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Prettys Solicitors Ipswich

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Health and social care

Keeping your business in good health

Prettys has a dedicated health and social care team who advise both commissioners and providers. As experienced business lawyers, we give legal advice to a wide range of health and social care sector clients, including NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, general practitioners, dental practitioners and private sector providers to the healthcare sector, in the provision of care services to the public.  

Our clients in this sector have been, and continue to be, subject to an incredible amount of legislative, regulatory and operational change which presents on-going challenges.

Our expertise is focussed on commercial, practical advice to help our clients to procure or deliver care services effectively and efficiently.

We provide trusted advice in relation to business structures, commercial agreements, procurement, funding, employment and pensions, and property and construction

Our recent work has included:


Please get in touch: call us on 01473 232121, request a call back or email us.


Vanessa Bell

Partner - Head of Employment Law

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Vanessa Bell

Vanessa studied at Southampton University and BPP Law School before qualifying as a Solicitor in a City firm in 2007.  Vanessa joined Prettys from London in 2014 as a Solicitor in the Employment Services team, she became an Associate in 2015 and a Senior Associate in 2017.  She is also Head of Client Service (Commercial Team).

Vanessa advises public and private sector clients on the full range of employment related issues, including grievances, disciplinary and performance management issues, advice on redundancies and business reorganisations, defending complex Employment Tribunal claims and providing advice on policies and procedures.  Vanessa also regularly undertakes training for clients’ managers and HR teams.  She also presents a number of the team’s popular webinars.

Vanessa works for clients across a variety of sectors with particular experience of working for organisations within the education, leisure, financial services and retail sectors.  Vanessa also has experience of acting for senior executives.

Vanessa’s recent work includes:

Matthew Cole

Employment Partner

e mcole@prettys.co.uk

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m 07736 433420

Jacqueline Cassidy


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t 01473 298348

Matthew Cole

"provides excellent support, guiding clients through to a successful conclusion’"

Legal 500 2017


Matthew studied law at the London School of Economics and Political Science before qualifying as a Solicitor at a leading City law firm in 1995. He joined Prettys in 1997 and became a Partner in 2002.

Matthew’s clients include FTSE 100 companies, local authorities, NHS Trusts and charities. He advises on the full range of HR issues including grievances, performance management, disputes and dismissals, and collective and strategic matters such as redundancies and restructurings, mergers and outsourcing exercises, and policy making. He also advises on pensions matters to the extent to which they affect employers, and data protection. Matthew’s clients span a range of sectors, but he has particular expertise in working with organisations within healthcare, logistics, leisure, local government, aviation, insurance and bloodstock. He also acts for senior executives.

Matthew is the UK contributor to the American Bar Association’s Global Guide to Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law.

Matthew also advises on issues relating to data protection and information management, including implementation of the GDPR, dealing with subject access requests and advising organisations on loss of data, data theft and the data transfer.  He provides training on data protection compliance, both to businesses generally, and in specific contexts, in particular in respect of the transfer and use of health-related data.

Matthew’s recent work includes:

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