Rebecca Hainsworth

What Rebecca can do for you

Rebecca advises NHS bodies and other public and private sector organisations on a wide range of commercial and competition law matters. Rebecca is currently advising on transactional and merger control issues in several anticipated mergers involving NHS trusts and foundation trusts. Since joining Hempsons in 2017 Rebecca has advised on a number of mergers including the completed merger of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, which was the first merger to the cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority on relevant customer benefits at Phase 2. Rebecca is also working with numerous providers and commissioners on the development of their models for accountable care systems / organisations.

On completing her studies in 2013 Rebecca joined Monitor (now part of NHS Improvement) as part of the co-operation and competition directorate. Whilst there Rebecca worked on a number of investigations into the commissioning of NHS services and operation of patient choice under the National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No.2) Regulations 2013. Rebecca went on to train in-house at Monitor, with secondments to the Care Quality Commission and Government Legal Department where she completed seats in adult social care regulation and immigration judicial review respectively.

On qualification Rebecca joined the NHS Improvement legal team advising on a wide range of regulatory and governance matters including the assessment of NHS trusts for NHS foundation trust status, investigation and enforcement under the NHS provider licence, regulation under the single oversight framework, transactions involving NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts, and licensing of independent providers. Rebecca also advised on internal procurement and contracting matters.

Having graduated in 2009 in anatomy and human biology, Rebecca completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course whilst working as a healthcare commercial paralegal.

Main areas of expertise

  • Competition
  • Transactions
  • NHS commissioning and procurement
  • Governance
  • Judicial review

The clients she works with

  • NHS trusts
  • NHS foundation trusts
  • Clinical commissioning groups

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