Health in South West

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP is highly regarded for 'always thinking creatively and outside of the normal legal box to find solutions'. The team is instructed by a high number of NHS providers and CCGs as well as by independent health and social care organisations. Its work includes advising on 'HIP' schemes, commissioning, PFIs and regulatory matters, among others.  Practice head Sharon Renouf and Rosemary Jago are specialists in procurements for NHS clients. David Owens has know-how in governance and powers matters. Vincent Buscemi is noted for having 'a natural aptitude for considering and applying both technical legislative detail and commercial considerations'. Associate Anna Davies is well versed in mental health commissioning.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Renouf

Other key lawyers:

David Owens; Rosemary Jago; Vincent Buscemi; Anna Davies; Charlotte Scourfield


‘The team has an unrivaled depth of knowledge on healthcare. Without exception, the team provides high quality outputs ensuring client satisfaction. We have developed a robust partnership approach with Bevan Brittan, with clients viewing us as a highly effective single team. I am consistently impressed with the high levels of flexibility, with the team rapidly responding to ever-changing client requirements. Equally impressive is their stakeholder engagement, where technical skills and knowledge are combined with genuine warmth and empathy.’

‘The team’s key strength is their experience advising in the sector. They have, for want of a better phrase, “been round the block”. For an already skilled in-house this is invaluable as it enables us to cut to the chase on key issues making the advice and cost more efficient and relevant. Every team in every law firm will claim to have the experience you need. This one genuinely does.’

‘Vincent Buscemi is from a generation of lawyers that had really, really good training. He learnt from the best, David Owens, and then went on to develop it further. The end result is an exceptional lawyer. It is always good to have Vincent in your team. He’s friendly, approachable and has a natural aptitude for considering and applying both technical legislative detail and commercial considerations. ’

‘Charlotte Scourfield has been our point of contact and has been responsive and knowledgeable in aiding us address a wide range of queries covering contracts, procurement, funding disputes and the development of our partnership agreement. Her style and approach has meant that we quickly developed a trusting relationship through which she has been able to guide our decision making and has become a key part of our team. ’

‘Strong track record and bredth of knowldege / expertise.’

‘The team always think creatively and outside of the normal legal box to find solutions. Very proactive and focussed on delivering the end goal. Very engaging and customer focussed.’

‘Positive attitude and a “can do” approach in finding solutions for the client.

‘Rosie Jago continues to be a stand out legal partner, with positive attitude, a very strong client focus and excellent delivery orientation.’


Key clients

2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

Sussex Primary Care Ltd (SPC)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Mutual Ventures

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Norfolk and Norwich NHS Foundation Trust

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS FT

Independent Healthcare Providers Network Limited

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Assisted various NHS Foundation Trusts with Covid-19-related measures, PFI matters and legal issues in connection with the Nightingale Hospitals.
  • Advised IHPN as the co-ordinating trade body on the competition issues arising out of the request for support to the private hospital sector from NHS England in connection with the Covid pandemic.
  • Advised Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on the creation of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust through merger by way of acquisition.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts as a trusted advisor to a high number of NHS hospitals, CCGs and independent sector providers. The team covers the full gamut of related work by having dedicated practice heads: NHS resolution specialist Nigel Montgomery; clinical risk counsel Matthew Mcgrath; regulatory expert Corinne Slingo; employment advisor Udara Ranasinghe; and Stephen Hocking and Stan Campbell who cover commercial and real estate matters respectively. Rachel Roberts-Jenkins has deep know-how in clinical claims. Katy Horner is a key contact in HR issues. Hannah Volpe is well versed in defendant clinical negligence litigation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Montgomery; Matthew McGrath; Corinne Slingo; Udara Ranasinghe; Stephen Hocking; Stan Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Roberts-Jenkins; Katy Horner; Hannah Volpe 

Key clients

NHS Resolution

The Medical Defence Union

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust

Zurich Global Corporate


WR Berkley

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Bupa Dental


Optegra UK





Renaissance Re

Bermuda Hospital Board


MS Amlin


Elysium Healthcare


Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Defended Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust in a clinical negligence case.
  • Advised the North Bristol NHS Trust on property elements of one of seven mass vaccination hubs at Ashton Gate, home to Bristol City Football Club.
  • Acting for the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust as it worked with Public Health England and its local commissioners and patients, in investigating a COVID outbreak from May 2020.

