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Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP covers the full spectrum of healthcare work, with expertise in commercial contracts, mental health law and infrastructure projects. The firm also has experience advising on multi-disciplinary legal, regulatory and consultancy issues, as well as patient-related matters including inquests and criminal proceedings. Sharon Renouf leads the practice and specialises in procurements for NHS clients. Also notable in the team are Rosemary Jago, who focuses on funding health and social facilities through contracting with the private sector; David Owens, who advises NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups on a range of governance and power issues; Vincent Buscemi, who is head of the firm’s independent health and social care practice; and associate Anna Davies, who has particular strength in mental health commissioning, NHS continuing health care and personal health budgets.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Renouf

Key clients

North Bristol NHS Trust


Yeovil Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset CCG

Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Norfolk and Norwick University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

Royal Papworth NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Teaching NHS Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on the redevelopment of the Leeds General Infirmary.
  • Advising Barts Health NHS Trust on the £500m redevelopment of Whipps Cross Hospital and the associated work to deal with Barts’ surplus land.
  • Assisting Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with the contract management of its PFI scheme.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Experienced in providing legal advice to the health and social care sector, DAC Beachcroft LLP’s broad practice covers a range of services, including corporate, commercial, regulatory, clinical negligence and medical malpractice matters, as well as healthcare matters related to employment, real estate and tax. The firm also acts for independent sector clients and independent mental health providers. The team is co-led by Nigel Montgomery, Matthew McGrath, Corinne Slingo, Udara Ranasinghe, Stephen Hocking and Stan Campbell. Also notable are clinical negligence expert Hannah Volpe and Rachel Roberts-Jenkins, who acts for the NHS, MDU and a number of insurers.


This a great health team with a wealth of experience.’

Hannah Volpe is an excellent lawyer who goes the extra mile for the NHS Trusts which she represents.’


Key clients

NHS Resolution

The Medical Defence Union

United Hospitals Bristol Trust

Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust

Zurich Global Corporate


WR Berkley

Bupa Dental


Optegra UK





Renaissance Re

Bermuda Hospital Board


MS Amlin


Elysium Healthcare

Northern Devon NHS Trust

NHS England

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust against multiple claims for unlawful deductions from wages.
  • Successfully defended a claim for Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust before the Master of the Rolls at the Court of Appeal.
  • Advised University Hospitals Bristol on its proposed acquisition of Weston Area Health NHS Trust.

Lester Aldridge LLP

Specialising in care home-related work, Lester Aldridge LLP also advises charities, GPs and GP practices on a range of healthcare matters. The firm’s expertise includes due diligence, professional disciplinary matters and the regulation governing charities, as well as acquisitions and sales in the sector. Laura Guntrip leads the team and focuses on healthcare regulatory matters, safeguarding issues and criminal matters affecting care providers.

Practice head(s):

Laura Guntrip

Other key lawyers:

Paula Barnes; Susan Cowan; Peter Grose

Key clients


Graham Care

Registered Nursing Homes Association

Hampshire Care Association

Work highlights

  • Represented the Graham Care Group in a lengthy, protracted inquest.


VWV acts for a range of healthcare providers including dentists, vets, care homes and pharmacists, with a particular focus on GP practices. The firm has experience in partnership agreements, mergers and the formation of GP super-partnerships. In addition, the practice advises on employment, regulatory, and health and safety matters, as well as disputes. Property expert Ben Willis is known for GP surgery development work, and assisting with funding, freehold and leasehold matters. He co-leads the practice with Oliver Pool, who specialises in partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Ben Willis; Oliver Pool


‘They are experts and very flexible’

‘Ben Willis, Rebecca Beardsley and Gemma Pouncy are excellent and a pleasure to deal with’

‘The VWV medical team comprises a number of individuals that between them provide all the specialist expertise required to advise GP practices in a time of great change’

‘It is rare to find such a comprehensive set of skills within one team’

‘Oliver Pool has a very direct approach to getting the most from CCGs when practices are working with them to take over practices in difficulty. He also has a very effective approach to dealing with practice mergers’

‘Mark Jarvis probably has the most detailed knowledge of the technical details of the various NHS styles of contract’

Key clients

Pier Health Group

Chiddenbrook and New Valley Surgery

Warwick Gates Family Health Centre

Bournemouth East Collaborative PCN

Bethesda Healthcare Limited

Mark Thompson

Mendip Vale Medical practice

Tyntesfield Medical Practice

Pioneer Medical Practice

Bridge View Medical Practice

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pier Health Group in relation to six practices in Weston-super-Mare that merged to form a single super-partnership.
  • Acted for Chiddenbrook & New Valley Surgery in a matter related to the joint acquisition of development land from Tesco by two GP practices and the development, by way of a joint venture between the two practices, of a major new GP surgery in Devon.
  • Representing Warwick Gates Family Health Centre in a matter related to its development and substantial extension.

