• A partner in the Commercial Department, my principal areas of work are in governance and  in particular in the application of that to commercial  activities of NHS bodies. In addition I have  taken on responsibility for leading our support to clients in competition law.

    My extensive public law work has involved advising on constitutional and general commercial issues for NHS bodies, as well as on the development of services, policies and procedures. I have advised a number of NHS foundation trusts and CCGs on their governance arrangements, on the scope and limitations of their powers, and in drafting their constitutions. My work also covers contractual and regulatory issues for primary care trusts when dealing with primary care practitioners.

    I also advise public bodies, particularly from the health and local government sectors, on a diverse range of issues relating to powers, decision making and governance arrangements. I specialise in relationships between health authorities and local government through both formal and informal agreements, and provide guidance to clients on issues surrounding governance and commissioning arrangements.

    In competition law I have advised on state aid issues and the implications of the merger regime for NHs bodies, as well as issues arising out of compliance with the Competition act.

David Owens is respected for being "very experienced at complex transactions," particularly those involving NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). He also advises on competition law, state aid and governance.

Chambers 2019