Hempsons, leading national law firm for the health and social care, life sciences, charity and social enterprise sectors, has won the award for best legal advisor (public) in the 2016 LaingBuisson Awards.
The LaingBuisson Awards recognise and celebrate industry excellence and innovative services in the public, private and third sectors. Leaders from across the sector come together to hear and celebrate each other’s successes. This year’s awards were the biggest yet, providing further evidence of the growth and success of UK health and care services. Hosted by writer, broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth, the event was held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, on 29 November.
The legal advisor awards recognise excellence in the provision of legal services to the sector, with a focus on relevant transactions, clients or matters. Said Janice Barber, senior partner at Hempsons: “Hempsons has advised on some truly ground-breaking projects in the health, social care and life science sectors this year. We are delighted to be recognised by our peers and by colleagues across the sector with this award.” Projects have included:
First regulatory approval for germline gene editing in the world: Hempsons acted for The Francis Crick Institute on its successful application for an HFEA research licence to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology in human embryo.
First Innovation Partnership: Hempsons advised Greater Manchester Academic Health and Science Network on the running of an innovation partnership procedure to develop a new IT solution across Greater Manchester, the first such procurement under the new Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in the country. (Read more here)
Regulation of mitochondrial DNA transfer technology: Hempsons acted for The Wellcome Trust on the regulation of mitochondrial DNA transfer technology, including advising on draft Regulations (now law).
Manchester Devolution: Hempsons advised the 12 Greater Manchester CCGs on implementing the proposals for devolution of health and social care in Greater Manchester.
New Care Models: Hempsons worked across numerous departments advising Salford Royal NHSFT and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust on pioneering new care models for integration of health and social care services. (Read more here and here)
Primary Care Super Partnership: Hempsons advised on the establishment of Our Health Partnership (OHP), a super partnership formed by the merger of 35 GP practices in Birmingham to respond to the challenges of the changing NHS. (Read more here)