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:
- Life science companies
- Private Hospitals
- Clinical Commissioning Groups
- Medical Defence Organisations
- Care providers
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.
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
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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 more01/11/17
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 more04/10/17
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 more07/10/16
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 more18/09/15
Brachers named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ in national legal awards
Award win shows Brachers is celebrated nationally for its commitment locally. Read more29/07/15
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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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 more15/11/17
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 more14/11/17
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 more14/11/17
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 more13/11/17
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 more09/11/17
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
“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.”
"I found the team personable but always professional. I would not hesitate to use your services again if needed."
"Communication was always speedy and felt that even the small detail was looked after thoroughly."
"From first point of contact I was made to feel that you had the situation in hand and under control."