What we do

We act for over 200 NHS bodies across the country, working with trusts, foundation trusts, CCGs and other national and local bodies. Our leading lawyers advise on the full range of legal services needed by NHS organisations, from procurement law challenges through to urgent treatment cases.

Our lawyers have been closely involved in many of the key legal issues to affect the NHS in recent years, including Manchester devolution, the reorganisation in South East London, ground-breaking treatment cases, NHS England’s lead provider framework. Our expertise is currently enabling bodies all over the country to find ways to integrate and work closely together to help achieve the goals set for their STP area. We have created an Integrated Care Resource Centre to help NHS bodies find our own resources on the subject.

NHS trusts and foundation trusts

We work with approximately 120 trusts and foundation trusts nationwide, providing unrivalled strength in depth for our clients to help them meet the challenges they face, dealing with workforce, competition law, procurement challenges, major projects and strategic estates partnerships, as well as a raft of “day to day” legal problems that our experts can solve more quickly and more cost effectively than others can.


Commissioners have faced a variety of novel challenges since the 2013 reorganisation. We have been closely involved throughout in assisting CCGs to operate efficiently and adapt quickly to their seemingly ever-changing landscape. We are currently working with many CCGs on the challenges brought about by the push for integration.

Other NHS bodies

In addition to commissioners and providers, we work closely with a number of central NHS “system” organisations, offering top-level strategic guidance to help the leaders of these organisations steer the NHS through perhaps the most difficult circumstances it has faced since its inception.

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  • Datawell project

    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.

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  • Development of healthcare apps

    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.

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  • Setting up GP provider organisations and federations

    Advising General Practitioners across the country on transforming primary care by setting up over 50 GP provider organisations or federations to extend primary and out of hospital care services; these organisations represent a patient population in excess of 12 million and include Iceni Healthcare with 174 Practices across Norfolk and Waveney, Somerset Primary Care (94 Practices) and BIG Practice (Birmingham Integrated General Practice) of over 100 Practices.

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  • Setting up new healthcare businesses

    Advising entrepreneurs on setting up new healthcare businesses including businesses delivering primary and community health services, medical services for foreign visitors to the UK and supplying locum doctors and nurses, including via online marketplace/gig economy models.

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MHA in acute care: a practical guide

Webinar full - sign up to receive the recording. In this free webinar, healthcare associate Clementine Robertshaw will look at practical issues around the use of the Mental Health Act in acute settings.

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