Firm Profile > Hempsons > Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Hempsons
WEST ONE
FORTH BANKS
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NE1 3PA
England

Health Tier 1

Hempsons’ provides healthcare advisory and healthcare litigation teams for clients that include public and private healthcare organisations, charities and social enterprises. Corporate-commercial specialist Crispin Pettifer handles a range of contracts in health and social care contexts. He co-leads the practice with Deborah Ramshaw, who is an expert procurement lawyer focused on advising contracting authorities and bidders in various matters. Also notable in the team are Stephen Maratos, who specialises in claims litigation on behalf of NHS Trusts and clinicians, and Alison Oliver, who joined in 2019 from Ward Hadaway and bring expertise in GP and dental practice issues.

Practice head(s):

Crispin Pettifer; Deborah Ramshaw

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘One of the strongest teams dealing with NHS Trust work with a good connection in the North.’

‘Martyn Hughes is a very able solicitor with a calm approach to sensitive cases and perceptive judgment.’

Key clients

NHS England

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Hempsons' large defendant clinical negligence department is known for handling complex and high value cases, with notable expertise in periodical payments and multi-party cases. The team is also renowned for its experience in handling claims relating to obstetric and surgical negligence as well as severe spinal cord injuries. Anne Ball leads the practice, which has seen a number of changes in recent months as the firm continues to develop its young talent. James Down, Jennie Chapman and Helen Claridge were all promoted to partner in July 2018, while Racquelle Morris retired.

Practice head(s):

Anne Ball

Testimonials

Hempsons have many years experience of working with public sector organisations – their ability to keep pace with the numerous changes has made them the go-to firm for clear advice on healthcare matters.’

‘Their expertise and knowledge is unrivalled and they can always be relied on to have an understanding of the issues at hand.

They have real expertise and experience in dealing with clinical negligence claims.’

Excellent service – Hempsons have an in-depth knowledge of NHS practices. Their advice is sound, well rounded and practical.’

 

Key clients

NHS Resolution

MDU

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical negligence: defendant 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

Testimonials

‘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

NOE CPC

Health Tier 1

Hempsons is noted for its 'specialist knowledge of the healthcare sector' and handles a raft of instructions such as corporate, commercial, social care, projects, employment, negligence, regulatory, procurement and real estate mandates for public and private healthcare organisations, charities and social enterprises. The team also handles criminal and regulatory work, is instructed on complex procurement and outsourcing projects, and advises on data protection.  Anne Ball heads the team and jointly heads the healthcare litigation team with Kirsten Blohm. Recently promoted partner Oliver Crich is experienced in public procurement work.

Practice head(s):

Anne Ball

Other key lawyers:

Jane Donnison; Kirsten Blohm; Margaret Taylor; Paul Spencer; Chris Alderson; Michael Dulhanty; Andrew Daly; Oliver Crich; Helen Claridge; James Down; Jennie Chapman; Stephen Maratos

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Defence 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

Health 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:

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

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

Professional discipline 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

Testimonials

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

Charities and not-for-profit 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:

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

Birtenshaw

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

NFER

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

Charities and not-for-profit 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

Testimonials

‘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

Birtenshaw

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

NFER

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

Clinical negligence: defendant 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

Testimonials

‘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

Locala

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Healthcare 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:

Testimonials

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

Partnership 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

Testimonials

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

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
Senior partner Chris Morris
Managing partner Graham Lea
Charity Ian Hempseed
Clinical negligence Bertie Leigh, London
Clinical negligence Anne Ball, Manchester
Clinical negligence Adrienne D'Arcy, Harrogate/Newcastle
Commercial Adrian Parker
Construction Crispin Pettifer
Corporate Ross Clark
Dental Chris Morris
Dispute resolution Richard Nolan
Employment Fiona McLellan, London
Employment Paul Spencer, Manchester
Employment Martin Cheyne, Harrogate/Newcastle
Healthcare John Holmes, London
Healthcare Margaret Taylor, Manchester
Healthcare Stephen Evans, Harrogate/Newcastle
Mental health John Holmes, London/Manchester
Mental health Stephen Evans, Harrogate/Newcastle
Mental health Helen Edwards, Manchester
Mental health Margaret Taylor, Manchester
Private client Fiona Wilson
Professional services Ross Clark, Harrogate/Manchester
Professional services Alison Oliver, Newcastle
Professional services Justin Cumberlege, London
Professional services Bryn Morgan, London
Real estate Graham Lea
Regulatory Tania Francis
Photo Name Position Profile
 Stephen Maratos  photo Stephen Maratos
 Deborah Ramshaw  photo Deborah Ramshaw
Number of UK partners : 47
Number of solicitors : 72
Number of other UK fee earners : 20