The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon


Work 01423 522331
Fax 01423 724047

Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2


Hempsons provides 'high quality advice and practical support' to NHS trusts and health authorities during litigation. The team brings its considerable expertise to bear in assessing the legitimacy of claims and ensuring a rapid settlement with the view of protecting NHS resources and public money. The workload consists mostly of high value and specialist cases, from spinal cord and cauda equina to child abuse and brain damage. The 'hugely experienced, intuitive and pragmatic' Kathleen Wilson handles sensitive and complex  cases on behalf of NHS trusts and health authorities, while the similarly experienced Adrienne D’Arcy is head of the Harrogate team.

Practice head(s):Adrienne D’Arcy

Other key lawyers:Kathleen Wilson; Adam Hartrick; Helen Freeman


'A small team with unrivalled knowledge of the healthcare sector'.

'The team is extremely client focused, especially at the more senior levels.'

'High quality advice and helpful practical support.'

'Kathleen Wilson is a hugely experienced solicitor with an intuitive and pragmatic approach to litigation. She is particularly skilled in dealing with maximum value quantum claims and bringing them to a successful and speedy conclusion.'

'Chloe Davies is outstanding - unstinting in her commitment and work ethic.'

'The Hempsons team is comprised of highly experienced, dedicated and professional lawyers but ones with whom you can still have an easygoing conversation and who are good humoured.'

'Adam Hartrick and Stephen Evans are both brilliant to work with; extremely knowledgeable and experienced - you relax when you know they are involved.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford District Care Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust


Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Succeeded in establishing that a compensation claim against the NHS was fraudulently exaggerating the effect of minor injuries - a landmark case, as it was the first time that an NHS Trust has engaged in proceedings of this kind.
  • Successfully advised Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in a case over chronic pain allegedly caused by a negligently performed injection during surgery.
  • Acted for The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust & South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in a case relating to the alleged failure to provide appropriate psychiatric treatment to the claimant resulting in a failed suicide attempt.
Rising stars

Chloe Davies - Hempsons

[back to top]

Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2


Hempsons’ charities and social enterprise team operates across the firm's four UK office, with the Yorkshire arm of the practice run out of the firm's Harrogate base. The practices combines its corporate and charities capabilities with the firm's wider expertise in health and social care. The local team is led by associate Helen Hirst, who joined the firm in 2018 from Schofield Sweeney, working in tandem with the 'very knowledgeable' national practice head Ian Hempseed  in London. The firm's credentials in the sector were underlined by its recent appointment by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as the prime contractor for GoMutual consortium to support new public service mutuals.

Practice head(s):Helen Hirst

Other key lawyers:Faisal Dhalla


'A strong team, especially in the health sector.'

Key Clients

AAGBI Foundation

Anchor Trust

Anthony Nolan

Autism Plus Limited

Avalon Group, The

Avenues East

Avenues London

Avenues South East

Avenues, Trust Group, The

Avocet Trust

Battersea Dogs Home


British Heart Foundation

British Home & Hospital for Incurables

Bury Hospice

Camden Society

Charities Trust

Children’s Trust

Christie Charitable Fund, The

Conservation Fund, The

Dame Alice Owen’s Foundation

Demelza House Children’s Hospice

DKMS Bone Marrow Donor Centre

Douglas Macmillan Hospice

Energy Institute

Ergonomics Society

Ethos Academy Trust

European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Federation of Jewish Services

Foundation Trust Network, The

Francis Crick Institute, The

Groundwork North East

Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Services

International Federation of Gynaecology & Obstetrics

Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

London’s Air Ambulance Ltd

Lowry Centre Trust

Macmillan Cancer Support

Making Space

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Charity

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

National Association for Hospital Education

National Childbirth Trust


North West Air Ambulance

Outward Bound Trust

Overseas Development Institute

Pilgrim’s Hospices in East Kent

Pure Innovations Ltd

Ramblers Association

ReVitalise Respite Holidays

Richmond Fellowship

Royal College of Paediatrics

Royal Exchange Theatre Company

Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Royal Mencap Society

Royal Pharmaceuticals Society of GB

Royal Society for Public Health

Sheffield Hospitals Trust & Related Charities

St Gemma’s Hospice

St George’s Police Children Trust

St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice

Sue Ryder

Tees Valley Community Foundation

Trustees of the London Clinic Limited

Turning Point

Voiceability Advocacy

Wellcome Trust

Wilf Ward Family Trust

Wirrall Autistic Society

York Conservation Trust

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Young Foundation

Zoological Society of London

Work highlights

  • Acted for Autism Plus when it entered into a merger agreement with another charity to become a subsidiary. When later both charities decided the collaboration opportunities had not materialised, Hempsons helped terminate the merger arrangement.
  • Advised Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service on its acquisition of the Harrogate Community House Trust.
  • Developed a range of commercial agreements for Yorkshire Cancer Research to use with the various partners and sponsors so that they could benefit from working with the charity and its brand.
  • Advising Ethos Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust of alternative provision academies through a helpline service.
  • Advising the National Association for Hospital Education on its formation as a membership organisation.

[back to top]

Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 1


Health and social care boutique Hempsons has expansive expertise in this area, fielding healthcare, corporate and commercial, social care, projects, employment and real estate teams to handle matters including procurement, primary care issues and litigation, among others. Adrian Parker heads up the procurement offering, while Crispin Pettifer is the key name for projects and construction work. Andrew Davidson handles employment issues, Adrienne D’Arcy is a healthcare litigator, Stephen Evans focuses on mental health issues, and Ross Clark is a GP expert.

Practice head(s):Adrian Parker

Other key lawyers:Crispin Pettifer; Andrew Davidson; Adrienne D'Arcy; Stephen Evans; Ross Clark

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford District Care Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust


Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Salford CCG

Work highlights

  • Represented Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in successfully challenging Lancashire County Council in a procurement challenge for the provision of services.
  • Acted for Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in a case against an individual who was in contempt of court for exaggerating the effect of minor injuries and fraudulently claiming compensation against the NHS.
  • Advising Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the development of the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research.
  • Representing Humber Teaching NHS FT in a complex inquest relating to the death of a prisoner.
  • Assisted Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust on its procurement process to appoint a strategic estates partner.

[back to top]

Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.