissioning Board

Greater Manchester Mental Health FT

Work highlights

  • Advised South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (SYB ICS) on the development of a new regional model of governance for public authorities to work through which melds central government policy with existing statutory obligations.
  • Defended a BMA funded representative action by a junior doctor in relation to working conditions and pay.  
  • Advised Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) on a major service reconfiguration of acute services.
  • Advised Health Education England on a national e-learning programme for the NHS.
  • The team represented a commissioner client in relation to a claim for financial compensation by Patient X who had been placed on the Violent Patient Scheme and claimed to have suffered pain and suffering as a result.  


Hempsons is noted for its 'specialist knowledge of the healthcare sector' and handles a raft of instructions such as corporate, commercial, social care, projects, employment, negligence, regulatory, procurement and real estate mandates for public and private healthcare organisations, charities and social enterprises. The team also handles criminal and regulatory work, is instructed on complex procurement and outsourcing projects, and advises on data protection.  Anne Ball heads the team and jointly heads the healthcare litigation team with Kirsten Blohm. Recently promoted partner Oliver Crich is experienced in public procurement work.

Practice head(s):

Anne Ball

Other key lawyers:

Jane Donnison; Kirsten Blohm; Margaret Taylor; Paul Spencer; Chris Alderson; Michael Dulhanty; Andrew Daly; Oliver Crich; Helen Claridge; James Down; Jennie Chapman; Stephen Maratos

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Defence 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

  • Represented Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and successfully challenging Lancashire County Council in a procurement challenge for the provision of 0 – 19 services.  
  • Advised Wigan Borough CCG on the funding arrangements for the construction of a £4m healthcare centre to house two GP practices and other community amenities.
  • Advised Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust on all aspects of its successful and timely competitive dialogue procurement process to appoint a strategic estates partner.
  • Advised Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the development of the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research jointly with the Universities of Leeds and Bradford and part funded by the Welcome Foundation.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP offers a range of services such as inquest representation; mental health and mental capacity advisory work; Court of Protection expertise; support in relation to inquiries and investigations; judicial review; and healthcare governance. It also handles a range of property, commercial, employment and dispute resolution instructions in the sector. Andrew Craggs is head of health, while Manchester healthcare head Joanna Trewin is ably supported by deputy team head Paul AllerstonEmma Stockwell leads the health group’s governance, regulatory and public law team and recently promoted partner Amanda Hurst is a healthcare property specialist.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Craggs; Joanna Trewin; Emma Stockwell; Sharon Thomas; Kerstie Skeaping; Amanda Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Paul Allerston; Richard Parker; Jenna Wong; Amy Clarke; Kamila Kubryn; Rebecca Sharrock; Rachael Watkinson; Elizabeth Wallace; Joanna Crichton; Amrita Singh; Victoria McManus 


‘The team is very responsive; knowledgeable and has a good appreciation of the reality of delivering healthcare to vulnerable adults which makes discussing cases more straightforward.’

‘They team is always very approachable and friendly.’

‘The team is easily accessible, approachable and no question is unanswered.’

‘Joanne Trewin is patient-centred, caring, open, honest, has a can-do attitude and a personal approach.’

‘Paul Allerston is caring, open and honest;  his understanding of LPA and COP cases is outstanding, and he is always willing to help.’

Key clients

Northern Care Alliance – Pennine Acute NHS Trust & Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS

St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust

Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Liverpool CCG

NHS Warrington CCG

NHS Blackpool CCG


Work highlights

  • Advised three north-west CCGs on statutory and constitutional powers and duties to work in integrated ways pursuant to the national NHS integration agenda.
  • Advised Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and its CEO on proposed service changes.
  • Successfully defended NHSE on a procurement challenge brought by SRCL, a clinical waste management company.
  • Advised an NHS Trust client on the disposal of an on-site multi-storey car park.
  • Instructed by Bridgewater Community NHS Foundation Trust to represent it at a complex inquest concerning the death of a prisoner.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is instructed by healthcare clients in the public sector. Its expertise spans commercial,  regulatory, employment and social care work. The team represents NHS Trusts and doctors in healthcare inquests, handles a number of group actions arising out of major patient safety incidents, advises on procurement and is also active on GDPR-related mandates. The team is also able to handle employment matters and medical defence cases. Richard Jolly is the firm's national sector lead for health and Dewi Ap-Thomas  heads the regulatory team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jolly; Emlyn Williams; Dewi Ap Thomas

