At Addleshaw Goddard we help our clients shape the future of healthcare


We have expertise in and experience of advising across a broad range of areas, including the route to market for new entrants, M&A transactions, overseas expansion for existing UK health brands, real estate finance, banking, portfolio acquisitions and disposals, disputes, IT (including software licensing, on-premise, SaaS and other cloud solutions), IP, data protection, commercial contracts and outsourcing (including IT, Facilities Management and Business Process Outsourcing).

We also have expertise and experience in acting for and with NHS organisations and other public bodies, enabling us to assist our clients in creating robust and successful arrangements between the private and public sectors, from initial procurement engagement to final project delivery. The private healthcare market in the UK is currently experiencing growth driven by a number of factors, including NHS subcontracting, advances in health-related technology as the world becomes ever more digitalised and an increase in patients opting for private healthcare. The market is continuing to attract overseas investment with providers operating new hospitals and clinical operations, most notably in London.

Extensive experience

We have advised:

Private Providers
  • a European company on its bidding strategy for securing NHS contracts in England & Wales
  • a pharmacy chain on a challenge to the NHS Drugs Tariff
  • a major healthcare insurer in the CMA's investigation into the private healthcare market
  • a private cosmetic surgery clinic based in Germany on its route to market in the UK
  • on the reorganisation of the management team of a private hospital group
  • on AQP models of delivery and choose and book (CaB) systems
Disputes / Risk Management
  • leading diagnostic / medical devices / pharmacy businesses on contractual disputes, including procurement challenges, breaches of confidentiality and product recalls
  • leading private healthcare providers on recovery of unpaid invoices from NHS bodies
  • private providers on contracting models and procurement strategy
M&A
  • IDH (mydentist) on a number of dental practice acquisitions
  • BUPA on the disposal of Surgichem
  • SimplyHealth on the disposal of its private medical insurance business to AXA Healthcare
Data
  • health and social care providers and healthcare insurers on various data centre outsourcing and cloud arrangements
  • various healthcare businesses in respect of their preparations for GDPR
  • private providers on the use of Freedom of Information Act requests, and responding to requests in the context of contracts with NHS bodies
Technology
  • a leading pharmacy on the development and implementation of a pharmacy software system
  • a drugs wholesaler on the resale and distribution of a drugs dispensing system to pharmacies
  • a global healthcare system and pharmacy business on payroll and time management system outsourcing
Real Estate and Construction
  • a primary care REIT, including acquisition, real estate finance, development and disposal of properties
  • BUPA on its acquisition of care homes
  • a consortia on its bid strategy for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of Tawam Hospital in Abu Dhabi
Investment
  • a development bank on its investment alongside a global healthcare business seeking to establish an African oncology platform

Key contacts

Meet the team
Simon Lofthouse

Simon Lofthouse

Partner, Technology and Outsourcing
United Kingdom

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Louise Dobson

Louise Dobson

Legal Director, Dispute Resolution
United Kingdom

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