Stephen Hooper

  • London
  • Regulatory; Crime; Clinical Negligence Claims; Personal Injury Claims; Inquests
  • 020 7484 7568
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Stephen joined Hempsons in January 2020 as part of our merger with Eastwoods. Stephen joined Eastwoods as their first paralegal in 2004 and became their first trainee in 2006. He qualified in 2008 and was made Associate in 2015.

Stephen’s practice covers a range of disciplines, with a particular focus on defending professionals involved in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings such as GMC, GDC, HCPC, NMC and NHS Trust/NHS England Investigations. He is ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for Professional Discipline.

Stephen also defends clients facing criminal allegations including sexual assault, gross negligence manslaughter and fraud, and is recommended in the Legal 500 for General Crime.  Stephen maintains a broad practice defending clinical negligence and personal injury claims, as well as representing clients at inquests.

Main areas of expertise

  • Regulatory defence
  • Criminal defence
  • Clinical negligence
  • Personal injury
  • Inquests
  • Judicial review/appeals

Regulatory Defence

Throughout his career, Stephen’s practice has had a strong emphasis on defending professionals in regulatory and disciplinary matters, including GMC, GDC, HCPC, NMC, NHS Trust Disciplinary and PCT (now NHS England) investigations, in addition to assisting medical students facing Fitness to Practise proceedings during the course of their university education. This has frequently involved undertaking advocacy before various tribunals in both interlocutory and substantive review hearings. Stephen is ranked in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for Professional Discipline. (see “Directory Entries”, below).

Criminal Defence

Stephen frequently advises and assists clients in attendance at police and counter-fraud squad interviews and has successfully defended clients in both Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court trials, as well as achieving success in the Court of Appeal. The scope of Stephen’s practice has covered defending clients accused of a wide range of offences, including: sexual assault; common assault; gross negligence manslaughter; fraud; and perverting the course of justice. Stephen is recommended for General Crime in the Legal 500 (see “Directory Entries”, below).

Clinical Negligence

Throughout his career, Stephen has maintained a busy practice in defending medical and dental professionals in clinical negligence claims. This has covered a wide range of matters, including: cancer misdiagnosis; catastrophic spinal injuries; cosmetic surgery; primary and secondary victim psychiatric injuries; and historical sexual abuse. Stephen has represented clients in County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings.

Personal Injury

In addition to his clinical negligence portfolio, Stephen has also represented a number of clients in Personal Injury claims (largely sport-related), including claims against judo instructors, fencing coaches and amateur wrestling coaches. Stephen has successfully defended several clients all the way to trial.


Over the years, Stephen has represented numerous clients in preparation for, and attendance at, inquests around the UK. This more often than not has involved personally undertaking the advocacy at both Pre-Inquest Reviews and substantive inquest hearings, in addition to instructing and assisting Counsel where necessary.

Judicial Review / Appeals

In relation to most areas of his practice, Stephen has experience of assisting clients with statutory appeals, judicial review claims and injunctions. This has included statutory appeals and judicial review claims against decisions of regulatory bodies; and Court of Appeal proceedings arising from both Crown Court and High Court/County Court proceedings.

Range of clients

  • Defence organisations
  • Individual healthcare practitioners
  • Individual sports professionals
  • Insurers
  • Other professionals


1992-1999: John Fisher School, Purley

1999-2002: BSc (Hons) Politics & Law, University of Southampton

2003-2004: LPC, College of Law, London

Professional memberships

Member: Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)

Member: Health & Safety Lawyers Association (HSLA)

Recent publications

‘Honesty & Integrity: the difference between the two and why it matters to the regulators’, Medico-Legal Magazine

‘Consent to treatment in the post-Montgomery era: principles and implications for the dental team’, Primary Dental Journal

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  • Chambers UK 2017
    “[He is] ‘a very astute and thoughtful tactician’ with sources commending his ability to ‘identify the real issues and consequences of problems and devise the appropriate strategy.”
  • Chambers UK 2018
    “[Stephen is]…very bright, very clever and works incredibly well with clients, counsel and legal experts”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “He is very loyal to his clients, very tenacious and absolutely dedicated.”
  • Chambers UK 2020
    “[Stephen Hooper] asks the right questions and takes a systematic approach.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “My very sincere thanks to you for your calm and reasoned approach, your thoroughness and prompt communications. You made a distressing episode considerably more manageable.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “Just a brief note to say a very big thank you for all of your highly professional and skilled advice during the last 5 months not forgetting the day of the inquest itself….Many thanks once again for your excellent and superb service.”
  • Dental Client 2020
    “As I have said after the committee decision, I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer.
  • Dental Client 2020
    “Thank you for your support that has gone at times also beyond the strictly professional boundaries to act both as a friend and a legal counsellor.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “We have found Stephen to be approachable, reassuring, supportive, appropriately direct, thorough, to have offered wise counsel and to have dealt with our insecurities and concerns with patience and care no matter how irrational – and as GPs we know how irrational people’s concerns can be. We thought you should know how grateful we are that he was assigned to us.”
  • Medical Client Student 2020
    “I wanted to say a big thank you for all your help during the case. Your help during that difficult time was so vital for me getting back on the course and getting to where I am now.”
  • Barrister 2020
    “I particularly wanted to tell you how impressive I found Stephen to be. In fact, he has to be one of the best solicitors I have ever worked with. He is intelligent, perceptive, efficient, knowledgeable and extremely good with people.”
  • Legal 500 2017
    “Stephen is described as] an ‘imaginative’ associate with a ‘refreshing approach to legal problems.”
  • Legal 500 2020
    “Stephen Hooper is thoughtful, hardworking, and approachable.”
  • Legal 500 2020
    “Associate Stephen Hooper works non-stop and makes it look so easy. He is lighting up this sector and has an insight into how to win a case that few solicitors possess.”