Other key lawyers:

James Rowley; Mark Hatfield; Mark Leach; Morris Hill; Martin English; Cheryl Rowbotham; Ian Pace

Key clients

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation 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 and Ormskirk Hospital Trust

NHS England

Bolton CCG

Mersey Care NHS FT


Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of NHS Blood & Transplant in judicial review proceedings brought by the claimant as to the lawfulness of the NHS Blood & Transplant Directions 2005.
  • Acted on behalf of South Worcestershire CCG in a judicial review challenge brought by the City of Wolverhampton Council against it and Shropshire CCG.
  • Represented NHS Blood & Transplant on a public inquiry, which is examining why thousands of men, women and children treated by the NHS in the United Kingdom were given infected blood and/or infected blood products.
  • Advised Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation on a multi-party Article 2 inquest involving the death of a 17 year old boy living in the community with support from mental health services; social services, CCG and charities who provided accommodation and daily care to the deceased.
  • Defended an NHS Trust in a complex employment tribunal claim for disability discrimination and detrimental treatment brought by a consultant.    

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP acts for private heath sector clients and acts for practising healthcare professionals, healthcare providers and commercial entities which supply goods and services to the healthcare sector. Its expertise spans regulatory matters, fitness to practise cases, corporate transactional work, professional negligence, litigation, employment and real estate mandates, and the team is noted for its particular experience in advising pharmacy and dental sector clients on a range of matters including acquisitions and disposals. Richard Hough  heads the team and is focused on the pharmacy sector. Andrea James leads on professional discipline and healthcare regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hough

Other key lawyers:

Andrea James; Nicola Lomas; David Sneddon; James Stewart

Key clients

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Medtrade Products

The Bullen Healthcare Group

Dumbledore Dental Care

The College of Paramedics

National Pharmacy Association

Medical Defence Society


Work highlights

  • Sucessfully defended the National Pharmacy Association in a major pre-action disclosure application by Pharmacy2U.
  • The firm regularly advises Well Pharmacy on the regulatory issues affecting its business.
  • Represented Dumbledore Dental Care on the re-finance of its dental practice group and the acquisition of three further practices.
  • Successfully represented Pillbox South on its NHS pharmacy contract application.
  • Represents the College of Paramedics’ 13,000 paramedic members in all professional discipline and healthcare regulatory matters.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields an 'excellent multi-skilled team' and acts for public and private sector health clients across a range of real estate, negligence, employment, technology, IT, procurement and regulatory mandates. The team handles defendant clinical negligence work where team head Sean Doherty, who is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices, is noted. The team also handles commercial disputes in the sector and represents professionals in the health and care sector in disciplinary proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Sean Doherty

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Hely; Harrald Loeffler; Simon Wortley; Andrew Rankin; Christian Carr; Claire Fitzgerald; Katy Reddiough; Helen Rowley


‘The team has technology expertise combined with in depth knowledge of the NHS which is especially valuable and unique.’

‘The team is friendly and easy to work with, with excellent knowledge and skills and it has a commercial approach.’

‘The team provides comprehensive, thorough and sensible instructions in good time for sensible tactical decisions to be made.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution


Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Allscripts IT Healthcare

BMI Healthcare

HCA International

Elysium Healthcare

Care Fertility Group

Florence Nightingale Hospital


Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

SHA (South Africa)

MS Amlin



Allied World Assurance Company

Priory Group

THFC (Transform)

Wellbeing Software Group

North West Boroughs Healthcare

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Digital

NHS England

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Digital Health on the development, implementation and launch of the new NHS App.
  • Advised Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on an inquest into the death of Patient GD.
  • Advised Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on Court of Protection proceedings.
  • Advised an NHS Foundation Trust on multiple equal pay claims against.
  • Advised Allscripts Healthcare IT on Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust selection of Allscripts’ Sunrise electronic health record system as its electronic patient record (EPR) system.


