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Bevan Brittan LLP

Healthcare Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP is particularly well known for advising the NHS on a number of innovative income generation commercial activities and international ventures, strategic estates partnerships, and complex corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, among others. Key partners in the sizeable team include Vincent Buscemi and Carly Caton for commercial projects and transactional matters; Sharon Renouf for procurements; and Rosemary Jago for healthcare infrastructure PPPs and  joint venture arrangements. Hannah Taylor is particularly recommended for serious medical treatment cases, deprivation of liberty matters and applications to the Court of Protection.  Recent hire Monica Macheng adds complementary expertise in advising care homes, dental practices, pharmacies, GP surgeries and healthcare professionals.

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Key clients

University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Barts Health NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Imperial College Hospital London

Royal Free London NHS FT

Local government Tier 1

The Bevan Brittan LLP team is rated by the market for the breadth of its practice; it has worked with over 300 local authorities around the country. It advises on a comprehensive range of work from regeneration and procurement to assisting on new ways to raise finance in order to provide key services. It also assists on local government governance and reorganisations, often in cases where the authority is in financial distress. The team, which is led by David Hutton in Bristol, includes Steven Smith, Virginia Cooper and Judith Barnes, who is based in Leeds. 'Strong negotiator' Nadeem Arshad is also a key member of the team and is especially noted for his expertise in the waste industries.

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The team have an exceptional knowledge about the waste industry and the market that they have been more than happy to share to ensure the correct outcomes for the project. The team have shown patience, dedication and have gone the extra mile on more than one occasion to ensure that goals were met. They are always on hand to provide advice and are an integral part of the project team.’

Nadeem Arshad is a strong negotiator who offers support at every stage of the process.’

Phil Roberts’  attention to detail ensures that we are fully briefed with all the facts to enable swift decision making.

Nathan Bradberry excels at ensuring that momentum keeps the project moving forward in a timely manner.’


Key clients

Sheffield City Council

Surrey County Council

5 Councils: Mendip: Vale of White Horse DC: Havant DC; Hart DC; South Oxfordshire DC

London Borough of Havering

Nottingham City Council

Slough Borough Council

Administrative and public law Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP has a strong presence in the healthcare field of public law, with a number of key NHS bodies and clinical commissioning groups counted on the client list. Typical instructions in this field include defending clients against mistreatment claims by patients (including a recent case concerning a trans patient in Broadmoor Hospital) and challenges to planning and funding decisions, and advisory work concerning policy, decision making and the statutory remit of ombudsman clients. Practice head Virginia Cooper and Olivia Carter also have expertise in representing both claimants and defendants in judicial review challenges to procurement decisions. Other public bodies on the client list include local authorities, policing commissioners and councils. Regular mandates include defending challenges to redevelopment plans, restitution claims pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and alleged breaches of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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Virginia Cooper is very responsive and sensitive to the needs of her clients

Key clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Local Government Association

NHS England

University of Oxford

Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Barnet

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

The clinical risk team at Bevan Brittan LLP has a strong track record in multi-party actions, as well as providing specialist support to clients on quantum issues. The NHS and an increasing number of private medical malpractice insurers and healthcare providers instruct the team, which has experience across the complete range of complex and high-value cases resulting from the provision of medical care. Department head Joanne Easterbrook's expertise covers group actions and claims arising out of fertility treatment; while cases involving the Human Rights Act and mental health are some of Julie Charlton's special areas of interest. Standout work saw Dan Morris lead advice to the defendants in the important public policy case of XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, concerning the recoverability of damages for commercial surrogacy costs in California.

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‘The team have a wealth of experience across the healthcare sector and provide high quality, pragmatic advice.’

‘Joanne Easterbrook and Julie Charlton are particularly attentive and supportive.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

CNA Hardy

Guys & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

West London Health NHS Trust


South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust


Court of protection Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP operates nationally out of its four offices and advises mental health, social and community care providers on mental capacity and other key issues such as best interest cases. The team provides specialist Court of Protection advice with considerable experience on mental capacity and health issues as well as human rights and equality issues. It frequently advises on significant medical treatment cases ranging from disputes over end-of-life care through to withdrawal of treatment for neonates and children. Joanne Easterbrook, Stuart Marchant, Simon Lindsay, newly promoted partner Hannah Taylor and Julia Jones are the names to note.

