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Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP advises major NHS providers and over 170 independent and social care organisations on a full range of healthcare matters, including joint ventures and partnering arrangements, governance, regulatory matters, and PFI issues. During the Covid-19 pandemic it has been involved in the formation of the Nightingale hospitals as well as testing and vaccination programmes. Sharon Renouf leads the team, while Rosemary Jago deals with major structurings, fundings, and procurements for NHS clients. Vincent Buscemi focuses on governance arrangements, Carly Caton advises on commercial projects, while Hannah Taylor deals with issues including  medical law and human rights. Additionally, Monica Macheng advises care homes, dentists, and medical suppliers on corporate law. Partners Sarah Skuse and Siwan Griffiths joined from Capsticks LLP in October 2020,  while partners Louise Leaver and Deborah Rowntree joined from Winckworth Sherwood LLP in April and May 2020, respectively.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sharon Renouf

Autres avocats clés:

Rosemary Jago; Vincent Buscemi; Carly Caton; Hannah Taylor; Monica Macheng; Louise Leaver; Deborah Rowntree; Sarah Skuse; Siwan Griffiths

Les références

‘Deep experience in large and major Health Service Estates and Property related projects’

‘ Knowledgeable, experienced, engaging and supportive’

‘Strong healthcare network and seeking to create value beyond legal work. Flexibility with billing and investing in long-term relationships.’

‘Vincent Buscemi has been supporting us since inception and has been invaluable since. He has supported us with legal work but also introductions and insights. He is constantly available and will always get personally involved and look at problems in depth when required.’

‘Excellent stakeholder engagement skills, alongside an unparalleled depth of knowledge of the health sector. Vincent Buscemi, Carly Caton and Letitia Winterflood-Blood consistently offer an exceptionally high level of support. Always prepared to go the extra mile, they ensure client satisfaction remains high at all times. They combine expertise with relationship skills, insight and humour.’

Principaux clients

2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

Sussex Primary Care Ltd (SPC)

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Mutual Ventures

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Whittington Health NHS Trust

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM)

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided ongoing advice on the integration of community services to Mutual Ventures. Ensured that organisations can deliver NHS services collaboratively for the benefit of service users at a local and national level.
  • Advised The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the development of a £800m new acute hospital as part of phase 2 of the Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP) programme.
  • Acted for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT, North Bristol NHS Trust, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS FT, Barts Health NHS Trust on the contractual arrangements with NHS England for the Nightingale Hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Browne Jacobson LLP

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gerard Hanratty

Autres avocats clés:

Christian Dingwall; Charlotte Harpin; Steve Atkinson

Les références

‘Browne Jacobson has mastered the art of being friendly and approachable whilst providing high quality legal advice which represents excellent value for money. They understand the needs and pressures on my organisation and support us superbly at times of difficulty.’

‘Fantastic knowledge and connections across and within the NHS. This helps to bring much more than just standard legal advice.

‘Charlotte Harpin – absolute focus on getting the task done, brilliant at communicating complex concepts to lay people, creative yet safe solutions to governance challenges, including where there were differing views amongst stakeholders.’

‘Steve Atkinson – responsive, intelligent, always delivers and helps to solve complex challenges.’

Principaux clients

NHS England

NHS Resolution

CNA Hardy


NHS Transformation Unit

East London NHS FT

Mid & South Essex NHS FT

Essex Partnership University NHS FT

North East London NHS FT

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided urgent advice to NHS England on issues faced over responding to the pandemic. This ranged from deploying staff to treat only Covid positive patients through to legal issues on the vaccine rollout programme.
  • Instructed by a number of NHS organisations and Integrated Care Systems across the country to advise on service reconfiguration
  • Appointed by PHP in respect of asset management projects (lease extensions and physical changes to properties).

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co LLP advises NHS trusts, medical insurers, and private healthcare providers on a wide range of work including procurements and other commercial matters and infrastructure and real estate projects. Global head of the healthcare team Claire Petts advises on inquests and Court of Protection work. Solicitor advocate and assistant coroner Gemma Brannigan focuses on medical inquires and investigations. Jacques Howell advises on inquests and investigations, while James Major is an expert in complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims, and disciplinary and grievance procedures. David Hansom represents NHS Trusts on major litigation matters. The team added  new partner Joanna Bower from Capsticks LLP  in June 2020, while in July Vanessa Splaine joined as partner from Weightmans LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Claire Petts

Autres avocats clés:

Gemma Brannigan; Jacques Howell; James Major; Joanna Bower; Vanessa Splaine

Principaux clients

London Ambulance NHS Trust

Apollo Capital Projects Development Limited

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS Resolution

East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust

Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Trust

Dartford & Gravesham Hospitals NHS Trust

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The large team at DAC Beachcroft LLP provides the full scope of healthcare advice to more than 300 NHS and private sector clients, including regulatory and governance advice, major claims, and public law. In 2020 it advised NHS England on its national Covid-19 response and advised hospital trusts on mergers.  The firm has also been advising Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust on the high profile challenge to its service for gender dysphoria. Based in Bristol, practice co-head Nigel Montgomery is an expert on risk management, clinical negligence claims, and advisory work for Trusts; London health team leader Hamza Drabu focuses mainly on major commercial transactions in the NHS. Anne Crofts's practice covers NHS reorganisations, joint ventures, and collaborations; Alistair Robertson focuses primarily on judicial review defences brought against NHS England. Head of health employment Udara Ranasinghe focuses on whistleblowing cases and advising on board-level disputes for healthcare clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nigel Montgomery; Hamza Drabu

Autres avocats clés:

Anne Crofts; Alistair Robertson; Udara Ranasinghe; Darryn Hale; Dean Parrett

Les références

I always feel that DAC Beachcroft give clear, concise advice to inform our decision making process. They provide sensible solutions to sometimes complex situations, especially related to partnership working, and have also offered some invaluable detail on the implications of the current NHS white paper.’

