By: 16 April 2024
New era at Hempsons LLP: meet the firm’s 11 junior equity partners

Health and social care specialists Hempsons LLP, with offices in Harrogate, has announced the appointment of 11 new junior equity partners.

The move is an important change to the structure of the partnership: one that is intended to boost the firm’s ability to attract and retain the best healthcare lawyers as it seeks to continue its recent growth.

Managing partner Graham Lea commented: “Since our conversion to LLP status we have been planning a more progressive and modern partnership with a new partner career structure. This move, which sees eleven of our salaried partners promoted to junior equity partner, will encourage and channel their entrepreneurial and other talents to help the firm in our next stage of development. Their contributions have been invaluable, and we are confident that they will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our firm.”


Meet Hempsons’ new junior equity partners

Gautam Chawla specialises in healthcare litigation and, in particular, clinical negligence claims. Gautam has acted in a wide variety of cases including dental, gynaecological and neurosurgical.

Next up is Martin Cheyne. The majority of Martin’s clients are health or social care organisations. He frequently defends factually complex and also legally novel claims.

Andrew Daly is head of procurement within Hempsons’ specialist procurement law team. He utilises his knowledge gained from acting for clients on both sides of the fence to provide pragmatic advice.

James Down leads Hempsons’ inquest team in the north. He is a vastly experienced advocate who regularly represents the interests of organisations and individuals in complicated and high profile inquests. These include deaths of patients detained under the Mental Health Act and hospital deaths involving complex medical issues.

Junior equity partner Philippa Doyle has practised almost exclusively in the health and social care sector for over 20 years. She is head of the social care team and provides advice and support to varied providers. 

Richard Greensit is a leading healthcare expert with extensive experience of healthcare litigation against the NHS, hospital trusts and individual medical practitioners. He provides advocacy services to mental health and acute hospital trusts and regularly appears in the coroner’s court.

Liz Hackett has extensive experience across all aspects of healthcare advice and litigation, working with NHS trusts, private health providers and the public sector. Her primary practice areas are inquests and inquiries, statutory and non-statutory investigations and mental health law.

Stephen Maratos leads the litigation team in the firm’s Newcastle office and specialises in clinical negligence claims for NHS Resolution, as well as private individuals and their defence organisations. He has been working in the field since 2005 and his work ranges from complex brain/spinal injury to orthopaedics and general surgery.

Bryn Morgan is a real estate lawyer and  represents a diverse range of clients, ranging from listed corporations, NHS trusts, professional bodies and charities to smaller businesses, healthcare professionals and private individuals, in many different real estate transactions. 

Richard Nolan has been a partner in the commercial team and head of Hempons’ commercial dispute resolution team since 2008. His practice comprises a broad mix of non contentious and contentious commercial law and dispute resolution. 

Last but not least, Patricia Roe has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of healthcare law, predominantly in relation to clinical negligence claims. She represents both NHS and private clients in clinical negligence claims.


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Emma Cockings
Emma is the content editor for Yorkshire Legal News. Emma is an experienced writer with a background in client-centric personal injury law for a major firm. She has attended and reported on numerous high-profile legal events in Yorkshire.