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP has a ‘first-class healthcare offering', acting for NHS and independent sector clients. The 'knowledgeable’ practice focuses on healthcare services providers, advising social and affordable housing landlords and local authorities on social care provision, as well as acting for early-stage digital health companies. The team is co-led by Jocelyn Ormond, who joined from Simmons & Simmons in 2019 and brings an ‘in-depth knowledge of healthcare from all angles’, and legal director Ben Tarrant, who joined from Thrings LLP in 2019 and provides ‘first-class service’.

Practice head(s):

Jocelyn Ormond; Ben Tarrant


‘What makes Ashfords unique is their ability to quickly understand our business and the challenges that we face on a daily basis’ 

‘Vanessa James and Jenny Marley understand our business and the challenges that we have. Vanessa, in particular, has been very helpful in understanding the requirements of our senior management team’

‘Jocelyn Ormond has that great combination of being legally rigorous without being overly complicated. He also gets things done expediently and is a real pleasure to work with’

‘Ben Tarrant has always been thorough in his advice and very approachable’

‘Ashfords has provided an effective service, especially in terms of understanding some of the more tricky issues that we have been confronted with in terms of land registration’

‘Ben Tarrant was a pleasure to work with, very knowledgeable and responsive’

‘What I’ve really appreciated is the attention to detail and hands-on approach’

Key clients

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust


The Medical


Oldfield Surgery



Developing Health and Independence

Work highlights

  • Advising The Medical, a multi-disciplinary health clinic in 20 locations nationwide, in connection with its property acquisition and management work.
  • Advising the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters.
  • Advising Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust on its specialist supply contractors and minor works framework agreement covering a range of planned and reactive works across the Trust’s three main hospitals.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Full-service firm Browne Jacobson LLP specialises in clinical commissioning group (CCG) mergers, integrated care systems and fit-for-purpose-facilities matters. The practice also provides expertise in digital technology and judicial review work, particularly in relation to disputes between local authorities and the NHS. Simon Tait co-leads the team with Mark Barnett, who focuses on health and social care, as well as being an experienced litigator.

Practice head(s):

Mark Barnett; Simon Tait


‘This team delivers a prompt, attentive and accurate service to the client from beginning to end’

‘They deliver practical solutions for our organisation with an individual personal service and I would recommend them highly to other healthcare organisations’

‘Mark Barnett, Neil Ward, Ben Bentley, Luke Berry and Claire Bridgman are all outstanding in their fields for their skill, knowledge and overall supportiveness’

Key clients

Dorset County Hospital NHS FT

South Western Ambulance Service NHS FT

NHS Somerset CCG

NHS Dorset CCG


Torbay & South Devon NHS FT

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

NHS Kernow CCG

Work highlights

  • Represented Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in a two-day inquest relating to the death of a patient.
  • Advising Dorset County Hospital on guidance for providers where a mother may lack capacity in respect of obstetric care.
  • Represented South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in a three-week Article 2 inquest.

Burges Salmon LLP

The ‘knowledgeable and approachable’ multi-disciplinary practice at Burges Salmon LLP advises on M&A, finance and dispute resolution in the healthcare sector, with particular expertise in healthcare procurement and social care real estate matters. Legal director Patrick Parkin leads the team and is a commercial contracts and regulatory lawyer specialising in the healthcare industry.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Parkin

Other key lawyers:

Sam Charkham


‘One of the firm’s key strengths is their ability to work as a team, amongst themselves and with you as a client’

‘Burges Salmon are the best firm I’ve worked with for genuinely acting like they are an extension of the in-house team’

‘Their approach is commercial and pragmatic’

‘Patrick Parkin makes a huge amount of effort to keep his finger on the pulse of what is happening in the healthcare sector’

‘The team are cohesive in their approach with good communication between the respective departments’

