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Jennifer Mellani, Healthcare Specialist Lawyer

Jennifer Mellani

Health, Social Care and Deputyship - Legal Services Manager

Jennifer is a specialist Healthcare Lawyer who led on transactions stemming from some of the major reforms in the NHS including: the “Transforming Community Services Agenda”, Personalisation Agenda and Direct Payments, Health and Social Care Act reforms. She also acted in her past in-house role as an advocate for the “Freedom to Speak Up Review”.


Jennifer is currently leading on major projects involving local government and healthcare including Better Care Fund Initiative, Health and Social Care Integration Programme, partnerships and joint ventures between local government and NHS organisations, integrated care delivery models and service disaggregation.

Relevant Experience

  • Advising on regulatory matters affecting Health and Social Care bodies
  • Advising on the application and interpretation of health and social care legislation including: the NHS Act 2006, Health and Social Care Act 2012, Care Act 2014, Mental Health Act 1998, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and all related queries
  • Drafting and negotiating of commercial contracts including: business transfer agreements, service agreements, grant agreements, partnership agreements, section 75 agreements, primary care services agreements, SLAs, Joint Venture agreements, framework agreements, data sharing protocols and consultancy agreements involving NHS Bodies, Local Authorities and private and voluntary sector bodies and highways agreements
  • Advocating at Coroners’ health related inquests on behalf of NHS bodies
  • Conducting fact finding exercises, serious incidents investigations, analysis of medical records and other evidence
  • Providing legal advice and support to witnesses, drafting and/or reviewing of witness statements, drafting of legal submissions to the coroners, drafting of Serious Incidents Reports
  • Drafting information sharing protocols and agreements and contract drafting
  • Advising on and policy drafting in relation to record keeping, data security and management, disclosure and other processing
  • Advising public bodies in respect of Adult Social Care, Mental Capacity and Mental Health issues, including Welfare and Finance deputyship
  • Advising public bodies in respect of all aspects of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberties and Court of Protection applications
  • Dealing with complaints brought against public bodies, including those referred to the Ombudsman
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