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


  • 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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CFG Trading & the Law

CFG Trading & the Law This course will cover the main legal considerations affecting charities carrying out trading – particularly governance, funding, resource sharing and VAT. It will examine the different types of trading, identify pitfalls to avoid and make recommendations of best practice. The session will look at the VAT considerations when setting up and running a trading entity, with a focus on the application of income and corporation tax on trading profits, and how this will impact on the organisational structures set up.

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Trustee Training Seminars Autumn 2019

Hempsons free trustee training workshops in conjunction with haysmacintyre will help charity trustees, and also Chief Executives, to understand the responsibilities of trustees and the demarcation of roles between them and the Chief Executive.

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  • Chambers UK 2017
    “Ian Hempseed is efficient, prompt and gives all the support you could ask for. ”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “He is extremely thorough and very quick to see his way around an issue." [He is] "very good at highlighting issues and providing solutions.”
  • 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”
  • Legal 500 2019
    “Great ability to get things done.”
  • Legal 500 2019
    “Excellent on governance with a first-class understanding of charity law and company law.”