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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
- 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
- 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)
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“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)
The Hospice and Care Benchmarking Survey Report is the third study compiled by Haysmacintyre LLP (haysmacintyre) and Hempsons with the aim of sharing best practice in the sector and enabling management and trustees to assess their own structure, governance and monitoring procedures against other comparable charities.
During the last few weeks we have had a number of questions and queries from Charities and Social Enterprises regarding the impact COVID-19 has had on their organisations. Hempsons specialist legal teams have collated a Frequently Asked Questions document that may help you with your own current situation.
The Charity Commission has published guidance for the charity sector in respect of difficulties they may be facing due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For some charities, this may be an increase in demand for others a stark financial picture.
We are delighted to announce that Hempsons has been shortlisted for its Partnership work in the Legal 500 Awards 2020.
Ian Hempseed discusses the importance of early planning.
Autumn/Winter 2019 edition of Hempsons’ Charities and Social Enterprise Newsbrief.
We are part of the Go Mutual consortium that has successfully secured funding from DCMS to create and support mutuals. Mutuals cover organisations providing public services (which would include GP Practices holding GMS or PMS contracts) which are considering a new structure which has some element of staff- led representation, governance or ownership.
Organisations seeking funding are required to submit an expression of interest to DCMS by 21st February 2019
Welcome to our autumn/winter 2018 edition of Hempsons’ Charities and Social Enterprise Newsbrief.
The last year has seen changes to how – and who – charities must safeguard. And more changes are afoot...……
“Ian Hempseed is efficient, prompt and gives all the support you could ask for. ”
“He is extremely thorough and very quick to see his way around an issue." [He is] "very good at highlighting issues and providing solutions.”
“Clients single out Ian Hempseed, who shines for his expertise in relation to social enterprise in the health and social care sectors. ”
“Very knowledgeable team head Ian Hempseed has that rare combination of being very knowledgeable while also being very pragmatic”
“Great ability to get things done.”
“Excellent on governance with a first-class understanding of charity law and company law.”