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Anne Ball

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Clinical negligence and Healthcare advisory


Medical negligence claims – Anne is a partner who is a specialist in defending medical negligence claims on behalf of NHS Trusts and individual doctors. Anne is an NHSLA nominated partner. Regulatory work – Anne provides advice and representation to doctors facing investigations by the General Medical Council. She is head of Hempson's crime team and undertakes the defence of serious criminal allegations, including gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and fraud. Inquests – Anne regularly provides advice and representation to NHS organisations and individual doctors at inquests.


Articled Hempsons; qualified 1987; partner Hempsons since 1991.


Law Society; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


Highfield, Letchworth; St Francis College, Letchworth; King’s College, London (1983 LLB Hons).

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Hempsons' 'excellent team is meticulous in its work and always does its best for clients'. The practice was recently active in all the key healthcare regulatory and disciplinary tribunals, representing the full range of public bodies, defence organisations and their members and private individuals; its representative work includes complex investigations involving the Police, Coroner, NHS Protect, Health and Safety Executive and professional regulators and related civil litigation. The national professional discipline head is Chris Morris, who is 'a top-quality lawyer who has vast experience, excellent strategic acumen and an impressive grasp of the detailed legal aspects of this field'; Manchester-based Katherine Sheldrick , who is the northern team head, 'handles difficult clients with real skill, and is straight talking and knows the law inside out'; and Tania Francis 'commits herself to clients' cases, while her previous professional experience as a doctor gives her particular insight into which points are worth pursuing'. Other recommended advisers are Anne Ball, who leads the crime and regulatory team that advises NHS bodies and healthcare practitioners in relation to criminal law and specific investigations by the Police, Coroner and General Medical Council; and Taiyaba Waheed, who is 'calm and industrious, and able to distill a large amount of material down to the central points that matter'.

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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Anne Ball - Hempsons

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Hempsons' ‘excellent team’ is well equipped to handle complex and high-value cases with particular strength in periodical payments and multi-party cases. Key clients include NHS Resolution NHSR and the Medical Defence Union, as well as a large number of trusts and commercial medical practice insurers. The group also has notable experience in claims concerning obstetric and surgical negligence as well as severe spinal cord injuries. Anne Ball  is ‘massively experienced with great tactical awareness’ and Kirsten Blohm  is an ‘unflappable and tenacious litigator who is very willing to discuss new ways to resolve matters’. Simeon Bower  is a ‘shrewd and realistic litigator’ and Taiyaba Waheed is ‘hugely experienced and very competent’. Racquelle Morris  is ‘very knowledgeable’ and Chris Alderson  is a ‘clever lawyer who likes to get under the skin of a case’.

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North West: Public sector


Within: Health

Hempsons  has an ‘in-depth knowledge of NHS practice and provides advice that is sound, well-rounded and practical’. Key members of the team include Anne Ball  and Margaret Taylor both of whom provide ‘high quality advice and are very professional and dedicated’. The ‘extremely thoroughKirsten Blohm  ‘delivers advice in a timely manner’. Paul Spencer  is ‘down to earth, easy to talk to and is able to vary his approach depending on the audience’. Highlights included its appointment, following a competitive tender process, to provide the Cheshire Local Medical Committee 'Practice Development Programme 2017' to over 600 GPs and their practices. It was also engaged by the Primary Care Commissioning CIC (PCC) to deliver a number of primary care workshops to primary care leads in the clinical commission groups as well as to GP practices and federations. Other key clients include the Medical Defence Union and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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