Health in Yorkshire And The Humber

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP is highly regarded for its health sector expertise, with its work covering integrated care collaborations, commissioning, income generation activities, PFI variations and disputes. The firm is also involved in complex inquests, HSE/CQC prosecutions and mental health work. The co-heads of the practice are Michael Boyd and James Atkins, who have a solid reputation advising NHS organisations on commercial, capital and primary care development projects. Senior associate Charles Stent often works with Atkins on high-end commercial property mandates.

Practice head(s):

Michael Boyd; James Atkins

Other key lawyers:

Charles Stent


‘The practice is extremely experienced in the needs of the healthcare sector, and has been very influential in the development of key areas of documentation for the NHS – for example in relation to the ETTF Fund and in establishing precedent documentation for NHS Property Services.’

‘Good blend of skillsets to support transformational change.’

‘Strong reliable team always on hand to give sound commercial advice noting the sensitivities of operating in the health sector.’

‘James Atkins. Clear coherent practical advice is always given no matter what the issue presented to him. He has outstanding knowledge of the field in which he operates and is personable and approachable, making him an excellent asset to the firm and a priceless form of support to our in-house legal team.’

Key clients

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS 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

NHS Doncaster CCG

NHS Sheffield CCG

NHS Bassetlaw CCG

NHS East Berkshire CCG

NHS West Ber

Work highlights

  • Advising University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in connection with interface issues between the Trust’s £550m PFI project and a new Loop Road on the PFI site as part of improvements to be carried out by the Local Authority.
  • Advising on NHS Property Services’ Lease Regularisation “LRP” programme.
  • Appointed to advise Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in connection with its publicly-funded £195m redevelopment of its two hospitals: Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP's healthcare department, which is led by Rachel Heenan, undertakes a wide range of NHS advisory and clinical law work, with key strengths in employment, GP advisory work and clinical negligence cases.  On the real estate side, the team has supported various NHS organisations on consents, leases and licences required for the implementation of Covid-19 testing centres. In addition, other related work concerned temporary changes to clinical services and vaccination roll-out. Ian Cooper is the national lead on private healthcare and social law. Real estate partner Lisa Geary and Adam Hartrick are other key figures in the group, as is Emily Senior, who has specialist knowledge of obstetric incidents. Director Emma Brecknock is recommended for property matters.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Heenan

Other key lawyers:

Ian Cooper; Lisa Geary; Adam Hartrick; Emily Senior; Emma Brecknock


‘Ian Cooper (partner) is an excellent relationship manager between our organisation and Capsticks LLP. He is responsive to our organisation’s need whilst being an excellent ambassador for Capsticks LLP. ’

‘Capsticks always share skills and expertise across a wide range of specialisms. They take the time to provide updates and free learning events for my sector and carefully select the topics ensuring they are relevant and helpful.’

‘It has been good to see how Capsticks do operate as a team – they know who can assist with whatever circumstance and keep each other in the loop. The team really do care and show an interest in your context.’

‘Lisa Geary is outstanding. She cares about her clients and is quick to respond with sound advice. Nothing is too much for Lisa who often replies to requests within a couple of hours. Lisa makes herself available, is approachable and her personality puts clients at ease.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the sector, current and well connected to key influencers nationally and regionally Also excellent capacity and capability to other new/different perspectives and support boards to improve strategic thinking.’

‘Rachael Heenan is very high quality in terms of knowledge , experience and skills within the sector. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to gain confidence and trust of senior NHS colleagues’

‘The main individual I work with is Emma Brecknock, we have a long standing working relationship and I have seen Emma grow in skills, knowledge and confidence over the years.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (“SHSC”)

Oswald Medical Centre Limited

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising NHS England on the parameters for spending government money to improve primary care infrastructure, and in particular, the provisions of financial grants to GPs to improve their surgery premises and develop new surgery premises. Also advised on NHS England’s powers to make payments towards GPs’ premises costs.
  • Advised Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust to put in place a workforce sharing agreement to enable the movement of Trust employees into the social care sector during the first wave of the Covid pandemic, given the workforce pressures the pandemic generated in the sector. The workforce sharing agreement we provided has been adopted by the NHS across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
  • Represented a NHS Mental Health Trust in a widely publicised claim arising from the murder of an asylum seeker by a former in-patient at a secure mental hospital.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is a leading firm for health commercial work in Yorkshire, fielding a sizeable team of public law and commercial healthcare lawyers. The practice, which is led by Charlotte Burnett, has a strong profile among national and local health sector clients. Procurement partner Katherine Calder and public law specialist David Hill joined in early 2021 from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and Hill Dickinson LLP respectively, further expanding the commercial, projects and clinical advisory offering. Tracey Longfield specialises in regulatory matters, while Paul McGough leads the Court of Protection and mental health practice. Senior associate Chris Waite has expertise in primary care contracting, integration projects and collaborative working partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Burnett; Tracey Longfield

Other key lawyers:

David Hill; Katherine Calder; Paul McGough; Chris Waite


‘An excellent cross-functional health practice – covering commercial, contracting, technology/data, regulatory and procurement expertise. Very commercial and pragmatic advice.’

