Health in West Midlands

Capsticks LLP

Working closely with the firm's large national practice, Capsticks LLP's 'intelligent and knowledgeable' Birmingham team has expertise in various areas of public health law, including applications in the Court of Protection, Children's Act issues and matters involving patients' rights to access medical records. It is also well known for assisting healthcare clients with real estate transactions, employment law issues and litigation. Tracey Lucas focuses primarily on adult and childcare issues; she is also well-regarded for her work as an advocate in inquests. Andrew Rowland heads up the firm's NHS healthcare department.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rowland

Other key lawyers:

Tracey Lucas

Testimonials

‘The lead partner for our trust is Tracey Lucas. Her in-depth understanding of how health services really work and the challenges faced by our staff members means that the support she provides for staff involved in inquests and other urgent legal queries is second to none. Our trust really values her ongoing work with us.’

‘Capsticks’ practice is unique in that it combines the firm’s broad experience handling NHS work with specialist procurement knowledge.’

‘Pragmatic and useful advice. Clear that the decision is the client’s while offering realistic risk based assessments, ensuring value for money decisions are made.’ 

‘Really responsive, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the sector. Tracey Lucas is particularly impressive.’ 

Key clients

NHS England

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Nottingham CCG

Wye Valley

Worcestershire Acute

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Derbyshire Community Healthcare

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented an NHS Trust in an inquest regarding the death of a patient who was assaulted during a burglary at her home and had to be treated by the client due to symptoms of acute coronary syndrome.
  • Represented Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust in respect of staff issues arising from the collapse of Carillion plc, which meant that the new hospital was left two-thirds built and the related difficulties were subject to much local and national media coverage.
  • Advised Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust in relation to the development of two new multi-storey car parks on two of its key city centre hospital sites and the outsourcing of its car parking operations across about various hospital and health centre sites to Q-Park.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP acts for a wide range of clients, including independent healthcare providers, NHS trusts, national bodies and charities. Its range of work is equally varied, encompassing complex litigation and major collaborative projects between healthcare bodies. Jill Mason, who leads the team, stands out for her frequent involvement in inquests; she recently advised Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust during a two-week jury inquest, raising complex issues regarding the Mental Health Act. Jog Hundle is another key partner with experience advising clients in the healthcare sector on a range of employment matters, including discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Associate Katrina McCrory stands out for her strong track record in healthcare litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jill Mason

Other key lawyers:

Jog Hundle; Katrina McCrory; Rhian Vandrill

Testimonials

‘Rhian Vandrill is fantastic, she is pragmatic and understands how to align her legal expertise with the needs of a growing business.’

Key clients

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

BMA Law

Cleveland Clinic

NHS England

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

Elysium Healthcare

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS East Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Stafford & Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Coventry & Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the East Midlands Provider Collaborative, known as IMPACT, in relation to enabling Secure Care services to be delivered via a partnership model using an agreement and a series of prime and sub-contracts between the lead NHS provider and the remaining NHS and independent sector providers.
  • Assisting SYNLAB UK & Ireland with establishing a new partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to transform the delivery of pathology services in South East London.
  • Devised a structure for Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to acquire almost all of the services, assets, liabilities and staff of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWP) with a view to DWP becoming the kernel of a new integrated care system for Dudley.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Leveraging its nationwide presence, Browne Jacobson LLP advises a varied roster of private and public sector healthcare clients in relation to governance mandates, workforce issues, insurance work, clinical negligence issues and numerous other regulatory matters. Gerard Hanratty is frequently instructed by healthcare clients in complex judicial reviews and public inquiries; he recently advised NHS England in relation to the Manchester Arena Bombing inquiry. Jacqui Atkinson is also a core member of the team, providing clients with comprehensive employment law advice.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Hanratty

Other key lawyers:

Jacqui Atkinson

Testimonials

‘The team are very approachable, and always give appropriate and relevant advice. There is a broad breadth of knowledge across the firm and open access to subject matter experts in specific areas. In particular the court of protection and healthcare team have a wealth of knowledge.’ 

