Firm Profile > Hempsons > London, England

Hempsons
100 WOOD STREET
LONDON
EC2V 7AN
England

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

A range of clients, including public and private healthcare organisations, and charities who plan, commission, regulate or provide health services, instruct the team at Hempsons. The firm has an 'exceptional reputation in the field', and is noted particularly for a 'depth of experience' which spans complex and high-value claims, including those involving multiple defendants. Practice head Mary Menjou, noted by a client as 'one of the stars in the field', has extensive experience of both trial work and unusual claims, including those relating to the latest neurosurgical techniques and exceptionally rare genetic syndromes. The team also fields Gautam Chawla, who brings a knowledge of both claimant and defendant matters to a broad range of medical issues, including cardiac failure, gastrointestinal injury, and general surgical claims.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

An exceptional reputation in the field, built up over many years.

The Hempsons team has high quality work and a depth of experience which marks it out.

Gautam Chawla is a delightful practitioner who is commercial in his approach to litigation risk and who represents NHS defendants with great care and tact.

Mary Menjou is one of the stars in the field.

 

Key clients

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Resolution

Professional discipline Tier 1

National health and social care law firm Hempsons has 'an unparalleled reputation in professional discipline in the healthcare sector'. The highly-respected and growing national regulatory and crime team now comprises 23 specialist lawyers. In a major development, the firm merged with Eastwoods in January 2020, which heralded the arrivals of experienced partners Adam Smith and Surjit Dubb, as well as consultant Simon Eastwood and associate Stephen Hooper. The specialist team advises clients operating in the health and social care sectors, as well as those in the sports, police, fiduciaries and corporate executives spheres. London-based Chris Morris is the national regulatory and crime team head. In Manchester, Katherine Sheldrick is the northern regulatory and crime team head. Other experienced practitioners are healthcare expert Anne Ball and Tania Francis. In 2019, Hannah Stephenson made partner and Julie Hesketh joined from Ryan Solicitors.

Testimonials

Katheryn Sheldrick is a highly intelligent and committed lawyer. She knows GMC law and practice inside out. She is incredibly efficient and knowledgeable. She is a pleasure to work with. A blessing to any client.’

I found the level of commitment to client care at Hempsons to be quite exceptional. Both lawyers I have worked with were tireless in their determination to ensure a good result for their clients, and both are extremely knowledgeable of their fields. I also think they have handled the COVID crisis admirably – I have not noticed any downturn. In fact, they seem to be going above and beyond in these difficult circumstances.’

Hempsons is one of the first tier firms acting on behalf of doctors, pharmacists and NHS Trusts before Medical Practitioners Tribunal Services and the General Pharmaceutical Council. They are true experts in medical crime and Inquests and have a team of highly experienced practitioners. The service they provide to clients is literally second to none. They are highly competent and experienced in their specialist areas. In addition, they are in my experience extremely efficient and likeable. I have worked with all of the team over many years, with partners and senior associates from both the London and Manchester offices and I have recommended them without hesitation to any doctor who requires specialised advice.’

Kathryn Sheldrick: Partner. Genuinely one of the most empathetic solicitors I know when dealing with clients…even when the client doesn’t deserve it.

Incredibly well prepared. Very knowledgeable on the procedure and tribunal rules.’

The recent merger between Eastwoods and Hempsons has further strengthened the combined team’s ability to provide an expert service in the professional discipline sphere. Hempsons already had a strong professional discipline team but the addition of the Eastwood’s team in very significant as it brings in a specialist team with depth and length of experience. It is also particularly important that the team also practice in the allied spheres of crime, inquests and clinical negligence as they are often interlinked.

Simon Eastwood – the doyen of the professional discipline world. Simon has long been known as one of the most experienced practitioners in this field. He built up Eastwoods to become the premier niche firm before merging with Hempsons. Completely dedicated to his clients. Surjit Dubb – partner in London. Very experienced, always prepared to go the extra mile for his client. Stephen Hooper – senior associate and fast-rising star in this field as well as crime and clinical negligence. Highly intelligent with excellent judgment, a very good advocate in his own right.’

Utterly professional, incisive judgment identifying the relevant issues and the evidence needed to reach the correct solution. Client care is foremost but with an ability to give firm advice however difficult. Papers are meticulously prepared, showing a good understanding of the case, identifying key points and those matters upon which advice is sought. They are equally strong on medical and dental matters in particular.’