Fieldfisher is best known for its regulatory practice; the team advises a range of clients including online providers, prescribers, device and technology companies and medical and dental practitioners. It is also noted for its ability to provide corporate, commercial, real estate, tech, outsourcing and privacy advice for health sector clients. Sarah Ellson, who co-heads the regulatory team, senior associate Debbie Nicholson and associate Holly Bontoft are key figures.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson

Other key lawyers:

Debbie Nicholson; Holly Bontoft

Key clients

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA)

National Health Service Commissioning Board (commonly known as NHS England)

Roche Products

Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

General Optical Council

British Cycling Federation

Association of Clinical Psychologists

Babylon Healthcare Services and Babylon Partners

General Pharmaceutical Council

Work highlights

  • Supported the health and social care regulatory oversight body with a number of High Court appeals when the regulatory sanction was considered insufficient to protect the public.
  • Representing Roche in a case before the Court of Appeal in relation to the use of Avastin (a cancer drug) for an eye condition.
  • Supported the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) with the legislation and processes it needed to introduce Nursing Associates.
  • The team concluded a long-running judicial review for the HFEA which sought to challenge the way it provided information to patients.
  • Providing a comprehensive programme of training to decision makers at the General Optical Council, and also providing advice in relation to a new model of Consensual Disposal which has now been introduced at the GOC.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP offers a 'responsive, expert and professional service on healthcare and strategic commercial healthcare transactional matters' and it is 'increasingly present in the North West'. In Manchester, commercial, technology and information specialist Paul Knight is developing a health tech practice and is ably supported by senior associate Charlotte Lewis . The team also offers specialist healthcare estates experience.

Practice head(s):

Jill Mason (Birmingham)

Other key lawyers:

Paul Knight: Charlotte Lewis; Jennifer Lewis


‘The team delivers prompt response times and has a friendly approach coupled with a degree of professionalism.’

‘Nothing phases the team and it understands the intricacies of the subject matter without ever becoming less than commercial in its outlook.’

‘Charlotte Lewis and Rhian Vandrill (who is based in Birmingham) make an exceptional team with complementary skills, styles and knowledge; they can be trusted to deliver to the highest standards and they do not just sit on the fence but offer insight and counsel that adds value.’

Key clients

NHS Oldham CCG

South West London and St George’s NHS Trust

The British Medical Association

Various GP clients

Rowlands Pharmacy

Egton Medical Information Systems Limited (EMIS)

NHS Shared Business Services

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Oldham CCG on the complete redesign of its community services provision, replacing its existing provider with a new local care organisation.
  • Advised South West London and St George’s NHS Trust on  a complex scheme which included its relocation to a new site over the road, and the return to part of the sold site as a tenant following renovation.
  • The team advises various GP clients on a range of matters including sale and leasebacks to major institutional investors; development work; capital improvement grants; negotiations with NHS England; assisting GPs to access and implement Transformation Funds; and property management work.  
  • Advises Rowlands Pharmacy on a range of matters which includes property mandates.

Slater Heelis

Slater Heelis LLP  has a 'cohesive team of specialists' and is best known for its ability to provide corporate and commercial advice to medical partnerships, dental practitioners and pharmacy owners. It regularly provides partnership advice for GPs and dentists, advises on GP mergers, and advises on the acquisition and disposal of pharmacy businesses, dental practices and health centres. Advising primary care sector clients on corporate governance is also a key area of expertise, as is property and employment work. Team head Nicky Collins  is 'exceptional in combining a very professional but approachable persona' and Simon Wallwork handles acquisitions and disposals and has experience in the life sciences and bio-medical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Nicky Collins

Other key lawyers:

Simon Wallwork; Katharine Mellor; Sunil Mohindra


‘It has seamless interdepartmental communication and support rather than individual departments of a large corporate.’

‘The team has a personal touch and provides an excellent level of client care.’

‘Nicky Collins is an authority regarding the contractual and commercial aspects of healthcare provisions.’


Key clients

Erewash Health Partnership

Solihull Healthcare Partnership


Perdita Singh-Kavanagh and Naresh Singh – Lafford Chemist Co. Ltd

Blueberry Therapeutics

Chorley Central Collaborative Group

Indigo Indemnity

Mark Flett

Coward Pharmacy

London & Hertfordshire Respiratory Diagnostics

Work highlights

  • Advised Erewash Health Partnership on the merger of 10 GP practices into a ‘hub and spoke’ super-partnership.
  • Advised Solihull Healthcare Partnership on the merger of four GP Partnerships into a ‘hub and spoke’ super-partnership.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Lafford Co on the sale and the lease of the premises from which the pharmacy operates.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the Cromer House Dental Practice and the practice premises.
  • Advised on the creation of a new Chorley Central Collaborative Group collaborative company.