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Ian Cooper

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Clinical law, health and public law.


Ian is a partner in Capsticks’ health and public law team. Ian advises health and social care clients on a wide range of legal issues relating to the regulation of health and social care providers and the care and treatment of patients and service users. Ian supports clients through complex and sensitive matters such as inquests, inquiries, serious incidents and police investigations. He also frequently advises clients on confidentiality, data protection, mental health and mental capacity law and safeguarding vulnerable adults and children. Ian is highly regarded by Chief Executives and Boards for the advice and support he offers on Care Quality Commission regulation, which has included challenging regulatory and enforcement action taken by the CQC and also providing governance advice on how to achieve and demonstrate compliance with CQC standards. Notable projects: securing improved CQC ratings for over 40 NHS Trusts following challenges to new style CQC inspection reports, supporting a mental health provider organization through a complex jury inquest following an in-patient suicide, due diligence – health regulatory advice provided to public and private health clients involved in mergers and acquisitions and the provision of legal support to an NHS Trust following a patient death which led to a large-scale police investigation for corporate and individual manslaughter.


Hempsons 1998-2002; Radcliffes Le Brasseur 2002-2005; Eversheds 2005-2008; DAC Beachcroft 2008-2014.


Law Society.


University of Leeds, 1996; LLB (Hons).



London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

The public law defence practice at Capsticks LLP counts key public bodies among its clients, including a considerable number of NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Recent mandates saw an uptick in the defence of judicial review applications, defending against challenges to health service reconfiguration strategies implemented by CCGs throughout Dorset, South Tyneside and Oxfordshire. Further regular work in the healthcare space includes Leeds-based practice co-head Ian Cooper’s pre-inspection support to NHS trusts in respect of the Care Quality Commission’s inspection regime. Police forces and regulatory bodies (including the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care) are also present on the client roster, with typical mandates including defending appeals against regulators' decisions and disclosure challenges. Practice co-head Peter Edwards advises public bodies in the healthcare sector on their governance and statutory powers.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Health

Capsticks LLP offers comprehensive coverage of the health sector with substantial experience of acting for NHS clients at a national level. The team's public sector client roster encompasses NHS trusts, mental health providers, ambulance trusts, government departments and healthcare regulators, while on the private side the team acts for private healthcare providers and GP practices. The group handles clinical law, employment issues, contentious work, corporate matters and real estate mandates. Senior partner Rachael Heenan leads the practice and specialises in employment and governance matters, David Roberts heads up the Leeds office, Ian Cooper leads the national advisory and public law team, while Lisa Geary is head of the real estate group.

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