We understand the challenges faced by NHS commissioners and providers in delivering high quality care in a constantly evolving environment, post-pandemic and with financial pressures. We’re proud to have been appointed to all major legal services frameworks for the NHS, delivering practical, effective, cost-solutions with patient safety at their core.


Our 70+ years of experience in the health sector gives us unrivalled insight into the issues faced by public sector health clients. We advise over 50% of NHS providers in England.

We’re committed to helping you mitigate risk and navigate strategically significant challenges to ensure you continue to deliver safe, high-quality care. Our teams of experts advise on the full spectrum of legal issues, from patient based challenges, to employment and staffing issues to cutting-edge projects. Our advice is based on our long history of working in the health sector, so whilst the environment in which you operate may be constantly evolving, we bring expertise to help you navigate this, efficiently and effectively, learning from the past as we innovate and provide creative solutions to address your problems.

As one of the few health sector law firms in the UK to be appointed to the Central Government Legal Services Framework, we work with government departments on key strategic projects impacting the UK health sector.

Our mission is to support the NHS in delivering improved patient outcomes, and in shaping the future of health and social care.

Featured experience

  • Advising NHS England in relation to the highly significant COVID-19 Inquiry, which is examining the UK’s response to the pandemic
  • Advising NHS England on its defence of a high-profile judicial review (Gardner) challenging the NHS and the 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 on the successful establishment (and subsequent refresh) of the Increasing Capacity Framework, ensuring there was additional capacity available, including from independent sector providers for NHS patients in a period of elective backlog challenges
  • Advising NHS providers on high-profile CQC prosecutions and investigations and supporting clients navigating CQC well-led assessments. We challenged CQC decision-making, including in contested proceedings and at the pre-prosecution stage.

NHS Health Law Booster Training Programme

Click below to view and register your interest in our rolling schedule of topical webinars and face-to-face sessions focused on key legal issues.

What our clients say

  • True experts and leaders in their field. Their advice is always accompanied by well thought-through practical solutions, calmly making the seemingly unmanageable manageable.

    Legal 500 UK 2023 Edition, Public Sector: Health, Bristol

  • The team at DAC Beachcroft are very knowledgeable, approachable and good at keeping us up to speed.

    Chambers and Partners UK 2023 Edition, Healthcare, UK-wide

  • They have good strength in depth and they're very commercially aware.

    Chambers and Partners UK 2023 Edition, Healthcare, UK-wide

  • DAC as a firm have a combination of exceptional knowledge, diverse skills and approachability that makes you want to instruct them. Once instructed you know you are in safe hands.

    Legal 500 UK 2023 Edition, Public Sector: Health, Bristol

  • They're extremely responsive and realistically manage expectations.

    Chambers and Partners UK 2023 Edition, Healthcare, UK-wide

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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.