Key clients

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Whittington Health NHS Trust

2gether NHS Foundation Trust

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Livewell Southwest Community Interest Company

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

St Anne’s Community Services Ltd

Care Management Group

Professional discipline Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP's practice includes advising professional regulatory bodies in relation to the Bar Standards Board, SRA, ARB, Insolvency Practitioners Association and the FRC. It has led numerous inquiries and investigations into the conduct of local authority officers and councillors. Birmingham-based Adam Kendall heads the litigation, advisory and regulatory department; and Virginia Cooper in London acts for a large number of public bodies, including local authorities, regulators, NHS Trusts and Ombudsmen. London’s Amy Tschobotko is a key senior associate.

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Commercial property: development Tier 4

At Bevan Brittan LLP, Mark Calverley heads the team which possesses specialist expertise in representing public bodies, most notably the NHS, as well as local government on a broad range of development and regeneration projects across London and the UK. In a standout case highlight, the group has been advising the London Borough of Ealing in relation to the £1bn Southall Gateway mixed-use development which is set to create 4,000 new homes. Numerous registered providers of social housing also regularly engage the practice which has recently been bolstered through the arrivals of Wendy Wilks and Fiona McDonald from Dentons.

Key clients

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

City of London Corporation

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Hounslow


Places for People

Greater London Authority

London Borough of Sutton

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Barnet

London Borough of Bexley

Lewes District Council

Health and safety Tier 4

Bevan Brittan LLP has a strong reputation in the public sector and is a popular choice for NHS trusts and housing associations. Stuart Marchant is one of three practice heads and primarily focuses on health and social care issues. Fellow practice head Adam Kendall, who is based in Birmingham, is an expert in advising on health and safety issues involving healthcare and housing. Also leading the team is Bristol-based Hannah Taylor, who predominantly works on health and safety matters concerning mental health.

Key clients

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle City Council

Your Homes Newcastle

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 4

Bevan Brittan LLP is well versed in assisting clients from the public and private sector alike and has particular industry expertise in waste, energy, health and property regeneration infrastructure. The team's workload mostly comprises advising on infrastructure/ PPP projects and delivery models as well as advising on the contract management of these and related disputes matters.  Practice head Nadeem Arshad is regularly instructed by international contractors and project developers in relation to his experience in the waste and energy sectors. Sharon Renouf is the firm's health PFI/PPP expert, and Louise Robling is the key contact for contentious matters. The team is based in Bristol.

Key clients


Morgan Sindall Investments

Engie Urban Energy

Sheffield City Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Birmingham City Council

Barts Health NHS Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

Bevan Brittan LLP 's national power practice, which is led from the firm's Bristol base, handles power and energy mandates across England, Scotland and Wales. The group advises clients on developing and financing assets as well as on a broad range of legal issues including planning, property, construction, corporate, regulatory, funding and disputes issues. Nadeem Arshad s group has a strong track record on regulatory work, as well as the retail sector.

Key clients


Legal & General

North Yorkshire County Council


Sheffield City Council

Whitehill & Borden Limited


Liverpool City Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Newcastle University

Social housing: finance Tier 4

In 2018, Bevan Brittan LLP hired a team of social housing lawyers from Dentons, which included Wendy Wilks and senior associate Fiona McDonald. Their arrivals have added particular depth to the firm's offering in property charging matters, with Richard Stirk and Julie Cowan-Clark also having experience of this type of work. Elsewhere, the firm's recent mandates included the structuring and management of loans to local authority/housing association joint ventures, loan refinancings, derivatives transactions, public bond issues and development finance matters. In 2018, Stirk worked with Hugo Stephens and David Moore to assist Together Housing Group with negotiating the refinancing of a £210m loan facility with Dexia and increase of facilities from four other lenders. The firm also acted for Ledden Estates Limited on the provision of a £1.8m loan from the Homes and Community Agency to build new homes for sale. Jonathan Turner is another notable individual.

