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Ian Hempseed

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Work Department

Charities and social enterprise; Practitioners


Ian is a charity and corporate lawyer who has a wide range of experience in the field of commercial, constitutional and governance law. He heads up the Charities and Social Enterprise team at Hempsons – and our Practitioner team. His broad expertise in advising charities, social enterprises and other not for profit organisations enables us to provide pragmatic and proactive advice to the sector as a whole.

He also works closely with organisations, public sector staff and entrepreneurs in developing appropriate legal structures for social enterprises.

GPs, private consultants and other health professionals call upon Ian’s help to create appropriate corporate vehicles, particularly for consortium working.

Ian is regularly invited by external organisations to run workshops and training sessions on a wide range of topics affecting charities and social enterprises.

Ian Hempseed is also a Mutuals Ambassador for the Mutuals Programme run by the Cabinet Office. One of the aims of the Mutuals Programme is to drive the creation of new public service mutuals across public service.

Ian is a trustee of Power to Change.


Hill Taylor Dickinson 1985-96; associate 1990 in company commercial department; assistant solicitor Hempsons 1996; partner since 1997. Publications of note: co-author of ‘Healthy Business – a guide to social enterprise in health and social care’ (2nd edition) and ‘Spinning out of (Whose) Control’ (2013).


Charity Law Association; Social Enterprise UK; RSA - fellow


Uppingham School; St Anne’s College, Oxford (1982 BA).


Hill walking, the environment, reading, cricket.

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

Hempsons is 'clearly a market leader in the medical partnership field', a reputation that is embodied by its practice head, 'problem-solver' Ross Clark , who possesses 'superb knowledge of NHS systems'. In addition to an active medical M&A practice, he also has significant experience in the formation of primary care partnership models and the establishment and reorganisations of GP Provider Organisations (GPPOs). 'Good communicator' and 'clear-thinker' Ian Hempseed advised Encompass GP Partnerships to incorporate a company limited by shares for the purpose of representing the practices within its locality and enabling it to bid for specific contracts. Faisal Dhalla is noted for his expertise in partnership disputes, while Bryn Morgan specialises in real estate issues arising out of medical partnerships. Known for providing 'frank advice', Lynne Abbess retired in July 2017, but is often called upon as a consultant.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Ian Hempseed - Hempsons

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Hempsons¬†‚Äô ‚Äėknowledge of the charities sector is second to none. Its advice is of excellent quality and it is served with a positive ‚Äėcan do‚Äô attitude‚Äô. Ian Hempseed¬†heads the department and has a ‚Äėgreat ability to get things done‚Äô; Hempseed garners considerable praise as someone who is ‚Äėexcellent on governance with a first-class understanding of charity law and company law‚Äô. On employment matters for charities Martin Cheyne¬† delivers ‚Äėexceptional value for money with quick response times and great insight‚Äô and associate Philippa Doyle¬† ‚Äėalways positively assists us‚Äô. The group acts for an impressive array of clients and has been advising the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (a Royal Charter corporation) on various matters including advising the Chief Executive on diverse governance issues such as on a series of changes to its by-laws. The team provides ‚Äėeffective advice due to its outstanding sector knowledge‚Äô. Other key clients include Turning Point, Salvation Army Trust as well as National Childbirth Trust.

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London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

Hempsons'¬†‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô specialist health and social care practice handles a wide range of healthcare regulatory, life sciences and corporate work for an impressive roster of clients including NHS trusts, the Care Quality Commission, and ¬†private and third sector providers. Key contacts within the sizeable team are Christian Dingwall,¬†who has ‚Äėunrivalled experience‚Äô in NHS governance and services configuration; recent work includes advising NHS Burley CCG on putting in place interim alliance contracting arrangements, and Manchester Primary Care Providers relating to the establishment of the Manchester Local Care Organisation with its partners (Manchester CC and the Manchester acute and mental health trusts). Miriam Farley¬†focuses on clinical negligence and high value brain injury claims, while Ian Hempseed¬† advises charities and social enterprises, and counts The Health and Work Community Interest Company (Syngentis) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as clients. Jamie Foster¬†has notable experience in the management of complex projects and transactions, having recently advised on the merger of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHSFT and University Hospital South Manchester NHSFT.¬†Other contacts to note are Janie Barber in healthcare regulatory and employment and Tania Francis¬† specialises in advising healthcare practitioners.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Highlighted for '>good sector knowledge' and 'first class response times' Hempsons' charities and social enterprise team offers 'an excellent service' that is 'good value for money'. London-based Ian Hempseed heads up the national practice which includes Faisal Dhalla in the firm's Harrogate office. With an 'excellent reputation for health and social care', the team is instructed by a significant amount of organisations in this sector. It is advising Syngentis, a health work and community interest company, on the winding up of operations; and advising Grace’s Place Children’s Hospice on its merger with Forget Me Not Hospice. Clients in the region include Yorkshire Cancer Research, York Conservation Trust and Autism Plus.

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