I always feel that the individuals at DACB have my organisation’s best interests at hand. We have a longstanding association with DACB and this understanding of our history and how our values have shaped our organisation is invaluable.’

‘Darryn Hale is an excellent communicator and ensures that he discusses and agrees clear deliverables and timelines for work, he manages expectations and has always delivered high quality work within the required time frames, which can sometimes be demanding. Darryn also shows a genuine enthusiasm and passion for health and care.’

‘Dean Parrett is outstanding.’

A knowledgeable team, the firm has sufficient breadth to call in expertise where needed. Focused on tailoring support and building on existing knowledge to ensure fees were kept down.’

The DAC Beachcroft team are extremely professional, responsive and adept at picking up complex requirements and translating them into clear agreed outputs that are delivered within agreed timescales. DAC Beachcroft colleagues have demonstrated a genuine enthusiasm to support our work. We are very impressed with the firm.’

Principaux clients

NHS Resolution

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Circle Health

NHS Digital

Royal College of Physicians

NHS North East London CCGs


Hill Dickinson LLP

The healthcare team at Hill Dickinson LLP works across offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool. Providing a full-service offer, the team is primarily known for its work on the NHS Resolution panel, as well as advising NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers on major procurements, regulatory and governance advice, and inquests. Head of the health team Andrew Craggs specialises in complex clinical negligence claims. Head of the London team, the ‘measured, calm and reassuringKiran Bhogal is an expert in healthcare and public law, while Emma Stockwell leads on major public law, governance, and regulatory matters. Liverpool team leader Sharon Thomas is highly regarded for her work on mental health law. Additionally, Robert McGough and Joanna Trewin are key contacts in Leeds and Manchester, respectively.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Craggs; Kiran Bhogal; Emma Stockwell

Autres avocats clés:

Robert McGough; Joanna Trewin; Sharon Thomas

Les références

The team have been very engaged, willing to learn, asking questions which are not only helpful to them but to our organisation as well. We have been kept up to date on costs regularly, and for the work we were doing they engaged widely across their organisation to ensure we had expert advice and decisions. The way of working was regular, helpful, multimodal and responsive. The responses were clear, directive where needed and open for discussion as necessary too.’

Very good team with some very capable lawyers. Kiran Bhogal is very good; comes across very well. Measured, calm and reassuring. Her colleagues in the team are also all very good.

Principaux clients

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free Hospitals London NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation

West London NHS Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Health Education England

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Ramsay UK Health Care Group

KIMS Hospitals

Practice Plus Group (Formerly Care UK)

GoodSAM Limited

Centre for Process Innovation

General Pharmaceutical Council

East London NHS Foundation Trust

Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCGs

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Centre for Process Innovation on two key matters, both of which are crucial in the sector as part of the ongoing COVID-19 response.
  • Provided Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and North East London NHS Foundation Trust legal advice in relation to the Nightingale Hospitals.
  • Advised a Foundation Trust in relation to a Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) request for information relating to its private practice income.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is noted for its ‘outstanding‘ full-service advice on major healthcare projects for NHS Trusts, independent health and care providers, commissioners, and national bodies. In Birmingham, head of the health and care sector team Jill Mason advises across a range of healthcare matters, extending to mental health and capacity matters, inquests, judicial reviews, and public inquiries. In Norwich, Natalie Wade is an ‘exceptional‘ healthcare M&A specialist, especially with high-volume acquisitions. Based in Cambridge, Peter Wainman advises healthcare clients on IT and data protection. Notably, partner Neil Ward joined from Browne Jacobson LLP in November 2020 while Jagvinder Singh Kang joined as partner from Technology Law Alliance in May 2020. In June 2021  Dawn Brathwaite retired from the partnership but remains in the team as a part-time consultant.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jill Mason

Autres avocats clés:

Dawn Brathwaite; Natalie Wade; Peter Wainman; Jagvinder Singh Kang; Neil Ward

Les références

The team who supported us were outstanding. The way in which they consistently supported our staff over many years of legal hearings and scrutiny was superb. I don’t think we would have retained our staff; maintained and developed the quality of our services whilst undergoing the legal challenges we faced; nor secured the correct outcomes and learning given the significant complexity that the legal team from Mills and Reeve steadily and expertly worked through. They felt like an extension of our organisation – working with us rather than an organisation we were paying for services. The truly collaborated with us and worked so well as a team too.’

The individuals had strong values of working for fair and just outcomes. They were kind, they showed significant empathy for all involved, and their attention to detail and diligence was at a level I have not seen before.’

Mills & Reeve are genuinely interested in our people, our story and our business. They then use this information to marry their team to the business and come up with propositions that are appropriate to our needs. They never over charge, they are always very clear around what they will deliver and importantly, what they won’t and have always delivered in line with expectations, frequently above expectations. Best law firm I have ever worked with.’

Natalie Wade is exceptional. She is genuinely interested in the business and feels part of our wider team. She delivers excellent quality but does so with a very human approach. We are a Healthcare business which means we are, first and foremost, a people business. It is very important that we work with partners who understand that and bring that approach in our dealings, Natalie and her team deliver this in all of our dealings.’

Principaux clients

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group


Cleveland Clinic

NHS England

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Public Health England

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Bio Products Laboratory Limited

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Care Quality Commission

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust in a case concerning whether overtime pay needs to be included in the calculation of holiday pay.
  • Advised SYNLAB UK & Ireland to establish a new partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to transform the delivery of pathology services in South East London.
  • Advised Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on its high profile procurement of a multi-million pound 10-year contract for a new electronic health record system.

