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Hempsons’ senior partner, Janice Barber has experience in many areas of healthcare law; specialises in regulatory and employment law, data protection and information law. Leading cases in which Janice has been involved include R v Cox [1992], manslaughter, euthanasia, acting for the defendant; Howard v Dorset Health Authority [1993], hospital negligence, applicability of res ipsa loquitur principle in clinical negligence cases, for the defendant; Thomson v Black-James CA [1997], re foreseeability; Gryf-Lowczowski v Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust [2005] EWHC 2407 (HCL) QB; Stanley Royd Hospital Inquiry, led to the lifting of Crown Immunity for the NHS 1984; Orkney Child Abuse Inquiry [1991]; defended Mr Ledward in HC(90)0 GMC proceedings and prosecuted Mr Steven Walker Blackpool; United Leeds Hospital v Duncan Walker [1997], inquiry under HSG(95)25 and subsequent appeal to the Secretary of State; 2000 BSE inquiry; 2004, the mid Staffordshire inquiry 2013; and the vale of levan inquiry 2013. She was a member of the Chief Medical Officer’s Revalidation Advisory Group, which led to the publication of ‘Good Doctors, Safer Patients – proposals to strengthen the system to assure and improve the performance of doctors and to protect the safety of patients’ (2007) and a member of the Department of Health Working Party on Tackling Concerns Locally, sitting on the sub-group which reviewed the Performers Lists and chairing the Information Management sub-group, and is currently chair of NHS England's stakeholder vergence group, addressing issues in relation to medical revalidation.


Articled Hempsons; qualified 1983; partner Hempsons since 1984; currently seminars and lectures in all her specialist areas of practice.


University of Reading (1978 BA Hons first class); UCL (postgraduate diploma in employment law); King’s College, London (2005 postgraduate diploma in European law).

London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

Hempsons’ enviable client base includes NHS Resolution, the Care Quality Commission, numerous NHS trusts and foundation trusts, clinical commissioning groups and other major public, private and third sector organisations. The group previously handled the establishment of Our Health Partnership by way of a merger of 35 GP practices in central Birmingham and assisted NHS Trust Development Authority with the merger of Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust with South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Christian Dingwall specialises in corporate, commercial and public law work. Janice Barber is renowned for her expertise in legal matters related to the NHS and its activities. John Holmes, who is ‘always the calmest person in the room’, and Jamie Foster are also recommended.

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North: Public sector


Within: Health

Hempsons’ well-regarded team is led by Janice Barber, who is singled out for her regulatory and employment knowledge, and includes IT specialist Gill Hall and procurement expert Deborah Ramshaw, who joined in 2016 from Muckle LLP and Bond Dickinson LLP, respectively. Harrogate-based Ross Clark attracts praise for his GP expertise and is recommended for GP practice mergers. Also recommended are Stephen Evans, who focuses on mental health mandates and contentious issues, Richard Pickering, who acts in disputes, and Stephanie Green, who handles property issues for healthcare clients. Recent highlights include advising Newcastle North and East CCG on a Court of Protection application and assisting NHS Newcastle and Gateshead CCG with the procurement of its community services provision. NHS England, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Trust Development Authority are additional clients.

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