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Bevan Brittan LLP advises a large number of NHS trusts and 40 clinical commissioning groups. It provides advice in a multitude of health-related areas such as commissioning advice; vanguard care schemes; sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs); regulatory and governance; employment and HR; shared service models; strategic estates partnerships; and income generation activities. Sharon Renouf heads the practice and focuses on high-value procurement for the NHS. David Owens specialises in providing advice on governance issues and new models of care. Rosemary Jago is adept at handling public private partnership (PPP) procurements, new infrastructure arrangements such as strategic estates partnerships and joint ventures; she has helped ‘shape the commercialisation of the NHS asset market’. Vincent Buscemi recently led on advising client Symphony Healthcare Services on the vertical integration of Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, integrating primary and secondary care into a single model. Buscemi is ‘extremely responsive and effective in management of contracts’ and provides ‘practical and commercial solutions’. Clients include Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation.

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises on high-level strategic work including ACO development, joint ventures, Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections and governance. The firm acts for more than 300 NHS bodies and also private insurers and healthcare providers. It has recently dealt with cases involving outsourcing projects, defence of negligence claims, withdrawal of treatment applications and employment issues involving TUPE and age discrimination claims. The firm recently acted for a private mental healthcare provider in the acquisition of a provider of integrated care that owned specialised hospitals for patients with disabilities and mental health issues. This involved advising on complex and strategic issues such as due diligence, reorganisation and consolidation. Corinne Slingo leads the team and specialises in regulatory CQC work related to registration, inspection preparation and ratings issues. Health sector head Nigel Montgomery focuses on group actions and catastrophic injury work. Rachel Roberts-Jenkins is adept at handling clinical negligence claims, and Simon Perkins deals with medical malpractice issues and clinical negligence claims such as those relating to ophthalmology and plastic surgery. Katy Horner specialises in providing HR advice and advice on reorganisation, redundancies and consultation with trade unions. Hannah Volpe deals with catastrophic claims and is experienced in dealing with hospital acquired infection cases. Sara Woods was promoted to senior associate and Alison Martin, Jessica Major and Vanessa Taylor-Byrne were all promoted to legal directors. Jonny Landau joined as partner from RadcliffesLeBrasseur and focuses on regulatory matters.

Lester Aldridge LLP 's team provides ‘an excellent level of service’ and is ‘able to assist on urgent matters with responsive turnaround times’. It advises on the full range of health-related law including regulatory issues, safeguarding, inquests, health and safety, environmental and criminal prosecutions, for clients including care homes, children’s homes, independent hospitals, GP practices, independent special schools, fertility clinics and mental health providers. Peter Grose heads the team and focuses on health and social care regulation. Recently promoted partner Laura Guntrip is ‘practical, personable, efficient, and a font of legal wisdom’. She defended HC-One in a criminal prosecution by the CQC. Guy Morgan led the team advising Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust on a £150m mixed-use development for the construction of a new hospital, primary school and 500 residential units. Other clients include Lifeways Community Care, National Fostering Agency, Registered Nursing Home Association, National Care Association and Kent Autistic Trust.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) merged with Lockharts in January 2017, giving the practice greater coverage and strengthening its dental and primary care capabilities. It provides ‘a robust and reliable service’ and has ‘a good spread of knowledge with expert level advice’. The firm specialises in acting for GP practices pm partnership agreements, mergers, collaboration disputes, legal structures and private sector partnerships. It is also increasingly acting in the formation of super-partnerships - the merging of several practices that can have over 25 partners and 30,000 patients. Ben Willis heads the team and focuses on healthcare development work and funding. He is ‘able to bring together solutions for mergers that reassure the partners’. Oliver Pool was promoted to partner and is adept at handling GP partnerships and mergers. Other key figures include Nick Martindale, who handles contractual and partnership disputes; Rebecca Beardsley, who deals with property matters; and Andrew Andrews, who joined as senior associate from Freemans Solicitors.

