We have a long record of representing NHS organisations dating back many decades and continue to provide general advice and assistance to numerous NHS clients and NHS Foundation Trusts.
We act on a wide range of employment issues, including a volume of part-time pension cases for various NHS Trusts and tribunal claims and appeals. We have had a number of recent successes in getting claims struck out
We also continue to act for senior executives in the sector and have recently successfully negotiated exits for a number of very senior healthcare managers.
In addition to the recent trend for the high-value disposal of surplus land – something that has intensified with the continuing announcement of serious budget cuts in the public sector - we have been assisting several NHS trusts in relation to the major transfer of property that was necessary in connection with the dissolution of PCTs in 2013.
We have worked with PCTs on the property aspects of the transfer of NHS Community Services to a new NHS Foundation Trust, including for one of the largest property portfolios of any former PCT area in England.
This includes negotiating on the property aspects of the business transfer agreement, the procedure for variation of property interests during the life of the community services contract, provisions relating to backlog maintenance, the framework for the FT’s occupation during the life of the community services contract and detailed heads of terms for all properties including maintenance and statutory compliance.
We also advise PFI hospitals on occupational leases to be granted.
We have coordinated the procurement, project management and documentation of six different phases of high value complex construction works at an NHS Foundation Trust. The project was designed to enable all clinical services provided at two hospitals to be consolidated on a single site and is one of the largest non-PFI procurement projects in the NHS.
Completion of the project was followed by the successful resolution of subsequent disputes, demonstrating our considerable track record of working on major NHS projects.
We provide contract advice for NHS Trusts and PCTs, including contracts to use private hospital facilities and letting of facilities to private hospital/surgery teams, as well as advising on contract clauses such as indemnities, confidentiality and copyright.
We have been instructed in relation to several health centre development projects involving partnerships between private and public sector bodies and charities, as well as particular advice on the use of statutory powers.
We advise NHS Foundation Trusts on EU procurement law and related strategies in connection with the appointment of main build contractors. We recommend the most appropriate procurement strategy which can includes advising on the respective benefits of traditional and design and build methods, negotiating final building contracts and consultant appointments, and advising on entitlement to terminate appointment of a contractor for breach of a Joint Venture Agreement.
We are well-known for our ability to handle extremely complex cases at the cross-over between health and safety and employment law. This includes advising both employers and employees on work related stress and depression claims, as well as advising on the health and safety aspects of employment tribunal claims and health and safety related unfair dismissal claims.
The team has experience of assisting its clients through investigations, interviews and subsequent prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executive and other regulatory bodies. We have represented clients’ interests in the Magistrates Court, the Crown Court, the Administrative Court and at Coroner`s Inquests.
We have advised on several new health centre development projects, including partnerships between private and public sector bodies and advising on the use of statutory powers
As well as numerous NHS bodies, our client base includes several major private sector clients and numerous GP Practices.