Health in Scotland

Brodies LLP

With significant experience in the life sciences, medical devices and pharmacy sectors, Brodies LLP's 'pragmatic, responsive and very knowledgeable' multi-disciplinary team routinely advises on corporate, investment, IP, licensing and contentious matters, including proceedings against NHS boards. Jackie McGuire heads the team. IP expert Gill Grassie retired in July 2018.

Practice head(s):

Jackie McGuire

Other key lawyers:

Peter Kelly; Duncan Mawby; Christine O’Neill; Will McIntosh; Paul Marshall; Robert Buchan; Shuna Stirling; Drysdale Graham


The team has a wealth of experience in public and regulatory law.

Christine O’Neill is exceptional. She goes out of her way to explain the intricacies of Scots law and procedure to lay clients and English lawyers and demonstrates both a keen understanding of the client’s business and a commercial awareness of the issues.

Great attention to detail.

Christine O’Neill is a pragmatist with a dry sense of humour, she is great to work with.

Very experienced across the sector and able to provide excellent advice at all levels of the team.

Key clients

Thermo Fisher Scientific

AorTech Biomaterials

W.L. Gore & Associates

The University of Edinburgh

Mirador Analytics

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Cross Healthcare

Balhousie Care Group

Omega Diagnostics

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

Welcare Homes

Perth and Kinross Council

Parklands Care Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a large multi-regulated home charity on a group restructure.


Advising on the financing and development of major health and social care projects is one of the core strength of CMS' team along with transactional, contractual and contentious matters. Healthcare projects expert Amanda Methven heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Methven

Other key lawyers:

Ailsa Ritchie; Shona Frame; Christine Worthington; Alan Nelson

Key clients

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Hub East Central (PSS)

3i Infrastructure

NHS National Services Scotland

Cindat Capital Management



Nord LB

Infrastructure Managers

Robertson Capital Projects

Work highlights

  • Advising NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on the design, financing, construction and maintenance of a new health centre at Greenock and new mental health wards at Stobhill.
  • Advised Hub East Central (PSS) on the development of specialist pharmaceutical production facilities at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
  • The team continues to advise 3i Infra and its asset manager, Infrastructure Managers, on various Scottish acute health projects. This includes the University Hospital Wishaw and Whitehills Hospital, Forfar.
  • Advised NHS National Services Scotland on the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN).
  • Advising Cindat Capital Management on the acquisition and financing of a portfolio of 69 care homes throughout England, Scotland and Ireland.

Burness Paull LLP

Burness Paull LLP's strength lies in advising private sector and public sector clients on healthcare projects. This includes assistance with property, construction, investment and procurement matters, among others, but the 'very experienced' team led by the 'pragmaticChris MacKay is noted for its care home and dentistry acquisition expertise and litigation capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Chris Mackay


Great pharmaceutical and medical device sector expertise.

Easy to work with.

The firm has an international outlook and is experienced in working with clients based elsewhere.

Very able to support NHS clients.

Excellent attention to detail.

Gives clear advice on risks and market positions.

Key clients

NHS Lothian

hub West Scotland

The Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF)


Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics

Hub Community Foundation

Xeon Smiles UK

Oasis Dental Care (Central)

Work highlights

  • Advising the client on the financing, design, construction of and provision of services at the new Greenock and Clydebank Health and Care Centres and additional ward buildings at Stobhill Hospital.
  • Advising NHS Lothian on the Royal Edinburgh Hospital (phase 2) project via the hub initiative (DBDA and DBFM) with regards to the delivery of a new integrated rehabilitation facility, a newly refurbished MacKinnon House and a new facilities management centre.
  • Acting for AstraZeneca in matters pertaining to four separate commercial litigations in the Court of Session concerning patents for a breast cancer treatment.
  • Provided advice on the procurement and construction of a multi-purpose facility consisting of an Elective Care Centre for NHS Highland (NHSH).
  • Provided advice on Scottish property elements concerning the sale of four Oasis Dental branded dental practices.

MacRoberts LLP

MacRoberts LLP is best known for advising NHS trusts on healthcare infrastructure projects and for providing privately owned health care groups with transactional support. The group led by corporate lawyer David Wylie also conducts healthcare litigation.

Practice head(s):

David Wylie

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Osler; Rod Munro; Val Surgenor; Lisa Frost; Julie Hamilton

Key clients

NHS Orkney

NHS Tayside

NHS Lothian

Renaissance Care Group


Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS)

Frontier Scientific

Beatson Cancer Charity

Boston Scientific Corporation

University of Dundee

Work highlights

  • The team continues to act for NHS Lothian in matters pertaining to NHS Lothian’s Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh PFI project.
  • Providing advice to NHS Lothian on its new Sick Kids NPD project in Edinburgh.
  • Acting for Renaissance Care in the acquisition of the entire issued share capitals of Croftbank House and Rosepark Care Home from the Balmer Care Group.
  • Assisting Terumo Aortic with building contracts and associated contract documentation for multiple phases of works at Terumo Aortic’s manufacturing facility at Inchinnan, near Glasgow Airport.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Stuart Barr leads the healthcare team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which receives regular instructions from private equity houses, property funds, banks and corporates as well as public-sector players to advise on public infrastructure projects in the healthcare sector as well as transactional healthcare property portfolio matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Barr

Other key lawyers:

Alan Cook; Martin Devine; Victoria Miller

Key clients

NHS Grampian

NHS Highland

hub South East Scotland

hub South West Scotland

Healthcare Centres PPP

Work highlights

  • Advising public sector participants on a range of DBFM projects in the North and East Central territories; this includes operational advice on NHS Grampian’s Aberdeen Community Health Care Village, the bundled Forres, Woodside and Tain and bundled Foresterhill/ Inverurie projects and the Stirling Care Village.
  • Advised Serco on the acquisition of a large portfolio of acute healthcare private finance initiative facilities management contracts from Carillion (originally) and subsequently from Carillion’s special managers following liquidation.