Lester Aldridge LLP

The members of Lester Aldridge LLP‘s group are praised as ‘clear experts’ in the  field. They work for charities, care homes, equity funds and GP practices in a wide range of health, social, and community care matters. Team leader Laura Guntrip handles diligence processes in transactions and regulatory law. Associate James Pantling-Skeet is noted for ‘his grasp of the subject matter and his professional approach‘.

Practice head(s):

Laura Guntrip

Other key lawyers:

James Pantling-Skeet


‘Our experience of Lester Aldridge’s Public Sector Health team is one that is of a very responsive, informative and effective. They reflect and discuss practical and pragmatic strategies to achieve positive client outcomes safeguarding the interests of our charity at all times.’

‘Laura Guntrip leads an exceptional team that is extremely knowledgeable of our sector and its challenges. The team takes time to understand properly and thoroughly specific situations – their immediate and wider impacts – and thoroughly and professionally investigates and succinctly summarises key facts and actions clearly to enable the business to make well-informed commercial decisions.’

‘This is truly a unique organisation. It took a year of searching to find a solicitor to challenge organisations such as CQC and the local authorities. There knowledge proved such that government agencies conceded the judgements they had made were unjust and without substance. They appear to be alone in their field.’

‘They are unique in that no other legal firm has their experience or knowledge to contest the arbitrary decisions that local authorities make. In truth they are light years ahead of others and are a firm I would and have recommended to other charity leaders throughout the sector.’

‘Lester Aldridge: everyone I dealt with including my solicitor, business support and senior partners were supportive, had integrity and provided an excellent legal service.’

‘Everyone at Lester Aldridge that I have had contact with, are very customer orientated, and approachable. I have had a significant amount of contact with at least three different professionals, as well as numerous background/support staff and they all exhibit the highest standards of support and activities.’

‘James Pantling-Skeet has been with us all the way and we are pleased with his grasp of the subject matter and hid professional approach.’

Key clients


Graham Care

Registered Nursing Homes Association

Hampshire Care Association

Colten Care

Work highlights

  • Advised a private equity fund on its successful purchase, including regulatory due diligence, of a large national group of care homes and learning disability services.
  • Advised and represented a care home operator in relation to a serious incident in which an elderly resident absconded and died, including representation in relation to the inquest which followed.
  • Acted for a corporate care provider in a criminal investigation by the Care Quality Commission with risk of prosecution.


The team at VWV has established itself as go-to group for GP practices in the South West; it handles partnership agreements, mergers and disputes as well as formation of new ventures, and surgery funding and development. The group also covers employment and real estate matters arising for its clients. Led by the 'very approachableBen Wills, it also includes partnership expert Oliver Pool, London-based Mark Jarvis and senior associate Gemma Pouncy.

Practice head(s):

Ben Willis

Other key lawyers:

Mark Jarvis; Rebecca Beardsley; Gemma Pouncy; Oliver Pool


‘Well led by Ben Willis. Very approachable, they manage to give the impression that they were doing nothing waiting for your call’

‘Ben Willis – Leads and ensures that the work they do is relevant.’

‘Mark Jarvis has deep knowledge of health sector legislation.’

‘Oliver Pool – well versed in  partnership issues, in particular the human dimension.’

‘Gemma Pouncy always has an eye on a solution that meets the commercial need.’


Key clients

Chiddenbrook and New Valley Surgeries

Meadowcroft Surgery and BK Health Ltd

Pioneer Medical Group

Pier Health Group

Lakeside Healthcare Group

Rugby Health PCN

King Edward Street and others

Rosebank Health Centre

Westrop Medical Practice

Victoria Medical Centre

Work highlights

  • Assisted Meadowcroft Surgery and BK Health Limited with its property development and funding, a practice merger and a practice incorporation.
  • Advised Victoria Medical Centre on its merger with another practice to create one large partnership.
  • Advised Pioneer Medical Group on a surgery development which involved NHS ETTF funding.

Ashfords LLP

The team at Ashfords LLP is well positioned to advise NHS clients as well as independent sector clients such as charities, private health operators, and investors. Its service offering includes handling M&A, joint ventures, agreements, regulatory compliance and disputes. Jocelyn Ormond is noted for having a ‘great combination of domain expertise and pragmatism‘, and handles a variety of transactions in the sector. He leads the practice together with legal director Ben Tarrant, who also has experience in the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Jocelyn Ormond; Ben Tarrant

Other key lawyers:

Katie Webber


‘Ashfords has a solid offering of expertise in respect of their health practice, they are building expertise from the ground up in this sector. They are particularly sought out in respect of mental capacity or mental health matters.’

