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Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Browne Jacobson in 2019 as a partner in its Commercial Health team.  He advises health and social care clients, including many NHS trusts, foundation trusts, commissioners and other bodies, about commercial and corporate law, governance, compliance and regulation.

Christian specialises in organisational and service transformation in the NHS and wider health sector, including, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, integrated care partnerships and reconfiguration.   Legal directories rate him as a top lawyer for health transactions.


Christian Dingwall specialises in corporate commercial law, public law, governance, regulation and compliance for the NHS, its commercial partners and the wider health sector. He has a particular focus on advising clients about NHS corporate and service transformation.

Christian is recognised nationally as a top legal expert for NHS transactions and projects, advising on mergers, acquisitions, partnerships and integrated care joint ventures across the UK. His recent work includes acting as lead adviser on more than 15 NHS mergers in the last 10 years including the establishments of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (merger of South and North Essex trusts), Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (merger of the former Central Manchester and South Manchester trusts), East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (merger of the former Ipswich and Colchester trusts), Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (merger of the former Aintree and Royal Liverpool trusts); and University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust (merger of the former Poole and Royal Bournemouth trusts).


  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1986
  • BA (Hons) – 1982

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North West > Public sector > Health

Browne Jacobson LLP’s Manchester-based health practice continues to advise on policy, governance, procurement and infrastructure changes in the new NHS landscape and stands out with its healthcare inquest work. The group is the appointed primary provider of advice on complex and high value claims to MPS and sits on the clinical and non-clinical NHS Resolution panels. While co-head Gerard Hanratty leads the team advising NHS clients on matters arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, co-head Christian Dingwall specialises on advising on NHS corporate and service transformation. Rebecca Fitzpatrick leads the mental health and social care advisory team and Victoria Thourgood  is the firm’s lead for public health sector property work as well as the independent health sector.

London > Public sector > Healthcare

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Gerard Hanratty leads the practice at Browne Jacobson LLP, which is noted for its ‘unparalleled depth of knowledge‘. The team regularly acts for NHS Resolution, health boards, and NHS trusts in matters concerning inquests, governance, and policy. The team also has extensive capabilities in the areas of mental health and Court of Protection cases, in addition to the reformation of primary care provision. Hanratty advises NHS organisations on governance and service reconfiguration projects, while Christian Dingwall utilises his corporate and regulatory expertise to advise clients on partnerships, the merging of trusts, and integrated care joint ventures. Charlotte Harpin has extensive experience in integrated care system development, and data sharing arrangements. Carly Caton, who offers an ‘exceptionally high level of support‘, joined the team from Bevan Brittan LLP in November 2022, contributing her vast knowledge of collaborations between the NHS and the private sector, and income generation projects.