Browne Jacobson LLP focuses on clinical negligence work. Mark Barnett heads the practice, he is adept at litigation and defending claims against the NHS, local authorities and other public sector clients. He also focuses on claims against mental health providers and deals with high-profile sensitive claims, those with Human Rights Act aspects and safeguarding issues. Joanne Pruden focuses on defendant personal injury claims, employer’s liability and public liability claims. Areas of expertise include social care abuse, breach of confidentiality, Disability Discrimination Act cases, Human Rights Act claims, defamation, bullying and harassment cases. Michael Chambers joined as partner and Gerard Hanratty joined the national team in Manchester, he provides support to the south west team. Lynne Rathbone left the firm. Clients include Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Kernow CCG, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Deighton Pierce Glynn specialises in public law claimant work. Partner Adam Hundt focuses on judicial review matters in relation to healthcare, and also deals with human rights and discrimination cases. He has also built up a reputation in the specialist area of migrant healthcare. Associate Dan Carey handles public law and human rights issues; he is ‘ a brilliant, caring and creative lawyer with a deep understanding of the law and a real concern for his clients’. ‘Tenacious in pursuing cases for her clients’, Frances Lipman deals with migrant-related cases and disability discrimination claims . The firm has previously acted in a successful judicial review of the NHS’s failure to provide Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to patients infected with HIV. It has also recently acted for severely ill individuals in claims relating to the withholding of medical treatment and unlawful detentions.

Foot Anstey acts for healthcare providers such as foundation trusts, GP practices, CCGs dental practices, care home groups, pharmacies, veterinary practices and social enterprises. It advises on governance, structure, practice mergers and joint ventures. It has previously acted for Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in the acquisition of a new renal unit in Torquay.

Osborne Clarke specialises in healthcare-related PPP and PFI projects, procurement, contractual issues, and social care accommodation projects. The practice also advises on NHS outsourcing, facilities management services, NHS energy efficiency services and regulatory matters, in addition to handling funding and competition, EU and state aid issues. Simon Hancock heads the team and specialises in major infrastructure and outsourcing procurements. Catherine Wolfenden focuses on regulated public and utilities procurement; she has ‘industry leading knowledge, is nationally respected and understands business and company objectives’. Janita Good heads the UK life sciences and healthcare group, she focuses on corporate and IP matters. The ‘strong’ team has ‘extensive knowledge of a complex market’ and has ‘extremely quick response times’. Recent highlights include advising Shaw Healthcare on the provision of a retirement living village to Bristol City Council. Other clients include Imtech Engineering Services North, Imtech Low Carbon Solutions and Grifols.

Royds Withy King specialises in providng advice to care homes and social care providers on CQC interactions, healthcare-related HR and employment advice, safeguarding, contracts, judicial review proceedings, inquests and mental capacity. It also provides advice to dental practices, pharmacies and GP practices. James Sage heads the team and specialises in employment law matters including dismissals, grievances and whistleblowing. Hazel Phillips jointly heads the health and social care team and focuses on acquisitions, contracts, business structure, governance and refinancing. Mei-Ling Huang Joined from Burroughs day, she is ‘extremely knowledgeable about her area and gives no-nonsense advice’. The team provides an ‘excellent overall service’ and is ‘very responsive’. Recent highlights include acting for Gold Care homes on the sale and leaseback of and 18 home care group to a US real estate investment trust.

Stephens Scown LLP acts for public and private sector clients including GP practices, dental practices, care home groups and NHS Trusts. It advises on a broad range of healthcare-related law including GP mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, governance and commercial matters. Head of team Helen Wallwork joined from Foot Anstey and ‘combines technical excellence with a pragmatic outlook and unflappable demeanour’.  Recent highlights include acting for the vendors on the share sale of Foxes Academy Limited, a school for adults with learning disabilities, and advising Kernow Health CIC on governance and commercial matters .

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