Ian Hempseed

What Ian can do for you

Ian is a charity and corporate lawyer who has a wide range of experience in the field of commercial, constitutional and governance law. He heads up the Charities and Social Enterprise team at Hempsons – and our Practitioner team. His broad expertise in advising charities, social enterprises and other not for profit organisations enables us to provide pragmatic and proactive advice to the sector as a whole.

He also works closely with organisations, public sector staff and entrepreneurs in developing appropriate legal structures for social enterprises.

GPs, private consultants and other health professionals call upon Ian’s help to create appropriate corporate vehicles, particularly for consortium working.

Ian is regularly invited by external organisations to run workshops and training sessions on a wide range of topics affecting charities and social enterprises.

Ian Hempseed is also a Mutuals Ambassador for the Mutuals Programme run by the Cabinet Office. One of the aims of the Mutuals Programme is to drive the creation of new public service mutuals across public service.

Ian is a trustee of Power to Change.

Main areas of expertise

  • Charity and company law
  • Social enterprises
  • Constitutional and governance advice
  • Commercial contracts
  • Mergers, joint ventures and collaborations
  • Funding arrangements

The clients he works with

  • Charities
  • Social enterprises
  • Membership organisations
  • Royal charter corporations
  • Founders of charities and social enterprises
  • Public sector staff setting up employee led-social enterprises
  • Professional practices
  • GPs, dental and medical corporate bodies

Memberships

  • Charity law association
  • Social enterprise UK
  • RSA – fellow

 Recent external publications

  • Healthy business – a guide to social enterprise in health and social care (with SEUK)
  • Trading: Choosing the right legal form (with NCVO)
  • Spinning-out of (whose) control? (with Local Partnerships)
  • Hospice and Care Benchmarking Survey Report (with haysmacintyre)

“Ian Hempseed is efficient, prompt and gives all the support you could ask for.” (Chambers UK 2017)

“Clients single out Ian Hempseed who shines for his expertise in relation to social enterprise in the health and social care sectors.” (Legal 500 2016)

“Ian Hempseed heads the team and is ‘personable, flexible and responsive’ as well as ‘an exceptional thinker’ with ‘great intelligence’.” (Chambers UK 2014)

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  • Chambers UK 2017
    “Ian Hempseed is efficient, prompt and gives all the support you could ask for. ”
  • Legal 500 2016
    “Clients single out Ian Hempseed, who shines for his expertise in relation to social enterprise in the health and social care sectors. ”
  • Legal 500 2017
    “Very knowledgeable team head Ian Hempseed has that rare combination of being very knowledgeable while also being very pragmatic”