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Overview

Our specialist healthcare lawyers provide clear, innovative and commercial advice across the health and social care sector.

We focus on advising independent, private-sector care providers and their funders to help meet the challenges of a constantly evolving and highly regulated sector. As trusted advisors to some of the UK’s largest private sector care providers, banks and equity providers, we can help you to make the most of the opportunities for your business.

As a full service law firm, we can support all of your legal needs – but we have particular strengths in advising in relation to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt and equity finance and real estate matters, in healthcare, social care and the retirement living sector. Our market-leading healthcare procurement team has advised on some of the most complex and high profile matters in the UK, advising providers to the NHS and local authorities on how to successfully tender for care contracts. We regularly act for healthcare clients in challenges and disputes for relating to non-compliant procurement procedures. 

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

Areas of focus

Our expertise in the healthcare sector includes advising in relation to the following:

  • Corporate governance.
  • Care home and healthcare consolidations, acquisitions and disposals.
  • Joint ventures.
  • Debt and equity finance.
  • Real estate.
  • Tendering for NHS and local authority contracts.
  • Procurement and commercial disputes.
  • Supply chain contracts.
  • Regulatory matters.
  • Technology and intellectual property.
  • Employment and pensions services.
  • Planning and Construction.
  • State aid and grant funding.
Experience

Advising the University of Oxford in relation to its joint venture partnership with the US-based Mayo Clinic and Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, to form a strategic relationship to drive advances in medical research, education and patient care.

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

We also advised on the establishment and provide ongoing support Virgin Care’s new health and wellbeing service, Virgin Care Private.

Advising HSBC Bank and Bank Leumi (UK) on a £125 million revolving credit facility to Audley Group, the leading provider of retirement living homes to refinance existing facilities with AIG, Bank Leumi and Coutts and to fund existing and future developments of Audley Group's retirement villages.

Advising Optegra Eye Healthcare, a leading international provider of ophthalmology services, in relation to its acquisition of Arnott Eye Associates, a renowned Harley Street practice.

Advising JLT, one of the world's leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services, on its acquisition of Chartwell Healthcare Ltd, the private medical insurance broker serving UK SME clients.

Advising Somerset Care in relation to its portfolio of 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 extra care apartment offering.

Providing legal support to many aspects of Oasis Healthcare's (now BUPA Dental) 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 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.

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.

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

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 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

Healthcare

They have embraced fully our initiative, and understand our goals and objectives, constraints and pressures. We are exceptionally pleased with their work.
International healthcare provider

Key contact

Patrick Parkin

Patrick Parkin Director

  • Healthcare
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Commercial

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