‘A very responsive, professional and experienced team, giving up-to-date and relevant advice on a number of topics’

‘Patrick Parkin and Sam Charkham were extremely knowledgeable, responsive and up-to-date with current NHS issues’

Key clients

Virgin Care

Department of Health and Social Care

Optegra Eye Healthcare

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Synergy Health (UK) Limited (a subsidiary of STERIS plc)

Somerset Care

Cobalt Health

University of Oxford and Vaccine Manufacturing Innovation Centre

Nanopharm Limited

Vifor Pharma

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department of Health and Social Care on the procurement of three contracts to allow for the continued supply of medicines and medical devices to the NHS and other healthcare providers from mainland Europe post-Brexit.
  • Advised US-based Steris, a provider of infection prevention and other procedural products and services, on its acquisition of UK-based Diagmed Healthcare Limited.
  • Advised Somerset Care Limited on completing the refinance of the company’s banking facility from Lloyds Bank plc to Barclays Bank plc.

Osborne Clarke LLP

The ‘competent and responsiveOsborne Clarke acts primarily for private and third sector clients who provide a range of services to healthcare providers. The firm gives ‘exceptionally good advice’ on healthcare PPP/PFIs, NHS outsourcing and procurement, social care accommodation projects and M&A in the sector. The team is co-led by Will James, who joined from Marks & Clerk LLP in 2019, and Simon Hancock, who advises on healthcare-related projects, infrastructure and outsourcing procurements. Also notable is the ‘highly respectedCatherine Wolfenden, who is head of the firm's regulatory group and ‘one of the top people in her field’.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hancock; Will James

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Wolfenden; Kate Davies


‘The OC team work very closely with us’

‘They have a clear understanding of our concerns, priorities and vision’

‘Catherine Wolfenden has provided robust and considered advice, support and training when required. She works very long hours and has been known to contact us just before boarding a plane to make sure we are up to speed’

‘Catherine Wolfenden makes you feel comfortable navigating your way through the highly complex legal jungle’

‘It doesn’t matter if it’s a major issue like a claim form or a small piece of advice, I find I get the same professional, friendly support’

‘Kate Davies is always on hand, talks through matters in a language that is easy to understand, and provides us with full and timely support. She has drafted many letters on our behalf and secured favourable outcomes, finding the balance between making the legal points but allowing room for sensible negotiation’

‘The team understand our business and are essentially part of our bid team’

Key clients

GAMA Healthcare Limited

Universal Health Services Inc

Pegasus Life


Mountain Healthcare

Caledonia Investments

Imtech Low Carbon Solutions Limited

Synova Capital


Colony Capital REIT

Work highlights

  • Acting for EE on the £900m Home Office Emergency Services Network project to provide a next generation communication system for the ambulance service and other emergency services.
  • Assisting GAMA Healthcare Limited with bidding for high-value NHS framework agreements across the UK.
  • Advised the management team of a property holding company backed by a portfolio of investors led by Centerbridge Partners LP on the $2bn sale of its real estate assets to US-based Medical Properties Trust, Inc.

Stephens Scown LLP

Acting primarily for healthcare providers, Stephens Scown LLP’s clients include GP practices, primary care networks and care home groups. The firm has an increasing focus on integrated health and social care, as well as healthtech work. Helen Wallwork leads the team and acts for a range of healthcare sector businesses.

Practice head(s):

Helen Wallwork


They have been very responsive when we had an issue which needed a timely response. They clearly understand the sector we are involved in and the rules and regulations which apply. The advice given was clear, understandable and timely. Clear heads were kept, where we were under pressure due to the circumstances, which was extremely helpful.’

Helen Wallwork and Laura Britton helped support us through some serious concerns, keeping level headed and focused on the areas raised. They had a very good understanding of the regulations involved and the legal aspects.’

Key clients

Age UK

Phoenix Learning & Care Holdings Limited

Kernow Health CIC

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust

Cornwall Animal Hospital

Kernow Health Solutions Limited

Tre’ Care Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Kernow Health with a variety of commercial and governance matters, including its contractual arrangements with a digital platform provider and support with the delivery arrangements for GPs following the introduction of the new primary care networks.
  • Advised vendor shareholders on the share sale of a multi-site veterinary practice business.
  • Acted for Project Francis in the sale of a family-owned pharmacy business to a larger provider.