Lockharts Solicitors

Legal advice for the commercial needs of healthcare providers

Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm Mon - Thurs, 9am - 5.30pm Fri
Operates: Nationwide
Specialist Solicitors working exclusively for Healthcare practitioners in England & Wales for over 20 years.
Since the firm was founded in April 1995, we have established a highly regarded niche practice providing expert legal advice nationwide and professional support for over 20 years.
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Lockharts Solicitors

Tavistock House South

Tavistock Square

London

WC1H 9LS

Telephone:
020 7383 7111

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There are so many lawyers around and it can be difficult to know who offers what services and who is acting for or against you. At Lockharts Solicitors, we pride ourselves in providing legal advice exclusively for healthcare professionals, providers and provider entities. We do not act for CCG’s, CQC, NHSE, Regional Teams or patients.

“We are always on your side.”

We see working for you as a partnership where we can work together as a team and assist you with your business needs. We take the time to understand your business so that we can provide tailored and specific advice for you. We can make ourselves available for telephone calls and meetings and always work hard to provide you with a personal service.

“You pick up the phone – we provide the advice.”

We offer a wide range of services including (to name just a few) advice on federations, mergers, surgery premises developments, sales and acquisitions, disputes with NHS England and inter practice disputes, dispute resolution, regulatory and contract issues. We leave clinical negligence to the MDO’s.

We are lawyers who will not accept delay and pride ourselves to deliver speedy and simpler transactions and committed to in-depth discussions at the start of all matters. 

Legal support to Medical professionals

A large part of the work we do at Lockharts is for GPs and private medical practitioners.

We can provide advice on all aspects of the legislative framework which regulates the provision of primary and secondary care, in addition to advice on contractual documents and variations.


We offer specialist expertise and experience in a comprehensive range of areas including:

  • Advice on Care Quality Commission (CQC) processes
  • Commercial Contracting
  • Provider Company Formations and Federating
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Healthcare Law
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Practice Mergers
  • Professional Regulation & Registration
  • GP Rural Dispensing
  • Superannuation
  • Commercial Property
  • Surgery Ownership, Leases & Developments
  • Commercial Sales & Acquisitions

We have recently been top-ranked in Band 1 for ‘Partnership: Medical’ and in Band 5 for ‘Healthcare’ for ‘Chambers UK Guide 2017’. For ‘Partnership: Medical’ ranked lawyers, Andrew Lockhart-Mirams (Senior Partner) has been top-ranked in Band 1 and Rosalind Parkin (Managing Partner) has been ranked in Band 2 out of 3 Bands of notable lawyers.

We have recently been ranked Band 5 for 'Healthcare' in 'The Legal 500 UK 2016' guide, and are also classified in Band 1 for Medical: Partnership and Band 5 for Healthcare in the 'Chambers and Partners UK Wide Guide' for 2016 and 2015.

Furthermore, the firm has recently won the 'Symphony Legal 'Niche Law Firm/Specialist Team of the Year 2016' award. We have also been recognised by the '2013 Acquisition International Legal Awards', and named as one of the 'UK Leading Specialist Solicitors in Advising Doctors'.

We offer specialist Management Liability cover for Healthcare  practices in partnership with Lucas Fettes and AXA UK. Click here for further information.

We provide a cost-effective service which matches specialist solicitors and support staff to the specific needs of the GP clients. We are able to conduct the vast majority of our work by post or email from our offices in London, so your location is no barrier to us acting for you. We can also visit your premises by arrangement to discuss your requirements.

Our simple practice ethic is to ensure that when we conclude the work carried out for you, you leave with the belief that you have had the best possible service providing a full range of premier services and business solutions to healthcare providers within the evolving framework of NHS regulations, Lockharts remains at the forefront of developments in the healthcare sector.

  • Have approximately 20% of the overall market share of GPs clients throughout England and Wales
  • We are extremely active in private Healthcare work and regularly advises a number of substantial healthcare providers who have taken over and continue to acquire other healthcare practices
  • We have a national reputation for our work in the development of PMS and APMS agreements, producing agreements for federations of practices, producing shareholder agreements for provider companies wishing to supply services to NHS Commissioners and Local Authorities, in response to commissioning recommendations
  • The Department has developed a detailed understanding of the implications of the Health & Social Care Act 2012 and regularly advises on the associated strategy and policy issues. Our work takes on board the developments of MCPs and PACS in line with the Five Year Forward View 
  • The Department regularly advise healthcare practitioners on issues relating to practice developments, practice mergers and acquisitions, and NHS England contracting issues
  • Advising on the formation of and viability of so called “super partnerships”
  • For over 20 years, renowned Senior Partner, Andrew Lockhart-Mirams acted for the 'General Practitioners Committee of the BMA' on a wide range of regulatory and contractual issues affecting GPs, including the New GMS Contract in 2004. In 2005, Andrew was given an award at the 'Annual LMC Conference Dinner' in recognition of 21 years' service to GPs in the UK

Andrew Lockhart-Mirams

Andrew Lockhart-Mirams is Chairman of the National Association of Specialist Solicitors Advising Doctors (NASSAD)

Andrew Lockhart-Mirams co-founded Lockharts in 1995 after 15 years of primary care regulatory and contract work at another highly respected healthcare firm. For more than twenty years, he acted for the 'General Practitioners Committee of the BMA' on a wide range of regulatory and contractual issues affecting GPs, including the New GMS Contract in 2004.