Key clients

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Birmingham and Solihull CCG

Southend University NHS Foundation Trust

University of North Midlands NHS Trust

Dudley Group

Dudley Integrated Health Care

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS FT

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Birmingham & Solihull CCG on the establishment of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham and two other Nightingale Hospitals as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acted for NHS England in respect of a judicial review challenge brought by the British Medical Association in respect of the Local Safeguarding Arrangements Plan 2019-21 published by the safeguarding partners in Northamptonshire.
  • Advising the whole of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) on the reconfiguration of services across the community and acute care sector.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's 'incredibly responsive and commercial' practice stands out for its involvement in various matters related to Covid-19; in particular, the firm advised the Department of Health and Social Care on its Test and Trace programme, and separately assisted AstraZenca with its collaboration agreement for the development of the University of Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine. Robert Breedon is best known for his expertise in large-scale healthcare projects and outsourcing arrangements, while principal associate Alexi Markham regularly advises clients on public procurement agreements.

Practice head(s):

Robert Breedon

Other key lawyers:

Alexi Markham

Testimonials

‘Strength and depth of team, partner led – understand the sector and can convey the key commercial risks and advise us accordingly.’

‘Gowling listen to the customer, understand the brief and work to the best interest of the customer whilst also understanding the customers style and culture.’

‘Incredibly responsive, commercial etc but they understand how we as a business need to operate and adapt accordingly.’

‘Accessible, helpful, engaging, positive, safe. Always happy to help-questions us as an organisation-gives clear guidance.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca

Beckman Coulter (UK) Limited

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

UDG Healthcare Group plc

Circle Health

Department of Health and Social Care

Ford – party to Ventilator Challenge UK consortium

Formation Capital, LLC

Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Limited

Getinge Group

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Synlab Group

Lakeside Healthcare

Montreux Healthcare Fixed Yield Fund

NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG

NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Philips Electronics (Healthcare)

Sitekit Applications Limited

TT Electronics

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Health and Social Care in relation to critical and urgent contracts for the supply of goods and services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised longstanding client AstraZeneca on a landmark collaboration agreement for the development and distribution of the University of Oxford’s potential Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Advising the Office for National Statistics on its re-procurement to appoint a provider to undertake seroprevalence Covid-19 Infection Survey (“CIS”), together with study and analysis services to support the government with its Covid-19 response.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP predominantly handles corporate transactions involving healthcare clients, including acquisitions and sales. The team also advises various clients on the financing and corporate structuring of Care Quality Commission businesses. Joanne Ellis has a great track record in handling transactions on behalf of clients in the social care field and dental industry. Tom Eastwood specialises in real estate projects in the healthcare sector, in which he acts for operators, investors, developers and funders.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Tom Eastwood

Testimonials

‘Extremely supportive team. Quick to respond and clear commercial advice provided.’

Key clients

Exemplar Healthcare (CX Topco Limited)

The National Exhibition Centre

Next Steps Fostering

Accomplish Group

Riverdale

Precious Homes

Keys Group

Aedifica

Dental Beauty Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Exemplar on the preparation for the exit of Agilitas and the sale of Exemplar by way of auction to Ares.
  • Advising the NEC on its contract with NHS England facilitating the establishment of a Nightingale Hospital in the Midlands.
  • Advising Riverdale on more than 22 acquisitions.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's team is particularly well-regarded for its expertise in public inquiries and procurement mandates. The team is also experienced in judicial reviews, CQC prosecutions and employment litigation. Tony Yeaman focuses primarily on assisting NHS boards and senior managers with risk management and clinical negligence claims. Jasmine Armstrong handles a broad portfolio of matters, ranging from GDPR and discrimination claims to medical negligence matters, and Melanie Isherwood is recommended for her expertise in clinical negligence litigation.

Practice head(s):

Tony Yeaman

Other key lawyers:

Jasmine Armstrong; Melanie Isherwood

Testimonials

‘The team deals with complex and high value clinical negligence and personal injury work for a number of local NHS trusts. The team in Birmingham are great at getting to the heart of the issues and giving practical and pragmatic advice to defendants in such complex cases.’

‘A strong healthcare practice, providing an excellent service for institutional clients.’

Key clients

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT

University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS FT

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS FT

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHST

Royal British Legion

Broadspire

Baxter Healthcare Ltd

Weight to Go Ltd

East Riding Fertility Services Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust in connection with CQC scrutiny of treatment provided, in particular in terms of A&E and deaths in intensive care.
  • Advised East Riding Fertility Services in relation to obtaining an investment from Genus Medical Partnership and HSBC to finance its development of a new IVF clinic.
  • Advised NHS England on a highly sensitive matter concerning inadequate professional indemnity cover.