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Crispin Pettifer

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Projects; Construction and Commercial


Crispin is a partner in Hempsons’ corporate–commercial team, a role that involves advising on a wide range of contracts in health and social care contexts. He has over 20 years of contracting experience.

Crispin advises commissioners and providers on the contracting aspects of public services procurements, particularly the legal issues to address on advice on services transition, such as business transfer agreements where appropriate. He works closely with the firm’s procurement law experts.

Crispin is head of Hempsons’ projects and construction team and supports landowning institutions to deliver capital development projects and maintain and manage their estates and facilities. He is an expert in joint venture agreements, development agreements, building contracts, professional appointments, services contracts and outsourcing. He is currently focussed on Alternative Services Delivery Models (ASDM’s) and Strategic Estates Partnerships (SEPs), both of which involve the formation of new legal vehicles for the development and operation of non-clinical facilities and services within the NHS.


Trained: Farrer & Co; qualified 1993; Farrer & Co 1996-2002; Freeth Cartwright 2002-04; Hempsons 2005 to date; partner 2008.


Harrow School; Jesus College, Cambridge (1989 MA History); College of Law, Guildford (1990 CPE; 1991 LSF); King’s College, Cambridge, London (1998 MSc Construction Law and Arbitration).


Horses, gardens.

North: Public sector


Within: Health

Working closely with colleagues in Harrogate and Manchester, Hempsons’s Newcastle office acts for various public and private healthcare organisations, charities and social enterprises on corporate and commercial matters as well as procurement, employment and real estate issues pertaining to health and social care projects. It also handles healthcare litigation - a key area of expertise for Stephen Maratos, who made partner in July 2017; he handles a range of matters for NHS Resolution and medical defence organisations, often working in conjunction with the Manchester office. On the non-contentious, Crispin Pettifer routinely deals with contractual work; he heads the team following Janice Barber's appointment as a non-executive director of the West London Mental Health Trust. Deborah Ramshaw is the main contact for procurement mandates and Harrogate-based Martin Cheyne is best known for his employment law expertise. Associate Caroline Swift joined the team from Sintons LLP in May 2017 and advises GP practices on partnership agreements and GP practice mergers. Real estate expert Carol Bailey retired in December 2017.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Health

The 'friendly, approachable and knowledgeable multi-disciplinary' health and social care group at Hempsons are considered to be 'one of the leading firms in this practice area'.Adrian Parker heads up the 'first class team', which handles corporate and commercial transactions, health and social care advice, employment law, healthcare litigation and real estate issues. It is instructed by healthcare providers, social care clients and not for profit organisations, including the Primary Care Commissioning Community Interest Company. The 'commercial and pragmatic' Crispin Pettifer, alongside the 'diligent' associate Oliver Crich, advised Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on its procurement process for a strategic estates partnership. In another highlight, the 'amazing problem solver' Ross Clark led a team instructed by Cheshire Local Medical Committee to deliver a practice development programme to over 600 GPs and their practices, involving advice on preparation for CQC inspections, the GDPR and procurement. Also recommended are the 'hugely experienced' Stephen Evans and Adam Hartrick particularly in matters related to mental health, and inquests, respectively. 

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