Health Ethics and Law Consulting (HELC), a health law and policy consulting firm, provides cutting edge legal, regulatory and policy advisory in the life sciences, health, gender, governance and other development sectors. The firm regularly advises government, the private sector, and international development agencies. Members of the HELC team have considerable experience in developing, drafting, researching, and analysing policies, health and gender legislation, health regulations, policies, and in conducting legal and other types of research and mapping.


HELC’s work includes conducting regulatory compliance audits for clients. We also provide registration and licensing support with regulatory bodies such as Nigeria’s drug regulatory agency NAFDAC, Lagos State’s health monitoring agency HEFAMAA, various states hospital boards, the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, the Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, amongst others.  We also provide our expertise in the areas of clinical trials regulations.

HELC also advises on private/public partnerships (PPPs) in health and other development areas.  HELC also advises on structuring agreements between academia and commercial ventures, including in the area of research and development.  HELC also provides advice on occupational health including health and safety issues, and environmental issues.

HELC’s work has included advisory on legal and regulatory risk management for health businesses. Recent clients have included a sexual and reproductive health services company. It also provides advice on food and drug law regulation and compliance, and health-related litigation.

It does extensive work on medical negligence, including litigation and dispute resolution.


Our work includes law reform, drafting of new legislation and policies in the areas of health, gender, child rights etc.  Our recent work has included participation in the Core Working Group that drafted the National Health Policy, drafting Lagos State’s Youth Policy, and providing technical expertise on the health insurance laws of Lagos and Kwara States. Our work in this area includes assistance to professional regulatory bodies and stakeholders who have an interest in legislative changes.

Health law is a relatively new area of practice. HELC has the best expertise in the country in this area. HELC runs training workshops for lawyers, health care business owners, government, judges and personnel in the areas of health law, health legal risk management, medical negligence. HELC also offers training in the areas of gender and law. It also provides research services.

Health ethics is a key component of effective health care delivery. This is increasingly recognised in the Nigerian context, with health care businesses acknowledging the needs of clients and patients. With a deep understanding of health ethics principles and related interpretations and applications, HELC provides advice on ethical behaviour in health care delivery, compliance with ethics codes, ethics code drafting, and assistance with ethics assessments. We have expertise in research ethics and provide advice and training in these areas. We also provide training in this area.


Our specialised focus allows us to provide our clients the best advice, focused attention, and desired results.  We bring an international perspective and an understanding of local contexts to our work. 
Our lawyers are the leading experts in health law and policy in Nigeria, possessing not only advanced degrees in law and other fields but experience, unique skill sets, and a deep interest in health, gender, and other cross-cutting or related areas. 
We are professional in our service delivery, always striving to exceed expectations and to provide value for money. We are sensitive to the needs of our clients and able and willing to handle complex and novel issues in our areas of expertise. 
“We follow closely new developments and emerging trends in the health care market in Nigeria and internationally. This enables us provide advice on proper strategies and risk management.”

Dr Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

Managing Partner