Sarah Ellson, Partner, Regulatory, Life Sciences & Healthcare

Sarah Ellson, Partner, Regulatory, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Fieldfisher

I have specialised in public and regulatory law for over 18 years and co-head the Regulatory Group. I advise regulators as well as businesses operating in highly regulated sectors and have a particular interest in health and life sciences but also in psychotherapy, education, sport, surveying, legal and finance.

Acknowledged as a leading individual in both professional discipline and healthcare regulation, I am often involved in strategic advice in relation to regulation and compliance. This may be in the development or implementation of new regulatory frameworks or supporting innovative businesses as they navigate the regulatory landscape. I train and support decision makers at public bodies and act for clients bringing and defending judicial review cases. Drawing on my extensive experience in public and administrative law I provide independent audit and review services to Boards and Senior Executive Teams in relation to complaints handling, disciplinary processes and governance reviews.

I enjoying enabling clients to fulfil their objectives and clients tell the legal directories "she's fantastic, both accessible and concise. She absolutely understands what we need and provides not only advice but realistic solutions to problems" referring to my "practical approach" "hands-on as well as being very capable and very dynamic" and "incisive, considered advice".

I am the global editor for the Healthcare Law Review and co-author the England chapter. My work with Life Sciences clients includes appeals against NICE decisions, work on mitochondrial donation in embryos and advising on digital healthcare products and services.

I am a member and former Committee member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.

I regularly provide training for Case Examiners, Investigating and Fitness to Practise or Conduct Committees. I spoke at the CLT conference in March 2018 on Professional Discipline and Regulation and every year host a 2 day event for Universities on Student Fitness to Practise. I have presented internationally including in the Middle East on aspects of regulation.

I am a keen mountaineer and enjoy life on my Peak District small-holding


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