Firm Profile > Hempsons > Harrogate, England


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.

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


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

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.


‘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


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


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.


‘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


Northern Lincolnshire and Goole 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
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
 Martin Cheyne  photo Martin Cheyne
 Ross Clark  photo Ross Clark
 Rachel Croft  photo Rachel Croft
 Adrienne D’Arcy  photo Adrienne D’Arcy
 Andrew Daly  photo Andrew Daly
 Andrew Davidson  photo Andrew Davidson
 Faisal Dhalla  photo Faisal Dhalla
 Philippa Doyle  photo Philippa Doyle
 Stephen Evans  photo Stephen Evans
 Helen Freeman  photo Helen Freeman
 Adam Hartrick  photo Adam Hartrick
 Richard Nolan  photo Richard Nolan
 Adrian Parker  photo Adrian Parker
 Crispin Pettifer  photo Crispin Pettifer
 Kathleen Wilson  photo Kathleen Wilson
Number of UK partners : 47
Number of solicitors : 72
Number of other UK fee earners : 20