- Harrogate, Manchester
- 01423 724012 (m: 07775 925078)
Ross is a partner and leads our GP team in the midlands and north of England. He is recognised nationally as one of the leading lawyers in GP work, having devised several of the models for GPs to work together at scale and integrate within Integrated Care Systems. Most notably, Ross devised the structure and drafted the partnership deed for Our Health Partnership, the largest single partnership in the UK combining 37 practices with over 175 Partners and serving around 358,000 patients.
Ross specialises in partnership dispute work and has recently handled several complex and high value disputes. He is an experienced negotiator, has represented his clients at several mediations and is recognised for his groundwork in considering the wide range of issues that can impact a dispute and then developing a strategy to achieve his client’s objectives.
Ross also works with several primary care networks (PCNs) and GP federations/provider companies to identify how they can work together to jointly deliver the Network Contract DES services, in particular to resolve the issues related to the employment of the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme staff and, more recently, the COVID vaccination Collaboration Agreements.
Ross has also advised commissioners on key strategic issues such as the development and implementation of a Primary Care Resilience and Escalation Plan to address the COVID crisis and on their delegated primary care commissioning powers, including in particular compliance with NHS England’s Primary Medical Care Policy and Guidance Manual in relation to practice incorporations.
Prior to joining Hempsons, Ross was a corporate finance partner with an international firm and handled international acquisitions, predominantly for US organisations acquiring throughout Europe. As a result, Ross is an experienced negotiator and strategic advisor.
More about Ross
More than anything, I value the weekends I have with my wife and two children (when home from university) to explore the wonderful Yorkshire Dales, climbing a hill or following a river but invariably ending up at a nice spot for a coffee and a scone (and it is a skon and not a skown and it’s jam then cream on top!).
My other passion is cycling and find this the best antidote to the challenges of work. I have a road bike and, in 2023, completed The Fred Whitton Challenge (a 112 mile sportive over some of the Lake District’s toughest hills) and the NC500, a 500 mile circular route round the coast of the Highlands of Scotland (starting and finishing in my home town of Inverness). I also have a hybrid bike for total relaxation, packing a tent and everything else needed for a carbon free journey over a few days around some of the most beautiful parts of the UK.
I also use cycling sportives as an opportunity to raise funds for a range of charities and good causes and, at work, enjoy sharing my experience (ie age) to help develop the amazing young talent we have in Hempsons.
Main areas of expertise
- GP partner expulsions and disputes
- GP provider organisations / federations – corporate structuring and corporate finance
- GP practice mergers and acquisitions
- practice incorporations
The clients he works with
- GP Partnerships and sole practitioners
- Primary Care Networks
- GP provider organisations/federations
- integrated care boards
- Admitted as a solicitor – England and Wales (1994), Scotland (1991)
- Diploma in Legal Practice (1989)
- LLB Law (1988)
- BA Business Studies (1985)
- Law Society of Scotland
- Law Society of England and Wales
“I was very impressed with the knowledge, level of care and support I received from Ross.” (Chambers and Partners)
“Ross has an amazing knowledge of primary care, both strategically and in terms of what it’s like on the ground” (Chambers and Partners)
“Ross consistently provides a professional and timely service demonstrating real depth of sector knowledge.” (Chambers and Partners)
“He is extremely supportive and very collaborative.” (Chambers and Partners)
“Ross Clark. Extremely engaging, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Really respectful and thoroughly decent. He has a good team around him who work very well – from my side he’s developed a good culture and leads a happy and very hard-working team. He has a happy knack of being able to distil and simplify very complex issues within healthcare.” (Legal 500)
“Ross Clark has “deep personal knowledge and expertise” in medical partnerships and dispute work” (Legal 500)
“The “pragmatic yet brilliant” Ross Clark and “first rate” Justin Cumberlege head the practice.” (Legal 500)
Mounting pressures in general practice are leading to more disputes among partners. Ross Clark and Robert McCartney give some legal opinion on your options if it happens to you.
New procurement regulations have been laid before Parliament which, when in force, will make considerable changes to the commissioning of health care services including, in particular, primary care.
Partnerships in private practice – be it through groups of consultants or GPs – have been growing over the last 15 years. And with them has come a rise in disputes.
The new Health and Care Bill published in the summer sets out how the government plans to reform health services and achieve better integration between health and care in England. Ross Clark and Alison Oliver explore some of its key elements and its implications for general practice.
If you are thinking of changing PCNs, leaving your PCN or opting out of the Network Contract DES, you must inform your CCG by 30th April at the latest.
Partnership disputes are time-consuming, costly, stressful and de-stabilising for a practice and the individuals involved. But unfortunately, they are also more prevalent when partners are under pressure, as during the Covid-19 pandemic. Alison Oliver and Ross Clark explore common causes of partnership disputes, how to prevent them happening and what to do if one arises in your practice
The main thrust of the paper is to put ICS (integrated Care Systems) onto a statutory footing, and provide the statutory foundation for the reforms which are a progression of the Five Year Forward View (which was published 7 years ago now) and the NHS Long Term Plan published in 2019.
NHS England issued a letter on 21 January 2021 summarising changes to the GMS contract for 2021/2022. Ongoing uncertainty arising from the pandemic means that there will need to be further changes to the contract in the course of the year.
Finding appropriate venues to give the COVID-19 vaccinations has resulted in some creative thinking as to places where this can be done.
With the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme by general practice starting next week, practices need to agree the terms on which they will collaborate to deliver the programme in accordance with the vaccination enhanced service specification
“I was very impressed with the knowledge, level of care and support I received from Ross.”
“Ross has an amazing knowledge of primary care, both strategically and in terms of what it's like on the ground.”
“Ross consistently provides a professional and timely service demonstrating real depth of sector knowledge.”
“He is extremely supportive and very collaborative.”
“Ross Clark. Extremely engaging, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Really respectful and thoroughly decent. He has a good team around him who work very well – from my side he’s developed a good culture and leads a happy and very hard-working team. He has a happy knack of being able to distil and simplify very complex issues within healthcare.’”
“Ross Clark has “deep personal knowledge and expertise” in medical partnerships and dispute work”
“From the outset it was clear that Ross understood what we were trying to achieve; retaining our autonomy that allows us to provide General Practice in all its different forms to our diverse populations whilst achieving the benefits of working as one organisation, at scale. When we had problems, solutions were simple and clear, demonstrating not just a great understanding of the legal framework underpinning traditional GP partnerships, but the ability to evolve these alongside the new models of care for the NHS of the future.”