In 2005, he was given an award at the 'Annual LMC Conference Dinner' in recognition of 21 years' service to GPs in the UK. In 2011, Andrew's name was entered on the 'BDA's Roll of Distinction for Outstanding Services to UK Dentistry', the only solicitor to have received this award.

Andrew has a national reputation for his work in the development of PMS and APMS agreements. In addition to producing agreements for federations of practices, he has produced shareholder agreements for provider companies wishing to supply services to PCT's (historically) and currently CCGs and Local Authorities, in response to commissioning recommendations. He has developed a detailed understanding of the implications of the Health & Social Care Bill and regularly advises on the associated strategy and policy issues. His work takes on board the developments of MCPs and PACS in line with the Five Year Forward View.  

In conjunction with his work for doctors, Andrew is the Head of the Commercial and Corporate Healthcare Department at Lockharts, specialising in business advice and structures in dentistry, pharmacy, optometry and veterinary practice. Andrew was also named as a 'Super Lawyer for Business Affairs' in 2013.

He and his colleagues regularly advise healthcare practitioners on issues relating to practice developments, practice mergers and acquisitions, NHS England contracting issues and on CQC processes.

Andrew is also:

In Chambers UK Wide 2015 Guide, Andrew Lockhart-Mirams is described by sources as being “a genuine expert” and someone who has "built up a very capable team."

In Chambers UK Wide 2016 Guide, it states that Andrew Lockhart-Mirams is considered as a “great, go-to authority on matters of contract and contract dispute for general practice.” 

We have recently been top-ranked in Band 1 for ‘Partnership: Medical’ and in Band 5 for ‘Healthcare’ for ‘Chambers UK Guide 2017’. For ‘Partnership: Medical’ ranked lawyers, Andrew Lockhart-Mirams (Senior Partner) has been top-ranked in Band 1 and Rosalind Parkin (Managing Partner) has been ranked in Band 2 out of 3 Bands of notable lawyers.

 

Associations and Awards

Lockharts Solicitors have been recognised for various awards and honours since it was established in 1995.

Below are some of the firm achievements to date:

  • 2016 - Ranked in Band 1 for ‘Partnership: Medical’ and Band 5 for Healthcare for Chambers UK 2017 Guide. For ‘Partnership: Medical’ ranked lawyers, Andrew Lockhart-Mirams (Senior Partner) has been top-ranked in Band 1 and Rosalind Parkin (Managing Partner) has been ranked in Band 2 out of 3 Bands of notable lawyers.
  • 2016 - Won Symphony Legal 'Niche Law Firm/Specialist Team of the Year 2016’
  • 2016 - Ranked Band 5 in the Legal 500 2016 UK for 'Healthcare'
  • 2016 - Won 'Healthcare Law Firm' by Corporate LiveWire's 2016 Mergers and Acquisitions
  • 2015 - Ranked Band 1 in the 'Chambers and Partners' UK Wide guide for 2016 Medical: Partnership
  • 2015 - Ranked Band 5 in the 'Chambers and Partners' UK Wide guide for 2016 Healthcare
  • 2015 - Winner of the Global Law Experts (GLE) 'Partnership Law - Law Firm of the Year in England'
  • 2015 - Winner of the M&A Awards’ 'Best Healthcare Business Advisory Services - UK'
  • 2015 - Practice Index Recommended GP Supplier
  • 2015 - Listed by Best Lawyers 2015 in the Partnership field
  • 2014 - Ranked Band 1 in the 'Chambers and Partners' UK Wide guide for 2015 for Medical: Partnership
  • 2014 - Ranked Band 5 in the 'Chambers and Partners' UK Wide guide for 2015 for Healthcare
  • 2014 - Won Corporate International Legal Awards 2015 Partnership Law Firm of the Year in England
  • 2014 - Became Enterprise Nation adviser & accredited for the Growth Vouchers programme
  • 2013 - Won Acquisition International Legal Awards
  • 2013 - Listed on The Legal 500 UK Leading Firm
  • 2012 - Won The General Practice Awards – Legal Team of the Year
Other Company Information
Email:csd@lockharts.co.uk
Fax:020 7383 7117
Established:1995
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