‘Charlotte Burnett is superb, and has been a joy to work with over the past year. She’s an absolute leader in her field. She has a phenomenal understanding of the UK health sector and a genuine enthusiasm for it.’

‘I have worked closely with Tracey Longfield. She always has the customers best interests at heart. She plays to the strengths of her team, whilst ringing to maintain contact, when a particular case has been assigned to a colleague. Tracey has great integrity and I completely trust her.’

‘Excellent grasp and knowledge of key NHS policies and practice. Accessible , open and fantastic ability to connect with NHS partners and explain often very technical details in a clear, concise way to aid understanding and decision making.’

‘Charlotte is excellent. Her experience and knowledge of system working both in terms of emerging policy and practice as well as changing/emerging models across the NHS is fantastic Charlotte is very responsive and user friendly – she has excellent clarity of thinking and is collaborative.’

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 Service

Work highlights

  • Advice to clients to manage the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic including supporting NHS England on the establishment of the Nightingale Hospitals and the roll out of the vaccination programme by primary medical care providers.
  • Advised NHS Trust on the implementation and adherence to the frequently changing clinical covid-19 guidance.
  • Advised an innovative technology company on their population based health and gain/loss share arrangement with the NHS.


Hempsons makes use of its integrated corporate/commercial, social care, employment and real estate teams to offer full-service healthcare advisory service for regional NHS Trusts and healthcare operators. Adrian Parker, Richard Nolan and Ross Clark focus on commercial contracts, corporate governance, disputes and GP work. Adrienne D’Arcy is particularly recommended for NHS Resolution clinical negligence, while Crispin Pettifer is active in substantial commercial development projects.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Parker

Other key lawyers:

Richard Nolan; Ross Clark; Adrienne D’Arcy; Crispin Pettifer


‘Leading healthcare practice in the region for institutional clients.’

‘Adrienne D’Arcy is an experienced and skilled litigator.’

‘Hempsons have always provided detailed advice and guidance in response to queries which has provided reassurance and strong foundations on which to respond to concerns raised by suppliers, enabling us to avert any protracted legal battle. The service from Hempsons is always friendly, with timely advice delivered in a professional and structured way.’

‘Extremely well organized team of solicitors who have a good supportive admin system that follows up on requests; produces document lists when requested; follows up on things I cant locate; they carefully consider an experts dates of availability / non-availability when drawing up timeframes; and will work with you to overcome any difficulties that might later occur due to unforeseen circumstances.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Lancashire Procurement Cluster (Hosted by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

One Ellesmere Port Primary Care Network

Pennine GP Alliance Limited

NHS East Lancashire CCG

Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust on the procurement and contracting of an electronic patient record solution (EPR).
  • Supporting the Lancashire Procurement Cluster in relation to the regional Health Infrastructure Plan 2 scheme (“HIP2”), which has been granted £10m in seed funding to enable it to create proposals for the construction of new hospital infrastructure.
  • Advised a number of Trusts on their various Hospital redevelopment projects through the NHS’s ProCure 22 procurement route, including the Medium Secure Unit project for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Hill Dickinson LLP

Robert McGough leads Hill Dickinson LLP‘s national health commercial, regulatory and real estate team in Leeds. He works with recently promoted regulatory partner Esther Venning, as well as legal directors Eleanor Tunnicliffe, Ruth Griffiths and Amy Millson. Ben Troke, who joined in spring 2020 from Browne Jacobson LLP, is highly knowledgeable about complex issues concerning consent, mental health and mental capacity for both adults and children, as well as urgent court applications. The practice is also expanding its team, with experienced senior associates bolstering its inquests work, healthcare property and primary care advisory offering.

Practice head(s):

Esther Venning; Robert McGough; Ben Troke

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Tunnicliffe; Ruth Griffiths; Amy Millson


‘The people are high calibre – very knowledgeable and skilled, professional and well connected so bring an effective strategic / policy view to the work.’

‘They are approachable and have the ability to form relationships and partnerships, they deliver promptly. Esther Venning has been a standout individual.

‘Ben Troke, partner. From a solicitor perspective he is the king of the COP in respect of his knowledge and experience. He provides pragmatic and sensible advice no matter how complex the facts.’

‘Ben Troke is an excellent lawyer and always provides excellent timely sensible advice.’

‘The team has significant relevant health sectoral expertise and experience across governance, commercial, and clinical governance matters. The whole team are exceptionally responsive, and approach issues with expertise, integrity and pragmatism.

‘Rob McGough is responsive, knowledgeable and supportive in regard to contractual discussions.’

‘They all proved invaluable in not only providing the required formal legal advice, but providing advice and guidance around many issues associated with the development of this contract.’

