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Overview

Our healthcare lawyers will support your business in making the most of the opportunities in the health and social care sector.

With lawyers who have worked in-house for independent healthcare providers, we can work as a true extension of your team, providing clear, practical and informed advice.  We will work with you to address the challenges that you face head on, helping you compete in a financially challenging and highly regulated market.

We specialise in advising our clients during a tender process, helping to maximise the chance of success by supporting their bid strategy and the commercial offering. We also help our healthcare clients respond to errors in a procurement process, advising on legal challenges (including urgent responses during the standstill period). Our healthcare team also includes specialist real estate and corporate lawyers, who support our clients as they grow their businesses, including in relation to mergers, acquisitions, disposals and exits.

Above all else, we take the time to understand your business and your objectives to put together a team and a service tailored to deliver the best outcomes.  

Areas of focus

Our expertise in the healthcare sector includes the following:

  • Commercial contracts and bid support.
  • Public procurement including procurement challenges and judicial review.
  • Monitor investigations.
  • Technology and intellectual property.
  • Real estate matters.
  • Employment and pensions services.
  • Mergers and acquisitions.
Experience

Advising Virgin Care, an independent provider of over 230 free NHS and social care services across the UK, in relation to procurement, contract and real estate matters.

Advising Cobalt Health, a leading provider of PET/CT scanning services, on its service agreements and lease arrangements with NHS and third party providers. Our work has included advising on its contractual arrangements with an NHS Trust and in support of its tender to be appointed on a new NHS England Framework Agreement.

Providing legal support to many aspects of Oasis Healthcare's business. Our work has included advising on the acquisition of the Den Dental Group and Total Orthodontics. We have also advised on PDS and GDS contracts between Oasis and the NHS Commissioning Board.

Advising an international procurement agent on its tender to support the Department of Health's fund for fighting antimicrobial resistance in 25 countries across the globe.

Advising Mental Health Care (UK) Limited on its acquisition of a portfolio of independent hospitals and care homes from Regency Hospitals Limited and on its acquisition of Young Foundations Limited, the mental health care home provider.

Providing real estate advice to Somerset Care Limited relating to its portfolio of 31 care homes. Our work includes the acquisition of existing care home businesses, acquiring development sites and the development of new care homes, negotiating new leases of care homes from Councils and private landlords and working with the company to develop its new extra care apartment offering.

Advising Medical Services Ltd on a regulated procurement challenge in the High Court (TCC) against the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust concerning non-emergency services.

Advising the healthcare division of a global services provider in relation to the healthcare application of radioactive sources and other regulatory issues arising from its UK and EU production facilities.

Advising Tascor Services on its successful tenders to provide non-emergency patient transport services to local authorities across the UK.

Advising apetito, a national provider of food to the NHS and wider public sector. Our advice has included advising on potential breaches of procurement law by NHS Supply Chain in its establishment of a new framework agreement for the supply of food services to NHS Trusts across the country.

Advising the shareholders of a leading domiciliary care provider in North Wales on the sale of the company to a national domiciliary and live-in care provider.

Advising a medical equipment supplier in its efforts to challenge the decision of an NHS Trust to exclude it from a competition for an alleged failure to comply with a requirement, which had not been clearly stated in the invitation to tender. The competition was suspended and our client was re-admitted to the tender process.

Meet the team
Patrick Parkin

Patrick Parkin Legal Director

  • Healthcare
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Commercial
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and State Aid
  • Projects
Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson Partner

  • Head of Transport
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Health and Safety
Will Woodall

Will Woodall Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Real Estate Investors
  • Healthcare
Mark Shepherd

Mark Shepherd Partner

  • Head of Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Healthcare

Key contact

Patrick Parkin

Patrick Parkin Legal Director

  • Healthcare
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Commercial

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