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We support clients across primary, acute, community, residential and social care including mental health, special education and children’s services. Our award winning healthcare team is well known for the innovative advice they offer on a wide range of healthcare matters from significant transactional advice to complex high value medical claims and healthcare regulatory advice, inward investment and NHS capital procurement, PFI’s, PPP’s and other healthcare outsourcings.

CMS are committed to driving development and growth in the sector and are members of key industry associations. We provide exceptional, tailored, expert and appropriately priced advice to a wide range of health and social care clients relying on our deep knowledge of the sector.

Long-standing clients include Nuffield Health, Spire Healthcare, NFA Group, Barchester Healthcare, Welltower, Care UK, HCA Healthcare, Primary Health Properties, General Optical Council, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Civitas Social Housing and BMI Healthcare.

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"CMS' multi-disciplinary practice is spread across multiple offices and offers 'strong expertise' in high-value M&A transactional advice, international inward investment and NHS capital procurement, PFIs and PPP and other healthcare outsourcings."

The Legal 500, 2019
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Health­care
Spire Health­care on a wide range of trans­ac­tions, in­clud­ing the dis­pos­al of two can­cer centres and the es­tab­lish­ment of a part­ner­ship with Gen­es­is Care. We also ad­vised on a cov­er­age dis­pute with its in­surer, RSA.Lloyds Bank Plc and West­min­ster Bank Plc on the £438 mil­lion debt fa­cil­it­ies to AIM-lis­ted men­tal health and learn­ing dis­ab­il­it­ies ser­vice pro­vider CareTech Plc, for its re­verse takeover of Cam­bi­an Group Plc.Gen­er­al Op­tic­al Coun­cil  on con­cerns made against a cor­por­ate pro­vider of op­tic­al ser­vices in the UK.Primary Health Prop­er­ties on its £1bil­lion mer­ger with MedicX and on nu­mer­ous ac­quis­i­tions and de­vel­op­ments of primary care as­sets and equity and con­vert­ible, re­tail and se­cured bond is­sues.NHS Great­er Glas­gow and Clyde on the con­struc­tion of a Health and Care Centre at Greenock and Men­tal Health Wards at Stob­hill Hos­pit­al, Glas­gow.Care UK on vari­ous ac­quis­i­tions and dis­pos­als and on the CMA in­vest­ig­a­tion con­cern­ing ad­mis­sion fees and vari­ous con­tract terms and busi­ness prac­tices.St James’s Uni­versity Hos­pit­al on the re­fin­an­cing of the hos­pit­al­'s PFI Pro­ject by way of a lis­ted and private bond is­sue act­ing for As­sured Guar­anty, US Bank and Lloyds Bank.NFA Group on a wide range of trans­ac­tions in­clud­ing its re­cent ac­quis­i­tion of the Out­comes First Group.Well­tower on ac­quis­i­tions of over £500 mil­lion of care home as­sets and sev­er­al acute care hos­pit­als, we have ad­vised this ma­jor US RE­IT since its entry in­to the UK mar­ket in 2012.Barchester Health­care on nu­mer­ous ac­quis­i­tions, sales and de­vel­op­ments for one of the largest pro­viders of res­id­en­tial nurs­ing, de­men­tia care, as­sisted liv­ing and spe­cial­ist ser­vices in the UK.Roy­al Liv­er­pool Hos­pit­al ac­ted for the pro­ject com­pany in re­la­tion to all mat­ters sur­round­ing the in­solv­ency of Caril­lion who were both the con­struc­tion and fa­cil­it­ies man­age­ment con­tract­ors on the Pro­ject. BMI on the suc­cess­ful £1bn lease re­struc­tur­ing of BMI Hos­pit­al Group's 58 site es­tate en­abling a £250m cap­it­al ex­pendit­ure pro­gramme and sep­ar­ately on sup­port­ing W&I in­surers on the re­struc­tur­ing.In­vestors in so­cial in­fra­struc­ture on an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to the in­vestee’s chil­dren’s and adults ser­vice pro­vi­sion to en­sure com­pli­ance with in­tern­al policies and the reg­u­lat­ory frame­work, fol­low­ing a po­lice in­vest­ig­a­tion and sus­pen­sion of re­gis­tra­tion for a num­ber of chil­dren’s homes by the reg­u­lat­ory body.Civ­itas on more than £200m ma­jor ac­quis­i­tions over the last 12 months in­clud­ing so­cial hous­ing and spe­cial­ist care homes op­er­ated by nu­mer­ous care op­er­at­ors and Re­gistered Pro­viders.Au­gust Equity on its ac­quis­i­tion of Es­land Care, a pro­vider of res­id­en­tial child care and edu­ca­tion pro­vi­sions of­fer­ing be­spoke, spe­cial­ist ser­vices to loc­al au­thor­it­ies in Eng­land.Please down­load our bro­chure be­low.
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13 January 2020
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Health­care
28 July 2020
Mer­ck v Mer­ck: a les­son on the prac­tic­al im­plic­a­tions of co-ex­ist­ence agree­ments...
The High Court re­cently handed down a de­cision in the long-run­ning dis­pute between Mer­ck KGaA and Mer­ck Sharp & Dohme Corp and oth­ers in re­la­tion to use of the ‘Mer­ck’ name. A full ver­sion of the...
14 February 2017
Health Tech 2017: a case for great­er con­nec­tion
The health tech sec­tor is a mar­ket full of po­ten­tial in terms of both in­nov­a­tion and in­vest­ment. To bet­ter un­der­stand how key play­ers are in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment, man­u­fac­ture, pur­chas­ing, and util­isa­tion of health tech­no­logy, Nabarro com­mis­sioned a su
15 July 2020
New Scot­tish class ac­tion pro­ced­ure - how will the re­gime work? Part 1:...
Last month we re­por­ted on the new class ac­tion mech­an­ism that is be­ing in­tro­duced in Scot­land on 31 Ju­ly 2020 (see here).  The new mech­an­ism is in­ten­ded to bet­ter fa­cil­it­ate group claims.  It is be­ing...
CMS launches Glob­al Product Li­ab­il­ity team in Lifes­ci­ences
14 July 2020
Santen ends Neur­im-style SPCs
The word­ing of Art­icle 3(d) of the SPC Reg­u­la­tion re­quires that the SPC ap­plic­a­tion must rely on “the first au­thor­isa­tion to place the product on the mar­ket as a medi­cin­al product”. This sug­gests...
CMS Glob­al Lifes­ci­ences For­um Re­port 2015
26 June 2020
Court of Ap­peal re­fuses in­junc­tion in Neur­im v Mylan
We re­cently re­por­ted on the High Court judg­ment of Mr Justice Mar­cus Smith in Neur­im Phar­ma­ceut­ic­als (1991) Lim­ited and Flynn Pharma Lim­ited v Gen­er­ics UK Lim­ited (t/a Mylan) [2020] EWHC 1362 (Pat) in...
The An­ti­dote - Winter 2015
25 June 2020
A look in­to the re­mote fu­ture
It has now been some three months since the sus­pen­sion of most reg­u­lat­ory hear­ings due to the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic. In that time in­ter­im or­der cases, pre-in­quest re­views, some re­view hear­ings and a num­ber...
The An­ti­dote: Tak­ing a look at cor­por­ate in­ver­sions and e-Health
18 June 2020
MHRA re­leases up­dated guid­ance on med­ic­al device soft­ware and apps
On 4 June 2020, the Medi­cines and Health­care products Reg­u­lat­ory Agency (“MHRA”) pub­lished its up­dated guid­ance on med­ic­al device stand-alone soft­ware, which is in­ten­ded to cla­ri­fy the types of soft­ware...