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Technology is transforming the delivery, consumption and outcomes of healthcare – whether that be through artificial intelligence (AI), databases, applications, products, mobile applications or wearable technology; and innovations in this area will create yet more opportunities for disruptive technology in the field of health care.

With these opportunities come legal issues and challenges, particularly in the areas of data privacy, cyber security, patient confidentiality and international data transfers. Misuse of information is a significant risk and the cost of a breach goes beyond financial loss, impacting brand, reputation and trust.

Intellectual property (IP) is another complex area, particularly when different providers are used for designing and hosting websites and developing the software, such as customer portals and mobile applications. It is essential to properly document the IP ownership from the beginning, yet often these arrangements evolve organically and the legal documentation may not always catch up.

We combine an award-winning commercial health team, comprised of health sector specialist advisors, with our leading technology, IT and outsourcing team; who have a wealth of expertise in commercial law specialities such as IT and technology, IP and brand protection, and data protection and privacy. Our commercial team regularly advise on large scale, critical, complex IT transactions, providing end-to-end solutions in the technology sphere.

We work collaboratively with our clients and take the time to understand their individual requirements, objectives, deadlines, financial and other pressures. This enables us to develop long-term partnerships with our clients and we continue to provide added value by keeping them up-to-date with the latest legal developments in this area through regular bulletins, seminars and online training.

HealthTech expertise

  • Corporate transactional advice - we regularly advise independent sector health and social care providers on mergers, acquisitions and disposals including due diligence, financing and structuring and reorganisations.
  • Commercial - we advise on a broad scope of commercial work including business to business agreements.
  • IP and brand protection - we advise on national and international intellectual property and brand protection strategies.
  • IT/ outsourcing and procurement - we provide procurement, contractual and IT/ outsourcing advice in relation to large-scale health procurement projects, including the application of NHS contracts and public procurement rules to independent sector clients.
  • Joint venture vehicles and partnerships - typical projects involve providers partnering with NHS trusts to deliver services under the new care models or with housing associations in supported living arrangements, we scope the objectives, advise on the best form, draft the partnership, collaboration, joint venture (JV) or research and development (R&D) agreements and advise on sub-contracting or prime contracting arrangements.

  • Trading terms and conditions - we have broad experience in advising, negotiating and drafting contracts for every stage of the business lifecycle from some of the largest IT transactions on the market to the contracts underpinning the commercial relations of an emerging health tech business. 
  • Data protection and cyber security - we have a highly experienced team of data protection and cyber security lawyers who are able to provide pragmatic legal advice on compliance with GDPR. Our team has worked with many health professionals in the UK.
  • Information governance and regulatory issues - we specialise in providing detailed governance advice, particularly in respect of healthcare governance that applies equally to independent sector providers.
  • Banking and refinancing - our dedicated banking team advise on debt and equity financing and refinancing for transactional or organisational purposes as well as high-value restructuring projects.

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Training and events


Mock Inquest training sessions ON24 webinar platform

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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Health & Care Connect East Midlands Conference Centre, Beeston Lane, Nottingham NG7 2RJ

Our conference will connect leaders, executives and professionals from across the health and care sector to discuss the challenges, opportunities and strategies for delivering services, resilience and looking after our people in the new world.

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