Healthcare and medical law

Experienced and dedicated team advising on all aspects of mental health, healthcare and medical law 

Acting for clients in every field of healthcare and medical law allows us to integrate our expertise to provide focused solutions, drawing from good practice as well as a comprehensive knowledge of the relevant law.

Our clients appreciate the ability to contact a specialist at any time and to be provided with a reasoned response to their issues.

Key services and issues

  • Asylum seekers
  • Capacity and consent
  • Charging for services and ‘topping-up’
  • Children
  • Complaints
  • Continuing care
  • Duty of candour and fundamental standards of care
  • Health and safety
  • Information governance and confidentiality
  • Inquests and inquiries
  • Judicial Review
  • Policies and procedures
  • Risk management
  • Training
  • Vulnerable adults

Our work

  • Acting for NHS bodies on a challenge to a deprivation of liberty authorisation.
  • Advising an SHA on the suitability for publication of a range of SUI investigations.
  • Regular advice on issues for inquests, providing support for staff and representing trusts, up to and including Article 2 inquests with juries.

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  • Data protection – getting it right

    Dentists across the UK will be all too familiar with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) but possibly not yet accustomed to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will apply from 25 May 2018. Notwithstanding Brexit, the UK government has indicated that it will implement the new regime.

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  • GDPR – are you ready?

    Keeping confidential information about staff and patients secure is a responsibility NHS organisations have taken seriously for a long time. But the requirements on them are about to increase. From May 2018, organisations will need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an EU regulation.

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  • Healthcare newsbrief: Winter 2017 edition now available

    Welcome to the winter edition of Hempsons’ Healthcare Newsbrief. Many of you will be reading this at the NHS Providers conference where many of the issues we are writing about – from moving towards digital records to the issues around moving to an accountable care organisation – will be either discussed or on the minds of delegates...

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  • Key Legal Developments Update – June 2017

    We’ve highlighted the latest key legal developments within healthcare. The below snapshot of information covers land mark rulings from mental health to inquests and a number of other interesting developments in the legal world.

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  • Schrödinger’s consent: ARB v IVF Hammersmith Limited & R

    The doctor-patient relationship relies on mutual trust: to assume that every patient may be dishonest would cast a shadow over a doctor’s interaction with his patient. Unfortunately, however, there are rare occasions when patients intentionally mislead healthcare professionals, sometimes with grave consequences...

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  • Withdrawing clinically assisted nutrition and hydration: some clarity on mandatory court applications?

    O'Farrell J handed down a judgment this morning confirming that it is not mandatory to bring before the Court of Protection the withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration from Mr Y, who suffers from a prolonged disorder of consciousness, in circumstances where the clinical team and Mr Y's family are agreed that it is not in Mr Y's best interests to continue to receive that treatment.

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