General Healthcare Advice

Healthcare Advice Team

Who We Are

Our General Advice team is headed by Mark Harris, a Solicitor with significant experience in several areas of Medical Law.

What We Do

Our General Advice Department has developed significantly; healthcare related advice requests cover a wide spectrum of issues across the NHS. As such, specialist teams have now been created to cover Commercial, Employment, Property, Medical Law and Mental Health.

On average our General Advice Department deals with more than 600 requests for advice annually. The following is a non-exhaustive list of examples to give you a flavour of the diversity of advice that we can offer:

  • Registered Nursing Homes, CSIW cases, continuing healthcare and discharge of care
  • Public Inquiries, Health and Safety and Trading Standards issues
  • Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Confidentiality and Access to Health Records
  • Human Rights Act, Disability Discrimination Act and other anti-discriminatory legislation, such as The Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999 and the Gender Recognition Act (2004).
  • Acting on behalf of intervening LHBs in Care Proceedings.
  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology
  • Human Tissue Act/Disposal of human remains
  • Interactions with the police and other statutory agencies
  • Review of Health Board and NHS Trust Policies
  • Requests for Individual Patient Funding and the cost of EEA Treatment
  • Testamentary Dispositions to NHS Bodies
  • Privacy, the use of mobile phones, cameras and CCTV on NHS premises
  • Notifications to the DVLA
  • Overseas Visitors Regulations
  • GMS, GDS, Pharmaceutical, Ophthalmic and Performer’s List Regulations

Education

We have a wide range of educational talks and lectures that are available to deliver at any time. Should you have an issue, or simply need further information, please do not hesitate to contact our team so that we can discuss your needs further.

“Mark acted for the Ambulance Trust defending a claim brought by a gentleman who lost the lower part of his right arm following a road traffic accident. Thanks to Mark’s expertise, hard work and tenacity, the claim has just discontinued, saving the Trust up to £1.2 million in damages, plus costs which his solicitors had budgeted at in excess of £1/2 million. He did a fabulous job on a difficult and very complex claim with a superb result for the Trust."

Trish Gaskell

Claims Manager/Solicitor

Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust