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One of the largest healthcare teams in the South East with over 30 years experience of the sector


Our Healthcare team is proud to be ranked nationally in Chambers UK and is led by John Sheath, who is listed as an elite leading lawyer within the healthcare sector by the legal directories. Brachers has one of the largest healthcare teams in the South East, with offices in Kent and London.

Our specialist healthcare lawyers have over 30 years’ experience of providing legal advice and support to healthcare professionals. Consequently, the depth of our expertise means we are able to offer tailored legal services to specific healthcare sectors, including:

We understand the opportunities and challenges that arise from the ever-changing nature of the healthcare sector, enabling us to provide proactive and timely advice to our clients. Alongside this we also offer innovative and flexible partnering arrangements for in house managers to ensure our clients receive the best package of legal support for their needs.

Fact Sheets

Confidentiality fact sheet

Information about confidentiality. Read more

Consent fact sheet

Information about the law of consent. Read more

Emergency declarations fact sheet

Information about emergency declarations. Read more


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News & Events

Future-proof your GP practice: succession and growth

We are delighted to invite you to register for our free future-proof your GP practice seminar. Read more


Brachers advises clients to be pro-active about legal risk

Brachers advises clients be pro-active about legal risk as survey suggests legislative and contractual issues are top priority following Brexit vote. Read more


Brachers named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ in national legal awards

Award win shows Brachers is celebrated nationally for its commitment locally. Read more


Brachers shortlisted for national legal award because of dedication to Kent market

Brachers has been shortlisted for the coveted Law Firm of the Year prize at this year’s national Halsbury’s Legal Awards. Award nomination shows Brachers is celebrated nationally for its commitment locally. Read more


Maidstone-based Watson Nevill solicitors joins Brachers

Brachers announces it has acquired Maidstone-based solicitors Watson Nevill, introducing new members across the commercial property and family teams. Read more


Brachers sponsors Kent Excellence in Business Awards

For the third successive year, Brachers has been searching for the best land-based business in Kent as part of the Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA). Read more

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Meet the Team

Scott Alexander | Partner

T: 01622 680405 | Email Scott

James Bullock | Partner

T: 01622 776421 | Email James

Bill Butler | Partner

T: 01622 776469 | Email Bill

Catherine Daw | Partner

T: 01622 655291 | Email Catherine

Dana Ellis | Senior Associate

T: 01622 680425 | Email Dana

Sarah Gaines | Partner

T: 01622 776446 | Email Sarah

Harriet Humphrey | Associate

T: 01622 680402 | Email Harriet

Ash Jilani | Partner

T: 01622 776402 | Email Ash

Kelly Ratcliffe | Senior Associate

T: 01622 680432 | Email Kelly

Sarah Reza | Trainee

T: 01622 776517 | Email Sarah


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Recent Experience, Expertise & Articles

Patient Confidentiality – The New GMC Guidance 2017

Since 2009 the GMC guidance on confidentiality has been the “go to” document for medical practitioners to understand the duties and rights of patients. Read more


DoLS and ITU – Common Sense Prevails

In a landmark decision on 27 January 2017 the Court of Appeal concluded that a patient with a learning disability who died whilst in the Intensive Care Unit at Kings College Hospital was not in “state detention” and hence the Coroner’s decision not to proceed with a full jury inquest was justified (Ferreira, R (on the Application of) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner South London). Read more


Bed Blocking – Is there a legal remedy?

There has been considerable press coverage of the unprecedented pressure on hospitals arising from the number of patients “trapped” in hospital despite being fit to leave. Read more


Health and Safety Prosecutions of NHS Trusts and Care Providers

Despite the dismissal of the corporate manslaughter charges against Maidstone Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in January 2016, prosecutions by HSE against NHS and Social Care Providers will not be deterred. Read more


Misleading Headlines – “Coroner Blames Poor Hospital Care for Teacher’s Death after Childbirth”

The tragedy of the maternal death of Frances Capuccini at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital hit the newspaper headlines but only serves to highlight the different thresholds to satisfy the burden of proof in the Criminal, Coronial and Civil Courts. Read more


Brexit: What do we know already about the impact on business?

Since the UK voted to leave the European Union after 43 years, organisations up and down the country have been looking for clear answers about the implications of Brexit for their business. Read more

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Key Contact

John Sheath

Partner & Head of Healthcare

T: 01622 776406

Email John

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What Our Clients Say...

"I found the team personable but always professional. I would not hesitate to use your services again if needed."

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"Communication was always speedy and felt that even the small detail was looked after thoroughly."

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“The firm’s healthcare department is extremely expert, with a great depth of experience. Members are always helpful and approachable, and they provide the advice and support we require very efficiently.”

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