Addleshaw Goddard

The 'always practical and focused' international healthcare team at Addleshaw Goddard has a wide range of expertise in the healthcare sector, including advising on PFI secondary market transactions, managing healthcare portfolios, and the negotiation of PPE contracts.  Practice leader Michael O’Connor deals primarily in commercial transactions involving the NHS. Matthew Newing advises on major PFI/PPP projects, while David Hartley focuses on the PPP secondary market. Andrew Pettinger deals with major healthcare-related joint ventures. The firm has been building up the practice, adding three new partners in 2020;  Rachel Orton from Squire Patton BoggsNathalie Moreno from Lewis Silkin LLP ;  and Suzanne Moir from DWF.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael O’Connor

Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Newing; David Hartley; Andrew Pettinger; Rachel Orton; Nathalie Moreno; Suzanne Moir

Les références

Always very supportive and work as part of the Trust team, very good in their ability to simplify complex legal terminology into tailored advice.

Great genuinely expert advice that is always practical and focused.’

Mike O’Connor has a huge depth of knowledge and experience and a great skill of being able to focus in a very practical way. He is also always fun to work with.

Principaux clients


Genedrive Plc

GEN inCode UK Limited

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Essex NHS Trust & Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (now Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust)

Yourgene Health plc

Shawbrook Bank Ltd

Coutts & Co

Step Springfield Village Limited

Maco Pharma S.A.S

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Infrared Capital Partners Limited and HCP Limited

Celesio (including Lloyds Pharmacy Group)

Assura Medical

Bupa Care Homes Mercia Healthcare

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (NHS) Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS University Hospital Trust

NHS Improvement

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Business Services Authority

Serco Limited

Citybranch Limited and Citybranch Healthcare Limited

Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnerships Limited

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Clinigen Grou

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Essex NHS Trust and Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (now Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust) in navigating the three-way merger of NHS Trusts within the NHS. This included liaison from NHSI and managing of the complex governance arrangements.
  • Acted for the development partner to South West London and St George’s NHS Trust on the Springfield University Hospital project to deliver a new mental health hospital, over 800 new homes, open parkland, 54-bed care home, retail units, enhanced infrastructure and a bespoke district heating network.
  • Worked with Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on a review of its subsidiary arrangements, with a view to establishing commercial subsidiary entities for the Trust in the UK and the GCC (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) to house its private patient activities.

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP is widely-regarded for its public interest litigation on behalf of individuals, charities, and NGOs across the full scope of contentious healthcare matters. Work in 2020 included advising on matters involving PPE equipment for NHS staff and Covid-19 vaccine prioritisation. Practice leader Charlotte Haworth Hird acts for vulnerable individuals regarding mental health custody and breaches of the ECHR, while Jamie Potter  is an expert on healthcare law relating to the rights of children, as well as also advising on PPE procurement matters. Joint head of the human rights team Saimo Chahal (Hon) KC is a key contact. Counsel Anna Thwaites 's practice includes contentious inquests involving individuals that died in state custody. Public law specialist John Halford is also recommended for healthcare litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charlotte Haworth Hird

Autres avocats clés:

Jamie Potter; Anna Thwaites; John Halford; Saimo Chahal; Elizabeth Cleaver; Basmah Sahib

Les références

Bindmans is one of the leading claimant public law teams. It has particular expertise in challenging healthcare decisions, often on behalf of disabled clients.’

Jamie Potter is one of the most strategic thinkers amongst public law solicitors. He is willing and able to work cases up from initial ideas with clients which then become high profile pieces of strategic litigation.’

The Bindmans healthcare team posseses a rare combination of expertise in healthcare, injury, and human rights law. This range of expertise allows Bindmans to take on the most complex cases, making them a force to be reckoned with, and enabling them to achieve superb results for their clients.’

The Bindmans team goes that extra mile and are fearless in their pursuit for justice and truth for their clients. During the pandemic it has been particularly difficult for all concerned with the justice system. Bindmans have been proactive in their use of technology in these troubling times and have adapted and developed accordingly.

‘Elizabeth Cleaver is super impressive. She combines a keen sense for justice (and injustice) with the solid pragmatism that’s needed in this area of law.’

‘Basmah Sahib is an exceptional lawyer. She is fearlessly committed, kind, collaborative and goes above and beyond that which is expected or required of her.  A razor sharp legal mind allied to true empathy and understanding.’

Principaux clients

Doctors Association UK

The Good Law Project

Hourglass UK

Principaux dossiers

  • Instructed by Doctors Association UK, The Good Law Project, and Hourglass UK to seek a commitment from government to urgently hold an independent inquiry into the deaths of health and social care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic which were linked to shortages in personal protective equipment (‘PPE’) and the Department of Health guidance on PPE usage.
  • Challenged the prioritisation scheme for Covid-19 vaccination by acting on behalf of two individuals with learning disabilities. Following legal action and significant public interest, priority access to vaccination was granted to all individuals on the learning disabilities register.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP 's team helped support the NHS response to Covid-19 by advising on matters such as managing UK drug supply and PPPs supporting the development of new drugs. It also continued its longstanding work advising on national inquiries, such as the Infected Blood Inquiry, and advising on complex healthcare transactions. Practice co-lead Bruce Potter focuses on PPPs, transactions, and complex commercial drug procurement deals. In Wales, Eve Piffaretti  advises on the statutory interpretation of health and social care, regulatory law, as well as human rights and equality law. She is also an expert in mental capacity and mental health law. Consultant Richard Jones is a key contact for matters concerning mental health and community care law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bruce Potter; Eve Piffaretti

