Healthcare law

Our healthcare specialist lawyers provide legal advice to numerous health sector clients on a wide variety of issues.

Main areas of practice

Our highly experienced lawyers provide expert assistance on:

  • Healthcare law
  • Medical law
  • Regulatory law
  • Clinical risk
  • Vires issues
  • Compliance and governance
  • Policy interpretation from legislative change


Clients we have successfully acted for and advised include:

Department of Health Commissioning Support Units
Care Quality Commission Acute and Foundation Trusts
NHS England Nursing & Midwifery Council
NHS Wales Human Tissue Authority
Clinical Commissioning Groups Strategic Health Authorities
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority 

Examples of how our healthcare legal experts have helped clients include:

  • Advising the NHS Litigation Authority, in conjunction with the Department of Health, on specialist healthcare regulatory matters for 15 Department of Health organisations.
  • Providing urgent advice to the HTA on an approved live organ transplant. Prior to the transplant being carried out, information was received which suggested a material change under Regulation 13 (1) (b) of the Human Tissue Act 2004 (Persons who Lack Capacity to Consent and Transplants) Regulations 2006. Timely advice was given as to the ability to carry out an investigation involving an independent assessor without the need for any formal consideration. The investigation undertaken reaffirmed the decision of the donor to proceed and avoided any delay in the transplant being carried out.
  • Advising the HFEA in relation to harvesting and storage of sperm for posthumous use in treatment services. The gamete provider had been admitted to hospital suffering from a sudden and serious illness and was brain dead. His gametes were harvested pursuant to an emergency order of the High Court. It was subsequently established that no written effective consent to storage had been given and that the gametes could not be lawfully used in treatment services in the UK. Advice was given in relation to bringing a swift end to the proceedings in the High Court and to consideration of an application for a Special Direction authorising the use of the gametes in treatment services abroad.
  • Acting for the Nursing and Midwifery Council to investigate fitness to practise cases involving nurses and midwives.

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