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Adam Hartrick

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Healthcare and advisory healthcare litigation.


Adam is a Partner, based in Harrogate but head of the advisory teams in the firm’s northern offices.

Adam is frequently in the Coroner’s Court representing health and social care clients interests at Inquests, investigating the deaths of patients or service users.

Adam has a particular interest in issues relating to mental health, capacity and consent and has represented clients in the Court of Protection and the High Court both in relation to medical treatment and welfare issues, concerning adults and children.

Adam has represented healthcare bodies in Judicial Review proceedings, largely around issues relating to the provision of facilities and services. He usually acts for Commissioners where decisions they have made are being challenged.

Adam also represents both regulators and providers in the social care sector, in particular in relation to enforcement action by CQC.

Adam also defends civil proceedings, most commonly in clinical negligence in cases usually involving a mental health component or where the alleged negligence has resulted in the death of an individual.

Adam regularly provides training on his areas of expertise to clients and others.


Trained Brachers, Maidstone; qualified 1996; assistant solicitor Hempsons 1996-2005; partner 2005 to date.


Leeds & West Riding Medico Legal Society (committee); Harrogate Law Society (committee, president 2015).


Blatchington Mill School, Hove; Southampton University (1993 LLB Hons); York College of Law (1994 LPC distinction).


Wine, dining out, cooking, travel, gym, swimming, Brighton and Hove Albion FC.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

The 'outstanding' clinical negligence team at Hempsons are 'regarded as very experienced and competent litigators'. The 'calm and very professional' practice head Adrienne D’Arcy has handled complex and high value matters relating to spinal injury, wrongful birth and delayed diagnosis. With 'years of experience and lots of common sense and legal nous' Kathleen Wilson is instructed by NHS Trusts and Health Authorities on a range of matters, including sensitive matters requiring human rights considerations. The 'experienced lawyer' Helen Freeman and Adam Hartrick, who focuses on handling inquests, are key individuals. Recently promoted associate Chloe Davies is praised for her 'down to earth approach'  and ability to build a 'good rapport with clinicians/clients'.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Health

The 'friendly, approachable and knowledgeable multi-disciplinary' health and social care group at Hempsons are considered to be 'one of the leading firms in this practice area'.Adrian Parker heads up the 'first class team', which handles corporate and commercial transactions, health and social care advice, employment law, healthcare litigation and real estate issues. It is instructed by healthcare providers, social care clients and not for profit organisations, including the Primary Care Commissioning Community Interest Company. The 'commercial and pragmatic' Crispin Pettifer, alongside the 'diligent' associate Oliver Crich, advised Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on its procurement process for a strategic estates partnership. In another highlight, the 'amazing problem solver' Ross Clark led a team instructed by Cheshire Local Medical Committee to deliver a practice development programme to over 600 GPs and their practices, involving advice on preparation for CQC inspections, the GDPR and procurement. Also recommended are the 'hugely experienced' Stephen Evans and Adam Hartrick particularly in matters related to mental health, and inquests, respectively. 

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