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Birkett Long LLP fields a healthcare team that provides 'an excellent level of service and guides the client through complex issues with great patience'. The multi-disciplinary practice acts for a range of clients, including general medical practices, care home operators, dentists and pharmacists, on a variety of issues. Recent work includes acting for a consortium of 5 GP practices on their corporate options and shareholder agreements between the practice representatives and their individual practices, as well as preparing new articles of association concerning share ownership and succession arrangements. Tracey Dickens heads the health and social care team and provides 'invaluable assistance' to her GP clients. Also recommended are the 'very thorough' Liz Jones and David Wisbey, who regularly advises UK-based healthcare companies on corporate and commercial matters.

Blake Morgan LLP's clients include NHS trusts, social enterprises, GPs and health regulators, which the healthcare team advises on the full spectrum of matters including procurement, competition issues, joint ventures and inquests. Bruce Potter is the key figure. Gayle Curry joined BrookStreet des Roches.

Brachers fields a team with extensive experience in healthcare matters, as illustrated by its presence on the NHS Commercial Alliance framework panel and its work for a number of NHS trusts and medical defence organisations. The practice also acts for GP federations, corporations and individual practices, for which it handles merger and succession issues. Recent work includes acting for Medway NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest concerning the death of a patient from suspected pre-eclampsia, and advising Tonbridge Medical Practice on the development of a new surgery. John Sheath leads the healthcare team and has more than 30 years' experience handling clinical negligence inquests, health and safety issues, and Court of Protection declaration work, among other areas of expertise. Employment specialist  Catherine Daw is also recommended.

Cripps LLP's healthcare team is 'particularly strong' and has 'a strong reputation dealing with healthcare clients'. The practice acts for GPs, pharmacies, dental practices and integrated care providers, and has a growing workload for children's day care clients. It acted on some 70 pharmacy-related transactions in 2017, including advising Paydens, which operates one of the largest independent pharmacy groups in the country, on its acquisitions of pharmacy businesses, as well as real estate, employment and commercial matters. Other recent highlights include advising North West Surrey Integrated Care Services on the establishment of a corporate body to integrate care services provided by general medical practices in the area. Nick Austen heads the team and has 20 years' experience in dental, pharmacy and medical transactions. Also recommended are Justin Cumberlege, who has 'a deep understanding of the healthcare sector', Gemma Mintram, who is noted for her track record in dental and pharmacy transactions, and Sarah Hillebron.

Moore Blatch LLP's 'excellent' healthcare practice is praised for its 'very good, sound understanding of this complex area of law' and its willingness to go 'above and beyond in providing holistic advice to clients'. The practice acts for individuals and their representatives in issues where they require access to health and social care services from the NHS or local authorities. The 'absolutely excellent' Paula Barnes heads the practice and is noted for her track record in administrative and public law matters, as well as for her advice to charities and education centres. Tim Spring Is the name to note for clinical negligence matters. On the up-and-coming front, Mea Fyfe is 'an excellent lawyer who goes above and beyond for her clients'.

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields a team of 'experienced and hardworking lawyers' which acts for a sizeable number of NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups and ambulance trusts, as well as advising a number of independent sector providers. The firm has a particularly strong reputation for handling group action claims, and also assists clients with issues arising from operational business change and restructuring. Recent work includes defending NHS Resolution and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a claim concerning treatment of a superficial laceration. Belinda Dix leads the healthcare regulatory team; other key figures in the Winchester office include clinical negligence expert Matthew McGrath, who is noted for his 'great instincts and supportive approach'.

'In terms of knowledge, trustworthiness and price', EMW Law LLP is 'head and shoulders above its peers' according to its clients. The healthcare practice acts for dentists, GPs pharmacists and veterinary services on a variety of matters, including regulatory and employment issues, as well as mergers and disposals. Recent highlights include acting for a healthcare operator on the purchase of two companies owning five care homes, and acting for a care home developer and operator on its sale of the freehold in a 70-bed care home it was in the process of developing, as well as the leasing back of the home for a 35-year period. Joe Soul heads the team and has established himself as 'one of the best legal minds in the healthcare sector, and is accordingly well respected by all'. Jordan Glackin 'never hesitates to go above and beyond what is expected of him'. Lucy Bradban is also recommended.

'Excellent in all respects', PDT Solicitors has an extensive track record advising pharmacy clients on issues arising from acquisitions as well as property portfolio management, meaning they bring 'a very good level of understanding of the specifics of the pharmacy market' to the table. Recent highlights include assisting with the acquisition of an optician, advising a pharmacy group on the refinancing of its existing property portfolio, and advising on the sale of an Oxford-based pharmacy. Practice head James Clewlow  is 'a superb negotiator and very good at anticipating one's needs'. The 'communicative and responsive' Jo Williams  is also recommended.

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