Key clients

Medical Defence Union

NHS England

Dental Defence Union

CQC

UK Haemophilia Centres Doctors Organisation (UKHCDO)

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The 'hardworking and engaged' Ian Hempseed heads the team at Hempsons, which advises charitable organisations on the full spectrum of legal issues, from corporate and commercial matters through to social care and real estate issues. It has a national offering and is adept at handling high-value projects and cases. The practice also has particular strength in acting for many Royal Charter corporations which are charities and frequently liaises with the Privy Council to obtain consents to constitutional changes for these bodies. The firm also works closely with organisations and entrepreneurs in the development of appropriate legal structures for social enterprises.

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Testimonials

Hempsons has an established charity and social enterprise practice and a strong reputation, with a dedicated national team across the firm

Ian Hempseed provides pragmatic and proactive advice. He has highly impressive specialist knowledge of the charity sector

Hempsons has an outstanding team of lawyers with expertise in all aspects of charity law, governance, conveyancing, property management, contractual issues, HR and employment law, and much more. We have found Hempsons to be far and away the most experienced team, with a can-do attitude. The lawyers always go the extra mile and even respond over weekends and holiday periods when it comes to urgent and pressing advice required

Ian Hempseed is extremely competent in charity law, mergers, governance, social enterprises, commercial matters and a whole range of other issues, including trustee support, governance, etc

The practice is very good at taking the time to think through the specific and unique aspects of my business. Our operating practices are not necessarily standard but staff at Hempsons put in the additional time and effort to understand this, and display great patience in dealing with our staff on issues. There is a pragmatism to the approach which is very much appreciated

The individuals I have worked with stand out through their pragmatic and patient approach. Calmness and professionalism are clear attributes. Work is promptly delivered and advice is always sound and helpful

Very well informed about the UK charity sector and the compliance needs associated with both the Charity Commission and Companies House

‘Ian Hempseed is excellent – hardworking and engaged, and popular with clients

Key clients

Zoological Society London

Outward Bound Trust

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

Royal College of Paediatrics

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

Energy Institute 7

The Christie Charitable Fund

The Movember Europe

Liverpool PSS

York Conservation Trust

Henshaws Society for Blind People

AAGBI Foundation

Age UK North Tyneside

Anchor Trust

Aspens Charities

Autism Plus Limited

The Avalon Group

Avenues East

Avenues London

Avenues South East

The Avenues Trust Group

Avocet Trust

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Birtenshaw

British Home & Hospital for Incurables

Cats Protection

Charities Trust

Christians Against Poverty

The Conservation Volunteers

Dame Alice Owen’s Foundation

Demelza House Children’s Hospice

DKMS Bone Marrow Donor Centre

Douglas Macmillan Hospice

European Assoc for Cardio Thoracic Surgery

Federation of Jewish Services

The Francis Crick institute Limited

Groundwork North East

Harrogate District Hospice Care

The Healthcare Management Trust

International Federation Of Gynecology & Obstetrics

Lowry Centre Trust

Macmillan Cancer Support

Making Space

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Charity

Maritime Educational Foundation

Musicians Benevolent Fund

National Childbirth Trust

NFER

North West Air Ambulance

Overseas Development lnstitute

Pure Innovations Limited

ReVitalise Respite Holidays

Royal Exchange Theatre Company

Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Royal Mencap Society

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB

Sheffield Hospitals Charity

St Gemma’s Hospice Leeds

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

Wellcome Trust

WilfWard Family Trust

Wirral Autistic Society

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Healthcare Tier 2

Hempsons fields a 'very strong team' with 'lots of experience in this sector', advising public and private healthcare organisations on matters such as intra-NHS transactions, joint ventures and major procurement deals. Based in London, John Holmes leads the team, which acts for over a third of the UK's mental health trusts, while Mary Menjou - 'a real star in her field' - leads the clinical negligence team. Ian Hempseed, Tania Francis, and Miriam Farley are also highly regarded. In April 2019, Justin Cumberlege joined the London office from Cripps Pemberton Greenish, while in January 2020, Adam Smith and Surjit Dubb joined from Eastwoods.

Testimonials

Very strong team, lots of experience in this sector, and everyone I work with is committed, clever, and skilled, as well as sensible.

Mary Menjou is hugely experienced and committed to all the cases she supervises – a real star in her field.’

