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Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP provides the full range of legal services to health clients with particular expertise in property advice, serving as the main legal adviser to NHS Property Services. The Leeds team play a lead role advising NHS England on capital funding for new primary care property developments. Michael Boyd is an experienced commercial lawyer specialising in advising NHS organisations on commercial, capital and governance issues. James Atkins leads the healthcare property team in the North of England and has particular experience advising on the law and policy relating to the funding of general practice premises.

Practice head(s):

Michael Boyd; James Atkins

Key clients

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

Connect Limited

NHS England

Community Health Partnerships Limited

Department of Health and Social Care

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Genomics England

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP provides comprehensive legal advice across the full breadth of the healthcare sector with clients that include over 200 NHS organisations, private healthcare providers, GP practices and acting for several statutory healthcare regulators as well as the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The team in Leeds specialises in employment matters, working with national organisations, such as private providers like United Response or with NHS employers. Rachael Heenan not only leads the firm but also has extensive expertise in employment law and governance and carries out mediations on behalf of clients. The 'excellent, experienced' real estate specialist Lisa Geary took over leadership of the Leeds office in late 2019, while the practice was boosted by the arrival of Adam Hartrick from Hempsons.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Heenan


“Lisa Geary is an excellent, experienced solicitor.”

“The team have real specialist knowledge of medical properties which is greater than other firms that I have dealt with.”

“Lisa Geary is a lawyer with second to none specialist medical property skills. She has a pleasant and professional manner in dealing with all parties and has been a major factor in the building of my medical centre portfolio.”

“The team is very efficient, professional and committed and I have always found them to be approachable and quick to respond to any queries.”

“Lisa Geary understands the healthcare sector and has worked for numerous trusts. She has always been very helpful.”

“The members of the Capsticks team have a range and depth of knowledge, along with proven practical experience, which is very much linked to the real issues that have to be addressed. They will aim to provide an excellent level of service in a very timely manner. A very genuine, positive, proactive and professional approach is always guaranteed.”

“Solicitors with very good judgement.”

Key clients

NHS Resolution

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

West Hertfordshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford Health NHS Trust

Community Health Partnerships

NHS England

Agencia Consulting Limited

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for two Defendant NHS Trusts, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, in a complex clinical negligence matter concerning the diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome resulting in a significant trial win.
  • Advised Community Health Partnerhsips on the regularisation of occupancies of community estate held by CHP in the value of £2.5bn.
  • Advised a large NHS Foundation Trust in relation to a number of conduct concerns relating to two board members and other senior colleagues. This extended to advice across a number of disciplines relating to the management of reputational issues, governance and regulatory issues and the day to day operation of the board.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP offers the full breadth of legal services for the health and social care sector, spanning corporate, commercial, regulatory, employment, real estate, public law, litigation, governance and tax. The Leeds team is headed by Charlotte Burnett, who specialises in national policy change and local implementation, together with Tracey Longfield, who leads the healthcare regulatory practice locally. The healthcare regulatory team specialises in mental health, mental capacity and patient care advice to health and social care organisations.


“The legal team are not only knowledgeable about what they do but they are also personable. If someone becomes unavailable there is always someone to step in cover as the world of inquests can be unpredictable. They keep us well informed about deadlines we need to meet and the information they require from us so they can represent us in the best way possible. “

“Peter Merchant does regular horizon scanning with us so we can plan future work. He can take a complex matter and break it down into manageable areas so we know what steps to take next.”

“A diverse and expert team that play to their strengths and provide a strong cohesive approach to supporting the organisation. When needed willing to go the extra mile and respond to the organisations urgent needs.”

“Angelika Ketzer puts witnesses at ease. Her friendly approach relieves staff anxiety about a process that can be daunting especially for those who have not given evidence before. Her communication is fantastic so we always know and understand what the next steps to take are.”

“The timeliness of advice is key to effective communication. Availability makes the support provided of significant value. Confidentiality at all times.”

“Tracy Longfield puts witnesses at ease and gives sound advice. She is also personable, meaning witnesses warm to her and therefore find the process easier.”

“Sean Doherty is always available with a practical yet thoughtful response.”

“Charlotte Burnett is professional and knowledgeable – she hits deadlines and provides an excellent service.”

Key clients

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust


NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG

NHS Wakefield CCG

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Health Research Agency

Barnsley Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Harrogate NHS Foundation Trust


Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England)

NHS North East Lincolnshire CCG

NHS Calderdale CCG


Babylon Healthcare Services

City Health Care Partnership CIC


Hempsons is a national leader for advice to health and social care providers, offering the full spectrum of legal services through its healthcare, corporate commercial, social care, projects employment and real estate teams, leading clients through complex, high-value projects and cases. Adrian Parker, Crispin Pettifer, Ross Clark, Richard Nolan, Philippa Doyle, Andrew Davidson, Adrienne D’Arcy and Jane Donnison lhead the team, mainly out of the Harrogate office, which not only offers a multi-disciplinary service to the NHS regionally but also is part of the national services offering. In 2019 Hempsons secured a place on NHS Resolution’s panel.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford District Care Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust


Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset Estates Partnership LLP

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Serious Medical Treatment application to Court of Protection.
  • Advised NHS Herts Valleys CCG on a competitive procurement and contract drafting issues for a contract for adult community services. The advice and support provided covered a range of contractual indemnity, procurement, TUPE and property issues, as well as EU procurement law and national NHS specific procurement regulations.
  • Advised Royal Surrey NHS FT on the national procurement to implement the FIT (Faecal Immunochemical Test) pathology test as the new screening method.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP undertakes a broad range of work for public sector clients, such as the Department of Health and NHS trusts and is appointed to several NHS legal panels. The firm advises on contractual, procurement and real estate issues and works on proceedings concerning the regulation of health and social care organisations. A niche specialism of the firm is in medical devices, advising a number of multi-national operators on medical device matters such as compliance and re-certification requirements. Jo Stephenson heads the Healthcare team in Leeds and has particular experience in advising on acquisitions and disposals for healthcare clients.