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Jones

Principaux clients

Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network

NHS Wales

NHS England

InHealth Limited

Medway Community Healthcare

Medical Imaging Partnerships Limited

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Principaux dossiers

  • Supported NHS England on the negotiation of a complex commercial agreement with Grail relating to the Galleri blood test which can detect early stage cancers through a simple blood test, which is to be piloted by the NHS from mid 2021.
  • Advised the NHS Wales informatics service on a new multi-million-pound contract that will see hospitals in Wales benefit from a hi-tech digital-monitoring system for patients in intensive care units in hospitals in Wales.
  • Advised and represented NHS England in relation to a judicial review brought by individual claimants relating to NHS England’s approach towards NHS critical care treatment and services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The claimants assert the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and/or NHS England should have formulated and published a policy to govern the prioritisation of patients for access to NHS critical care treatment and services.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP advises central government and independent healthcare providers on matters such as contract procurement, dispute resolution, and governance matters, as well as advising on healthcare related transactional work. In 2020, it advised the Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre in relation to collaborating with Oxford Biomedica.  Department head Patrick Parkin was made partner in May 2020 and deals primarily with commercial contracts and regulatory work in healthcare. Notably, he advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy regarding the development and manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines. In May 2021 Richard Binns was promoted to partner. He deals with high-profile healthcare commercial disputes and public procurements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Patrick Parkin

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Binns

Les références

‘Burges Salmon have a excellent knowledge of healthcare legislation. They also provide a very personal and reactive service’

‘Patrick Parkin has been outstanding. He has a great understanding of our needs when dealing with the complexity of NHS contracts.’

‘Richard Binns – very experienced, through and a good strategic litigator’

Principaux clients

Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (and its Vaccine Taskforce)

Department for Health and Social Care

Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre

Guys and St Thomas’ Enterprises Limited

Optegra Eye Healthcare

Virgin Care

Cobalt Health

LOCSU (Local Optical Committee Support Group)

Primary Eye Care

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS )on projects for the development and manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines, including the structuring, drafting and negotiation of contracts with Wockhardt to complete the final stage in the manufacture of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine.
  • Advised Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC)on its collaboration with Oxford Biomedica on the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and on grant funding provided by UK Research and Innovation to expand VMIC’s manufacturing capacity.
  • Advised Guy’s & St Thomas’ Enterprises (GSTE) in regard to MedTech Hub, a joint venture with King s College London that aims to develop the leading centre for medical technology and biomedical engineering in Europe.

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP advises NHS Trusts, private healthcare providers, and GPs on major healthcare infrastructure projects, while its healthcare litigation team advises on contract and procurement disputes and criminal investigations. Practice head Andrew Rowland ‘s work over the last year included covid-related matters, while Peter Edwards is well-regarded for healthcare governance advice. Stephen Tainsh advises on healthcare PPPs and transactional and regulatory matters. Francis Lyons deals with high-profile healthcare-related inquires. In February 2021 the team brought in partner Mary Mundy from DAC Beachcroft LLP  having already  boosted its team with the promotion of  Neha Shah, Sunita Raja, and Paul McFarlane to partner in October 2020. In May 2020 Joanna Bower departed for Clyde & Co LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Rowland

Autres avocats clés:

Peter Edwards; Stephen Tainsh; Francis Lyons; Neha Shah; Sunita Raja; Paul McFarlane

Les références

Excellent subject knowledge and able to call on other specialists within the practice. Very responsive and aware of clients timescales.’

Whatever the diversity of instruction received, Capsticks can build a team of experts that comprehensively cover all areas of advice required. The individuals within the Capsticks team engage closely with the client to get a grounded knowledge of the business and its commercial needs and priorities.’

Detailed understanding of the complex workforce and employment issues facing employers in the NHS at a local as well as national level. Sound, practical and pragmatic advice always supplied and a real ability to see the bigger picture and need for solutions over the immediate as well as medium-longer term. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.’

What continues to distinguish the legal advice they provide is that they retain a solution focused approach, with a sound understanding of the wider strategic and political context in which this advice is provided’

The Team are available when you need them, fantastic knowledge of the health sector and property issues. They have a willingness to support and inform the client and most importantly they listen.’

Principaux clients

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

NHS Kent and Medway CCG

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

NHS Employers

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

NHS Resolution

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust on its lease of Headley Court near Leatherhead, a former military hospital site which is now owned by a private developer.
  • Advised Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust on a dispute surrounding a high-profile whistleblowing claim brought against the Trust and Health Education England (HEE) continues.
  • Represented the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust at the inquest into the death of Kevin Clarke, who had schizophrenia and died in custody,

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The multi-disciplinary healthcare team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises on a range of regulatory and transactional matters for healthcare operators and professionals as well as investors.  Its experience ranges from M&A, real estate to corporate healthcare reorganisations, spanning areas including retirement homes and healthtech.  The practice is led by  Michael Lingens , while Tim Jenkins is particularly experienced advising on corporate and commercial matters for family-owned businesses and pharmacies. In May 2020 the team brought in Helen Wong from Clifford Chance LLP; in September 2021, healthcare regulatory team head Noel Wardle left to join Temple Bright LLP in Bristol.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael Lingens

Autres avocats clés:

Tim Jenkins; Helen Wong

Les références

Experience and knowledge within our sector is second to none.’

Commercial experience from a depth of transactions within our sector. This is highlighted when other, less experienced firms are acting on other sides.’

The dedicated team at CRS is comprised of highly intelligent and motivated individuals with a diverse range of skills. Very focused on client outcomes and deadlines. A very commercial and practical approach.’

Michael Lingens is extremely supportive of client aims and objectives and able to offer innovative and practical solutions to problems and organise his team to assist us in the most efficient way.’

Principaux clients

CareTech Holdings

Caring Homes

Country Court Care

Avicenna / Juno Health

Dentex Healthcare Group

Goddard Veterinary Group

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

The National Pharmacy Association

Minster Care Group

Lovett Care

Canford Healthcare

Veriton Pharma

Principaux dossiers

  • Act for Dentex Healthcare on its buy-and-build strategy as well as providing commercial, employment and regulatory advice to the group.
  • Advised Avicenna Pharmacy on the acquisition of Dudley Taylor Pharmacies Ltd, consisting of 57 stores.
  • Advised CareTech on the acquisition of Smartbox.