The whole team is personable and makes me feel like I am their only client. They are very knowledgeable and I am confident in their ability to represent my trust with professionalism and confidence.’

When in court they are able to pinpoint concerns on both sides and treat them in a necessary manner without asking unnecessary questions.’

All staff members have an excellent rapport and only ask questions when necessary and not raising matters because they feel they need to.

Key clients

NHS Resolution & Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Healthbridge Direct

UKHCDO – The United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors’ Organisation

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Partnership Tier 2

At Hempsons, clients note the 'breadth and depth of knowledge of the NHS and associated health care systems', and the firm excels in the field of medical partnerships. The group is well-versed in the development of primary care networks and repurposing GP federations to support them. Other areas of expertise include issues arising from GP practices, such as NHS pensions and the transfer of employees following mergers. Ross Clark in Harrogate jointly leads the team alongside London-based partner Ian Hempseed, who specialises in constitutional and governance issues. Alison Oliver in Newcastle is developing a strong practice in relation to primary care networks, particularly in the North East.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

There is a high level of collaboration between partners and colleagues in the firm so they have a good level of awareness of each other’s expertise and skills, enabling appropriate involvement.’

There is a breadth and depth of knowledge of the NHS and associated health care systems.’

Friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.’

Alison Oliver has good people skills and is very straightforward to work with. She is very precise in her work and diligent in relation to targets and deadlines.’

Key clients

Our Health Partnership

Primary Care Sheffield Ltd

Barnet Federated GPs

Bury GP Practices Ltd

Lincolnshire and District Medical Services

Salford Primary Care Together

North East Derbyshire Healthcare

The Middlewood Partnership

Viaduct Health

Healthbridge Direct

Crime: general Tier 4

Following its acquisition of legacy Eastwoods in January 2020, healthcare and regulatory specialist Hempsons  has significantly boosted its general crime offering. The team has gained strength across cases involving allegations of manslaughter, sexual offences, child pornography, fraud and bribery. In addition, the team assists clients facing investigation by bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive. The team is led by Chris Morris and features 'go-to partner' Surjit Dubb.

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Testimonials

Hempsons already had a strong crime team but the addition of the Eastwood’s team in very significant as it brings in a specialist team . It is also particularly important that the team also practice in the allied spheres of professional discipline, inquests and clinical negligence as they are often interlinked‘.

Surjit Dubb is a go-to partner for criminal matters in London, with a wealth of experience in serious sexual offences involving professionals’

Health Tier 1

Hempsons is a national leader for advice to health and social care providers, offering the full spectrum of legal services through its healthcare, corporate commercial, social care, projects employment and real estate teams, leading clients through complex, high-value projects and cases. Adrian Parker, Crispin Pettifer, Ross Clark, Richard Nolan, Philippa Doyle, Andrew Davidson, Adrienne D’Arcy and Jane Donnison lhead the team, mainly out of the Harrogate office, which not only offers a multi-disciplinary service to the NHS regionally but also is part of the national services offering. In 2019 Hempsons secured a place on NHS Resolution’s panel.

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

Locala

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset Estates Partnership LLP

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

Health Tier 1

Recent arrivals at associate level to the team at Hempsons have strengthened its offering advising on high-value employment law and commercial disputes, leasing matters and inquests. In addition to its expertise in corporate and procurement work, a key focus for head Crispin Pettifer, the practice frequently carries out healthcare litigation work, in which claimant costs are disputed and significant discounts achieved. Stephen Maratos is the key name to note for such contentious matters. Also recommended at the firm are Deborah Ramshaw and Alison Oliver, the latter of whom has particular experience in advising GP surgeries.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Very clear commitment to understanding the sector and where it is going, both practically and philosophically.

Alison Oliver is always very clear and responsive in her communication and extremely thorough in her work.

Health Tier 1

Hempsons provides the full spectrum of legal services in the healthcare sector to clients including public and private healthcare organisations, health-focused charities and social enterprises, and organisations in the life sciences industry. The team counts commercial disputes work, healthcare advisory matters and primary care advice as key areas of strength. Anne Ball heads the team and has extensive experience in defending healthcare practitioners in civil, regulatory and criminal proceedings. Oliver Crich is noted for his advice on commercial contracts and public procurement law.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team takes a clear-headed and commercial approach to its work.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Defense Union

Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mersey Care NHS Trust

NHS East Lancashire CCG

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Hempsons has a high level of experience in social care and charity work, and advises a wide range of clients. The practice is capable of handling a broad range of charity related matters for its corporate and real estate clients through a strong multi-disciplinary approach. National practice head Ian Hempseed and 'exceptional' associate Helen Hirst jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

An excellent team which provides advice and guidance in a pragmatic, useful way.’

