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Tom
Smith

Practice Lead, Public Services
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Tom Smith

Tom is a Practice Lead for political due diligence at Global Counsel. Tom has over ten years’ experience working in UK politics in the Westminster parliament, and subsequently in political consultancies. Most recently, he has specialised in advising private equity funds and other investors on political risk in the UK and Europe. He has worked on over 50 M&A processes across a broad range of sectors.

At Global Counsel, Tom advises investor clients on navigating UK and EU politics, policy and regulatory frameworks. He specialises in health, education and business services. He advises investors on political risk and opportunity at the point of investment and on strategies to accommodate the consequences of political change throughout the investment cycle.

Latest Insights by Tom Smith

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The future of the physician: practice and policy

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Globally there is a growing gap between supply and demand of medical professionals. Advanced healthcare systems such as the UK’s National Health Service are no exception. Vacancy rates across the service have increased and waiting lists for elective care across a range of specialisms are at politically unsustainable highs. For NHS policymakers, this is fundamentally a…

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NHS and Amazon: is privacy being sold down the river?

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The decision by the NHS to share basic health assessment information with Amazon for use through its Alexa virtual assistant service may appear an effective way of reducing pressure on primary care services, but a question arises of what Amazon will do with all the ostensibly valuable data it gleans, and whether this will be shared with the NHS. Against a backdrop of a…

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NHSX: getting the basix right

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Global Counsel Senior Director, Stephen Adams, Practice Lead, Tom Smith and Senior Associate, Giulia Corsi discuss her latest blog on the launch of NHSX, its objectives, and its chances of succeeding.

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UK-US Trade: Is the NHS 'on the table'?

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There are few UK political issues like the NHS – beloved, sacrosanct and elaborately celebrated and protected by politicians of almost any stripe. So it is inevitable that political alarm bells ring at the idea that the UK’s national health service would be ‘on the table’ in a possible UK-US trade agreement – an idea that got some airplay during President Trump’s visit to…

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