The cross-disciplinary team at CMS advises independent acute hospital providers and non-NHS primary care property owners on M&A and real estate transactions, high-value medical claims, and international investments. Its work extends to advising on strategic outsourcings and JVs, PFI and PPPs. Newly-appointed head of the healthcare team Candice Blackwood  focuses on large scale healthcare development transactions, as well as complex cross-border US/UK healthcare-related real estate investments. Jason Zemmel deals primarily with private equity, M&A, and corporate finance for healthcare clients. Paul Smith specialises in PFI/PPP transactions for both sponsors and lenders.

Responsables de la pratique:

Candice Blackwood

Autres avocats clés:

Jason Zemmel; Paul Smith

Les références

Very well experienced in major healthcare projects with excellent expert knowledge of the sector and legal issues associated with it.

Great legal knowledge, but also approach things in a strategic and practical way.’

Principaux clients

Barchester Healthcare

Care UK

Welltower Inc

Korian S.A


General Optical Counsel

General Pharmaceutical Counsel

HCA Healthcare

Schoen Clinic

Outcomes First Group

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust

Spire Healthcare

Civitas Social Housing

Cindat Capital Management


Primary Health Properties

Medical Defence Union

City & County Healthcare Group

August Equity

Limerston Capital


Pierval Sante

Esland Care Group

Orbis Care & Education


Fieldfisher specialises in advising clients on a wide range of healthcare matters, including a strong regulatory practice for medical providers and practitioners, as well as public affairs and administrative law  advice for care home providers. Its expertise extends to related areas such as data protection and data privacy. Practice leader Sarah Ellson focuses on bioscience regulation and health and social care matters. In March 2020 legal director Cliodhna McDonough-Stevens joined the team from DWF. She has expertise in healthcare and life science regulation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sarah Ellson

Autres avocats clés:

Cliodhna McDonough-Stevens

Principaux clients

Phoenix Healthcare/Numark

Boston House Dental Group

Roche Products Limited

Professional Standards Authority

KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Ltd


Fresenius Kabi


NHS Resolution

Human Tissue Authority

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Phoenix Healthcare/Numark on the launch of a new medical dispensing digital solution (Golden Tote) that Phoenix now licences to its Rowlands Pharmacies and other customers.
  • Acted for Inspiration Healthcare Group plc, a global medical technology company on its acquisition of S.L.E. Limited, for £18m.
  • Supported Royal College of Physicians and the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians with the delivery of the MRCP(UK) post-graduate examination in compliance with coronavirus regulations across the four nations.

Gowling WLG

The team at Gowling WLG provides full-service advice to its healthcare clients, which include NHS Trusts and medicine manufacturers. Its range of work includes health and social care transactions, as well as matters related to public procurement, data protection, IP, and digital health, as well as real estate for care homes and senior living facilities. Practice leader Robert Breedon is experienced  in advising on major commercial healthcare projects. Hugh Maule specialises in corporate law in relation to the care home and retirement communities sectors, while Andrew Litchfield is a regulatory and risk management specialist.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robert Breedon

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Litchfield; Hugh Maule; Christopher Brennan

Les références

Robert Breedon is a great listener and empathetic to the client’s situation. He is also proactive in seeking solutions.’

Knowledgeable, industry-specific and detailed experience. Expert contacts. Accessible and able to explain complexities in a simple way.’

Principaux clients


Beckman Coulter (UK) Limited

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

UDG Healthcare Group plc

Circle Health

Department of Health and Social Care

Ford – party to Ventilator Challenge UK consortium

Formation Capital, LLC

Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Limited

Getinge Group (includes ArjoHuntleigh UK, Arjo Ltd Med AB, Arjo Med Aktiebolag, Altrax Group, Getinge Infection Control AB, Getinge UK)

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Synlab Group (includes Labco UK, Integrated Pathology Partnerships and Synlab)

Lakeside Healthcare

Montreux Healthcare Fixed Yield Fund

NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG and NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Philips Electronics (Healthcare)

Sitekit Applications Limited

TT Electronics

Audley Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised DHSC in relation to critical and urgent contracts for the supply of goods and services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised long-standing client AstraZeneca on a landmark collaboration agreement for the development and distribution of the University of Oxford’s potential COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Advised the ONS on its re-procurement to appoint a provider to undertake seroprevalence Covid-19 Infection Survey (“CIS”), together with study and analysis services to support the Government in its COVID-19 response.


Hempsons advises on transactions, procurements, and joint ventures in both the public and private healthcare sectors. The team also advises on real estate, commercial, and employment matters for medical and dental practitioners. Practice head John Holmes advises major mental health trusts on clinical claims, and inquests; while clinical negligence team leader Mary Menjou is an expert in all legal matters related to paediatrics. Additionally, Ian Hempseed focuses on healthcare-related corporate deals and joint ventures. 2020 saw Surjit Dubb, Adam Smith, and Simon Eastwood join from Eastwoods in January, while Jon Pearce joined from Bates Wells in June. In Manchester, Jessica Neary was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ian Hempseed; John Holmes; Mary Menjou

Autres avocats clés:

Surjit Dubb; Adam Smith; Simon Eastwood; Jon Pearce; Jessica Neary

Principaux clients

British Medical Association

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Camden Health Evolution Limited

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

East End Health Network Co Ltd

Integrated Care 24 Ltd

Islington GP Group Ltd

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Defence Union

NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Resolution

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Royal Society for Public Health

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors’ Organisation

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised UK Haemophilia Centre Doctors’ Organisation, a Core Participant in the Infected Blood Inquiry.
  • Advised Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust on a project involving a Partnering Agreement with Genesis Cancer Care and the construction by Genesis of a private patient cancer treatment centre with a construction Capex value of £21m and a likely turnover of £300m+ during its operational lifespan.
  • Made an application to the Court of Protection on behalf of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in respect of a young woman who suffered from severe and enduring anorexia nervosa.


