hlw Keeble Hawson has secured a £1.2m pay out plus costs for Sharpsmart – a global leader in safe healthcare waste management – following a two year litigation dispute with Healthcare Environmental Services.
Sharpsmart’s bespoke and reusable sharps containment system reduces injuries sustained by healthcare workers from needles or other sharp materials. The system is used by public and private sector organisations including hospitals, dentists, pharmacies, laboratories and nursing homes.
Founded in Australia in 1986, the parent company business employs over 800 people worldwide and regional clients include Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust.
Sharpsmart, a long-standing client of hlw Keeble Hawson, commissioned the firm’s expertise in a dispute with Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) which involved Sharpsmart providing a service on behalf of HES to a consortium of NHS hospitals in the North East of England.
Neil Robinson a spokesperson for Sharpsmart, said: “hlw Keeble Hawson’s extensive expertise has been invaluable in bringing the dispute to a successful conclusion for Sharpsmart.
“The case also reinforces the importance for sub contactors to act swiftly and commission expert legal advice from litigation specialists who can guide them on the most appropriate course of action.”
Michael Peacock, hlw Keeble Hawson partner and head of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution team, said: “We were pleased to draw on our experience to secure a positive outcome.
“Sharpsmart is a highly respected and successful safe sharps management leader whose system is used in thousands of healthcare facilities in countries worldwide including UK, Australia, USA, South Africa and New Zealand.”
hlw Keeble Hawson’s 13-strong litigation and dispute resolution team is consistently recommended by the Legal 500 guide.