Morgan Cole bulks up Thames Valley health and social care

Cardiff-headquartered Morgan Cole has appointed two partners and nine lawyers to its health and social care team in its Thames Valley offices.

Stephen Tainsh was a senior associate at Taylor Wessing and joins Morgan Cole as a partner in Reading. He is joined at the firm by former Bevan Brittan partner Penny Rinta-Suksi who joins the Oxford office and specialises in the health infrastructure sector, having worked on private finance initiative schemes.

The firm also runs health and social care out of its Cardiff office, which works with all the health bodies in Wales.

The new hires are part of Morgan Cole chairman Bruce Potter’s three-year health and social care strategy. Potter said the firm is currently in year two of the strategy, which aims to build on the firm’s NHS commissioning and the department of health work.

“We realised we needed to build on our sector knowledge and policy background and apply that to a wider range of clients such as NHS providers, commissioners, regulators, private and third sector providers,” Potter said.

Morgan Cole recently won a place on the new NHS Shared Business Services framework, giving it UK-wide access to work in NHS governance and law, healthcare, mental health, employment, contract and commercial, property, construction, IT, telecommunications and e-commerce and corporate finance. 

The firm was also appointed to the Government Procurement Service Legal Services Framework panel in February (31 January 2013) and the NHS Litigation Authority panel in June (3 June 2013).

Potter said the health and social care strategy would pause in the run up to the election, so that the business could take into account any political changes affecting the market.

It emerged earlier this month that Morgan Cole is to transfer its Bristol-based volume claims and catastrophic insurance teams, including five partners, to DAC Beachcroft and a partner and seven staff to Berrymans Lace Mawer (15 November 2013).

Potter said the move away from defendant insurance work reflects the firm’s overall strategy to focus on its key disciplines of health and social care, social housing and professional and regulatory.

The bulk of the volume defendant insurance business is based in the firm’s Bristol office which Potter said was likely to be reviewed depending on the number of clients left after the TUPE transfer consultation completes in the new year.