They are approachable and provide considered expert opinions.’

Helen Hirst is an exceptional individual who provided a wonderful training programme to our Corporate Trustee, supporting them in understanding their roles and accountabilities.’

Key clients

Zoological Society London

Outward Bound Trust

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

Royal College of Paediatrics

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Fdn.

Energy Institute 7

The Christie Charitable Fund

Movember Europe

Liverpool PSS

York Conservation Trust

Henshaws Society for Blind People

AAGBI Foundation

Age UK North Tyneside

Anchor Trust

Aspens Charities

Autism Plus Limited

The Avalon Group

Avenues East

Avenues London

Avenues South East

The Avenues Trust Group

Avocet Trust

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Birtenshaw

British Home & Hospital for Incurables

Cats Protection

Charities Trust

Christians Against Poverty

TheConservation Volunteers

Dame Alice Owen’s Foundation

Demelza House Children’s Hospice

DKMS Bone Marrow Donor Centre

Douglas Macmillan Hospice

European Assoc for Cardio Thoracic Surgery

Federation of Jewish Services

The Francis Crick institute Limited

Groundwork North East

Harrogate District Hospice Care

The Healthcare Management Trust

Int. Fed. Of Gynaecology & Obstetrics

Lowry Centre Trust

Macmillan Cancer Support

Making Space

Manchester University NHS Foundation. Trust Charity

Maritime Educational Foundation

Musicians Benevolent Fund

National Childbirth Trust

NFER

North West Air Ambulance

Overseas Development lnslte

Pure Innovations Limited

ReVitalise Respite Holidays

Royal Exchange Theatre Company

Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Royal Mencap Society

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB

Sheffield Hospitals Charity

St Gemma’s Hospice Leeds

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

Wellcome Trust

WilfWard Family Trust

Wirral Autistic Society

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Clinical negligence and personal injury: defendant

Adrienne D’Arcy heads the healthcare litigation department at Hempsons in Harrogate. The team handles complex litigation and catastrophic injury cases with specialisms in, amongst others, spinal injuries or cases involving brain damaged babies. The firm recently secured a place on NHS Resolution’s panel for general practice claims. When possible, the team utilises alternative dispute resolution methods, displaying strong credentials in mediation and joint settlement meetings, both with and without counsel. Kathleen Wilson is praised for 'going the extra mile for clients'.

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Testimonials

‘The team is well led – they are friendly, happy and relaxed and yet very professional and committed.’

‘Excellent teamwork coupled with first-rate client skills using long established local knowledge. Legal skills and well-resourced office back-up are a given.’

‘Kathleen Wilson’s knowledge of the local healthcare sector and the clinicians and administrators is second to none. Her clients know that she will go that extra mile for them and they reciprocate to assist her.’

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

Locala

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Hempsons has expertise across the full remit of clinical negligence work, including dental and mental health claims. Key areas of work include birth injury cases, wrongful birth claims, cerebral palsy, surgical claims and obstetric claims. Anne Ball, who has specialist experience of inquests involving patient suicides, jointly heads the practice with Kirsten Blohm, who is the firm’s GP lead for NHS Resolution. Jennie Chapman  handles a range of complex and high value claims. Associate Hayley Neill is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘One of the best defendant firms in the business, known for its clear-headed and commercial approach.’

‘Jennie Chapman has great judgment and a keen eye for the right expert.’

‘Highly experienced in dealing with the most complex of clinical negligence cases. Particularly strong in the field of in birth injury.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

MDU

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hempsons is a leading national law firm in health and social care, professional services, real estate, and the third sector.

The firm: Hempsons is committed to understanding its clients’ legal and business requirements. The firm provides top quality advice, outstanding service delivery and excellent value for money. Hempsons’ national teams offer specialist expertise working from offices in London, Harrogate, Manchester and Newcastle. The firm is ISO 9001, ISO 27001, Lexcel and Investors in People accredited.