The  'dynamic' team at Kennedys advises NHS Trusts on high-profile and sensitive inquest and Court of Protection work, especially relating to mental capacity and consent matters. It is also known for its expertise in regulatory proceedings, Judicial Reviews, and High Court work. In Cambridge, practice head Robert Tobin acts for NHS defendants on mental health and capacity matters, while Amanda Mead focuses on clinical negligence cases involving neurological injuries. Based in London, partner Daniel Freeman is an expert in complex clinical negligence litigation.  Tom Armstrong joined the team as a partner from Browne Jacobson LLP in May 2020.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robert Tobin

Autres avocats clés:

Daniel Freeman; Amanda Mead; Tom Armstrong

Les références

Daniel Freeman has good judgement and excellent client skills. He is willing to take a tough stance.

Kennedys are an exceptional law firm. They have excellent staff who are committed to ensuring that they tend to the needs of the client 24/7 and do so effortlessly. They are knowledgeable in their field and thorough in their advice. They offer value for money and have adapted to the challenges that Covid-19 has presented with ease. I would have no hesitation in recommending them and do so when asked.’

Rob Tobin’s knowledge is unparalleled. He is always calm and goes the extra mile for his clients.’

Kennedys Healthcare is a dynamic and forward-thinking team that brings together other in-house teams, recognising the potential isolation. They provide excellent value for public sector money and the benefit of a team of lawyers with diverse skills and backgrounds, enabling them to take direct instructions from a wide range of healthcare staff. Their technical knowledge and advice is always comprehensive and provides a sound basis for confident progression in any matter.’

Rob Tobin and Amanda Mead make up what I perceive to be the dream team of Kennedys Healthcare Team. They each bring such a wealth of practice experience, technical know how and soft skills that makes instructing their team a pleasure. I know they have thought about the strategic aims of my organisation as a whole and ensure this is considered in their and their team’s entire approach.’

Daniel Freeman stands out for his cooperative and can do attitude. He has also taken forward a number of added value initiatives and built long lasting relationships with the healthcare staff, supporting them in a caring and compassionate way. His technical expert knowledge in Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act continues to be exceptional.’

Principaux clients

NHS Resolution

NHS England

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cambridge & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS)

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

North East London NHS Foundation trust

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Principaux dossiers

  • Instructed by an NHS Mental Health Trust to issue an Application in the Court of Protection in order to confirm whether the deprivation of liberty of a 16-year-old patient with significant mental health issues would be considered deprivation of liberty.
  • Instructed by an NHS Trust to defend a Judicial Review claim brought by an overseas patient with mental health issues, who received treatment giving birth in 2018 at the NHS Trust.
  • Acted for Barts Health NHS Trust in a  high-profile case concerning a 5-year-old child who suffered irreversible and profound brain damage as a result of an arterial venous malformation.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP advsises clients in the healthcare sector on a range of work including corporate matters, property transactions and regulatory issues. It also has a particularly strong dental health practice. Notable work in 2020 included acting for the government on matters relating to the supply of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines. Birmingham-based practice head Joanne Ellis specialises in transactions in the social care and dental health sectors. In London, Robert Moir advises on real estate matters for healthcare clients.  Mario Subramaniam focuses on cross-border technology transfer arrangements, while legal director Louise Fullwood is a key contact  for IP advice in the life sciences and health sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joanne Ellis

Autres avocats clés:

Robert Moir; Mario Subramaniam; Louise Fullwood

Les références

‘They have a wide breadth of experienced associates so capacity is never a problem, which is great for a highly acquisitive group. Their combined knowledge of our sector makes them a natural choice for us.

Great  knowledge of the sector and able to navigate through the various aspects of a deal, with an attention to detail that  is a great reassurance to us.’

‘What really makes the difference is the team aspect as I genuinely feel as they are part of our team’

‘Determination is a key quality at Pinsent Masons, and the relentless approach from all at Pinsent Masons is instrumental in us delivering on our completion timetable.’

Principaux clients

Exemplar Healthcare (CX Topco Limited)

The National Exhibition Centre

Next Steps Fostering

Accomplish Group


Precious Homes

Keys Group


Dental Beauty Partners

Medical Properties Trust (MPT)

LDC Care Homes and Elevation Advisors

Apposite Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of Her Majesty’s Government on its agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech for the supply of a vaccine against COVID-19. Also represented the UK government in relation to its agreement for the supply of a vaccination against Covid-19 that is being jointly developed by GSK and Sanofi.
  • Advised Agilitas alongside twenty-five management shareholders, on the sale of the Exemplar Health Care group to a fund managed by the private equity house Ares Management Corporation.
  • Advised shareholders of Dental Beauty Partners on its sale to European Dental Group (EDG). EDG are a European dental corporate backed by Nordic Capital.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP provides cross-sector expertise for NHS Trusts, CCGs, and GPs on matters ranging from real estate and dispute resolution to regulatory and public law.  It is also particularly active in the retirement living market. Healthcare team co-leaders Tim Nye and Kyle Holling focus on M&A and joint ventures and real estate and projects, respectively. Partner Hilary Blackwell also advises on healthcare-related property redevelopments, including the recent redevelopment of St Pancras Hospital, while Alison Chivers advises private equity funds on healthcare acquisitions and investments.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Nye; Kyle Holling

Autres avocats clés:

Hilary Blackwell; Alison Chivers

Les références

Trowers and Hamlins is the standout firm advising Retirement Communities and extra care housing providers. In addition to its specialist expertise on the real estate side in this sector, it has complementary specialisms in building safety; employment and HR for social care providers; and intellectual property. In our view Trowers really “gets” the needs of the sector and the key risks and opportunities for providers.

