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

Browne Jacobson LLP
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1 Hardman square, Spinningfields
M3 3EB

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Insurance & Public Risk


Partner, Gerard, joined Browne Jacobson from Capsticks in April 2017 and is a recognised leading public health lawyer. He is based in the Manchester Office although his following is national and he is advising health care leaders across the country.

He has extensive experience representing NHS bodies in judicial reviews and advising on service reconfiguration. He regularly advises in this regard in complex mental health cases, for example recently advising NHS England on the revised guidance for commissioners to be published on section 117 Mental Health Act 1983.

He continues to be at the forefront of advising the NHS nationally on the development of Accountable Care Systems and is regularly sought for advice on all matters relating to public law. His expertise and pragmatic approach helps clients deliver on their plans and understand how to deal with challenges. The coming year’s focus is on the enormous task of redesigning and developing health and social care systems, as well as advice on how to meet GDPR requirements.


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

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Healthcare

Browne Jacobson LLP has expanded its national healthcare practice with the recruitment of Christian Dingwall from Hempsons to the Manchester office. Across its multiple offices, the sizeable team counts an impressive list of NHS trusts and leading private healthcare providers among its clients, and has a ‘solid reputation‘ for corporate and commercial matters, procurement, governance and public law issues, and clinical risk management. Simon Tait heads the national group and is supported Dingwall, Oliver Pritchard and Gerard Hanratty. Senior associate Charlotte Harpin  has notable expertise in CCG constitution.

London > Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

Browne Jacobson LLP stands out for its high-volume advice to the Teaching Regulation Agency; the team also regularly assists NHS England with regulatory matters involving the Performers Lists. Nottingham’s Fiona Butler has a broad professional disciplinary practice in education, healthcare, construction and surveying, while Ros Foster in London advises statutory and non-statutory bodies on all aspects of disciplinary matters. Also key to the team are Manchester-based Gerard Hanratty and recently promoted partner Ben BentleySamantha Paxman and Louisa Atkin in Nottingham were made senior associates.