‘Katie Webber is a star senior associate and is well known for mental capacity work. She regularly takes on urgent out of hours applications which deal with serious medical treatment, mental health/mental capacity interaction, or deprivation of liberty issues. ’

‘Jocelyn Ormond has a great combination of domain expertise and pragamtism.’

‘Ashfords have provided significant support to all aspects of our biotech business including most recently advising on our Series A investment including overseeing tax efficient share schemes for staff. The Ashfords team are well connected and were activities require an additional 3rd party (valuations etc), they have immediate access to the experienced partners who bring relevant and pragmatic advice.’

‘Jocelyn Ormond has for many years supported the company and through Ashfords LLP always ensures that appropriate expertise is deployed to execute specialist advice and in a timely manner. Equally, Jocelyn is sensitive to the company phase and appropriate costs structures.’

‘The team always provide an efficient, professional and trusted service. In the event that I need to escalate queries to a more senior member of the team, resolution is always quickly provided.’

‘Takes the time to understand our business model in order to offer the best advise and tailor support to meet our needs. Ability to respond quickly when needed, and always responsive in a timely manner. Billing is very clear and transparent.’

‘ Ben Tarrant offers a very personalised service, remains in contact even when we are not directly using the service, and always inspires confidence.’

Key clients

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust


The Medical




Developing Health and Independence

Iksuda Therapeutics

eConsult Health

Silva Care

Bradley Stoke Surgery

F.H. Halliday & Son

Work highlights

  • Advising The Medical in connection with its property acquisition and management work.
  • Advising eConsult Health on its Series A investment round led by venture capital investor Gresham House Ventures and supported by Calculus Capital, which raised £7m.
  • Advising CareTech on a wide range of employment and healthcare regulatory matters, including employment claims and a TUPE consultation.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP combines expertise in the healthcare and social care sectors for which it is instructed by NHS bodies, local authorities, community health partnerships and independent sector providers. The team is involved in disputes, client trainings, and clinical commissioning group (CCG) mergers. Mark Barnett is well versed in litigation matters in the field. Manchester-based Gerard Hanratty leads the firm-wide practice group.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Hanratty

Other key lawyers:

Mark Barnett 


‘All the team are very approachable and use plain English , they return calls on time and keep to schedules as defined. The use of the drop box for documents was especially helpful with large amounts of Patient identifiable information Have started to offer good training sessions to update on case law, LPS and modernisation of the Mental Health Act.’

‘Most of my work has been with Mark Barnett; he looks out for the client and makes helpful suggestions as to what could be offered put forward if further negotiation is required. He is extremely approachable, reliable and helpful.’

‘Browne Jacobson’s health Team can always be relied upon for support through difficult issues which sometimes arise, and they work towards the best resolution quickly. ’

‘Mark Barnett is exemplary in responding quickly and supportively to matters which may suddenly arise.’

Key clients

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Torbay & South Devon NHS Trust

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Kernow CCG

NHS Somerset CCG

NHS Dorset CCG

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Work highlights

  • Advised the CCG on the “BIG Space” project proposed by the Dorset Integrated Care System (“the ICS”), to create transformative solutions for the Dorset health and care system.
  • Advised NHS clients on the issues they face over responding to the pandemic ranging from deploying staff to treat only Covid-19 positive patients through to legal issues on the vaccine roll out programme.
  • Acted for NHS England in respect of a judicial review challenge brought by SSP Health Ltd to a decision made by the Adjudicator for the Primary Care Appeals Service concerning a dispute involving 22 Alterative Provider Medical Services (“APMS”) contracts.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP is praised for providing 'high quality expert advice' to healthcare clients. The team is well positioned in advising private sector institutions on the interface with the public sector, and combines banking and finance, M&A, dispute resolution and real estate experience. Practice head Patrick Parkin specialises in commercial contracts and regulatory matters. John Houlden has longstanding expertise in procurements. Recently promoted partner Richard Binns is acting in contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Parkin

Other key lawyers:

John Houlden; Richard Binns


‘The team have good healthcare knowledge, they are flexible and always available. Managing such a portfolio presents many challenges and they are able to assist in all areas particularly in the asset disposal process we are undertaking.’

‘High quality expert advice delivered in a time cost effective manager.’

