Health and Social Care Regulatory

Health and social care providers face complex challenges from regulators, commissioners and service users. Effective delivery requires robust clinical governance and quality measures, strong regulatory compliance and leadership and reputation management. Learning from challenging incidents and understanding good governance is business critical in this competitive environment.


With over 50 specialist advisers, we are the leading regulatory adviser for the health and social care sector in the UK. Our regulatory team will provide you with practical, strategic advice designed to help you make decisions that will resolve complex issues and meet your needs.

We stand out for the comprehensive advice we provide to health and social care providers, including public and private and charities sector, and commissioners in both the UK and globally, including those investing in the UK.

Our advice spans a broad spectrum of issues, from clinical and corporate governance, complex complaints, serious incidents and inquests, confidentiality, responsible commissioner disputes, professional disciplinary across all health and social care professional bodies, safeguarding and continuing healthcare. Our market leading mental health specialists advise lead providers across the NHS and independent sector on the Mental health Act, Mental Capacity Act, DoLS and the very significant focus on mental health services by regulatory bodies and commissioners.

We are leading advisers in registrations, compliance inspections and enforcement by the CQC, including prosecutions by the CQC, HSE and corporate manslaughter arising from treatment or care. We also deliver strategic regulatory advice to executive-level leaders during critical periods, drawing on our extensive knowledge of the regulatory and political landscape for the sector.

Our specialists include those advising on high profile judicial reviews within the health system, including reconfiguration of services, in addition to advising on major statutory and non-statutory inquiries. In the M&A space we regularly deliver regulatory due diligence in both NHS, and private sector health transactions.

Most importantly our unique expertise allows us to navigate the complexities of reputational risk and provide sage advice. We meet your exact requirements with creative and practical action. Whether it's an emergency or long-term planning, we'll provide calm and effective advice, working with you on a road map to manage the issues you face.

Featured experience

  • Representing University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the inquests into patients treated by Ian Paterson, involving over 50 deceased patients
  • Advising on all aspects of CQC challenge, including representing providers in Regulation 12 prosecutions, preparing representations and appeals following Notice of Proposals and Notice of Decisions by the CQC across the sector, from new entrants seeking registration, through expansion of services, services to those with LD and autism under the Right Support, Right Care, Right Culture national policy, post transaction registration amendments and challenging s.29A warning notices. We work with numerous boards on regulatory awareness and preparedness for well-led reviews, including mock interviews
  • Advising on a national safeguarding review investigation into historic safeguarding/abuse concerns
  • Advising on all major statutory and non-statutory inquiries in health, from Beverley Allitt, the Bristol Paediatric Cardiac inquiry (original and revisit) and Shipman, through to Savile, the Infected Blood Inquiry and the COVID Inquiry
  • Advising new entrants to the UK health market on corporate models to deliver regulatory compliance, governance frameworks and top co/op co-management agreements consistent with UK regulatory expectations

What our clients say

  • Corinne is a robust, knowledgeable and fair lawyer.

    Legal 500, UK Edition 2024

  • The advice delivered by DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘always accompanied by well thought-through practical solutions‘, making it a go-to firm for clients in the health and social care sector. NHS and independent sector providers alike turn to the practice for advice spanning corporate, regulatory, governance and commercial matters, amongst others.

    Legal 500, UK Edition 2023

  • 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 Edition 2023

  • 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 Edition 2023

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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.