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London: Corporate and commercial

Partnership - ranked: tier 2


Hempsons stands out for its expertise in medical partnerships; providing strategic advice to GPs and dental practices, as well as devising and implementing new structures for primary care at scale and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs). The group has particular experience in establishing and reorganising GP Provider Organisations, in addition to advising on acquisitions of failing practices by such structures. Ross Clark and Ian Hempseed jointly lead the department, and are ably supported new arrival Alison Oliver, who joined from Ward Hadaway in January 2019 and specialises in partnership and company law, NHS primary care and community services contracts. The group is on a number of panels, including NHS Resolution, Health Trust Europe and Crown Commercial Service.

Practice head(s):Ross Clark; Ian Hempseed

Other key lawyers:Alison Oliver; Bryn Morgan; Justin Cumberlege


'Depth of knowledge and understanding of healthcare sector makes Ross Clark a reliable and always helpful source of sound advice.'

'In the ever-changing world of NHS, it is always able to give up-to-date and relevant advice.'

'Extensive knowledge of healthcare sector requirements and at the leading edge of latest developments makes Hempsons stand out as a preferred legal adviser.'

Key Clients

Digital Medical Supplies UK Ltd (KRY)

Our Health Partnership

Integral Medical Holdings

Primary Care Sheffield Ltd

Haverstock Healthcare Limited

Barnet Federated GPs

Work highlights

  • Creation of a GP primary care provider organisation as part of the wider Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, which is the partnership leading on the health and social care aspects of devolution in Greater Manchester.
  • Renewal of a lease for dental practice – acting for the dental practice, we were ultimately successful, following testing negotiations, in concluding the renewal at a rent that was 33% less than the landlord’s starting position.
  • GP practice taking over contracts for the provision of GP services at two failed surgeries conditional on a redevelopment scheme involving agreement between five parties and the agreement of a novel structure to facilitate funding under the NHS Estates & Technology Transformation Fund.  The matter was successfully concluded on time and in a way which shielded our client from construction and reinstatement risks.
  • Collaboration of GP practices. The groups have all decided on contractual collaborations – allowing them to work more closely together without merging or forming a separate legal entity. They have essentially formed themselves into Primary Care Networks and are therefore in a strong position as those types of structures start to develop further.
Leading individuals

Ross Clark - Hempsons

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1


Hempsons' professional discipline team is 'extremely strong'. The team’s core work is focused on defending practitioners under investigation by the GMC, GDC and GOC, and representing appellants and respondents before the First Tier Tribunal, Family Health Service Authority and in the Administrative Court. It also acts for its extensive health and social care sector client base in complex investigations involving police, coroners, the NHS Counter Fraud Authority and the Health and Safety Executive. London-based Chris Morris is national professional discipline head and Tania Francis is a defendant clinical negligence expert. Manchester's Katherine Sheldrick is the northern team head, while Anne Ball heads up the crime and regulatory team. Katherine Sheldrick is also highly regarded; Hannah Stephenson was made partner in 2019; and Julie Hesketh was hired from Ryan Solicitors.

Practice head(s):Chris Morris; Katherine Sheldrick

Other key lawyers:Tania Francis; Anne Ball; Hannah Stephenson; Julie Hesketh


'The team has fast response times to any questions or calls made, and it is very knowledgeable and helpful'.

'Longstanding, high-quality expertise in looking after doctors and dentists - a leader in the field'.

'Chris Morris has vast experience'.

Key Clients

Medical Defence Union

NHS England

British Dental Association

Dental Defence Union

Care Quality Commission

Leading individuals

Chris Morris - Hempsons

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1


The healthcare litigation department at Hempsons demonstrates 'great breadth and in-depth knowledge of clinical negligence', offering round-the-clock advice to public and private healthcare organisations, charities and social enterprises which commission, regulate or provide health and social care services. The team is involved in complex and high value cases that regularly involve multiple defendants. Practice head Mary Menjou deals with cutting edge medical claims, including those involving rare genetic syndromes, tropical diseases, as well as gender transition cases. Previous Claimant work experience provides the 'unflappable' Gautam Chawla with a valuable insight into healthcare litigation involving medical issues like birth injury, delayed diagnosis of cancer, surgical claims and spinal damage. Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, is a growing focus of the practice for resolving claims.

Practice head(s):Mary Menjou

Other key lawyers:Nadya Wolferstan; John Holmes; Gautam Chawla


'Traditionally recognised in the clinical negligence field as a leader, Hempsons is able to handle cases at all levels. Fee earners are clever, knowledgeable and very easy to work with.'

'A great deal of thought goes into cases that reach the firm and their judgement as to the merits of cases is second to none.'

'A team which has a well established reputation but does not in any way rest on its laurels.'

'The team has a wealth of experience and access to  the best experts.'

'Mary Menjou is one of the most experienced partners anywhere in this field. She is a lawyer with a real feel for the work coupled with enormous practical skill.'

