• Brachers is delighted that healthcare partner – and former Managing Partner – John Sheath has been named on the shortlist for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ in this year’s Kent Law Society Awards.

    John has had a long a distinguished career at Brachers, spearheading the inception of the firm’s Healthcare team in 1982 and dedicating the past 36 years to supporting and enhancing NHS services through his legal expertise. John’s unwavering commitment to immersing himself in and understanding the operation, opportunities and challenges of the sector and his progressive approach to collaboration between legal and healthcare services makes him a worthy candidate for the award.

    John’s passion for improving healthcare services has undoubtedly contributed to the success of the firm and his team, who currently rank in Tier 1 in Legal 500 and undertake work comparative with national firms. In 2019, Brachers was recognised for the depth of its healthcare expertise when it was appointed as the only South East‐based firm to deliver legal services to the NHS and wider public sector organisations.

    Joanna Worby, Managing Partner at Brachers, said: “It is truly fitting that John should be a finalist for this ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award. He has had a huge impact through his long career. Not only has he led the way as a healthcare legal expert, but he has delivered substantial pro‐bono services to the NHS through free seminars and education, contributing to NHS patient safety groups, risk management and ethics committees. It is impossible to place a value on this but in monetary terms it runs to tens of thousands of pounds donated annually.”

    John Sheath said: “I am honoured and flattered to have been nominated for this award. The NHS is a fundamentally important public service for us all and I have been privileged to work closely with the service over my career.”

    The awards will be presented at Kent Law Society’s annual dinner on Friday 10 May.

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