Health in West Midlands

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP is praised for providing 'clear, pragmatic and proactive advice' on a range of matters spanning clinical law, employment, real estate, and increasingly litigation and corporate and commercial law. Practice head Tracey Lucas focuses on handling medical treatment decisions and Court of Protection cases. Henry Matveieff, who was promoted to the partnership in May 2018, has a focus on real estate work.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Lucas

Other key lawyers:

Henry Matveieff


The overall level of service received is excellent. The advice provided is business focused, concise, delivered in a timely manner with different strategies and risks clearly thought through

Capsticks’ strength is giving clear, pragmatic and proactive advice on sometimes the most difficult matters

Very timely responses to legal requests even out of hours. Provide a very friendly, professional service. Credible and provide excellent legislative information. Very supportive for staff and able to allay anxieties in advance of inquests

David True is a deep thinker, diligent and first class at playing the long game and is well connected with associated chambers

Nadine Mansell is a hard-working associate

Key clients

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

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

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Kettering General Hospital NHS FoundationTrust

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Department of Health

Community Health Partnerships

NHS Property Services

Milton Keynes University

Hospital NHS Trust

Sandwell CCG

Wolverhampton CCG

Arden and GEM CSU

Work highlights

  • Advising South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in relation to itsacquisition of Staffordshire and Stoke of Trent Partnership Trust to create a new NHS Trust (MidlandsPartnership NHS Foundation Trust).
  • Acting for Genesis Care on the development of seven new radiotherapy cancer treatment centres in the UK
  • Representing Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in proceedings relating to a senior medical professional involved in potential criminal actions.
  • Acted for Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust with its successful contract tender to provide early years health and well-being services in Birmingham.
  • Represented a clinical commissioning group in a Court of Protection case regarding the placement of a severely disabled woman, who suffered a cardiac arrest and hypoxic brain injury resulting in significant physical and cognitive impairments.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's diverse client roster includes NHS hospitals, commissioners, trade unions and independent providers. Key strengths of the practice lie in employment, commercial and contentious matters. Jill Mason, who leads the team, has broad expertise, while employment expert Jog Hundle handles mergers, race and disability discrimination claims, union claims and unfair dismissal cases, while 'very strong lawyer' Rhian Vandrill leads the commercial health practice.

Practice head(s):

Jill Mason

Other key lawyers:

Jog Hundle; Rhian Vandrill


Mills & Reeve is a good and sensible firm that I’ve always admired

Rhian Vandrill gives very pragmatic advice and has very good client handling skills – overall a very strong lawyer

Key clients

University Hospital of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Firs House Medical Partnership

Dudley CCG

NHS England

NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group

Work highlights

  • Represented a teaching hospital group in a five-week hearing based on a claim of race and disability discrimination against the trust’s senior management.
  • Advising NHS England on the revision of the National Framework for NHS funded Continuing Healthcare and Funded nursing care.
  • Advised the NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group on an application made at the request of the family for a fresh inquest into the death of a child at Staffordshire Hospital.
  • Supported Heart of England Foundation Trust on its merger with the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Advised Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group on a 10-year, £4bn contract to appoint a provider to join GP, community and other care services in the area.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for NHS trusts, hospitals and clinical commissioning groups on Court of Protection cases, inquests, real estate transactions, mergers, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claims. Sarah White has strong expertise in defending clinical negligence actions; Neil Ward focuses on inquest work and Helen Badger leads on contentious employment health matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Tait (Nottingham)

Other key lawyers:

Sarah White; Neil Ward; Helen Badger

Key clients

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Derbyshire Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Birmingham and Solihull CCG

Southend University NHS Foundation Trust

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG

Herefordshire CCG

University of North Midlands NHS Trust

Leicester City CCG

University Hospital of Derby and Burton

Work highlights

  • Represented The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in relation to urgent serious medical treatment proceedings in which an individual lacked the capacity to make decisions in relation to his own medical treatment.
  • Acting for Leicestershire Partnership Trust and UH Leicester NHS Trust in a 14-day jury inquest relating to the self-inflicted death by a 20-year-old with Asperger’s and ASD.
  • Advised on the successful £650m merger between Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Advised NHS Birmingham Cross City CCG, NHS Birmingham South Central CCG and NHS Solihull CCG on their merger.
  • Advised University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust disposal for the disposal of former main site to a developer.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is regularly involved in healthcare-related public-private partnerships, M&A, procurement of services, general corporate advice and real estate transactions, while also helping clients prepare for the likely consequences of Brexit. Robert Breedon heads the team and has a strong track record advising clients from the public and private sector on commercial healthcare projects and outsourcing contracts.

Practice head(s):

Robert Breedon

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Litchfield


Gowling is a very well-regarded specialist firm.

Key clients

Department of Health and Social Care

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG and NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG

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

Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Limited

UDG Healthcare Group plc

Lakeside Healthcare

Horder Healthcare

Synlab Group (includes Labco UK, Integrated Pathology Partnerships and Synlab)

Circle Health

Formation Capital, LLC

Getinge Group

Montreux Healthcare Fund

Beckman Coulter (UK) Limited

Central Surrey Health Limited

Philips Electronics (Healthcare)

Work highlights

  • Advising Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in relation to its groundbreaking public-private partnership to become an International Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence.
  • Advising Lakeside Healthcare on its series of mergers to create one of the largest GP partnerships in England.
  • Advised Central Surrey Health in relation to a challenge against NHS Surrey Downs CCG arising from a procurement for adult community services in Surrey.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP focuses on providing non-contentious corporate and commercial advice to private healthcare clients and investors. Practice head Joanne Ellis handles real estate and corporate transactions including acquisitions of dental practices, sale of care home portfolios and the negotiation of partnerships. She is often supported by director Tom Eastwood on real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Tom Eastwood

Key clients

Apposite Capital

August Equity

Work highlights

  • Advising Apposite on the investment in Riverdale Topco and supplemental acquisition of several dental practices.
  • Advised August Equity on the launch of its new medically focused and consultant-led dermatology group.

Weightmans LLP

With a strong focus on clinical negligence claims, Weightmans LLP advises healthcare trusts, private healthcare providers and insurers on inquests, patient consent, Court of Protection proceedings, misdiagnosis, birth injury, surgical error and fatal accidents. Tony Yeaman, Deborah Bannister and the newly promoted Jasmine Armstrong are the key experts in that area. In other work, the team acts as legal adviser on patient safety, risk management, data protection and child abuse issues.

Practice head(s):

Tony Yeaman; Deborah Bannister; Jasmine Armstrong

Key clients

National Health Service Resolution

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust


Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS foundation Trust

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Weight to Go Ltd

Royal Sun Alliance


Work highlights

  • Defended South Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust against a claim that a mental health patient was falsely imprisoned and deprived of his liberty when he was detained.
  • Advising Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to facilitate the transition during the early stages of the merger.