How the legal directories rank Hempsons

Hempsons is a leading national law firm in health and social care law, clinical negligence, regulatory and criminal law defence for professionals, and the law relating to charities and social enterprises. Typically our clients don’t refer to directories when deciding on a law firm, so we don’t make directory submissions in many categories. But here’s how the two leading legal directories rank us in our key practice areas.

The Legal 500 2023-24

Defendant clinical negligence

London defendant clinical negligence (Tier 2)

Kristy Harkett is listed London Rising Star in the Legal 500 rankings this year, whilst John Holmes has remained in the London defendant clinical negligence Legal 500 Hall of Fame. Gautam Chawla is a London Next Generation Partner.

North west defendant clinical negligence (Tier 2)

Anne Ball and Kirsten Blohm are listed as north west Leading Individuals, and Jennie Chapman is listed as a north west Next Generation Partner.

Yorkshire & Humber defendant clinical negligence (Tier 1)

Kathleen Wilson has been listed as a Yorkshire & Humber Leading Individual for clinical negligence.

Public sector – healthcare law

North healthcare law (Tier 1)

Crispin Pettifer is listed as a north healthcare law Leading Individual, and Stephen Maratos is a Next Generation Partner.

North west healthcare law (Tier 1)

Anne Ball is listed as a North West healthcare law Leading Individual.

London healthcare law (Tier 2)

John Holmes and Ian Hempseed remain in the London healthcare law Legal 500 Hall of Fame.

Professional discipline

London professional discipline (Tier 1)

Tania Francis and Adam Smith have both been named Leading Individuals for London professional discipline this year; Hannah Stephenson is listed as a London professional discipline Next Generation Partner; and Robert Newbould is listed as a London professional discipline Rising Star.

Charities and not for profit

London charities and not for profit (Tier 3)

Ian Hempseed is listed in the Legal 500 London charities and not-for-profit Hall of Fame.

Yorkshire and Humber charities and not for profit (Tier 2)


London partnership law (Tier 2)

Ross Clark is listed as a London partnership law Leading Individual.


London criminal law (Tier 3)

North West criminal law (Tier 4)

Chambers UK Guide 2024

UK-wide Police law: mainly defendant

UK-wide Police law: mainly defendant legal rankings (Band 3)

Paul Parsons has been ranked in Band 3, and Robert Newbould has been ranked as ‘up and coming’.

UK-wide Clinical negligence: mainly defendant

UK-wide Clinical negligence: mainly defendant legal rankings (Band 1)

Anne Ball named Senior Statesperson in this category. Kirsten Blohm ranked in Band 2, Adrienne D’Arcy and Kathleen Wilson in Band 4 and Kristy Harkett is named as an Associate to watch.

Partnership: medical, UK-wide

Partnership: medical UK-wide legal rankings (Band 1)

Ross Clark is in Band 2 and Justin Cumberlege is in Band 3. Kirsty Odell is named as an Associate to watch.

Healthcare, UK-wide

Healthcare UK-wide legal rankings (Band 2)

Healthcare – mental health providers, UK-wide

Mental health providers, UK-wide legal rankings (Band 2)

Stephen Evans and John Holmes are ranked in Band 2. Clementine Robertshaw is named an Associate to watch.

Professional discipline, UK-wide

Professional discipline, UK-wide legal rankings (Band 2)

Adam Smith and Tania Francis are ranked in Band 3. Katherine Sheldrick is ranked in Band 4, and Surjit Dubb in Band 5.


Charities UK-wide legal rankings (Band 4)

Ian Hempseed is in Band 2 for Charities UK-wide.