Paul Werrell has joined the healthcare team at Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV) as a partner. Paul’s appointment follows recent growth in the team as leading healthcare practice Lockharts merged with VWV on 30 January.

Paul has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, and previously trained and qualified at Reading-based firm Clarks. Since 2004, he has specialised in working for clients in the healthcare sector, with a mixed caseload of contentious and non-contentious work.

Paul has a particular expertise advising GP practices and individual GPs. Paul has a wealth of experience drafting partnership deeds and other partnership related documents and has helped many clients to resolve their partnership disputes or disputes with NHS England, whether in court and arbitration, or through mediation and negotiation.

VWV managing partner Simon Heald said: ‘With the healthcare sector having to adapt to frequent regulatory changes and new demands, Paul’s experience will enhance our current team of 31 specialists.’

Paul said: ‘The merger of VWV with Lockharts creates real strength and depth. GP practices are increasingly collaborating together, or looking at mergers. VWV has a national reputation for its deep knowledge of the healthcare sector and understands the issues facing clients and how to find solutions to their problems.

‘The team has the expertise to advise on complicated transactions, which can be a minefield for the inexperienced.’