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new health partner joins Browne Jacobsons Manchester office

5 April 2017
Browne Jacobson’s Manchester office has appointed leading health and public law partner, Gerard Hanratty, into its expanding health sector team.

Ranked in Legal 500 for his administrative and public law work, Gerard joins from Capsticks Solicitors in London where he headed up both the public law & health team and the information law team.  

The appointment will support the growth of the firm’s healthcare law practice regionally and nationally which is considered one of the leading in the country by independent experts Chambers UK.

Gerard’s expertise includes advising NHS trusts, commissioners, private healthcare providers and various public bodies on a broad range of issues including health service reconfiguration matters, issues relating to operating as a foundation trust, information governance arrangements and policies and regulatory issues. He has also supported NHS bodies and independent inquiries on various legal concerns when they are investigating NHS bodies governance arrangements.  

Browne Jacobson’s health law team is a recognised leader in the provision of legal services to the health and social care sector and is a trusted adviser to over 50 NHS bodies, acute trusts and hospital groups, mental health and well-being trusts, ambulance trusts, commissioning organisations, health regulators, clinical litigation organisations, private sector providers. They are panel members of many of the public sector purchasing consortia.

Gerard will also work closely with the firm’s public sector practice which has an extensive public sector client portfolio that includes, amongst others, the Crown Commercial Service the Cabinet Office, Department for Business, Energy &Industrial Strategy, Department for Work & Pensions, Welsh Government and Natural England.

Simon Tait, partner and head of health at Browne Jacobson said: 

“It is fantastic to have someone of Gerard’s experience on board. He is a high-calibre lawyer with a top quality skill set. He has fantastic experience in both the health and public sector, with a deep understanding of the challenges faced within the current NHS landscape which will be a real advantage to our existing and prospective client base, both locally and nationally.”

Gerard Hanratty added: 

“Browne Jacobson has a first rate reputation for their health and public sector legal work and I am very excited to have the opportunity to build on that by continuing to give high quality legal advice and exceptional service to our clients both in the North West region and UK wide.”

Over the last five years Browne Jacobson’s Manchester office has seen significant headcount growth since its opening in February 2012 and posted impressive financial results with 25 per cent growth for 2015/16.

Towards the end of 2017 the firm will move its Manchester office to No.1 Spinningfields, quadrupling its existing office accommodation. The move coincides with its plans to expand its service offering in the North West, grow its headcount and continue to deliver exceptional client service to its growing public and private sector client base.

This latest appointment takes the number of fee earners across Browne Jacobson’s five office network to 500.


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