Sam Stone

What Sam can do for you

Sam works across the commercial and healthcare advisory teams, assisting clients with a broad range of disputes relating to the commissioning, purchase and provision of health & social care. Sam consistently provides pragmatic and commercial advice targeted to client needs and priorities, and is able to assist at all stages of a dispute from commencement through to Trial, including by way of alternative dispute resolution processes.

Sam joined Hempsons in July 2013 as a paralegal in the healthcare litigation team and subsequently completed his training contract with the firm across the healthcare advice, commercial and employment teams, qualifying as a solicitor in September 2016. Before starting at Hempsons he worked as part of a team carrying out independent investigations into homicides within the mental healthcare system, as well as investigations into more general issues of poor performance across the healthcare sector. Sam brings this experience and insight into challenges to healthcare delivery to bear when advising on any matter with a clinical dimension.

Significant cases

  • Acted for a North-East charity in a construction dispute regarding inadequate performance of works, retention sums and contractor insolvency
  • Advised a Clinical Commissioning Group regarding alleged defamatory comments made in a public statement
  • Acted for 2 NHS Foundation Trusts in a successful procurement challenge to a decision by a Local Authority to award a public health contract to a private provider

Main areas of expertise

  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Commercial contracts
  • Procurement challenges
  • Defamation & malicious falsehood claims
  • Adjudication, mediation and expert determination procedures

The clients he works with

  • NHS trusts
  • Clinical commissioning groups
  • Private & third sector healthcare providers
  • Social care organisations


  • Post graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) 2012
  • BA (Hons), Law 2010

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    The recent judgment in the case of Amey Highways Limited and West Sussex County Council [2019] EWHC 1291 (TCC) deals in detail with the implications of abandonment and the effect of an abandonment decision on an existing claim. The Council had undertaken a competitive dialogue process to select a provider of highways maintenance services. Amey were unsuccessful in that competition by a difference in score of 0.03% against the winning bidder, Ringway.

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  • Newsflash: Automatic suspension maintained – first automatic suspension case post NDA

    Hempsons acted on behalf of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (the “Trusts”) in resisting an application made by Lancashire County Council (the “Council”) to lift the automatic suspension in a procurement challenge. As a result of the claim issued by the Trusts at the end of last year, the Council were automatically suspended from signing the contract with Virgin Care Services Limited (“Virgin”). The Council made an application to lift the automatic suspension. The lifting application was heard on 25 January 2018, and the Court’s judgment has now been handed down.

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  • Managing disagreements around discharge arrangements

    Hospitals across the country are coming under increasing pressure as a result of the current winter crisis. NHS Providers has written to Jeremy Hunt to outline concerns that the NHS does not have sufficient beds or staff to manage the volume of required admissions. The need for Trusts to promptly discharge patients who are well enough to leave hospital has never been more intense.

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