Our lead contact is Kyle Holling. He is an expert – approachable and importantly always ready to think outside the box and consider new solutions and the impact of legal changes.’

We have received excellent advice when necessary from Kyle Holling and his team. They respond immediately and are proactive.’

Principaux clients

Dimensions UK

Advance Housing and Care

Shawbrook Bank

Caring Homes Healthcare Group

Inflexion Private Equity

European Medicines Agency

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Audley/Schroder/Octopus Real Estate


Nursing and Midwifery Council

Swanton Care & Community Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Inflexion Private Equity on its acquisition of Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Limited; a leading liquids pharmaceuticals business with a portfolio of over 130 oral liquid medicines designed to assist vulnerable patients suffering from swallowing difficulties.
  • Acted for the European Vaccination Group (UK) Limited on its majority investment in a target which operates over 150 clinics nationwide specialising in general medicine, sexual health, travel medicine and vaccinations.
  • Appointed in 2020 to advise the Nursing & Midwifery Council on a new recognition agreement, to support a planned consultation exercise to change pension benefits.

Weightmans LLP

Known for its 'excellent strength in depth' and defendant healthcare advice, Weightmans LLP provides a full range of support to NHS Trusts and public bodies, including regulatory law, public inquiries, and commercial and GDPR work for healthcare clients. In Liverpool, national head of healthcare Richard Jolly focuses on advising NHS Trusts regarding inquests, complaints and medical claims, while national head of healthcare employment Emlyn Williams specialises in whistleblowing, discrimination, and other areas of employment law in the healthcare sector. In London Rachel Kneale is an expert in clinical negligence. The team was recently bolstered by a London combination with RadcliffesLeBrasseur, gaining a team which includes 'stand-out' senior partner and 'legend in this areaAndrew Parsons, who specialises in areas such as CQC issues, public law, and judicial reviews.  He works alongside Sam Flew, who is an expert in regulatory and disciplinary matters, as well as criminal investigations in the healthcare sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Jolly; Emlyn Williams; Rachel Kneale

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Parsons; Sam Flew

Les références

‘First-class firm for dealing with defendant healthcare issues.’

‘Excellent strength in depth.’

‘Rachel Kneale – superb strategic overview of the sector.’

‘Great understanding of the industry they represent. Sensible view of cases (they take into account both legal and pragmatic considerations). They can see the woods in spite of the trees!‘

‘Very strong in the healthcare sector. Andrew Parsons has a wealth of experience and is very well liked by clients in the sector.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and very responsive. Andrew Parsons is a standout practitioner in the care sector–a legend in this area for the knowledge and experience he has alongside a very affable and confident approach.’

Principaux clients

NHS Blood and Transplant

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT

Nuffield Health

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHSFT

Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH Group)

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS FT

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS FT

Dudley Group NHS FT

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted exclusively for NHSBT in relation to its procurement of legal advice, including advising the national blood authorities in a range of contractual and regulatory matters associated with the national response to the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Represented Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS FT and its clinicians at a clinical inquest before HM Coroner. The inquest involved an inquiry into the death of a patient who was exhibiting signs of a relapse in her mental health condition, including not eating, drinking or talking.
  • Recognised legal representative for the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust at the Public Inquiry into the bombing at the Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP is a key resource for international clients operating in the healthcare sector, including those seeking advice on matters related to e-health, IP, IT, and data protection. The team also has expertise in international M&A in the healthcare sector. Practice leader Simon Shooter and David Ayers both advise NHS Trusts and healthcare suppliers on international transactions. Stuart Cairns focuses on NHS Trust-related PPPs, while associate Ben Woodfield advises on healthcare projects and joint ventures.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Shooter

Autres avocats clés:

David Ayers; Stuart Cairns; Ben Woodfield

Freeths LLP

With a history of advising care developers and operators on senior living facilities, the team at Freeths LLP acts for charities, investors, and regional operators and developers on work including sensitive end-of-life consent matters, inquests, and regulatory enforcement issues. Additionally, it provides transactional and real estate advice to providers. Based in Nottingham, practice co-leader Thomas Golding advises care operators and developers on care home acquisitions, while in Leicester, co-leader Phil Baigent advises operators on acquisitions, refinancings and disposals. In Manchester, co-leader Sarah Moore advises funders and developers.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas Golding; Phil Baigent; Sarah Moore

Les références

‘Phil Baigent makes you feel reassured when dealing with any of the challenges we face.’

‘They explains issues very succinctly, are able to communicate with clarity and are very easy to deal with on a day to day basis.’

‘Very pragmatic and knowledgeable.’

The team at Freeths are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and always available to their clients. The team is diverse with the right mix of age, gender and race. Their recent support to client has raised their profile in the sector.’

‘Client focused, knowledgeable and easy to contact.’

‘The have an excellent understanding of the sector.’

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has a strong healthcare team representing clients across a wide range of work, including human rights law, end of life care, and major medical abuse and mistreatment allegations. Practice leader and 'dominant player in this area' Yogi Amin specialises in public law and civil liberties, with particular expertise in Court of Protection work. Patient rights partner Mathieu Culverhouse is 'clever and compassionate', and is an expert on mental capacity, deprivation of liberty, and other significant healthcare matters. Additionally, Oliver Studdert specialises in children's rights, public law, and Court of Protection work. The firm has seen a number of partner-level exits to breakaway public and human rights law firm Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP .

Responsables de la pratique:

Yogi Amin

Autres avocats clés:

Mathieu Culverhouse; Oliver Studdert

Les références

Great partners like Mathieu Culverhouse and Yogi Amin mean they get some of the best cases: the real headline grabbers that really make a mark.’

Mathieu Culverhouse is clever and compassionate. A joy to work with. Kirsty Stuart is quite brilliant and really goes the extra mile for her clients.’

Because they are a full-service operation, it is possible to ensure that the interests of a person with impaired capacity are secured everywhere by one team, which is rare, if not unique, amongst solicitors’ firm.’