Key clients


Affordable Housing Finance plc

Places for People

Together Housing Group

Warrington Borough Council

Catalyst Housing Group

Yarlington Housing Group

Brighton and Hove City Council

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Croydon Churches Housing Association

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 4

Bevan Brittan LLP's social housing practice is gaining momentum, with the firm strengthening its offering in 2018 by hiring Wendy Wilks and senior associate Fiona McDonald from Dentons. In addition, Sarah Greenhalgh joined the Birmingham office from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP and Kate O’Brien was promoted to senior associate. The firm has also picked up a string of new clients, including London & Quadrant Housing Trust, Home Group and Network Homes. It acts for more than 70 housing associations, and also advises local authorities in London and further afield throughout England. The London practice is particularly well known for its strengths in property and development, corporate and finance, and housing management. In addition, the firm is also able to offer clients the expertise of practitioners who are knowledgeable in niche areas, such as social housing insurance, fraud, health and safety, and procurement. Steven SmithAndrew Shaw and David Wardle are advising London Borough of Ealing on its £1bn Southall Gateway mixed-use development, which is set to create 4,000 new homes and significant new infrastructure. In 2018, Chris Harper, senior associate Andrew Spicer, and others assisted PFP Capital (part of the Places for People Housing Group) with the acquisition of the national assets of the Igloo Regeneration Fund (managed by Aviva Investors), which includes a number of large ongoing developments for both social and private housing, and other land for future residential development. Jonathan Turner is the overall head of the social housing practice. Neil BrandMatthew Waters and planning head Kathryn Lawrance are also recommended.

Key clients

L&Q Housing Trust

Home Group

Hyde Housing Association

Sanctuary Housing Group

Places for People

Network Homes


Southern Housing Group

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Newham

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 5

Bevan Brittan LLP , which has a particular specialism in advising public sector clients, also works with business across the urban regeneration, housing and waste-from-energy sectors. The practice is led by Andrew Tobin, whose notable recent work has included advising the Department for Education on the implementation of a construction framework delivering £8bn worth of school building projects. Jonathan Turner is a specialist in housing-led regeneration, while Pippa Beesley focuses on projects in the development and social housing markets.

Key clients

Department for Education

Wates Construction Limited

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Barnet

Nottingham City Council

Oxford University


City of London Corporation

London Borough of Hounslow

Peabody Trust

Education: schools Tier 5

Bevan Brittan LLP is experienced in handling large construction and development projects for its education sector clients. Led by head of commercial and infrastructure Andrew Tobin, the team undertakes advisory work for schools, academies, colleges and universities. Bristol-based David Hutton has experience in academy conversions and development projects.

Employment: employers Tier 6

Jodie Sinclair leads the employment practice at Bevan Brittan LLP, which acts for an extensive list of healthcare employers in the private sector, third sector and NHS spheres. The team has recently advised on the employment aspects of complex mergers of healthcare bodies, the provision of medical consultants in private patient units, TUPE consultations and workforce reorganisations. Operational advice typically involves senior executive conduct and performance issues, workforce implications of CQC inspections, responding to whistleblower complaints and other highly sensitive internal investigations. The team often represents clients in the Employment Tribunal and upper courts on disputes involving unfair dismissal claims, discrimination claims and breach of contract disputes.

Key clients

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Local Government Association

Aspirations Care

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authorities

The Huntercombe Group

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Luton Borough Council

Ambition School Leadership Trust

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital NHS Trust

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Professional Cricketers’ Association

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Solent NHS Trust

BMI Healthcare

Leonard Cheshire Disability

The Huntercombe Group

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Schoen Clinic

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

NHS Herts Valley CCG

Frimley Health

Commercial litigation

Bevan Brittan LLP is well known for its local authority and public sector-related disputes experience; the practice also fields litigators in fraud, financial services, IT, breach of duty claims, and contractual disputes. Virginia Cooper specialises in collective actions and is experienced in financial services disputes.

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Bevan Brittan LLP is a full-service law firm with 71 partners, 286 lawyers and over 450 staff based in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London. The firm advises a range of clients across a number of markets, including over 800 businesses and is market-leader within health and social care, housing and local and central government.


As a UK Top 100 commercial law firm, Bevan Brittan provides a compre­hensive legal and advisory service, including commercial contracting, corporate transactions, governance, property, commercial and clinical litigation, regulatory and employment law.

Health and Social Care

Bevan Brittan is one of the UK’s leading health and social care legal and regulatory advisors. The firm advises half of all NHS Trusts and over 150 independent health and social care providers and suppliers.

The firm has won the following HealthInvestor Awards:

  • 2019 Legal Advisor of the Year (Private)
  • 2018 Legal Advisor of the Year (Public)
  • 2018 Legal Advisor of the Year (Public Transactional)

Bevan Brittan advises a range of NHS organisations, including NHS Resolution and NHS Property Services and advises the NHS on Private Public Partnership schemes.

