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Capsticks LLP

1 ST GEORGE'S ROAD, LONDON, SW19 4DR, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 8780 2211
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Fax 020 8780 1141
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300118 WIMBLEDON CENTRAL
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www.capsticks.com

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP has a strong knowledge of the public sector, advising a broad mix of clients on a range of fraud issues. Daniel Purcell is the key practitioner and regularly provides counter-fraud services to NHS bodies, advising on procurement, identity and sick pay fraud along with Bribery Act and anti-corruption matters. Associate Jane Barker is also a name to note.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP’s ‘client-focused, enormously impressive’ practice is praised for its ‘significant regulatory expertise’ and ‘substantial, reliable and pragmatic legal knowledge’. The team is known for its ‘market-leading’ work in the healthcare sector, acting for regulators such as the General Dental Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council, and new client the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and was appointed sole adviser on the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s legal panel. Practice head John Witt (‘pragmatic, with a breadth and level of experience within professional regulation that is almost peerless’) acted on behalf of the Professional Standards Authority in its appeal against a decision made by the General Medical Council’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service concerning a doctor found in possession of child pornography; the Court agreed to an order for erasure. The ‘personable’ and ‘hugely experiencedMark Whiting acted for the GDC on a number of cases, including a case involving cross-infection control breaches from a dentist and dental nurse which resulted in the largest recall of patients in NHS history for the screening of blood borne viruses. Daniel Purcell represented the SRA in a case before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, concerning claims made by a solicitor in relation to academic qualifications and professional accreditations, resulting in a striking off the roll; subsequent applications for a rehearing and an appeal were dismissed. ‘Client-friendlyJames Penry-Davey has a ‘sharp brain for legal issues’ and is also recommended, as are ‘hugely capable’ associate Kate Steele and associate Mark Rogers.

Leading individuals

Daniel Purcell - Capsticks LLP

John Witt - Capsticks LLP

Mark Whiting - Capsticks LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kate Steele - Capsticks LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP’s team specialises in handling employment matters for public and private healthcare sector clients, as well as police organisations. Practice head Martin Hamilton successfully acted for the Croydon Health Services NHS trust on a high-profile unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim brought by a consultant cardiologist before the Employment Tribunal and subsequently the EAT; Hamilton also handled the internal disciplinary process on behalf of the client. He also acted for Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the employment aspects arising from the implementation of a new model of care, including drafting contracts and employment documentation. Victoria Watson’s recent highlights include defending a number of NHS Foundation Trusts against unfair dismissal and discrimination claims before the Employment Tribunal. Gary Hay has been advising the Met Police, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade on employment issues concerning collaboration efforts arising from the Policing and Crime Act 2017, including TUPE issues, contract drafting and training. Peter Edwards and Andrew Rowland are also recommended.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Alison Morley - Capsticks LLP

Philip Hatherall - Capsticks LLP

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Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Capsticks LLP

For some, Capsticks LLP is ‘the best in the field’ and provides ‘a superb’ service to its clients, who rate the ‘range of expertise among its specialist team’; its ‘depth of knowledge and well-executed tactics are second-to-none’. The practice acts for a number of notable clients, including the NHSLA, MDDUS and various leading private healthcare providers, and specialises in abuse claims and psychiatric injury. Recent work includes a £2m settlement reached on behalf of The Secretary of State for Health and the NHSLA in a case involving the investigation of more than 70 claims relating to Jimmy Savile’s association with various NHS hospitals and his sexual abuse of patients; the case was led by Philip Hatherall, who is a key partner for the NHSLA. Heading the department is Peter Marquand, who specialises in high-value and complex cases, and acts as liaison partner with the NHSLA. Singled out by clients for his ‘excellent’ representation, Majid Hassan acts as lead partner for the MDDUS, as well as advising the NHS and a number of professional sports bodies on clinical risk management.

Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Alison Morley - Capsticks LLP

Philip Hatherall - Capsticks LLP

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

Capsticks LLP

Francis Lyons leads the team at Capsticks LLP, which specialises in advising NHS providers and commissioners as well as public, private and charitable sector clients (such as community enterprise organisations) on issues affecting incapacitated and vulnerable adults and children. It has considerable expertise in cases involving an overlap between the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act and deprivation of liberty safeguards. It successfully acted for a London NHS trust in an application to the High Court for authorisation for serious medical treatment to an adult with a long-term history of schizophrenia.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 6

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP has ‘very good expertise’ in the healthcare sector. Leeds-based Ian Cooper now heads the practice following Gerard Hanratty’s departure to Browne Jacobson LLP in Manchester, and successfully challenged the CQC’s publication of inspection ratings for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which led to nine of its ratings being amended by the regulator. Through the efforts of Birmingham’s Tracey Lucas, NHS England won a judicial review against a prisoner, who was opposed to the defendant’s decision to prevent the claimant from transferring from HM Prison Manchester to a mental health facility. Other clients include NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Sharon Lamb is highly experienced and leads the firm’s healthcare practice.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 1

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP’s ‘leading’ practice includes ‘caring, compassionate and courteous lawyers, who utilise their wealth of expert knowledge to lead clients through strategic decision-making and ensure fair resolution’. The group assists new market entrants as well as established public and private sector bodies, including the NHS, on high-profile contentious as well as non-contentious matters of the highest complexity. ‘Attentive’ practice head Rachael Heenan, who ‘understands the commercial context and provides support that enables clients to take intelligent action’, represented NHS Employers in judicial review proceedings initially filed by the British Medical Association pertaining to the introduction of new junior doctors’ contracts. Gemma Brannigan acted for the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in the third inquest into the death of Carmel Bloom following her transfer from a private hospital to an NHS facility. Senior partner Peter Edwards and Peter Marquand are also noted. Sharon Lamb joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP. Robert McGough joined Hill Dickinson LLP.

Leading individuals

Peter Edwards - Capsticks LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP acts for the NHS, large national and international private healthcare companies and social-housing providers on a broad range of real estate mandates including: new hospital developments, infrastructure projects, estate restructuring, major headquarters developments and portfolio management. Key practitioners include practice head Sam Hopkins, social-housing specialist Susie Rogers, and head of housing Philip Brown. Hilary Blackwell departed for Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 5

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP’s team provides ‘a superb all-round service’. The ‘excellentPhilip Brown heads the practice and Michael Owen, who is a ‘leader’ in his field, leads the housing management team; Owen recently led advice to a London housing association on data protection issues. Other work includes Daniel Skinner representing Poplar Harca in a dispute pertaining to a possession claim based on fraud and subletting grounds, and Lee Clarke assisting a large London provider with the procurement of two framework agreements for planned and unplanned works. Skinner is noted for his expertise handling data protection, anti-social behaviour-related issues, leasehold and shared ownership matters; and Jennifer Bennett is a key name for leasehold schemes. Hyde Group, Salvation Army Housing Association and Affinity Sutton are noteworthy clients with new clients including Network Homes, London & Quadrant and Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association. Jonathan Hulley and Chimi Shakohoxha joined from Clarke Willmott LLP.

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