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The healthcare sector continues to experience significant changes, and, in this changing climate, healthcare professionals require legal advice from experts who understand their sector and the specific issues they face.

We have a dedicated cross disciplinary team of solicitors who work closely with our healthcare clients to provide focused specialist advice to achieve the required results. We represent a broad and varied range of clients, spanning retail pharmacy, social care, specialist care, dentistry, medical tech and life science companies amongst others and we represent a full range of private and public healthcare providers, banks and private equity institutions.

The firm is regularly involved in standout transactions, highlighting the firm’s reputation as a go to firm in the sector.

We act for a number of high-profile client including [ Avicenna Retail Limited 9the largest community pharmacy group in England and Wales, Shaw Healthcare, Creo Medical plc, Caron Group [list banks].

Our key partners are regular contributors to sector events and press and we are members of various bodies including AIM, sponsor of pharmacy awards, all of which ensures that we are kept up to date with the latest developments affecting our clients in their sector.

Sector experience

  • Sale of shares in Partnership of Care Limited
  • Advising Avicenna Retail, the largest independent pharmacy group in England and Wales on their acquisitions ad disposals
  • Advising Sheppards Pharmacy Group on the sale of their 36 branch retail pharmacy group to a national group
  • Advising Shaw Healthcare on transfer of care homes
  • Advising BMP Healthcare on the highest dispensing pharmacy in England

Our specialist services

Organisations and individuals need lawyers who understand their sector and who have a track record of delivering results. Our healthcare practice provides a a one-stop-shop, advising on day to day matter through to strategic complex transactions. Our services include:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • share purchase and disposals
  • business purchases and disposals
  • funding and Investments
  • governance
  • commercial contracts
  • dispute resolution
  • disciplinary and regulatory hearings
  • safeguarding
  • employment (including culture reviews and investigations)
  • data protection
  • construction
  • commercial property
  • partnership/practice (and shareholder) agreements and disputes
  • collaboration and service-sharing arrangements (including public-private sector arrangements)

Key contact

Greg Williams


Greg is a partner within the corporate and commercial team. He has a wealth of experience advising on a wide range of corporate transactions with a focus on domestic and international M&A, advising investor and investee companies on private equity investments, particularly in the life science sector. Greg’s clients include Development Bank of Wales, Creo Medical and FP Hurley. He has acted as the lead on a number of standout corporate transactions including Voltcom on its reorganisation and multimillion pound investment by Beechbrook Capital and sale of Amber Engineering of Biffa Plc.

Greg also leads the dedicated healthcare team. He is highly regarded within this sector as has a wealth of experience acting for the healthcare and the life sciences businesses.

I’d like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to Greg Williams and the entire team at Hugh James for their help with the sale of our dental practice. They advised and represented us during a long and protracted negotiation ensuring a very successful result. Their professionalism was only matched by their approachability and good humour.

Keith Morgan

As first-time buyers we found that Greg and his team helped us fully understand the process of purchasing a Pharmacy. With regular communication, updates and clear instructions we felt confident that the transaction would complete successfully. Greg also ensured that we understood, and considered all the information to make a safe business purchase protecting our best interests in purchase our first Pharmacy. We can’t recommend or thank Greg and his team enough’

Purvi and Lewis Smart | Glyncoch Pharmacy

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gerallt, Gemma and the rest of the team at Hugh James for their support and guidance throughout this process. Their expertise enabled us to navigate our way from start to finish, feeling fully involved and informed at all times.

Gill Simms, Rocialle Healthcare

The sale of PoC was a complex process but Greg and his team demonstrated professionalism, knowledge of the care sector and dedication to Scott and I throughout. We were well informed of progression throughout the period of the sale and the team were efficient at managing key aspects of a complex deal.

Janine Darling, Partnership of Care

Why use us?

  • Our key partners are top ranked in their specialist areas in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides.
  • We have demonstrable healthcare sector expertise and experience and are regularly trusted to advise on stand out transactions.
  • We are a cross-disciplinary team offering a one-stop-shop, advising on a range of specialist areas, whether on day to day issues or on complex strategic matters.
  • We have notable presence and involvement in the sector via specialist held events, press and memberships of sector bodies.

How we act for our clients

What sets us apart from our competitors is our collaborative and entrepreneurial approach to working with our healthcare client bodies and individuals. We understand the sectors in which you operate and are able to offer the required level of assistance, which can be tailored to each circumstance, whether for a new entrant to the sector or an experienced multiple operator.

We build effective long-term partnerships which add real value. Our approach as a firm is to ensure we are ‘partner-led’ on our complex areas of work, while delivering value for money.

Our approach ensures that you will always receive advice of the highest calibre, given in the context of a thorough understanding of your commercial/ personal objectives.

Our clients

  • Avicenna Retail Limited
  • Creo Medical Plc
  • Carron Group Limited
  • Shaw Healthcare Limited
  • Linc Cymru
  • Hafod Care
  • Rocialle Healthcare
  • Welsh Government
  • Care Inspectorate Wales
  • Thincats
  • Metro Bank
  • Lloyds TSB
  • National Westminster Bank

Healthcare finance

We are experienced in acting for borrowers and lenders in the healthcare sector.

We advise on:

  • acquisition and investment finance
  • refinances
  • development and construction finance
  • mezzanine finance
  • preparation of certificates/reports on title
  • intercreditor issues, especially in connection with suppliers
  • perfection of security

We have a wide range of experience in finance transactions relating to care homes (including development funding for the construction of care homes, acquisition funding for care home businesses (through share or business acquisitions) and refinancing of care home portfolios), pharmacies, doctors and dental surgeries and other healthcare businesses.


In our webinars, we talk about topical issues and the latest developments affecting the healthcare and pharmacy sectors to help provide you with some practical guidance.

Greg Williams, Head of our Healthcare team joins Hutchings Consultants in their latest webinar for the Welsh pharmacy market where they look at ways to increase your business value, a view of the wider sales process and a legal overview with key takeaway points to ensure you are well prepared for the process if you are considering a transaction.

Next steps

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