Law firm Bevan Brittan's position in the healthcare market has been further strengthened by the recruitment of health partner Melanie Print, who joins the firm's Birmingham office with her team from Beachcroft Wansborough.
She is the latest in a series of lateral hires and has been recruited along with Charlotte Lidster, Philippa Richler-Potts and Amy Chattopadhyay.
She will help develop and grow the health and social care practice particularly in the Midlands and the North.
In her role as head of the health advisory unit at Beachcroft Wansborough in Leeds, Ms Print advised health authorities and trusts on a wide range of health and public sector issues, including mental health, community care, purchasing policies and corporate governance issues.
She has also acted for seven of the first and second wave Foundation Trusts in relation to their constitutional framework.
Her appointment coincides with the relocation of two key Bevan Brittan healthcare partners, Richard Annandale and Adrian Dagnall, who are moving from the firm's Bristol office to Birmingham to spearhead new business development in the Midlands and North health marketplace.
Also joining the expanding Birmingham healthcare team is new assistant solicitor, Nicola Robinson.
Steve Hughes, head of health at Bevan Brittan, said: "Melanie's expertise will greatly add to our offering and further enhance Bevan Brittan's reputation as one of the leading health practices in the country.
"The UK health service is currently undergoing the most radical overhaul since the introduction of the NHS and the landscape is constantly evolving. We are witnessing growing interaction between the public and private sectors, changing practices and greater patient choice.
"Over the next few years the NHS will be a radically different organisation to that which we see now and this demands innovative and clear strategic and legal advice. Given our knowledge of the market and our skills and adaptability, Bevan Brittan is well placed to help deliver this."
Since bringing together the firm's public and private sector offerings under the umbrella of the health division last November, the practice has gone from strength to strength.