Healthtech advice line

Hempsons’ 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 ‘Healthtech advice line’ or email

We recognise the vital role that medical devices and technologies play in the health sector.  It is a highly innovative field, but one with a fast-changing regulatory and commercial landscape which requires careful navigation and benefits from expert advice.

We have advised health technology companies, universities, clinicians and hospitals in relation to regulatory, commercial and intellectual property issues in this sector.

Our experience includes the following:

  • Advising companies on a wide range of regulatory and compliance issues relating to medical devices and IVDs
  • Advising on the development and regulation of health apps, including the provision of advice to app developers, NHS clinical networks, and healthcare providers
  • Acting for a global company in its acquisition of a majority stake in an English company (including the negotiation of complex Shareholders Agreement and Articles of Association), followed by a reorganisation involving a transfer of assets and business from one of its Scottish subsidiaries to its newly acquired English subsidiary
  • Advising companies on the intellectual property protection of medical devices, and the licensing and exploitation of that intellectual property
  • Advising all major acute NHS Trusts in Yorkshire and Humber on the procurement and provision and maintenance of telemedicine solutions to enable the remote diagnosis of Stroke patients
  • Drafting and negotiating distribution arrangements for medical devices (both nationally and internationally)
  • Drafting and negotiating evaluation and testing agreements for medical devices and diagnostic tests
  • Advising in relation to the regulation of e-cigarettes
  • Acting in relation to a judicial review concerning the application and interpretation of the EU IVD Directive
  • Advising the EU CEN working group on the electronic coding and traceability framework for human tissues and cells across the EU

As well as offering specialist services to the life sciences sector we also offer support on healthtech issues to other NHS and healthcare organisations.


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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 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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