Fox Williams acted as lead legal counsel advising on the sale of One Ashford Hospital and One Hatfield Hospital to Phoenix Hospital Group, one of the UK’s leading independent healthcare providers. Corporate partner Guy Morgan led the Fox Williams team, assisted by corporate legal director Beth Silkin, corporate associate Hollie Allen and trainee solicitor Joseph Cannon. Real estate partner Nish Kapoor and legal director Rebecca Facey led on the real estate aspects of the deal and legal director Tom Pennington-Hare advised on employment matters.

One Ashford Hospital opened in March 2016 and One Hatfield Hospital opened in December 2017. As well as providing full surgical services, both are equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging equipment to help specialists provide a timely and accurate diagnosis.

The acquisition will allow Phoenix to add to its growing portfolio of state-of-the-art medical centres and expand its successful model of high-quality, patient-centric care to new markets in Kent and Hertfordshire.

Guy Morgan said: “We are delighted to have assisted our client in successfully navigating the complex issues raised by this landmark transaction. Our top-tier M&A team brought to bear our unique expertise and experience to advise on the matter.”

Des Shiels, One Healthcare CEO, commented: “One Ashford Hospital treated its first patient in March 2016, and One Hatfield Hospital in December 2017. Since then, both Hospitals have become an integral part of the delivery of healthcare in their local communities, providing the highest quality of care to our patients.

“We are very grateful to Guy, Beth and the whole Fox Williams team for their invaluable advice and support on this deal, which will provide a stable and secure future for the One Healthcare Hospitals.”


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