With a crucial role in society, the healthcare sector is under constant scrutiny from the public, regulators, clinical practitioners and governments.

When healthcare organisations need lawyers who understand the commercial priorities, regulatory backdrop and challenges facing the sector, they turn to our specialist team.

The fast-paced and innovative nature of the industry, calls for a legal team that:

  • Provides sector insight and know-how - new medical advances occur daily. You need lawyers who operate at the forefront of this dynamic sector, helping you to keep abreast of the issues.
  • Operates on a global scale - healthcare is becoming increasingly international. Lawyers need to understand the interplay between jurisdictions and share best practice.
  • Navigates the highly regulated landscape - government and regulatory scrutiny is at an all-time high. Increased potential liability relating to your products and services demands high-quality legal advice.

As trusted advisers to some of the sector's biggest players, this is exactly what Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co provides through our dedicated Healthcare practice.

We give clients a comprehensive healthcare offering. Our team includes healthcare specialists in commissioning, outsourcing, corporate M&A, capital markets, regulatory, data protection, commercial, IP, employment, banking and procurement law.

Our team includes lawyers with a focus on the following areas within healthcare:

  • Public sector
  • Private sector
  • Competition
  • eHealth
  • Regulatory

Public sector

The Health and Social Care Act signals the biggest shake-up in the healthcare system since the creation of the NHS. The pressure is on to provide services that are accessible and high-quality in tandem with cutting costs.

From strategic projects through to joint ventures, social enterprises, procurement support and employment-related advice, our team is helping the UK Government offer greater choice and flexibility in the provision of healthcare.

The team has recently worked with Cambridge and Peterborough CCG to complete the largest contract in NHS history. The £800 million contract has been awarded to UnitingCare Partnership, formed by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It will seek to improve older people’s healthcare and adult community services across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and parts of Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire.

Private sector

In the private sector, the team boasts industry knowledge and technical expertise, with sector specialists including Karima Hudson, Jon Lent, Andy Stylianou and Ian Piggin.

Leading private healthcare providers and investors call upon our team's M&A, capital markets, finance and private equity experts to deliver major transactions.

We also have extensive experience in advising clients in the care home sector, including those involved in residential care homes, retirement villages and homes for people in need of psychiatric or dementia care.

The team boasts significant experience of advising borrowers and lenders on care home, LD, domiciliary care and specialist unit acquisition and development financings, as well as on the financing and development of private hospitals.

Highlights of our private healthcare experience includes advising:

  • Formation Capital LLC on its acquisition (and related financing) of the of NHP Group/HC One for £477 million
  • On the sale of Cygnet Health to Universal Health Services
  • Golden House on its £30 million acquisition of St Cloud Care
  • On the sale and leaseback to a US Reit of the Circle Hospital in Bath
  • Circle Group on a cash placing and subscription to raise £47.5 million and in relation to a group-wide reorganisation and streamlining of their real estate and business operations and on the sale of one of their larger hospitals
  • St Martin’s Healthcare Limited, a subsidiary of HCA Holdings Inc, in relation to its recommended cash offer for PLUS-quoted General Medical Clinics Plc
  • Regard Holdings Limited on the £71 million re-financing of existing debt, which involved an intra-group reorganisation
  • Voyage Care on its £8.5 million plus earn out acquisition of Partners in Specialist Care, a provider of home-based nursing for adults and children with brain and spinal injuries and complex neurological conditions
  • Santander on £35 million joint venture development financing for three care homes.

Nominated in the HealthInvestor Awards 2015 as best legal advisor (private) and best legal advisor (transactional private).

Competition advice

The changing NHS regime brings many complex competition law issues into play. The firm's award-winning Competition & EU team provides specialist advice on a full range of contentious and non-contentious competition law issues.


Advances in communications and IT have yet to fulfil anything like their full potential in healthcare. But, in a world in which the number of mobile phones outnumbers people and where genetics can predict which conditions will strike years before they do, the potential for Connected Health to transform healthcare is enormous.

We are a global leader in Connected Health (eHealth), bringing together specialist expertise in healthcare, life sciences and technology to help our clients maximise opportunities.

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co is ranked as a leading healthcare firm by both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK.

"They have an intuitive understanding of healthcare issues. I am particularly impressed by the level of partner engagement. Advice given is appropriate and commercial and value for money is very good." - Chambers UK 2015.

Key contacts

David Hamlett

David Hamlett
Karima Hudson

Karima is a partner in the corporate department and head of the Private Healthcare group.

  • Bleddyn Rees
    Bleddyn Rees
  • David Hamlett
    David Hamlett
  • Karima Hudson
    Karima Hudson

Media comments and client views

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