Health in West Midlands

Capsticks LLP

Bolstered by the firm’s large national presence, Capsticks LLP has expertise all across the Healthcare sector. This includes public health law, Children’s Act issues, judicial reviews and consent to treatment cases. The firm is also known for providing employment and real estate law advice to clients in health and social care. Tracey Lucas  specialises in medical treatment decisions, judicial reviews and information law with a particular interest in the complex care of adults and children. Henry Matveieff specialises in healthcare property matters for both public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rowland; Tracey Lucas

Other key lawyers:

Henry Matveieff; Chloe Edwards; Charlotte Rathbone; Raj Basi; Raj Chahl; Fiona Brownsword


‘Huge amount of knowledge and experience. Very committed to health care sector.’

‘They have carved a very specialist understanding of how health sector clients work and routinely deal with high value, sensitive and complex litigation in this field.’

‘Not only does Capsticks have a deep insight into decision making within such NHS Trusts, but it has substantial knowledge of procurement law.’

‘They are responsive, we always feel that they care deeply about doing a good job for us and our business, and they have a wealth of experience across our sector which we draw on.’

‘Our confidence in Tracey Lucas is what makes Capsticks really stand out for us. Her wealth of experience with BCH and now BWC is really valuable to us. From our execs to our front line staff .. we all have immense confidence in her to fairly and robustly advise us.’

‘Dylan Young is a stand out performer. He has a natural litigation sense and is able to provide clients with quick and insightful advice.’

Key clients

Derby and Derbyshire CCG

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Midland Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG

Worcestershire Hospitals NHS Trust

Milton Keynes University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust


Department of Health and Social Care

NHS England

Oxford Health

Gloucester Health and Care NHS Trust

Kettering General Hospital

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Foundation Trust

Leicester Partnership NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of a specialist Midland Mental Health Trust in judicial review proceedings in relation to a patient needing mental health care where the national crisis in mental health beds meant there was no appropriate local provision.
  • Advising NHS England on the parameters for spending monies allocated as part of the Estates and Transformation Fund, the biggest public sector investment in GP premises for the past 20 years, and in particular, the provisions of financial grants to GPs to improve their surgery premises and develop new surgery premises.
  • Representing Birmingham Community Healthcare in a race and disability discrimination claim where the disability relied upon was Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EMS). Successfully argued that she was not disabled by reason of EMS at the relevant time of the claim, therefore, the disability discrimination claim was struck out.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is especially capable at handling large scale health and social care transactions. The firm has aided clients that have been critical to the COVID-19 response including AstraZeneca, the Office for National Statistics and the Department of Health and Social Care. Robert Breedon  advises the DHSC's Test and Trace Team. Hugh Maule specialises in corporate transactions, private equity and venture capital matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert Breedon

Other key lawyers:

Hugh Maule; Dominic Morris; Andrew Lichfield; Alexi Markham


Robert Breedon has excellent negotiating style. Polite, professional and technically great.’

Key clients


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 (includes ArjoHuntleigh UK, Arjo Ltd Med AB, Arjo Med Aktiebolag, Altrax Group, Getinge Infection Control AB, Getinge UK)

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

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

Lakeside Healthcare

Montreux Healthcare Fixed Yield Fund (inc. Huntercombe Group)

TT Electronics

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sitekit Applications Limited

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised ONS 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 in its COVID-19 response.
  • Advising DHSC in relation to critical and urgent contracts for the supply of goods and services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advise GSTT in relation to its ground-breaking public-private partnership to become an International Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence (CoE).

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is acting for a wide array of clients including independent healthcare providers, investors and NHS trusts. Jill Mason  advises public and private sector clients, specialising in issues relating to mental capacity, judicial review and public inquiries. Julian Smith  advises on strategic acquisition, disposal and joint venture projects for major clients. Rhian Vandrill specialises in NHS reforms and the commercial relationship between the NHS and independent sector bodies. Jog Hundle has substantial experience in advising on reorganisations, mergers, staff disputes and discrimination matters.

Practice head(s):

Jill Mason

Other key lawyers:

Julian Smith; Michael Whatley; Rhian Vandrill; Tim Winn; Jog Hundle; Neil Ward


‘Jill Mason is a first point of contact and great at connecting me to the right member of the team.’

‘Jog Hundle has been a pleasure to work with. Jog has helped us on several occasions with really quick responses, frequently with very short turnaround times. She has a measured approach to risk and her sector expertise is excellent.’

Key clients

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group


Cleveland Clinic

NHS England

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

  • Acting on the novel restructuring of Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust marking a new era for local NHS services.
  • Advising lead NHS Providers, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust in creating provider collaboratives to integrate the provision of specialist mental health, learning disability and autism services across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.
  • Advising South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust on the Coventry and Warwickshire Shared Care Record programme, connecting patient health and care records across the region.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP's team advises on high profile projects for the NHS and specialises in PFI disputes, employment, Covid-19 response matters and advice relating to the Health and Care bill. Monica Macheng is highly experienced in the fields of health and social care and assists with a wide range of corporate, investment and transactional matters. She is supported by associates Julia Jones and Peter Francis.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Renouf; Vincent Buscemi

Other key lawyers:

Monica Macheng; Peter Francis; Julia Jones


The team has a great depth and experience in contentious health matters.’

Very strong healthcare team – on top of relevant law and practice and a pleasure to work with.’

The service received is is courteous, professional and always spot on. The practice will ask difficult questions to ensure you are aware of what is being asked for and the correct.’

