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  • Overview

    Advice and support for the health sector across a wide range of healthcare issues.

    We are a national healthcare firm, with over 80 specialists , many of whom are recognised for their expertise in the key Legal Directories:

    Our expert team combines legal and medical expertise, with doctors, nurses and other health professionals contributing specialist knowledge.

    Our specialist Healthcare team covers all areas of healthcare and related law and practice, including:

    Medical, surgical and dental malpractice/Clinical negligence

    • We are on NHS Resolution’s panel, acting for over 50 of their Members
    • We also act for a growing body of commercial insurers

    Contact: Rachel Kneale

    Services for NHS commissioners and providers

    • Clinical, corporate and information governance: statutory powers, constitutions and decision making processes, including public consultation; health and safety and risk management policies and processes, including health and safety prosecutions; roles and responsibilities of chief executives and chairs of Trusts; conflicts, crises and other reputation management issues
    • Commercial dispute resolution: contractual disputes, debt recovery, recovery actions, enforcing restrictive covenants, insolvency, judicial reviews
    • Construction and engineering: advice on capital estate decisions regarding funding, procurement and management of contracts
    • Employment: advice on issues such as the Agenda for Change, governance, the Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS) framework and the role of regulatory professional bodies and cost improvements plans (CIPs) in delivering change
    • Foundation Trust applications
    • Healthcare advisory: FOI requests, DPA, Duty of candour 
    • Healthcare regulation: advising in relation to CQC inspections; HSE investigations
    • Inquests: specialist support and expert insights through all stages of the coronial process 
    • Judicial Reviews: from compliance with pre-action protocols, to representation at the full hearing 
    • Mental health: Human Rights Act, treatment of children in detention, assessment of capacity, best interest decisions, community treatment orders and confidentiality; tribunal law procedure and representation; homicide inquiries and representation at inquests involving patients detained under the Mental Health Act; advising on capacity to manage finances, entry into sexual relations; deprivation of liberty and restraint; the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and applications to the Court of Protection
    • Procurement 
    • Real estate: advising on real estate issues across the healthcare market place 
    • Risk management: relating to data protection and freedom of information.

    Contact: Richard Jolly

    Services for General Practitioners, Dentists and other healthcare professionals

    • Core partnership advice 
    • Practice mergers
    • Partnership disputes and partner retirements
    • GMS/PMS and APMS contract matters
    • Governance issues
    • Integration projects 
    • Partnership federations, and JV projects
    • Property law for new surgery developments, surgery acquisition and disposal, landlord and tenant, service charge disputes
    • Rent reviews, premises costs directions issues and GP property finance
    • Complex employment and pensions issues
    • CQC registration and other governance and regulatory issues
    • Private client, including family, divorce and Wills

    Contact: Edwina Farrell

    Medical defence

    • We have a dedicated team of medical defence specialists, acting for Doctors, Dentists and other healthcare professionals in all aspects of defence, including: fitness to practise procedures conducted by their regulatory body, hearings before the Interim Orders Tribunal, Medical Practitioners Tribunal, and their equivalents; disciplinary and capability procedures; inquests; criminal procedures; injunction and judicial review proceedings
    • Acting via defence organisations - we are instructed by medical and dental defence organisations to represent individual members in all aspects of defence. 
    • Acting on private instructions in the absence of defence cover - we accept instructions on a private basis from individual practitioners in circumstances where the practitioner either falls outside the discretionary assistance of their defence organisation, or where the practitioner is not a member of a defence organisation.

    Contact: James Rowley

    The team is on the consortia for HealthTrust Europe, NHS Commercial Alliance, NHS Resolution, NHS Shared Business Services and NHS North of England.

    Call our dedicated phone number for healthcare enquiries out of hours, we're here 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 0151 243 9830.

    • Ranked Band 1 for "Clinical Negligence: Mainly Defendant" – Chambers and Partners 2019.
    • Ranked Band 2 for "Healthcare" – Chambers and Partners 2019.
    • Ranked Band 2 for "Healthcare: Mental Health: Providers" – Chambers and Partners 2019.

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    Services Testimonials

    Weightmans' team "has excellent knowledge of the healthcare sector" and expertise in advising a number of public bodies and NHS clients "means they are well-placed to provide the type of service needed by public bodies".

    Legal 500 2019

    Weightmans is "immensely committed to providing the best service available, working above and beyond expectations."

    Legal 500 2019

    "They provide excellent service and knowledgeable teams – they are a big firm that still manages to ensure that you feel important to them no matter who you deal with."

    Chambers & Partners 2018

    Weightmans LLP is 'excellent across the board; each and every member of the team operates to the same high standard'.

    Legal 500 2017

    Weightmans LLP’s group is 'one of the strongest performers in the sector' and has 'a good understanding of commercial challenges in high-value claims'. It assists major clients, including NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups and community trusts, with various matters, including regulatory and employment issues.

    Legal 500 2017
    Publications
    COVID-19 and personal protective equipment: What you need to know

    Employers across all sectors including retail and transport have been turning their minds to how best to protect the health of their workers who are…

    Anna Naylor Principal Associate
    Insights
    COVID-19: its effect on mental health services

    It is hoped that changes made to the Mental Health Act 1983 (“MHA”), Care Act 2014 and the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 will ease…


    Insights
    Actions to take now for life after COVID-19

    The number of coronavirus infections within the UK is not due to peak until May or June, with the crisis expected to last until next Spring

    David Birch
    David Birch Partner

    Insights
    COVID-19 | The increased demands on healthcare professionals

    In these unprecedented times, it is clear that the next few months will present a significant level of challenge for the NHS.


    Insights
    Careful considerations for healthcare practitioners during COVID-19

    Our NHS is already overwhelmed in many areas, providers will have to consider the best methods of service delivery to a greater number of patients.

    Edwina Farrell
    Edwina Farrell Partner

    Insights
    Coronavirus Bill: second reading

    Concern and anger are growing that this warning of social distancing has been widely ignored over the weekend as many people took to their local parks…


    Insights
    Coroners’ inquests: a ‘postcode lottery’?

    Within a recent briefing, a UK medical defence organisation has criticised the current coronial system in England and Wales.

    Jessica Swift Associate

    Insights
    Disclosure to non-patients: the balancing act between competing interests

    The High Court’s decision in ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS trust [2020] EWHC 455

    Rachel Kneale
    Rachel Kneale Partner

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