Bevan Brittan has appointed James Atkins as a partner in the healthcare property team in its Leeds office.  James joins from Capsticks, where he was an Associate.

James has considerable experience advising healthcare bodies including NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, commissioners of NHS services, Department of Health owned property companies and private healthcare providers on all matters relating to their estates – including disposals, investments and new development projects.  He has been particularly involved in advising bodies on investment and development of primary care premises (GP surgeries), including advising extensively on the rules relating to reimbursement of GP premises costs.  He has also helped a wide number of clients in the efficient disposal of surplus NHS estate.

James, who was recognised as a recommended individual in the Health sector in the Legal 500 directory in 2016, joins a growing Bevan Brittan team in the Leeds office.  The office opened in September 2015, and has now grown to hold eight partners.

James Atkins said: “I am delighted to have joined Bevan Brittan, who have a deservedly strong reputation in the healthcare sector.  I look forward to working closely with my clients, with the estate aspects of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) particularly top of my mind at the moment.  Estates will be an important component in STPs, whether that’s in terms of building new premises, re-purposing existing estate, or rationalising and disposing of unwanted facilities.  Healthcare property is set to be a busy area in the coming months and years and the NHS estate remains a critical enabler of high quality and timely patient care.”

Welcoming James to the firm, Rob Harrison, head of healthcare property at Bevan Brittan, said: “I am very pleased that James has joined us, strengthening our healthcare property offering in the North and nationally.  He has undoubted expertise in his field and can help health organisations as they look to make their property portfolios work harder for them – essential in today’s climate.”

Duncan Weir, managing partner at Bevan Brittan, said: “James’ arrival demonstrates our commitment to continuing to invest in the Leeds office.  The office has had a real impact in the market and we intend to expand it further in the coming months.”