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Gerard Hanratty

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Gerard is a Public Law partner in Brown Jacobson’s Manchester office. He is recognised by the NHS, Chambers and Legal 500 as one of the leading experts on public law issues, especially relating to service change and reconfiguration, for health organisations in the country. 

Gerard provides clients with specialist public law input, especially on NHS commissioning functions and powers, as well as how to integrate and work jointly with local authorities and within an STP footprint. His expertise on service reconfiguration, engagement/consultation and CCG governance is unmatched. Gerard’s work on information law issues means he has extensive experience of guiding NHS bodies through the legal framework introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 – for example, advising on the information issues for the safe sharing of data that will be needed to enable the sharing of integrated records across the NHS. 

His work with CCGs, NHS England and both NHS and private providers means he fully understands the problems which can arise and can provide practical solutions to overcome those issues.


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

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Browne Jacobson LLP 'has a very distinguished, and highly capable set of professional discipline practitioners'. The practice is the sole legal provider to the Teaching Regulation Agency; it also regularly advises NHS England on regulatory matters relating to the Performers Lists (PL) and has conducted a number of PL matters that have been before the First Tier or Upper Tribunals. It acted for the National College for Teaching and Leadership in the prosecution of a teacher for making homophobic remarks in front of a number of vulnerable pupils. Nottingham-based Fiona Butler is lead partner for a number of the firm’s professional disciplinary clients; Ros Foster in London has substantial experience in the disciplinary sphere; and barrister Ben Bentley is 'a class act who is wise beyond his years and who has an easy and natural manner in and out of the hearing room that ensures good relationships, while trust is built with defence teams and panels alike'. The associates to note are Louisa Atkin, who is 'an outstanding, balanced lawyer', the 'very experienced and safe pair of hands' Ian Perkins, and Samantha Paxman. Gerard Hanratty joined in Manchester from Capsticks LLP.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

From offices in London and Nottingham Browne Jacobson LLP is 'accessible and consistent in its advice which it provides with clarity.' It assists a broad range of clients including local government agencies, parliamentary ombudsman and national audit organisations as well as regulators and health sector clients. It is acting for the Royal Mail Group in a fraud investigation where it is being challenged in a judicial review concerning the basis on which warrants were obtained. It is also acting for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in a case where two GPs challenged its powers to recommend financial payments in cases involving clinical judgment, a case which is going to the Court of Appeal. Senior practitioners Richard Barlow and Laura Hughes are based in Nottingham and Ros Foster heads up the London team. The group is further enhanced with the arrival of Gerard Hanratty who joined in April 2017 from Capsticks LLP .

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Within: Healthcare

Browne Jacobson LLP¬†'s ‚Äėhighly recommended‚Äô healthcare practice handles a range of work, including public/private partnerships, social care, and ehealth work. The Manchester office recruited Gerard Hanratty¬† from Capsticks LLP;¬†he continues to advise several CCGs on a ¬£2bn merger in the West Midlands. Simon Tait¬†leads the national practice and specialises in contentious matters; he recently represented Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in an inquest into the death of a one-day-old baby from cerebral infarction. Clinical negligence expert¬†Matthew Trinder¬† joined in October 2017 from¬†BLM. Corporate and commercial specialist Oliver Pritchard¬†advised Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on a ¬£650m merger and Vision Express UK on the acquisition of 209 retail optical practices valued at ¬£55m. Ben Troke¬†leads the health and social care advisory team and Clare Auty¬† is a name to note within the independent healthcare sector.

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North West: Public sector


Within: Health

Amanda Callaghan¬†at Browne Jacobson LLP¬† leads a team that ‚Äėis always available and is very quick to respond‚Äô. Andrew Peel¬†handles clinical negligence and regulatory matters for private sector healthcare providers and insurers. The ‚Äėvery impressive‚Äô Rebecca Fitzpatrick¬†is recommended for her work on mental health and mental capacity law. Associate Edward Pollard¬†and solicitor Victoria Colclough¬† provide ‚Äėwell-thought-through advice‚Äô. Gerard Hanratty¬†joined¬†from Capsticks LLP¬† and has extensive experience of representing NHS bodies in judicial reviews and on service reconfiguration. An impressive roster of clients includes North West Ambulance NHS Trust, Chorley and South Ribble CCG in addition to NHS Birmingham Cross City CCG.

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