- commercial; charities & social enterprise; practitioners
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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. 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. Throughout COVID-19 Ian and the team have supported charities with their emergency requirements for bank loans, restructuring of funds and COVVID-19 focused applications to the Charity Commission.
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 and structures for joint ventures.
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 was also a Mutuals Ambassador for the Mutuals Programme run by the Cabinet Office. Ian continues to be involved in the creation and development of staff led mutuals delivering public services.
Ian is a trustee of Power to Change.
Main areas of expertise
- charity and company law
- social enterprises
- constitutional and governance advice
- mergers, joint ventures and collaborations
- commercial contracts
- 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
- Hospice and Care Benchmarking Survey Report (with haysmacintyre)
As an alternative to our contact form you can email Ian.
“Ian is excellent – he’s a great support and a reliable adviser. He has always offered sound, practical and timely advice.” (Chambers and Partners)
“Hempsons is a very professional and very easy firm to work with. It has outstanding staff and is always happy to help and advise. Ian Hempseed is very well versed in our affairs, remembers issues going back over many years and is able to put everything into context. He has and remains a very valuable asset for us as an organisation.” (Legal 500)
Led by Ian Hempseed and Helen Hirst the national team at Hempsons “combines excellent knowledge and experience with an accessible and friendly approach”. (Legal 500)
“Clients describe him as a “reliable, authoritative, pragmatic and trusted adviser.” (Chambers 2020)
“Ian Hempseed provides pragmatic and proactive advice. He has highly impressive specialist knowledge of the charity sector.” (Legal 500 2020-21)
“Ian Hempseed is extremely competent in charity law, mergers, governance, social enterprises, commercial matters and a whole range of other issues, including trustee support, governance, etc.” (Legal 500 2020-21)
“Ian Hempseed is excellent – hardworking and engaged, and popular with clients.” (Legal 500 2020-21)
“He is extremely thorough and very quick to see his way around an issue.” [He is] “very good at highlighting issues and providing solutions.” (Chambers 2019)
The first of our annual FREE trustee training webinars 2024: Legal duties and responsibilities of charity trustees.View Event
The second of our annual FREE trustee training webinars 2024: Improving governance at board & senior management levelView Event
The third, & final, of our annual FREE trustee training webinars 2024: Trustees’ responsibilities for financial governanceView Event
The Charities Act 2022 makes various amendments to the Charities Act 2011, enacting a number of recommendations from the Law Commission report “Technical Issues in Charity Law”. The aim of the legislation is to simplify certain technical elements of charity law.
Welcome to the latest edition of the haysmacintyre and Hempsons Hospice and Care Benchmarking Survey Report.
Podcast: Collaborations – Planning to work differently – strategies for collaborations by charities and social...
Following a recent masterclass for Social Club on 'Collaborations - Planning to work differently', Ian Hempseed, partner with Hempsons and Craig Dearden-Phillips, founder of Social Club and a social entrepreneur, produced this podcast discussing key strategies to plan for charity and social enterprise collaborations.
The Law Commission has made a series of recommendations for legislative change to the Charities Act 2011 following extensive consultation.
Refresh your governance: new Charity Governance Code. For all Boards of Trustees who are applying the Charity Governance Code, or are thinking of doing so, you need to read the new Code just published. The emphasis is on refreshing the Code and this is not a dramatic rewrite.
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.
“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.”