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Andrew Lockhart-Mirams - Partner & Healthcare Law Specialist at VWV

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How can Andrew help you?

Andrew is a Consultant in the Commercial Contracts team and is based at our London office.

Andrew co-founded Lockharts Solicitors 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.

Meeting your needs

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 PCTs (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 was previously the Head of the Commercial and Corporate Healthcare Department at Lockharts Solicitors, 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.

What others say

"I was most grateful for your pointing out the indemnity matter and the pensions contribution. This – and the rest of your careful opinion – helped in the final negotiations, not least as (name) realised that I had taken the best legal advice!" - Senior GP negotiating with major GP Corporate

"Andrew. You're an absolute diamond" - Lead GP on multi practice federation formation

"Masterfully powerful yet elegantly subtle-supremely persuasive (sounds like a Premier Cru Claret?!). Seriously we're greatly impressed and offer renewed thanks." - Dr John Cannon approving long draft letter

"Words will never truly express my gratitude for your sincere and steadfast help." - Client

"Who better than to go to the Godfather of Dental Law." - Dental sales agent

"The main reason you did not hear is because the letter was perfect." - Client on receiving draft letter

“A genuine expert [who has] built up a very capable team." - Chambers & Partners

“A great, go-to authority on matters of contract and contract dispute for general practice.”  - Chambers & Partners

“A highly respected figure in the market and is well versed in all areas of medical partnership.” - Chambers & Partners

“An incredibly astute lawyer (...) deserving of a lot of respect." - Chambers & Partners

What you might like to know

Andrew is also:

  • Chairman of the National Association of Specialist Solicitors Advising Doctors (NASSAD)
  • Chairman of the Lawyers section of the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL)
  • Member of the Specialist Medical Accountancy Services Group (SMAS)
  • a Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
  • a Member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP) for whom he is also listed on the association’s list of Arbitrator
  • a Member of the Association of Specialist Providers to Dentists (ASPD)
  • a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in August 1999
  • an Accredited Mediator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in December 2012
  • listed by Best Lawyers® 2015 in the Partnership field

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys sailing and rugger.