Key clients

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Rutherford Diagnostics Limited

NHS Resolution

NHS England

NHS Business Services Authority

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS)

NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit (AGEM)

Liverpool Heart & Chest NHS Foundation Trust

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Doncaster CCG

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Bradford District & Craven CCG

Care UK Limited

Push Dr Limited

Liverpool University NHS Foundation Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust

St Helens CCG

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Provided multidisciplinary legal advice (commercial, governance, employment, property, liability) for the establishment of three Nightingale Hospitals to support the NHS Covid-19 response.
  • Instructed by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and local authority on behalf of the St Helens health and care system to advise on the development of an Integrated Care Partnership model for St Helens Cares – a place-based collaboration between the clients and wider partners to improve health outcomes for the population of St Helens.
  • Advised Rutherford Diagnostics on their innovative partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust for a new diagnostic centre.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's health practice is co-led by Bill Gilliam and Louise Dobson, who specialises in disputes and projects in the private healthcare domain. The firms fields a strong group of corporate lawyers experienced in PFI secondary market transactions and managing the healthcare portfolios of infrastructure funds and healthcare investors. Commercial disputes, procurement challenges, and more recently, COVID-related contractual projects are drivers of work.

Practice head(s):

Bill Gilliam; Louise Dobson


‘Louise Dobson always goes the extra mile for her clients.’

‘Bill Gilliam is the best solicitor that I have ever been instructed by. He has first class judgment, provides great leadership to his teams, deploys his knowledge of the law and the commercial needs of his client to great tactical effect and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Louise Dobson is a relatively new partner but a ferocious litigator who goes the extra mile for her clients. She is very focussed on her clients’ commercial needs and is astute in using the law to achieve their required results, whilst remaining sensitive to the optics and relationships in the health sector.’

‘Strength in depth from partner level down to associate level. Bill Gilliam is a true expert and Louise Dobson is great at client handling and managing large teams. Their team’s knowledge base is very strong with an in depth understanding of the particular challenges in this sector. User friendly, personable and commercial.’

Key clients

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (Trust)

McKesson UK (including AAH Pharmaceuticals and Lloyds Pharmacy)

Yourgene Health plc

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and York Teaching Hospital Facilities Management LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited in their multiparty TCC claim in relation to a new build hospital in Cramlington which has multiple high value defects (including structural, M&E and fire related).
  • Acting for the SPV Project Companies in relation to the re-procurement of hard facilities maintenance services across 35 LIFT Projects, financed by five different funders under project finance terms.
  • Acting for AAH Pharmaceuticals and Barclay Pharmaceuticals In a commercial court claim and counterclaim by Jhoots Healthcare Limited and Pasab Limited relating to a contract for the supply of generic drugs.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is nationally recognised for its diverse healthcare practice and stellar client list of NHS Trusts, independent providers, commissioners, investors and other key industry players. Based in Leeds, employment specialist Stuart Craig  routinely advises on complex executive level terminations, doctors disciplinary and performance procedures, and  organisational change and TUPE matters, often within the NHS. Head of real estate Simon Sherwood is experienced in dealing with primary care investments and developments. On the corporate side, Paul Johnson assists private equity backed clients with their sector-led buy and build strategies, particularly in the healthcare, insurance and technology sectors. National practice head Jill Mason is based in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Jill Mason

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Craig; Paul Johnson; Simon Sherwood

Key clients

Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds & York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group


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

Health Education England

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Wakefield Hospice

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

VetPartners Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust in the Supreme Court case East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust v Flowers, one of the leading employment law cases nationwide and of importance for all employers, including every NHS employer in the country.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP is recognised for its work in care/retirement homes, particularly in M&A capacity, health regulations, medical devices and Covid-19 commercial challenges. Recent work included advising a straw manufacturer on commercial and regulatory compliance issues related to the diversification of its factory for the production of disposable face visors and PPE equipment. Key figures include commercial partners Jeremy Moore and Jo Stephenson, as well as regulatory expert Stuart Ponting.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Moore; Jo Stephenson

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Ponting


‘The Walker Morris team have consistently been available to offer support, advice and guidance whenever needed, frequently on short notice and outside of normal working hours.’

‘Highly skilled, engaging and collaborative in their approach to their support for our needs. Work hard to understand our business and what our needs are. Very approachable and proactive in their approach, a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Anchor Hanover Group


David Wylde

Hyde Group

Kirklees Council

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Servelec Group

Work highlights

  • Appointed by a US client who had been awarded several contracts by the UK government for the provision of hand sanitiser and PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist them in successfully placing fully compliant PPE manufactured in China onto the UK market.
  • Worked with Avacta on a number of contracts focussed on responding to the Covid-19 crisis. Avacta’s patented Affimer technology has potential application in rapid testing for Covid-19.
  • Represented Leyden Delta BV (one of the companies owned by Leyden Pharmaceuticals BV) in respect of inquest proceedings arising from the death of an individual who committed suicide.