Firm Profile > Hempsons > Newcastle upon Tyne, 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.


‘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

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