James Clarke

Of Counsel,
Dubai, UAE

T. +971 4 528 5555
E. james.clarke@bsabh.com

James is a UK qualified lawyer who has been a partner in leading healthcare and life sciences sector specialist law firms for over 14 years and a sector specialist for over 23 years. In legal practice, James led a team of corporate and commercial lawyers specialising in healthcare and life sciences at a City of London based global firm, providing a broad range of services to the healthcare and life sciences sectors both domestically and internationally. James also has extensive experience of working as a specialist project consultant to the sector, drawing on his engineering background and knowledge of health economics. 

With a science and engineering background before entering law, James has added value to complex projects in the healthcare and associated sectors where an understanding of technical/scientific detail has delivered a significant advantage to the client. For example, on a hospital construction project involving the installation of new combined heat and power plant, he was able to highlight errors in the consulting engineers’ thermodynamics calculations, resulting in a commercial rebasing of part of the deal and delivering significant cost savings to the client over the lifetime of the project.

James has previously been invited as a guest lecturer by University of Wolverhampton for MSc Primary Health Care course. He developed a popular workshop on management of conflicts of interest for healthcare payers, and is a regular contributor to numerous international and domestic healthcare journals.  

He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. 

Areas of expertise
  • Environment, social and governance
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)
Highlights of experience
  • Advised the National Health Service in England and UK Department of Health in relation to the restructuring of the GBP 20billion national primary care budget
  • Advised government departments at ministerial level on various international trade missions, including to UAE, Malaysia and Colombia
  • Advised on the design, development, procurement and implementation of a cross-border logistics management and tracking system for blood and human tissue products
  • Advised a large hospital on a major construction project together with associated commercial and regulatory arrangements in respect of the installation, maintenance and monitoring of energy-saving plant and equipment
  • Drafted and developed many national standard form contracts used throughout the UK NHS system
  • Advised a government department in SE Asia on the development of a regulatory framework for cosmetic surgery including preparing draft regulations
  • Advised both public and private sector hospital networks on complex pathology services and facilities outsourcings and mergers
  • Worked with health economists on the development and implementation into a health system of a novel multi-criteria decision analysis algorithm for a global pharmaceuticals company
Education & qualifications
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, London Guildhall University, UK, 1998
  • Common Professional Examination, Wolsey Hall Oxford, UK, 1997
  • B. Eng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London UK, 1992
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