Ross Clark

Ross is a partner and leads our GP team in the midlands and north of England. He is recognised nationally as one of the leading lawyers in GP work, having devised several of the evolving models for GPs to work together at scale and integrate within the wider Integrated Care Systems being developed across the country. Most notably, Ross devised the structure and drafted the partnership deed for Our Health Partnership, the largest single partnership in the UK combining 37 practices with over 175 Partners and serving around 358,000 patients. 

Ross specialises in partnership dispute work and has recently handled several complex and high value disputes. He is an experienced negotiator, has represented his clients at several mediations and is recognised for his groundwork in considering the wide range of issues that can impact a dispute and then developing a strategy to achieve his client’s objectives.

Ross also works with several primary care networks (PCNs) and GP federations/provider companies to identify how they can work together to jointly deliver the Network Contract DES services, in particular to resolve the issues related to the employment of the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme staff and, more recently, the COVID vaccination Collaboration Agreements.

Ross has also advised commissioners on key strategic issues such as the development and implementation of a Primary Care Resilience and Escalation Plan to address the COVID crisis and on their delegated primary care commissioning powers, including in particular compliance with NHS England’s Primary Medical Care Policy and Guidance Manual in relation to practice incorporations.

The COVID crisis has also resulted in Ross being involved in advising on, drafting and negotiating several urgent caretaker contracts, where practices have stepped in at short notice to ensure continuity of service provision where another practice is struggling or has failed, principally as a result of the pressures brought by the COVID crisis.

Prior to joining Hempsons, Ross was a corporate finance partner with an international firm and handled international acquisitions, predominantly for US organisations acquiring throughout Europe. As a result, Ross is an experienced negotiator and strategic advisor.

Main areas of expertise

  • partnership disputes
  • options for collaborative working at scale
  • practice mergers and acquisitions
  • Primary Care Networks – PCNs
  • practice incorporations

The clients he works with

  • at scale GP practices and groups
  • GPs and GP practices
  • GP federations, provider organisations and alliances
  • Primary Care Networks
  • integrated care boards
  • private sector companies and organisations (national and international) involved in healthcare

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  • Legal 500 2019
    “Problem-solver...who possesses superb knowledge of NHS systems.”
  • Legal 500 2019
    “Amazing problem solver.”
  • Vish Ratnasuriya, Chair, Our Health Partnership 2020
    “From the outset it was clear that Ross understood what we were trying to achieve; retaining our autonomy that allows us to provide General Practice in all its different forms to our diverse populations whilst achieving the benefits of working as one organisation, at scale. When we had problems, solutions were simple and clear, demonstrating not just a great understanding of the legal framework underpinning traditional GP partnerships, but the ability to evolve these alongside the new models of care for the NHS of the future.”