National law firm Bevan Brittan has appointed Nicole Ridgwell as an Associate in its health and social care team. Nicole will be based in the firm’s London office and joins from Ridouts.

Nicole has developed extensive experience in the health and social care fields. Her work has ranged from advice and advocacy to healthcare professionals to challenges against CQC and Ofsted on behalf of private providers.

Nicole worked for nearly seven years as a solicitor and legal officer at the Royal College of Nursing, where she had a wide-ranging case load across regulatory, public law and other matters and managed a team of lawyers and support staff. She then spent nearly three years as a solicitor at Ridouts Professional Service plc, advising providers of health and social care on a range of issues relating to regulation, registration and enforcement.

Nicole joins Bevan Brittan’s growing health and social care practice that advises over 120 private health and social care providers and suppliers, ranging from digital technology start-ups to some of the largest providers of care in the UK

Nicole Ridgwell said: “I am excited to be joining Bevan Brittan, which has a recognised position as a leader in the health and social care sector. I look forward to working alongside a strong and experienced team to support clients and help them achieve their aims.”

Vincent Buscemi, Head of Independent Health and Social Care at Bevan Brittan, said: “I am delighted that Nicole is joining us. She has impressive experience dealing with the many and varied issues facing both health and social care professionals, and providers. As we continue to expand as a practice, and with our continuing investment in supporting the independent health and social care sectors, Nicole will play an important part in bringing clients focused, commercial and practical advice.”

Nicole writes regularly for a variety of health and social care publications, and is the co-author of the Nursing & Midwifery section of the Legal Action Group book 'Professional discipline and healthcare regulators: a legal handbook' (1st edition 2012, 2nd edition 2018).