'Gautam Chawla is a first rate practitioner, with a fantastic intellect, great tactical nous and oodles of charm. Having seen matters from both sides of the fence, he has great insight into his opponents' minds.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Defence Union

Health Trust Europe

Crown Commercial Service

NHS Commercial Solutions


Work highlights

  • Hempsons was approached by the Jersey Primary Care Body to advise and assist with its lobbying tactics for the introduction of a statutory discount rate within the Channel Island.
  • Acting on behalf of East London NHS Foundation Trust in a contentious inquest focusing on the death of a 35-year-old woman with a diagnosis of several mental health disorders, who resided at a private provider commissioned by the NHS.
  • Instructed on behalf of NHS Resolution in an inquest related to the alleged substandard management of ischaemic small bowel and negligent failure to diagnose and treat bile salt malabsorption and vitamin B12 deficiency thereafter.
  • Acted on behalf of East London NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest regarding the alleged insufficient efforts by the mental health team to assess a deceased patient and provide treatment.
Next Generation Partners

Gautam Chawla - Hempsons

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London: Private client

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


With Ian Hempseed at the helm, Hempsons provides the full spectrum of legal services to charities from corporate and social care matters through to employment and real estate issues. Hempseed also works closely with organisations and entrepreneurs in developing appropriate legal structures for social enterprises. It is a national offering that is skilled at advising on a broad range of complex and high-value projects and cases. The group also acts for many Royal Charter corporations which are charities and is experienced at dealing with governance reviews and at liaising with the Privy Council to obtain consents to any constitutional changes. Nadeem Azhar is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ian Hempseed

Other key lawyers:Nadeem Azhar

Key Clients

AAGBI Foundation

Anchor Trust

Anthony Nolan

Autism Plus

Avalon Group

TheAvenues East

Avenues London

Avenues South East

Avenues Trust Group

Avocet Trust

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home


British Heart Foundation

British Home & Hospital for Incurables

Bury Hospice

Camden Society

Charities Trust

Children’s Trust

Christie Charitable Fund,

Conservation Volunteers,

Dame Alice Owen’s Foundation

Demelza House Children’s Hospice

DKMS Bone Marrow Donor Centre

Douglas Macmillan Hospice

Energy Institute

Ergonomics Society

European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Federation of Jewish Services

Foundation Trust Network,

The Francis Crick Institute,

Groundwork North East

International Federation of Gynaecology & Obstetrics

Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

London’s Air Ambulance

Lowry Centre Trust

Macmillan Cancer Support

Making Space

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Charity

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

National Childbirth Trust


North West Air Ambulance

Outward Bound Trust

Overseas Development Institute

Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent

Pure Innovations

Ramblers Association

ReVitalise Respite Holidays

Richmond Fellowship

Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

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

Turning Point

Voiceability Advocady

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 the Outward Bound Trust which completed a merger with CCHF All About Kids by acquiring its assets and funds.
  • Acted for Autism Plus on its demerger from another charity, Turning Point.
  • Advised Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service on its acquisition of the Harrogate Community House Trust.
  • Works closely with the company secretary, the chair and other senior management team of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation in the provision of governance support advice.
  • Advised the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on changes to the College regulations about composition of the trustees and their tenure of office as well as the process for the removal and reinstatement of its members.
Leading individuals

Ian Hempseed - Hempsons

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London: Public sector

Healthcare - ranked: tier 2


Hempsons fields 'one of the best specialist teams with impressive knowledge in the field of healthcare'. The practice advises on the full spectrum of issues affecting the healthcare sectors, such as corporate and commercial work, social care, regulatory issues, contentious matters and clinical negligence.  John Holmes largely focuses on mental health, inquests and related clinical claims, while regulatory partner Nadya Wolferstan is 'excellent, bright and remains calm under pressure'. Ian Hempseed advises on corporate and governance issues and also acts for prominent health charities and social enterprises. Tania Francis and Miriam Farley are also of note. Christian Dingwall left for Browne Jacobson LLP, and Jamie Foster and James Lawford Davis for Hill Dickinson LLP. Justin Cumberlege joined in April 2019 from Cripps Pemberton Greenish.

Practice head(s):Graham Lea

Other key lawyers:John Holmes; Nadya Wolferstan


'The firm traditionally has a very strong profile in healthcare.'

'Ian Hempseed is exceptionally knowledgeable in his field and combines this with accessible advice'

'Excellent team with efficient, knowledgeable and very responsive lawyers'.

'Hempsons have extensive experience of representing hospital trusts, NHS England, and practitioners in healthcare cases. They are rightly recognised nationwide for their expertise in this area and provide expert advice with excellent continuity of cost-effective representation to hospitals , insurers and individual doctors alike.'

'Nadya Wolferstan Is excellent - easy to work with, bright and calm under pressure.'

Key Clients

Medical Defence Union

NHS Resolution

NHS England

Work highlights

  • Advised East London NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest involving a deceased woman who resided at a private provider commissioned by the NHS and was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, complex personality disorder and other serious issues, who was refused assessment under the Mental Health Act and died several weeks later after being hit by a lorry whilst intoxicated.
  • Advised the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on various governance matters.
  • Advised Jersey Primary Care Body on its lobbying tactics for the introduction of a statutory discount rate.
Leading individuals

Ian Hempseed - Hempsons

John Holmes - Hempsons

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