We advise on issues relating to competition law and policy in the health sector. In England and Wales, we advise on: mergers; provider licensing; rules for commissioners; and the full range of issues relating to the sector regulator, Monitor and the Competition and Markets Authority. The regime is challenging for all players: Foundation Trusts, NHS Trusts, independent sector providers and commissioners at every level.

We can help clients to navigate this environment, whether as providers or commissioners. We understand that choice and competition in the NHS arouse strong feelings. The sector is undergoing structural change, with mergers and service re-organisations requiring careful assessment to ensure that the new rules are neither under- nor over-applied. Our clients seek us out because they expect their lawyers to be alive to that complexity. We help our clients work co-operatively with other parts of the NHS and, whilst doing so, to advance their institutional objectives in a way that helps them to work to achieve better outcomes for patients, in keeping with the long-established and widely-revered values of the NHS.