Gerard Hanratty > Browne Jacobson LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP
3rd Floor, No.1 Spinningfields
1 Hardman square, Spinningfields
M3 3EB

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Insurance & Public Risk


Gerard heads Browne Jacobson’s Health Sector and continues to be at the forefront of advising the NHS nationally and health sector overall on the development of Integrated Care Systems and major service reconfiguration projects. He is regularly sought for advice on all matters relating to public law, especially when public bodies face challenging decisions and he has successfully defended many judicial reviews. His expertise and pragmatic approach helps clients deliver on their plans and understand how to deal with challenges. The coming year will bring further work on the developing health and social care system, as well as advice on how to meet the challenges of introducing digital technology into the sector.


  • Admitted as a Solicitor in 1995
  • LLB (Hons) – University of Northumbria 

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Healthcare

The Manchester and London-based team at Browne Jacobson LLP provides ‘high quality‘ healthcare advice, particularly in service reconfiguration and NHS mergers, and has expertise in health sector infrastructure work, NHS governance, and workforce issues. Health sector team leader Gerard Hanratty advises the NHS on  the development of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs)  and service reconfiguration projects, and in 2020 provided extensive advice to clients on the Covid-19 pandemic. He is also noted for his expertise in judicial reviews. Christian Dingwall specialises in public law, governance, and compliance for the NHS. Recently promoted partner Charlotte Harpin advises on Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) governance and mergers.

South West > Public sector > Health

Browne Jacobson LLP combines expertise in the healthcare and social care sectors for which it is instructed by NHS bodies, local authorities, community health partnerships and independent sector providers. The team is involved in disputes, client trainings, and clinical commissioning group (CCG) mergers. Mark Barnett is well versed in litigation matters in the field. Manchester-based Gerard Hanratty leads the firm-wide practice group.

North West > Public sector > Health

In addition to undertaking private sector work, Browne Jacobson LLP‘s health sector team focuses on providing a wide range of services to a national NHS client base. Areas of expertise within the practice include governance, regulation, social care, inquests, staffing and regulatory law, as well as national NHS policy. Department head Gerard Hanratty has advised NHS England, NHS Resolution and numerous North West NHS clients on issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Victoria Thourgood acts as lead for public health sector property work and for the independent health sector, while Amanda Callaghan has extensive experience in NHS claims and advisory. Senior associate Heather Caddy is also noted.

West Midlands > Public sector > Health

Leveraging its nationwide presence, Browne Jacobson LLP advises a varied roster of private and public sector healthcare clients in relation to governance mandates, workforce issues, insurance work, clinical negligence issues and numerous other regulatory matters. Gerard Hanratty is frequently instructed by healthcare clients in complex judicial reviews and public inquiries; he recently advised NHS England in relation to the Manchester Arena Bombing inquiry. Jacqui Atkinson is also a core member of the team, providing clients with comprehensive employment law advice.