Practice head(s):

Jo Stephenson

Key clients

Anchor Hanover Group


Hyde Group

Kirklees Council

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Servelec Group

Synergy Healthcare UK Limited

NHS Business Services Authority


NHS Commercial Alliance

BMI Hospitals

Work highlights

  • Advised Leeds Teaching Hospitals on the procurement of a major new CHP energy centre to provide heat and power to St James’s Hospital, Europe’s largest teaching hospital.
  • Advised a multi-site care home provider on how to manage intervention by the CQC who had inspected one of their care homes and identified statutory breaches.
  • Advised on the real estate aspects of the sale of 30 acute hospital facilities to US-based Medical Properties Trust (MPT) and Circle Health for £1.5bn.

Addleshaw Goddard

The dedicated healthcare sector team at Addleshaw Goddard, led by Mike O’Connor, Bill Gilliam and Louise Dobson, is divided into four sub-sector teams; public sector and health infrastructure, social and long-term care, life sciences and private healthcare. The teams act on transactions, disputes and contracts for a range public and private clients. Public sector clients include NHS Improvement, NHS Business Services Authority and leading NHS Foundation Trusts. The practice is active across all sectors for private clients – care homes, primary care, dental care, pharmacies and children’s nurseries.


“Excellent detailed knowledge of public sector requirements and specific issues. Able to offer pragmatic sensible advice.”

“Bill Gilliam is a market leader and has detailed knowledge of procurement law and is a pleasure to work with.”

“Ryan Geldart and Louise Dobson both outperform their level of PQE.”

Key clients

McKesson UK (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group and AAH Pharmaceuticals)

Mangar Health



NHS Business Services Authority

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton Foundation Trust

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS University Hospital Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Serco Limited

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Citybranch Limited and Citybranch Healthcare Limited

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Group Plc

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Instructed by 17 NHS Foundation Trusts jointly to proceed with a claim in the High Court to recover 80% of the business rates paid by them to a large number of defendant local authorities going forward and to claim six years’ ‘back payment’ of rates payments that have been made in respect of the relevant properties.
  • Acted for GSK in relation to its defence of over 100 claims brought under a Group Litigation Order. The claims relate to GSK’s antidepressant drug, Seroxat, and made new law on the assessment of whether the medicine is a defective product under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

Hill Dickinson LLP

The Leeds-based Robert McGough heads up the national commercial health team at Hill Dickinson LLP, which includes lawyers spread across London, Manchester and Liverpool. The Leeds office offers the full range of healthcare legal specialisms, handling commercial, governance, regulatory, employment and property matters The team has a large national and local client base, including national NHS bodies such as NHS England and NHS Resolution and has worked with NHS Resolution on the development of the new clinical negligence scheme for GPs.

Practice head(s):

Robert McGough


“The team are approachable, friendly and establish a quick understanding of your needs as a client. I feel with Hill Dickinson you can ‘cut to the chase’ and get excellent professional advice that is fast and credible. They are readily available when you need them the most and provide a service that is tailored to my organisations needs. “

“Amy Millson has a real can-do attitude and an excellent grasp of our requirements as a client. I never feel there is any wasted time with Amy. She can establish the details of a case quickly, provide excellent advice and can deliver on our requirements to efficient timescales. Amy has brought cases to conclusion through her pragmatic advice, knowledge of the law and tenacity without them needing to go to court. I trust Amy’s counsel and look forward to working with her in the future.”

“Scale, scope and depth of knowledge across the broadest range of legal issues – I would never worry that the team could not deal with any legal need we came across.”

“The team takes the time to keep in touch so that they are familiar with our strategies and ways of working. Therefore when we do need advice they are able to respond quickly and pertinently without us needing to repeat the background.”

“The team are recognised as leaders in health related issues of law and commercial practice. Their contribution goes beyond resolving immediate legal challenges and issues and they are able to effectively contribute to wider and more strategic development and discussion. As such they are valued system partners who work hard to influence the direction of health services and to help others to respond effectively to the national agenda.”

“Ruth Griffiths goes out of her way to establish and maintain a professional relationship with us. She spends time asking intelligent questions to understand what our issues are and how it feels as well clarifying what outcomes we are hoping to achieve, everything feels bespoke, tailored and sensitive to us.”

“Friendly and supportive as well as subject experts who work hard to understand your needs and the context in which we are operating. Robert McGough has been working with us for a number of years and is a very well respected expert in legal and commercial aspects of health care and brings with him a wealth of national knowledge, understanding and expertise.”

“Robert McGough is friendly, approachable and eminently professional in all interactions whilst not pompous, standoffish or with any sense of superiority.  This humanity makes it a pleasure to work with him.”