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Managing Partner: Graham Lea
Senior Partner: Chris Morris
Number of partners: 47
Number of assistant solicitors: 70
Number of other fee-earners: 22

Ian Hempseed
Clinical Negligence: Bertie Leigh (London), Anne Ball (Manchester), Adrienne D’Arcy (Harrogate/Newcastle)
Commercial: Adrian Parker, Ian Hempseed
Construction: Crispin Pettifer
Corporate: Ross Clark
Dental: Chris Morris
Dispute Resolution: Richard Nolan
Employment: Fiona McLellan (London), Paul Spencer (Manchester), Andrew Davidson(Harrogate/Newcastle)
Healthcare: John Holmes (London), Margaret Taylor (Manchester), Stephen Evans(Harrogate/Newcastle)
Mental Health: John Holmes (London), Stephen Evans (Harrogate/Manchester/Newcastle)
Private Client: Fiona Wilson
Professional Services: Ross Clark (Harrogate), Justin Cumberlege (London), Alison Oliver (Newcastle)Real Estate: Graham Lea
Regulatory: Chris Morris

THE FIRM Hempsons is a leading firm in the health and social care, professional services, real estate, charities and social enterprises, and life sciences sectors. 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 across its London, Harrogate, Manchester and Newcastle offices. Hempsons is ISO 9001, ISO 27001, Lexcel and Investors in People accredited.


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. Its strong client base in the NHS includes the Department of Health and Social Care, foundation and NHS trusts, special health authorities and commissioning organisations. Hempsons is a member of every health and social care legal service panel across England, and continues to develop a reputation for advising on highly complex and innovative projects and cases. These include high profile inquiries, health service reconfigurations, major outsourcings, joint ventures, devolution and integrated care. Much of the firm’s work is with GPs and dentists working within the public sector. The ongoing and potential future changes in the healthcare system are driving practitioners 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.

Charities & Social Enterprises: 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.

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. It maintains 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.