What sets them apart it is their flexibility, speed of response and the quality and appropriateness of legal advice which is based up an understanding of our needs of of the wider healthcare sector.’

Peter Francis is excellent. Highly experienced, thorough, commercial – and very personable too!

Julia Jones knows her stuff.’

Key clients

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Lone Star Europe Acquisitions Limited

Barts Health NHS Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

King Edward VII Hospital (KEVII)

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting for a care operator on the disposal of its care home group to an investor with an EV of £100m+.
  • Acting for Care Concern Group on multiple corporate and property acquisitions for development with a combined value of c.£100m.
  • Acting for Larchwood Care on the £173m continued divestment of its care homes.

Browne Jacobson LLP

With a nationwide presence, Browne Jacobson LLP helps a wide selection of private and pubic sector clients on issues relating to complex inquests, corporate mergers and whistleblowing allegations. Jacqui Atkinson   leads the team and continues to advise NHS organisations and trust boards. Gerard Hanratty  is at the forefront of advising the health sector on major service reconfiguration projects, Covid-19 responses and public law. Sarah White specialises in defending substantial clinical negligence claims, as well as health law and risk management advice.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Hanratty; Jacqui Atkinson

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hayden; Helen Badger; Clare Auty; Paul Wainwright; Jonathan Fuggle


‘The team brings a range and depth of knowledge and skills that has enabled us to deliver innovative change.’

‘They have a clear ability to consider a range of options and provide high quality advice in relation to the risks associated with those.’


Key clients

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

East Midlands Ambulance Service

NHS England

NHS Leicester & Rutland CCGs

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT)

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Leicester City CCG

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Welsh Government Primary Care Health Division

An Acute NHS Trust and a Mental health Trust

University Hospitals of North Midlands

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Cornwall LA

Towerview Care Ltd

Work highlights

  • Provided advice on the establishment of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham and two other Nightingale Hospitals across the country. This was an emergency response with members of the team working day and night to support our clients.
  • 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. The BMA’s objective in bringing this test case was to secure a ruling that GPs should be paid for safeguarding work.
  • Advising the whole of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) on the reconfiguration of services across the community and acute sector. This is one of the biggest service reconfigurations going on in the NHS.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP advises clients on environmental impact, vaccination legislation, regulation and digital healthcare applications. Lawyers also handle a large number of corporate transactions. Joanne Ellis  advises on healthcare deals, particularly those for social care, fertility and dental space. Tom Eastwood specialises in real estate and commercial property work while David Doogan advises on a wide range of financial transactions.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Tom Eastwood; David Doogan; Michael Lakin; Carl Scott; Daniel Braithwaite; Andrew Hyde; Tomas Marley


‘Joanne Ellis – exceptional knowledge and instrumental in handling the sale/purchase of large dental groups. She facilitated the sale of a £50m business for one of my clients’

‘Joanne Ellis – incredible knowledge, approachable and looks for a solution to get the transaction completed.’

‘Strong sector knowledge in Health and Social Care. Approachable staff who will go the extra mile to get the job done.’

Key clients

Twenty20 Capital

University of Birmingham

Kingdom Holding Group

RVG (AXA owned)

Riverdale Healthcare


Keys Group Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised Twenty20 Capital on its acquisition of Virgin Healthcare Holdings Limited (trading as Virgin Care) from the Virgin Group. Now rebranded as HCRG Care Group, the Virgin Care business is a leading independent provider of community health, care and support services.
  • Advising UCL on the acquisition and development through joint venture arrangements with Moorfields, of a new £500m Moorfields eye hospital to be built behind St Pancras station, London. This will become an iconic world renowned building and hospital.
  • Acting for Riverdale Healthcare as their sole legal provider, we have advised on more than 35 acquisitions for the group, 13 of which in 2021.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is especially known for its expertise in public inquiries. Beyond this, the team is experienced in judicial reviews, employment disputes, estates management and governance reviews. Mike Clifford  is a specialist in joint ventures, due diligence projects and reorganisation activity. Deborah Bannister  and Tony Yeaman  focus on clinical negligence claims. Jasmine Armstrong has vast experience on GDPR and discriminatory claims, as well as clinical negligence matters.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Bannister; Michael Clifford

Other key lawyers:

Tony Yeaman; Jasmine Armstrong; Melanie Isherwood; Sarah Hopwood


‘Have introduced claims analysis report, which compares claims data with peer organisations.’

‘Excellent relationship partners – previously Tony Yeaman and recently Jasmine Armstrong.’

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


Community Integrated Care

Weight to Go Ltd

Summit Partners Ltd

Work highlights

  • CQC prosecution for unsafe care and treatment pursued following review of emergency medicine review. Advised NHS trust Board throughout its improvement journey. Advised upon PACE responses, plea, sentencing and appeal. Ultimately the Magistrate accepted the deaths of 2 patients were associated with poor care and the trust was fined over £2m.
  • Sale of CIC’s older people’s care home business EachStep Care, to Park Homes UK Limited. Comprising 15 care homes. Dealt with property, pensions, employment and commercial due diligence as well as negotiating the detailed terms of the sale and securing approval from English and Scottish Care Regulators and approval from 6 local authorities to the assignment of existing care contracts to Park Homes.
  • High profile inquest following death of a teenager. The patient was known to mental health services but was lost to follow up. The patient advised a physiotherapist of suicidal thoughts and this was escalated to local authority, GP and a local mental health team. The patient ligatured. Safeguarding policies were reviewed and the Coroner accepted the improved systems and the trust avoided a PFD finding.