Ian Hempseed

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

  • 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

  • Hospice and Care Benchmarking Survey Report (with haysmacintyre)

Contact Ian

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“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)

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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.”