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

West Midlands > Public sector > Health

With a nationwide presence, Browne Jacobson LLP helps a wide selection of private and pubic sector clients on issues relating to complex inquests, corporate mergers and whistleblowing allegations. Jacqui Atkinson   leads the team and continues to advise NHS organisations and trust boards. Gerard Hanratty  is at the forefront of advising the health sector on major service reconfiguration projects, Covid-19 responses and public law. Sarah White specialises in defending substantial clinical negligence claims, as well as health law and risk management advice.

South West > Public sector > Health

With offices in Exeter in addition to a presence in London, Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham, Browne Jacobson LLP’s health practice supports clients on a national level and across the sector. Mark Barnett sports extensive expertise in defending clinical negligence claims, in particular against mental health providers, and is one of the key contacts of the Exeter-based team. Gerard Hanratty leads the nationwide health sector group out of Manchester.

London > Public sector > Healthcare

The national health and social care team at Browne Jacobson LLP is particularly renowned for its advice on the creation of integrated care systems and expertise on service reconfiguration and NHS mergers. The team includes experts from five different offices, giving them a strong national presence and a combined wealth of experience in integrated care, social care, insurance, health tech, local government, education and criminal and regulatory law. Team leader Gerard Hanratty is at the forefront of advising the NHS on the development of integrated care systems and health technology innovations. Christian Dingwall specialises in governance, regulation and compliance for the NHS, standing out for his experience in contracting, procurement and trust creation. Charlotte Harpin regularly advises on complex governance and public law issues in the health sector.

East Midlands > Public sector > Public sector

Browne Jacobson LLP ‘consistently provides reliable, sound advice and guidance in all legal matters’ across the spectrum of public sector matters. The ‘approachable and knowledgeable’ team has particular specialisations in the education sector where it acts for, among others, schools, higher education institutions, multi-academy trusts, charities, professional associations and government bodies, as well as healthcare where it acts for various NHS bodies in relation to policy, governance, regulation, inquests, clinical negligence, staffing and insurance matters. The local government team, headed by Peter Ware, is noted for its work in liability litigation – in particular in relation to social care matters. Mark Blois heads the education offering and Gerard Hanratty leads the health team, which includes Simon Tait and Leanne Wareham.

North West > Public sector > Health

The team at Browne Jacobson LLP is a standout name for providing health-related advice to a national NHS client base as well as major private healthcare providers. Areas of expertise include mental health, governance and social care. Practice co-head Gerard Hanratty  is at the forefront of advising NHS clients on issues such as service reconfiguration projects and Covid-19 response measures while co-head Christian Dingwall  is known for his expertise on NHS transactions and projects. Victoria Thourgood and Amanda Callaghan  are key experts in the health space. Heather Caddy  joined in summer 2022 from Hill Dickinson LLP.