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Philippa Doyle

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Healthcare advisory


Philippa is a partner who has practiced almost exclusively in the health and social care sector for over 16 years.

In respect of social care, Philippa has provided advice and support to varied providers ranging from care home groups challenging local authority fee setting processes to the successful resistance of a safeguarding and fraud investigation into alleged mis-use of client monies. She also led a successful challenge to the Care Quality Commission on behalf of an independent living social care provider to the conduct of an inspector and the quality of the report itself, which resulted in a re-inspection by the CQC and a re-grading from “inadequate” to “good” for the provider.

Philippa also has an interest in data protection and freedom of information matters which continue to be hot topics particularly in respect of the private and NHS mix of healthcare services. She has provided training to front line staff in a large charity on data security.

She advises extensively on continuing healthcare matters, most specifically for clinical commissioning groups and NHS England in relation to responsible commissioner disputes, extensive reviews of periods of unassessed care, including a number of current judicial reviews in this area and recent challenges by providers and provider groups to monitor regarding the setting of continuing healthcare rates payable to care homes.

Aligned to this Philippa has worked closely with CCGs on Court of Protection matters and safeguarding cases involved CHC patients.

Philippa has provided training to independent funding request panels and supports CCG’s in decision making in respect of novel funding requests, including resisting threats of judicial review.

Philippa has previously specialised in advising primarily former PCTs and now NHS England in performers list and contractual matters impacting on the four contractor groups of GPs, dentists, opticians and pharmacists. Her extensive knowledge gained in this sector also enables her to offer candid and proactive advice to individual practitioners on the approach likely to be taken by NHS England to their particular situation to aide a realistic and swift conclusion to a situation. These skills will now also be transferred to supporting CCGs under co-commissioning.

She continues to support the NHSR (FHSAU), particularly in advising on complex dispute resolution matters involving termination of contracts and pharmacy appeals.

Philippa earned an MA in Healthcare Ethics from Leeds University in 2008 inspired by the inter-relationship between private and NHS health care.


Trained Le Brasseur J Tickle (1998 – 2000) and 18 months post qualification; Beachcroft Wansbroughs 2002 – 2005, Bevan Brittan 2005 – 2007, Hempsons 2008, Partner 2018


Basic French and German


The Law Society


Sheffield High School for Girls,  University of Newcastle upon Tyne (LLB 2:1 1994-97), Northumbria University LPC (1998),  Leeds University LLM in Health Care Ethics 2007-09

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Hempsons ’ ‘knowledge of the charities sector is second to none. Its advice is of excellent quality and it is served with a positive ‘can do’ attitude’. Ian Hempseed heads the department and has a ‘great ability to get things done’; Hempseed garners considerable praise as someone who is ‘excellent on governance with a first-class understanding of charity law and company law’. On employment matters for charities Martin Cheyne  delivers ‘exceptional value for money with quick response times and great insight’ and associate Philippa Doyle  ‘always positively assists us’. 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 ‘effective advice due to its outstanding sector knowledge’. Other key clients include Turning Point, Salvation Army Trust as well as National Childbirth Trust.

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