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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

Inquest team and expertise

Meet the inquest team and find out how we can help you. Read more

Confidentiality of electronic and paper records for Healthcare

All patients have a right to expect that information about their personal medical condition is held in confidence by their doctors and by NHS healthcare professionals. Read more

Consent in the Healthcare sector

The law of consent has evolved according to the changes in medical practice and expectations of 21st Century society. Read more

Emergency declarations for the Healthcare sector

In Healthcare situations arise where a Court decision may be required as a matter of urgency every hour of every day. Read more


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News & Events

Kent B2B Medway

Brachers will be holding a session to discuss the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into effect in May next year which will make substantial changes to the way businesses must handle personal data. Read more


GDPR: Future-proof your business and ensure data protection compliance

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and will make substantial changes to the way in which personal data is handled. Read more


Future-proof your GP practice: succession and growth

We are delighted to invite you to register for our free future-proof your GP practice roundtable event. 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

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Meet the Team

Jennifer Alderman | Trainee

T: 01622 690691 | Email Jennifer

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


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Recent Experience, Expertise & Articles

Coroner’s Court Reform: Medical Examiners (MEs) system from April 2019

The long awaited ME reforms envisaged in the 2009 Crown and Justice Act will now commence in April 2019. The government has carried out its consultation and has decided to introduce a system of effective medical scrutiny that will apply to all deaths that do not require a Coroner’s investigation. Read more


Group Action Pending – “Sling the mesh”

A City Law Firm is co-ordinating the first large group action on behalf of over 200 women who claim they have suffered life changing complications as a result of faulty surgical mesh implants. Read more


When do you need to go to Court to justify withdrawing treatment?

The case of M (Withdrawal of Treatment) 2017 is a landmark case. It was generally accepted until recently that decisions about withdrawing clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) from patients in PVS or MCS should always as a matter of good practice be brought before the Court of Protection, but the judge has opened the door to a radical change in approach which many families and doctors will welcome. Read more


Learning from Deaths - are you ready for LfD?

With the "Learning from Deaths" (LfD) framework now in place Trusts are expected to start publishing quarterly data by December 2017. Read more


Data Protection 2017 - the GDPR clock is ticking!

How the new Data Protection Bill 2017 will work for the healthcare sector remains to be seen but processing of personal data is only lawful if it complies with Article 6 of the GDPR and is necessary for the performance of tasks carried out in the public interest. Read more


CQC and HSE Developments - Sentencing the 1/3 rule survives

Not surprisingly it seems the CQC are following the HSE lead in relation to prosecution of offences but what are the likely penalties following the recent change in sentencing guidelines for public sector defendants? 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...

“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.”

Chambers UK

"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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"From first point of contact I was made to feel that you had the situation in hand and under control."

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