Types of work undertaken
Health: Hempsons is a leader in the health and social care sector. Clients are public, private and third sector organisations who plan, commission, regulate or provide health and social care services, or operate within the supply chain. Hempsons’ strong NHS client base includes the Department of Health, foundation trusts, NHS trusts, commissioning organisations and arms-length bodies.

Hempsons is a member of every NHS health and social care legal service panel across England, and continues to develop a reputation for advising on highly complex and innovative integration and other projects and cases. These include service reconfigurations, high profile inquiries, major outsourcings, joint ventures, devolution and new care models.

Much of the firm’s work is with GPs and dentists working within the public sector. Hempsons is advising many practitioners on the ongoing and potential future changes in the healthcare system and helping them to create super-partnerships and other organisational structures, and manage their practices differently to meet the needs of their patients and the ever-increasing burden of commercial and regulatory pressures.

Third sector: Hempsons has an established reputation for its work with national charities and social enterprises. The firm works with many large and well-known national charities such as The Ramblers Association, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Zoological Society of London, and Arthritis Research UK. Charities can have complex operating needs which Hempsons supports through its charities team incorporating specialists from across the firm.

Hempsons continues to support many social enterprises that have been spun out of the public sector under the government’s Right to Provide programme. It also works with umbrella groups, to assist in maximising opportunities as the government opens up the delivery of public services to the sector.

Real estate: The team’s client base spans the public, private and third sectors. The team deals with every aspect of the healthcare real estate market and has been involved in a number of high profile and innovative transactions, including the property aspects of NHS trust acquisitions, and mergers and joint ventures between the NHS and the private sector. Hempsons is at the forefront of developments in the rapidly evolving healthcare real estate sector, and many of its members have written widely on these changes in the property and healthcare media. They maintain a very high profile and reputation in the office occupier space, and have been involved in large lettings for insurance companies, professional organisations and international clients.

Professional services: Hempsons has one of the largest practices in the country, advising professionals across a number of sectors (healthcare professionals, lawyers, accountants, architects and quantity surveyors) acting for both practices and the individual. The professional services team supports clients with advice ranging from ownership structures, mergers and takeovers, disputes, premise redevelopments/relocations and staff issues, to advice provided to the individual practitioner. This includes regulatory (conduct/health/performance issues before the GMC/GDC and other regulatory bodies), performers list proceedings, conduct and disciplinary issues, and private client advice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Charities and Social Enterprise Ian Hempseed i.hempseed@hempsons.co.uk 020 7484 7530
Clinical Negligence Anne Ball apb@hempsons.co.uk 0161 234 2402
Corporate/Commercial Adrian Parker a.parker@hempsons.co.uk 01423 724029
Corporate/Commercial Michael Rourke m.rourke@hempsons.co.uk 020 7484 7648
Employment Andrew Davidson a.davidson@hempsons.co.uk 01423 724129
Practitioners Justin Cumberlege j.cumberlege@hempsons.co.uk 020 7484 7575
Practitioners Alison Oliver a.oliver@hempsons.co.uk 0191 230 6079
Practitioners Ross Clark r.clark@hempsons.co.uk 01423 724012
Private Sector Health Michael Rourke m.rourke@hempsons.co.uk 020 7484 7648
Real Estate Graham Lea gjl@hempsons.co.uk 020 7484 7531
Real Estate Jane Donnison j.donnison@hempsons.co.uk 0161 234 2468
Regulatory and Crime Tania Francis t.francis@hempsons.co.uk 020 7484 7547
Social Care Philippa Doyle p.doyle@hempsons.co.uk 01423 724028
Photo Name Position Profile
 Lynne Abbess  photo Lynne Abbess Lynne Abbess has over 35 years’ experience and a national reputation as…
 Gautam Chawla  photo Gautam Chawla Gautam is a partner who specialises in healthcare litigation and, in particular,…
 Sharon Cooney  photo Sharon Cooney
 Justin Cumberlege  photo Justin Cumberlege Justin joined Hempsons as a partner in April 2019. He specialises in…
 James Down  photo James Down James is an expert in inquests and coronial law. He is an…
 Surjit Dubb  photo Surjit Dubb
 Simon Eastwood  photo Simon Eastwood Senior Consultant
 Tania Francis  photo Tania Francis Tania advises doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals with all sorts of…
 Ian Hempseed  photo Ian Hempseed Ian is a charity and corporate lawyer who has a wide range…
 John Holmes  photo John Holmes John’s team specialises in providing advice on patient-related issues to a range…
 Hilary King  photo Hilary King Hilary enjoys advising on a wide range of issues affecting the NHS.…
 Graham Lea  photo Graham Lea Graham has considerable experience of all types of development work acting for…
 Bertie Leigh  photo Bertie Leigh Consultant; specialises in medical negligence, other professional negligence, hospital litigation, institutions specifically…
 Mary Menjou  photo Mary Menjou Mary is a partner in the healthcare litigation team. Mary qualified as…
 Bryn Morgan  photo Bryn Morgan During his career Bryn has represented a diverse range of clients, ranging…
 Chris Morris  photo Chris Morris Chris became the firm’s Senior Partner in January 2018. He first qualified…
 Jonathan Pearce  photo Jonathan Pearce Jon advises a wide range of clients predominantly operating in the health…
 Adam Smith  photo Adam Smith Adam joined Hempsons in January 2020 as part of our merger with…
 Hannah Stephenson photo Hannah Stephenson
 Harjit Talwar  photo Harjit Talwar Harjit trained with a leading claimant clinical negligence firm in Manchester prior…
 Elizabeth Thomas  photo Elizabeth Thomas Elizabeth is in the main a litigator with broad experience of advising…
 Fiona Wilson  photo Fiona Wilson As the head of the private client department, Fiona’s work covers a diverse…
Number of UK partners : 49
Number of solicitors : 72
Number of other UK fee earners : 20