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Acting for private and public sector clients, Shepherd and Wedderburn covers a wide range of healthcare-related restructuring, financing, project development and regulatory work, including disputes. Director and real estate lawyer John Elder heads up the team.

Practice head(s):

John Elder

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Colliston; Joanna Boag-Thomson; Nigel Sievwright


‘We are pleased with the speed and quality of the firm’s input’.

‘Elaine Hunter and Pamela Binnie work very effectively’.

Key clients

Four Seasons Health Care Group

Primary Health Properties


Spire Healthcare

Caring Homes Group

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB)

Consort Healthcare

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Dumfries and Galloway NHS

Work highlights

  • Assisting the care home operator with management, restructuring and refinancing matters.
  • Advising the client on various project development matters.
  • Advised Nord/LB on all aspects of the £56m Inverurie Community Campus project.
  • Advising Nord/LB on the £45m financing of Clydebank, Greenock and Stobhill healthcare centre developments.

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern is well placed to assist clients with medical negligence and governance matters, corporate and commercial issues as well as litigation. The 'excellentCatriona Watt heads the 'professional' practice.

Practice head(s):

Catriona Watt

Other key lawyers:

Robert Carr; Neil Farrell; Gary Burton


As a client, you feel like you are a priority to them.

The team is conscious of the political environment the client operates in and its advice always reflects that reality.’

Robert Carr is exceptional. His expertise in regulation and public law is without parallel and his forensically detailed approach is the gold standard.

Litigates complex and novel cases.

Thorough attention to detail.

Robert Carr gives consistently excellent advice and is a pleasure to work with.’

Gary Burton gives clear and straightforward advice.

Davidson Chalmers Stewart

Davidson Chalmers Stewart has a strong private sector healthcare practice, most notably in the medical and dental industries, but the team also acts for vets, care home operators, pharmacies and opticians, among others. The practice is jointly led by the 'knowledgeable and responsiveCraig Stirling and 'great communicatorAndy Drane and assists clients with the full spectrum of healthcare sector-specific corporate and commercial work, including funding, lease and regulatory matters as well as NHS contracting and disputes. Regulatory lawyer Laura Irvine joined the firm in November 2018 from BTO Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):

Craig Stirling; Andy Drane

Other key lawyers:

Laura Irvine


Andy Drane is on the front foot with solutions to changes in GP contracts and sustainability loans.

Key clients

Portman Healthcare

Hawick Veterinary Group

St Clair Veterinary Clinics

Ambicare Health

Smile Dental Care

Stirling Care Village

Riverside Medical Practice

Stonehealth Alpha

North Berwick Dental Centre

Infinity Blu Dental Care & Implant Clinic

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the vendors to advise on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to the Linnaeus Group, a large dental corporate operating throughout the UK.
  • Assisted Portman Healthcare with the Scottish aspects of its acquisition of Edinburgh Dental Specialists, Strickland Care Dental and Clifton Dental.
  • Acting for the company in the process of a £1.5m fund raise.
  • Instructed by the three NHS GP practices that will occupy the new Stirling Care Village on negotiating commercial terms with NHS Forth Valley.
  • Advising the client on all Scottish property, statutory and regulatory aspects pertaining to its acquisition of four Scottish surgery investments.

Thorntons Law LLP

Providing corporate and commercial advice to dental practices, GPs, pharmacy businesses and care homes is the core strength of Thorntons Law LLP but the 'dedicated, professional and experienced' team jointly led by 'excellent' corporate lawyer Michael Royden and commercial property expert Ewan Miller is also well versed in assisting dental corporates with NHS dental regulation matters. 'Outstanding' associate Kim Campbell is particularly active in the dental sector.

Practice head(s):

Michael Royden; Ewan Miller

Other key lawyers:

Kim Campbell


The team knows the sector very well.

The team works well together and keeps the client informed.

Kim Campbell is especially approachable and professional.

Acts with efficiency and professionalism.

They know what they’re talking about and explain complex legal speak in plain language.

Michael Royden is very knowledgeable and experienced and completely unflappable.

Key clients


Caledonian Dental Care

Walter Davidson & Sons

Deans Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Represented the shareholders of Galedin in the sale of Galedin to VetPartners UK.
  • Represented the owners Michael San and John Cockburn in the sale of Scotland’s largest privately owned dental practice to one of the UK’s leading dental corporates, Portman Healthcare.
  • Instructed by one of Scotland’s largest independent pharmacy owners, Walter Davidson & Sons, to assist with the acquisition of a pharmacy business in the Broughty Ferry area of Dundee.
  • Assisted the owners Alastair and Aileen McCulloch with the sale of Dunblane Dental Practice to an associate dental practitioner.
  • Acted for Deans Pharmaceuticals in its multi-million pound acquisition of Welch Chemists.