Life Science and Healthtech advice line

Hempsons’ life science and healthtech advice line is open between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Our team of experts offers the health and life sciences sector up to 20 minutes free legal advice.

Simply telephone our team co-ordinator on 01423 724102 for 20 minutes free legal advice quoting the ‘Life Science and Healthtech advice line’ or email

New technologies, digital services and other innovations are transforming healthcare and offering the potential to deliver significant benefits to both patients and taxpayers.

Technology and innovation will play a key role in the ability of the public and private health and social care sectors to deliver more efficient, flexible and higher quality services.

The NHS should “make better use of digital services and technology to transform patients’ and their carers’ access to and use of health and care, including online access to their personal health records.”

The Government’s mandate to NHS England for 2017-18

Alongside great opportunities, the rise of healthtech comes with its own unique set of challenges for the public health and care organisations and technology companies and innovators participating in the sector. We’ve identified some of the key questions you may be asking:

Intellectual property: How do I make sure that I have the IP protection that I need so that I have an edge over my competitors? Does my IP exploitation strategy make legal as well as commercial sense?

Regulation and compliance: What are the regulatory requirements for new healthcare technologies? Who do we need approvals from and how do we go about it?

Procurement: How do public health and social care organisations procure innovative solutions and adopt technological solutions faster? As a technology company/innovator, who is the buyer and how do we engage with them?

Collaboration: What are the pros and cons of forming collaborations? How do we share and allocate risks and responsibilities with our partners?

If you’re thinking of starting a healthcare business, see our dedicated page for Healthcare Startups, which covers in more detail some of the key issues you’ll need to consider from a legal, commercial and regulatory perspective.

We also have significant expertise in providing legal services to the life sciences sector. Please see our dedicated pages for further information about our experience and the services we offer.

Advising Manchester Academic Health and Science Network on the “Datawell” project to identify a partner to work with the network to develop, implement and exploit a new IT solution to share data across network members. This project uses the new innovation partnership procurement procedure under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015

Advising on development of healthcare apps for patients, including advising NHS Northern England Strategic Clinical Networks on its Deciding Right app for making care decisions and NHS South East Commissioning Support Unit on its Health Help Now app to enable users to find the right service for their health needs.

Advising NHS Foundation Trusts in the North West and Yorkshire on contracts for Clinical Information Services, Picture Archive and Communications Systems and Electronic Patients Records systems.

Advising the EU CEN working group on the development of an electronic coding and traceability framework for human tissue and cells across the EU.

Advising an independent hospital on IT physical infrastructure design and consultation services, IT security consultancy services, and IT data centre services.

Advising an NHS Commissioning Support Unit on an IT contract for the provision of Business Intelligence Servers and the hosting of a new Oracle platform called off from the G-Cloud framework.

Advising SH:24, a start-up social enterprise working in Lambeth and Southwark on provision of online sexual and reproductive health services integrated into existing local NHS services.

Advising all the major acute NHS Trusts across the Yorkshire and Humber area to procure the provision and maintenance of telemedicine solutions to enable remote diagnosis of Stroke patients.

Drafting written representations and representing IVF clinics before the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Licence Committee and Appeal Committee.

Advising in relation to the first licence application to use gene editing technologies in human embryos.

Advising companies on the intellectual property protection of medical devices, and the licensing and exploitation of that intellectual property.

Acting for a UK based pharmaceutical company in relation to the acquisition of a drug research, development and licensing business with a large portfolio of on-going research projects, IP and product dossiers.

How can we help you?

Our team can support you to answer your questions, combining strong commercial and regulatory advice for public and private healthcare organisations.

Our services include advice on:

  • Intellectual property
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Data protection and information governance
  • Public procurement of technology solutions for healthcare
  • Contracting and regulatory advice for medical devices, IVDs and online platforms for healthcare services
  • IT joint ventures, partnerships and collaborations
  • Contracting, IP and regulatory advice for start-ups
  • Corporate investments and funding
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate
  • Employment
  • Disputes resolution
  • Life Sciences

Advice packages available:

  • Start-up package
  • Pre-funding package
  • Training packages
  • IP audit
  • Website healthcheck
  • Mobile app development and licensing
  • Software licences and development
  • Website development agreements and terms of use

For more information on any of the above services, please contact Jamie Foster or Gill Hall.



Key Contacts

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Jamie Foster

Partner, London
Corporate, Commercial
020 7484 7594
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Gill Hall

Partner, Newcastle
IP Media and Technology
0191 230 6056
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James Lawford Davies

Partner, London
Corporate, Commercial
0207 484 7580
07540 123 518