‘The Burges Salmon team were highly effective in advising a contract negotiation, and were very pragmatic in having consideration of issues beyond the purely legal when constructing their advice. Their turnaround times were excellent, communication was effective and the drafting of high quality.’

‘The team were pragmatic and flexible. They supported the rapid development of unfamiliar agreements, being clear to highlight the public sector risks and worked collaboratively to assist in the mitigation of these.’

‘We remain very impressed with Patrick Parkin. He is responsive, knowledgeable and a professional.’

Key clients

Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (and its Vaccine Taskforce)

Department for Health and Social Care

Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre

Guys and St Thomas’ Enterprises Limited

Optegra Eye Healthcare

Virgin Care

Cobalt Health


Primary Eye Care

Work highlights

  • Advising BEIS on projects for the development and manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines, including the structuring, drafting and negotiation of contracts with Wockhardt to complete the final stage in the manufacture of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine.
  • Advising VMIC on its collaboration with Oxford Biomedica on the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and on grant funding provided by UK Research and Innovation to expand VMIC’s manufacturing capacity.
  • Advising GSTE in regards to MedTech Hub, a joint venture with King s College London that aims to develop the leading centre for medical technology and biomedical engineering in Europe.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP is noted for giving 'considered legal and strategic advice' to its clients. The team is active in assisting suppliers in NHS procurement and outsourcing; counselling investor and service providers on healthcare PFI/PPP; and funding, M&A and real estate matters relating to the healthcare sector. The practice is jointly led by Catherine Wolfenden, who is well versed in procurement mandates, and Will James in London. Simon Hancock has experience in healthcare projects and senior associate Kate Davies' 'record of support speaks for itself'.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Wolfenden; Will James

Other key lawyers:

Simon Hancock; Kate Davies


‘Great team led by Catherine Wolfenden – its a real team and whoever we deal with knows our business, its uniqueness and gives considered legal and strategic advice.’

‘Catherine Wolfenden leads team and has stand-out knowledge of our market and procurement.’

‘Kate Davis- always available- thinking partner- responsive.’

‘They have a 360 degree view of our complex business model/customer and are therefore always well positioned to give strong independent legal advice. The team always seem to be available and due to time constraints on actions required, we are always feel prioritised. During the lockdown of 2020/2021 the excellent support and service has remained constant. As we are all working from home everyone feels part of the same team. The Team at Osborne Clarke has been a consistent resource for years with very limited staff turnover so if a member is not available it is very easy to discuss matters with one of the other colleagues.’

‘Catherine Wolfenden as the Partner leads the team. Not only do we get valuable consistent considered legal advice from her but coaching across scenarios as well.’

‘Kate Davies consistently supports us with her time and knowledge.’

‘Everyone at Osborne Clarke is extremely approachable and has the ability to distill a problem/subject into words non legal professionals can easily understand and act upon. That is highly valued by our business.’


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

Crisp Websites Limited

Nutricia Limited

Qualasept Limited

Lifestory Group Limited

Colony Northstar REIT


Imtech Low Carbon Solutions

hVIVO plc (now part of the Open Orphan Group)

Endeavour Vision

Creo Medical Group

Sandpiper Investments


Work highlights

  • Acting for Pestfix in the high profile judicial review of the UK Government’s decision to award a number of valuable PPE contracts to suppliers in 2020 without competitive tenders.
  • Acting as the lead legal advisor for Gama Healthcare Limited which produces infection prevention and control products, including antibacterial disinfectant wipes and personal hygiene products.
  • Advised Creo Medical Group plc on the acquisition of Albyn Medical, a Spanish headquartered manufacturer and distributor of gastroenterology (GI), urology and endoscopy products, for an equity value of €24.8m.

Stephens Scown LLP

Stephens Scown LLP is noted for covering a wide range of matters in the healthcare sector. It is regularly instructed by large providers of healthcare services, trusts, GP practices, social enterprises and care home groups, among others. Areas of expertise are contentious and regulatory matters. Practice head Helen Wallwork has a track record advising on commercial and corporate law. Laurie Trounce handles procurements.

Practice head(s):

Helen Wallwork

Other key lawyers:

Laurie Trounce 

Key clients

Phoenix Learning and Care Group

Age UK

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust

Kernow Health Solutions

Tre’ Care Group


Mind Restormel Association For Mental Health

Medic Malawi

Duchy Health Charity

Kernow Health CIC