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Specialist healthcare lawyers

We are specialist healthcare lawyers offering exceptional service to health and social-care providers, commissioners and regulators across the country. Our experience in both the private and public sectors means we are a trusted advisor to over 100 NHS bodies, more than 150 local authorities and many independent providers.

Our clients choose to stay with us because of our extensive sector knowledge, accessible advice, progressive approach and our commitment to delivering exceptional service as standard.

With a large team of healthcare solicitors operating nationwide, you can rely on us whether you need assistance on a national or local scale. We’re sure our specialist, pragmatic and bespoke healthcare legal advice will help you to achieve the results you are looking for.

What healthcare legal advice do you offer?

We aim to provide the very best healthcare legal advice across all our partnerships – which is why our top 20 clients have been working with us for an average of 13 years. With a large team of over 120 legal professionals, we have one of the largest healthcare law practices in England, allowing us to provide a full-service offering to our clients.

We can help with all areas of healthcare law including: public and private disputes (including complaints involving the Ombudsman, media and/or MPs), community care and safeguarding involving the Care Act 2014, criminal regulatory and CQC (including enforcement of the Fundamental Standards and corporate manslaughter), the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, due diligence, governance and legislative framework, the Mental Health Act 1983, capacity consent and treatment, public and administrative law, and STPs and ICSs.

We can also offer advice on the following areas of healthcare law:

Why choose Browne Jacobson healthcare solicitors?

We are one of the largest teams of healthcare lawyers in England - and are a trusted advisor to hundreds of healthcare providers and regulators in both the public and private sectors.

Our dedicated team of healthcare lawyers will always be on hand to provide specialist support and health law expertise. Whether your organisation needs assistance with a clinical negligence dispute, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards or any of our other services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our five regional centres across England.

Alternatively, call 0370 270 6000 and our expert health law specialists can provide a tailored quote in line with your individual organisational requirements.

What the directories say...



They deliver practical solutions for our organisation with an individual personal service and I would recommend them highly to other healthcare organisations.

Legal 500 2021


Market commentators highlight the firm for its "strong independent health practice."

Another market source says: "They are reliable and provide a good cost-effective service."

Chambers 2020

Legal updates

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018: Statutory guidance for NHS organisations in England and police forces in England and Wales

On 1 November 2018, the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 (“the Act”) received Royal Assent , however a commencement dated for the full implementation date of the Act has not yet been provided.

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Legal updates

CQC’s strategy from 2021 launch - an interesting start but much more to come

This strategy heralds wholesale changes to the way the CQC interacts with health providers, so what should providers do now?

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Legal updates

Care Quality Commission (CQC) prosecution outcomes highlight ongoing trends

In the last three months, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has concluded three prosecution cases relating to unsafe care and treatment.

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Legal updates

Shared insights: The Paterson Inquiry: learning for the healthcare system

Implications for in-house legal, patient safety, clinical governance, workforce culture and large-scale reviews.

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Related opinions

Mencap case: No entitlement to National Minimum Wage for sleep-in shifts

In a pivotal and much anticipated judgment for the social care sector, the Supreme Court has ruled that workers are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage for all time spent on a sleep-in shift.

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Chief Coroner Guidance - R (on the application of Maughan)

The Chief Coroner has helpfully published new guidance in the form of Law Sheet 6, dealing with the judgment of R (on the application of Maughan) v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire.

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EU has published a redacted version of its contract with UK drug maker AstraZeneca to procure the Covid-19 vaccine

The EU has published a redacted version of its contract with UK drug maker AstraZeneca to procure the Covid-19 vaccine.

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Increasing organisational resilience in maternity services

On 12 November 2020, the HSIB published its latest national investigation report on maternity safety - what are the likely implications for maternity services?

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Training and events

17Jun

Virtual mock inquest training sessions Online

This is an important training course for practising clinicians and any NHS professionals who would benefit from understanding the inquest process, including those working in clinical governance and risk, complaints, family liaison and in-house legal teams.

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29Jun

Shared insights – safeguarding forum: chronic eating disorders Online

Join us for our next shared insights safeguarding forum on Tuesday 29 June 2021, focusing on chronic eating disorders and looking at the patient journey from hospital back to the community.

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