Health and Social Care

With over 70 years of industry experience, our award-winning health and social care team leads with unrivalled expertise. We provide tailored legal solutions spanning commercial, public law, regulatory, data protection, employment, real estate, corporate, and medical malpractice matters, and work closely with NHS commissioners, health and social care providers, MedTech companies, investors, and regulators.


With the largest team of lawyers in the UK health and social care sector, international capabilities, and a further network of lawyers across the globe, we have unrivalled expertise and experience that our clients can tap in to. Our team provides commercial, pragmatic advice to help resolve complex issues and meet your needs.

Our expertise covers all legal issues in health and social care, whether you require support on clinical and corporate governance, handling criminal prosecutions, inquests or judicial reviews.

We are unmatched global experts in defending medical malpractice claims, working closely with NHS Resolution, independent healthcare providers, insurers, brokers and other indemnifiers including the UK's largest Medical Defence Organisation. We resolve and advise on claims of all sizes, clinical disciplines and complexities, ranging from multi-million-pound liabilities to intricate, smaller value cases.

We advise clients on public inquiries, CQC registration, compliance and defending enforcement action. We're skilled at dissecting reports and their challenges, and offer strategic regulatory counsel to senior leadership.

We work with health and social care providers seeking to acquire other businesses, outsource services, enter into leases or licences, or deal with complex HR issues. We have a team of specialist lawyers that support investors on regulatory due diligence projects specific to the sector.

Leveraging our unparalleled expertise, we manage reputational risks and offer insightful counsel.

Featured experience

  • Advising Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust on their successful merger, including advising on legal due diligence, revisions to the constitution, advice on governance and the transaction documentation
  • Advising funders and independent health and social care providers on corporate transactions
  • Advising NHS England on its defence of a high-profile judicial review (Gardner) challenging the NHS and Government's response to the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it had on care home residents
  • Advising England’s only NHS gender identity service for children and young people on its successful appeal regarding decisions about treating patients with puberty blockers, reaffirming the key principle that competence should be assessed individually, by a patient’s clinician
  • Advising new entrants to the UK health and social care market on corporate models to deliver regulatory compliance, governance frameworks and management agreements consistent with UK regulatory expectations

What our clients say

  • Legal Advisor of the Year – Public

    Health Investor Awards 2021, 2022, 2023

  • Legal Advisor of the Year – Private

    Health Investor Awards 2021, 2023

  • Highly experienced team with knowledge and skills that ensure an excellent service is delivered. Excellent communication skills and very much work as a team to deliver on all matters.

    Legal 500 UK 2023, Healthcare Public Sector

  • DACB has a fantastic reputation in the UK healthcare sector and, increasingly, internationally too. Their offering shows a depth and breadth of experience that is rare. Their technology practice is a great bonus for their digital health clients.

    Legal 500 UK 2023, Healthcare Public Sector

  • The team's technical expertise in the healthcare sector and their commercial contracting acumen are hugely impressive.

    Chambers UK 2023 Edition, Healthcare, UK Wide

  • Their diverse public/private client base allows them to apply a wide nous to a problem and apply strategic and commercial solutions.

    Legal 500 UK 2023, Healthcare Public Sector, London

  • Friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and good at their job.
    The advice and support we receive is of a very high standard.
    Very professional and capable but also responsive, flexible and easy to work with.

    Legal 500 UK 2023, Healthcare Public Sector

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Who we are

Why choose DAC Beachcroft?

We’re a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance,
health and real estate. We combine excellent legal skills and cutting-edge delivery expertise to design
solutions that fit the needs of our clients – often involving clever uses of technology.