Weightmans bolsters Corporate offering with key partner hire

Mike Clifford is the fifth Partner in three months to join the firm’s Birmingham office as Midlands offering continues to grow

National law firm Weightmans has appointed specialist corporate and healthcare Partner Mike Clifford.

Mike acts for major corporates, private companies and investors on their M&A, joint venture, due diligence and re-organisation mandates. He has particular experience in providing corporate and commercial legal services to private, public and third sector organisations in the healthcare and care industries.

Working closely with Weightmans’ national health and care team comprising 59 lawyers across the firm’s seven offices, Mike is heading up the firm’s Private Health and Care Practice. Mike joins the firm from Capsticks, where for the last 9 years he was Partner and Head of Independent Healthcare, having joined them as a corporate partner from Squire Patton Boggs.

Mike will be working closely with Sarah Knight (pictured), who joined the firm in January from Anthony Collins Solicitors. Sarah is a Solicitor Advocate and specialist in healthcare regulatory law.  She regularly represents NHS Trusts, Care Homes and other publicly or privately private health and care providers in relation to inquests, inquiries, regulatory investigations and regulatory advisory matters.

Weightmans continues to make significant investments to its Birmingham office. Reflecting our clients’ needs, in the last year alone the firm has recruited five new Partners and two Associates to enhance its Regulatory, Built Environment and Commercial practice areas in the last eight months alone – as well launch the firm’s first Court of Protection team.

Mike said:

“Weightmans has an impressive national corporate and commercial practice and a nationally recognised reputation for its work in the health and care markets. As a full service national commercial law firm our clients can benefit from the vast expertise available within the wider firm, and access to some truly first rate lawyers.
“The health and care sectors continue to undergo significant change as they constantly flex and adapt to meet the competing demands of a nation growing older and living with more chronic conditions, the NHS having to provide increasing amounts with less resources, significant and widening workforce gaps within the sectors. 
“I’m aiming to bring my expertise to bear to assist our clients address both the challenges and opportunities presented by these changes. I am delighted to join a firm that shares that ambition and I look forward to working with my colleagues from across the UK in enhancing our reputation as one of the UK’s pre-eminent health and care law firms.”

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