Overview

Hempsons is committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting diversity and inclusion in its own policies and procedures. This applies to the firm’s dealings with employees, partners, clients and other third parties.

The firm has adopted the Law Society’s guidelines on anti-discrimination measures.

Hempsons’ diversity statistics can be viewed here. Their gender pay report can be found here.

Our people

Hempsons is committed to ensuring that candidates for employment and all members of staff are treated fairly, with dignity and respect and are afforded equality of opportunity with regard to employment, training and development regardless of race, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity/ paternity, disability, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation or marriage or civil partnership as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

All potential candidates for employment within the firm are provided with an optional Equality and Diversity Survey upon application on our website. New recruits are given a copy of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy and are also provided with an optional, anonymous Diversity Questionnaire prior to their start date. All staff undertake Diversity and Inclusion Training annually.

  • The firm has a grievance policy to assist any member of staff who feels that he/ she may have been directly or indirectly discriminated against.
  • The firm has a Diversity and Inclusion Committee which meets regularly to consider and develop the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion policies and procedures.

Our initiatives

Signatory to the Law Society Diversity & Inclusion Charter:

The Charter encourages law firms to develop and implement best practices in equality, diversity and inclusion. More information on the Charter can be found here.

Pathways to Law:

Hempsons works in partnership with the Pathways to Law programme which encourages students from non-traditional law backgrounds to consider a career in the law. Further details can be found here.

Our clients

Hempsons offices have wheelchair access and hearing loops are fitted in the meeting room.
Clients are asked for their dietary requirements before attending seminars.

Hempsons has a list of accredited interpreters to assist clients whose first language is not English. Further information is available from reception at each office.


CLIENT: Vicky Browning, Chief Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: ACEVO
TESTIMONIAL: “ACEVO’s longstanding strategic partnership with Hempsons is of real value to our members. The combination of their in-depth sector knowledge and legal expertise means they understand the issues and challenges facing the sector.”


CLIENT: Heather Tierney Moore, Chief Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
TESTIMONIAL: “The support provided to the Trusts by the procurement team at Hempsons was exceptional, particularly given the tight timetable. We felt supported throughout the whole process, with clear and practical advice provided at all times. We are pleased with the outcome and feel vindicated in following the action that we have taken.”


CLIENT: Vish Ratnasuriya, Chair
COMPANY/FIRM: OHP Partnership Board
TESTIMONIAL: “When we had problems, solutions were simple and clear, demonstrating not just a great understanding of the legal framework underpinning traditional GP partnerships, but the ability to evolve these alongside the new models of care for the NHS of the future.”


CLIENT: Wendy Swift, Chief Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT
TESTIMONIAL: “The support and advice provided by Hempsons procurement team meant that we could progress our challenge knowing that we had an experienced team working with us. Hempsons team provided a professional and personal service. The decision to proceed to court was not an easy one, but we were fully appraised of the position at all times by a dedicated and hard-working team.”