Employment law

Leading health and social care employment lawyers

Bringing you the advice, support and guidance you need in today’s uncertain and volatile healthcare employment arena, Hempsons’ NHS, health and social care employment solicitors offer an exceptional depth of knowledge and experience derived from always having worked within the health and social care sectors.

With long-standing clients across all aspects of the health and social care employment spectrum and a thorough understanding of NHS problems, needs and re-structuring, Hempsons advises policy makers and is widely acknowledged as one of the leading UK experts in this field.

 Helping with your key issues

  • Driving organisational performance and maximising efficiency.
  • Planning and implementing re-organisation and redundancy programmes.
  • Dealing with absence and performance management issues arising in the last year.
  • Sensitively managing board-level employment issues.
  • Moving away from pay settlements negotiated in less financially challenging times.

 Key services and issues

  • Reorganisation programmes
  • Redundancy arrangements
  • Redundancy selection process
  • Contractual variations including variation of pay agreements
  • Whistle blowing and discrimination claims
  • Executive performance and terminations
  • Corporate transactions
  • Equal pay
  • TUPE
  • Employee relations and industrial action
  • Employment claims and disputes
  • Performance and disciplinary issues
  • Wrongful dismissal and breach of contract claims
  • Data protection
  • Outsourcing /insourcing /reprovision
  • Take-overs /mergers
  • Training of HR teams
  • Pensions
  • Diversity/equality issues
  • Employment tribunal claims at all levels
  • Fit and proper persons test.

Read our employment blog

Read our regularly updated employment law blog covering the latest legal developments.


  • Accountable care and new care models: Understanding the workforce implications – This guidance is part of a range of documents produced by Hempsons to assist your organisation in delivering the aims of Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View (March 2017) and local STP plans.
  • Employment Status Guide 2016 – in conjunction with Charity Financial Group – this guide explains the fundamental principles behind employment status, the employment relationship, and the issues you should consider when dealing with employees. The guide is intended to assist anyone with responsibility for HR issues in a charitable organisation.


They are absolutely brilliant. They give sound HR advice and when they say they’ll get back to you they always do.” (Chambers UK 2013)

This team wins plaudits for its swift response times and broad experience.” (Chambers UK 2011)

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Charity merger: National Childbirth Trust

We advised the National Childbirth Trust on its merger with the Midwives Information and Resource Service (MIDIRS). We advised the National Childbirth Trust on this merger including negotiating and concluding a framework merger agreement.

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Webinar: MHPS – a refresher and look at recent case law

This session is aimed at those who need to understand the basics of the maintaining high professional standards in the modern NHS (MHPS) framework and also those who want to refresh their understanding of the framework as well as hear about recent case law development.

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  • Annette Sergeant Director and Head of Health Practice Veredus UK, Executive coach 2020
    “Jean provided expert advice to me on a tricky and rather strange case. Not only was she extremely capable, I also really appreciated her personal support and common sense, both of which helped me maintain my perspective. I cannot recommend her too highly.”
  • Charles Marson, Head of Employee Relations and Business Partnering 2020
    “Jean has an excellent insight into employment law matters and has a way of making the complex easy to grasp. It is not just about the law with Jean but about the context of the business you are in. She is also fun to work with.”
  • Susan Thompson Advocate seAP 2020
    “Jean is solutions orientated and is passionate in support of her client.”
  • Legal 500 2019
    “Exceptional value for money with quick response times and great insight.”
  • Legal 500 2019
    “Down to earth, easy to talk to and is able to vary his approach depending on the audience.”