Yogi Amin continues to be a dominant player in this area, and rightly so.

Principaux clients


Jayne Dawson

Hands Off HRI


Osborne Clarke LLP

The 'exceptional' team at Osborne Clarke LLP acts for private and third sector clients on  judicial reviews, PFIs and PPPs, NHS procurement and outsourcing, and healthcare investment and regulation matters. Head of healthcare, 'stand-out individual' Catherine Wolfenden , is noted for her work advising NHS suppliers on public procurement law, while head of life sciences Will James is a key resource for all matters relating to medicine and healthcare-related IP law. Additionally, partner Simon Hancock acts on infrastructure and outsourcing procurements. In January 2021, partners Rob Hayes and Justin Starling  joined from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP to provide additional expertise on healthcare spin-outs.

Responsables de la pratique:

Catherine Wolfenden; Will James

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Hancock; Rob Hayes; Justin Starling

Les références

The team are exceptional – it’s a true team, in that all of the individuals we deal with are knowledgeable about our business and the nuances of the market. They are excellent partners in inputting into strategic thinking and options. We value the innovations introduced around updating our organisation on procurement law change and and the necessary actions required. We also highly value the Breakfast Briefing sessions run by Osborne Clarke on a variety of relevant topics.’

We have worked with Osborne Clarke for many years and have always been very satisfied with the work they have done for us. The best way of describing them is that we see them as an integral part. We value the knowledge, advice and honesty.’

The team at Osborne Clarke under Catherine Wolfenden is the leading expert on public procurement in the UK. The depth of knowledge, the expertise brought to the issues at hand, the ability of this team to navigate through this sector never fails to pleasantly surprise me. We have used their services for many years and there is no comparison to any other firm. The best money I have ever spent on legal services hands down.’

Catherine Wolfenden is the stand-out individual in this team and her approach, advice, analysis of the situation and results are, in a word,  amazing. Her opinion on complicated procurement matters and her advice is always very considered with her clients’ best interests always top of her thoughts. She may well be the number one top lawyer in the UK in this field.’

Principaux clients

GAMA Healthcare Limited

Universal Health Services Inc

Pegasus Life


Mountain Healthcare

Caledonia Investments

Imtech Low Carbon Solutions Limited

Synova Capital


Colony Capital REIT

Crisp Websites Limited (trading as Pesfix)

Nutricia Limited

Qualasept Limited (trading as Bath ASU)

Lifestory Group Limited

Colony Northstar REIT


Imtech Low Carbon Solutions

hVIVO plc (now part of the Open Orphan Group)

Endeavour Vision

Creo Medical Group

Sandpiper Investments

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Pestfix in the  judicial review of the UK Government’s decision to award a number of valuable PPE contracts to suppliers without competitive tenders.
  • Lead legal adviser for Gama Healthcare Limited. The company is one of the largest suppliers of infection control products to the NHS in the UK, and manufactures disinfectant wipe, Clinell Universal Wipes.
  • Advised UK-based Creo Medical Group plc on the acquisition of Albyn Medical, a Spanish headquartered manufacturer and distributor of gastroenterology (GI), urology and endoscopy products, for an equity value of €24.8m.

Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP

Founded in March 2020 by lawyers from Irwin Mitchell , Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP advises clients in the healthcare sector on public and human rights law matters. With recent involvement in major judicial review cases, as well as welfare cases in Court of Protection and the Special Education Needs tribunal, its work covers mental capacity and the rights of disabled children, as well as cases involving government procurement of PPE. Practice co-heads Anne-Marie Irwin, Alex Rook, and Polly Sweeney all have experience of judicial review matters relating to health and social care, mental capacity, and human rights law. The trio were joined by fellow former Irwin Mitchell lawyers Caroline Barrett and Alice Cullingworth later in the year.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anne-Marie Irwin; Alex Rook; Polly Sweeney

Autres avocats clés:

Caroline Barrett; Alice Cullingworth

Les références

‘Polly Sweeney gave such person-centred care. We had a  very specific request; Polly liaised with the hospital and got us a response that gave us peace of mind.’

‘Polly Sweeney gave the impression of knowing her subject really well, was able to liaise with legal services at the hospital – but also able to speak with a non-legal person (myself) who was feeling very anxious and put me at ease. She was also easily contactable (through Twitter!)’

Principaux clients

Good Law Project Ltd

Every Doctor

The Runnymede Trust

Mark William


The Endocrine Society

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Gendered Intelligence, Brook, and The Endocrine Society in their ongoing intervention in a landmark transgender rights case in the Court of Appeal.
  • Instructed by the Good Law Project in a high-profile judicial review, challenging the award of a contract for the manufacture and supply of rapid Covid-19 antibody test to a group of British organisations with close links to the Government and its advisers.
  • Acted Pro Bono for a disabled man with cerebral palsy in a challenge to NHS England’s Covid-19 Hospital Visitors Guidance as a result of concerns that strict rules on visitors prevented equal access to healthcare for disabled people.


VWV acts for GP practices on a range of healthcare matters, including  partnership agreements, mergers, NHS contracts, and major contract and partnership disputes. Based in Bristol, head of the team Ben Willis is a property specialist, and  advises GP surgeries on freehold and leasehold premises. Oliver Pool specialises in advising GP partnerships on agreements and contractual disputes. Head of the London team, Mark Jarvis , is an expert in M&A and advising on primary dental care contracts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ben Willis; Mark Jarvis

Autres avocats clés:

Oliver Pool

Les références

They know the industry well and are professional and excellent at what they do.’

Polite, courteous and professional- especially Mark Jarvis.’

Very deep sector knowledge (GP practices and healthcare).’

Mark Jarvis and Oliver Poole are very effective and knowledgeable.’

Principaux clients

Meadowcroft Surgery and BK Health Limited