The firm continues to advise the major insurers and brokers on clinical and personal liability claims and the firm’s Independent Health & Social Care practice advises a breadth of clients including large health providers, digital start-ups, funders and suppliers, including Barchester Healthcare. The firm recently advised AMP Capital on the successful acquisition of the Care Management Group.


Bevan Brittan is a leading advisor within Social Housing. The firm has a new London-based Housing Finance Team, and advises some of the largest Housing Associations in the country on the delivery of housing developments and housing management services such as Places for People, Sanctuary Housing and L&Q. The firm also advised on the successful merger of Catalyst Housing Group and Aldwyck Housing Group.

Bevan Brittan plays a significant role in advising public and private sector housing developers to meet the growing housing shortage, such as advising Royal Borough of Greenwich to help deliver its aim to build more homes, and advising on the Icknield Port Loop redevelopment scheme in Birmingham. The firm also supported the Bristol Housing Festival, which showcased innovative new methods of delivering energy efficient housing schemes.

Central and Local Government and agencies

Bevan Brittan is a leading advisor within Central and Local Government providing extensive commercial, governance, property and sensitive employment advice. The firm has advised on a number of urban regeneration schemes within the West Midlands and a number of London Boroughs and is appointed to the CCS Wider Public Sector framework, as well as continuing to advise authorities on all other major frameworks, including EMLawShare, Surrey Legal Services and the London Borough Legal Alliance.

The firm advises other regulatory bodies, such as the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and has advised on a number of High Court litigation cases. Bevan Brittan also advised the Canal & River Trust in the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, British Waterways Marinas Limited (BWML).

Commercial Services

The firm advises over 800 businesses, specifically in the provision of commercial, construction, property, litigation, employment legal advice and procurement challenges, with clients including Wates Construction and Engie.

Continued growth in Leeds and Yorkshire

Now entering its fourth year, Bevan Brittan’s Leeds office has continued to grow with over 40 staff members. The firm recently refurbished and expanded its office space as it prepares for future growth, including introducing new agile and flexible working facilities. The office provides a broad range of services across commercial, property, construction, housing management, clinical negligence and employment law.


Birmingham, Leeds and London.


Local Government Association, NHS Resolution, NHS Property Services, Community Health Partnerships, Education & Skills Funding Agency, Places for People, Sanctuary Housing, London & Quadrant, United Communities, Sovereign Housing, Yorkshire Housing, Canal & River Trust, Wates Construction, Engie, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Barchester Healthcare, Shawbook Bank, Rehability UK, A Shade Greener Finance Services along with a significant number of NHS Trusts and Local Authorities across England and Wales.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Duncan Weir
Senior Partner Joanne Easterbrook
Commercial and Infrastructure Andrew Tobin
Clinical Risk Tim Hodgetts
Commercial Dispute Resolution Adam Kendall
Property Mark Calverley
Number of UK partners : 71
Number of other UK fee-earners : 286

The Lex 100 Verdict

Bevan Brittan's 'strong client base in the public sector', in particular its 'reputation and experience in the health industry' was a clear draw for trainees. Almost all respondents referred to the 'approachable partners and supervisors' with whom they share office space and who are 'keen to help you meet your training objectives'. This helps considerably with 'building up confidence'. A Lex 100 Winner gong has been awarded to Bevan Brittan for its work/life balance. Thanks to the national firm's sector specialism, fee earners have 'considerable expertise' and trainees are given the opportunity to 'undertake high-quality work for some big-name clients'. The main bugbears for recruits were the 'lack of transparency around seats and NQ positions' and the 'poor communication within the firm'. Others felt that Bevan Brittan is 'not as widely known as it should be'. However, a plethora of standout work moments kept trainees on their toes, such as 'attending a mediation with a local authority over a construction dispute' and 'a six-day trial in the High Court'. Although there were some grumbles about 'admin tasks, such as court bundles', it was generally recognised that this is 'a small part of a bigger process'. Undertaking a client secondment with a large NHS trust was a noteworthy experience for one trainee, who was afforded the opportunity to 'gain a true insight into our client's objectives'. Corporate Social Responsibility is 'extremely important' at the firm, with 'some form of CSR happening every couple of weeks'. For a firm with a 'public sector focus' and a 'good reputation for training and work/life balance', take a closer look at Bevan Brittan.