28 February 2013
 

Acuity Legal expands involvement in health sector

Although Acuity Legal's reputation for corporate, public sector and commercial property work is better recognised, the increasing volume of healthcare work we have undertaken is fast making us known in the sector.

Our experience in this vigorously scrutinised and regulated area has grown steadily over the last 12 months, arising principally from the transfer of public health functions/services from primary care trusts to local authorities on 1 April 2013.  We are receiving an increasing number of health and social care instructions from local authority clients as English local authorities take on an increasing role in commissioning health care.  In the last twelve months, our work highlights include:
 
advising West Sussex County Council on a range of commercial and procurement matters connected with the Council's existing and future health duties and functions, including delegation agreements between the Council and seven district and borough councils within its area to replace the current section 75 agreements between the PCT and the districts and boroughs, procurement of a framework for prevention and wellbeing services, advising on a Dynamic Purchasing System for Special Educational Needs Services, procurement of troubled family intervention services, short-breaks for disabled children and family support workers, substance misuse support services and dementia support services;
 
continued support of Portman Healthcare Limited in its expansion programme, celebrating our tenth acquisition instruction in two years (in May 2012), and being well on the way to 15 acquisition instructions in the first quarter of 2013;....read more
 
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