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Capsticks LLP

1 ST GEORGE'S ROAD, LONDON, SW19 4DR, ENGLAND
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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 specialises in acting for health and social care, emergency services and housing sector clients. Clients include Solicitors Regulation Authority, Department of Health and Social Care and National Health Service (NHS) Counter Fraud Authority. The firm recently advised the NHS in relation to a £20m fraud case concerning misreporting of key performance indicators (KPIs) by a private provider of products and services to NHS patients. Jane Barker heads the team, supported by Daniel Purcell. Hugh Giles the former director of legal services for the Metropolitan Police joined as partner.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

Capsticks LLP

'Able to handle the most complex and substantial cases', Capsticks LLP is 'a go-to firm for major regulators'. The regulatory division, led by John Witt and Mark Whiting, who is 'a leader in this area', and supported by Daniel Purcell and James Penry-Davey, is highly rated for its professional discipline expertise in the healthcare and legal services markets. Penry-Davey 'has huge experience in the field, excellent judgment and is brilliant with demanding clients'. In a matter involving 37 patients and a number of complex issues, the team recently acted for the General Dental Council in a case against two dentists, which concerned numerous allegations of clinical failings as well as inappropriate claiming of dental activity units in respect of treatment provided to patients. Also highly rated is Nimi Bruce, who 'understands how to get complex cases into a manageable form'; and senior solicitor Anna Holdsworth 'has a great manner with clients and is very calm under pressure'. The associates to note are Kate Steele and Mark Rogers; and with a view to growing the firm's work involving the regulation and professional discipline of police officers, it hired Hugh Giles from the Metropolitan Police Service, where he was director of legal services.

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 and senior executives - ranked: tier 7

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP 'consistently demonstrates a high level of expertise in its client's business, particularly in the health and social care sectors' with 'an extremely high level of client care and superb legal knowledge'. Martin Hamilton leads the group, which also fields Andrew Rowland, who is 'a key voice for doctor-related issues' and 'a great partner to work with'; and Victoria Watson, who is 'incredibly knowledgeable'. Recent work includes representing Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust in an unfair dismissal claim brought by a nurse, acting for NHS England in an unfair dismissal, sex and race discrimination and failure to consult claim; and defending Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in a whistleblowing claim brought by a junior doctor. Gary Hay retired.

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London: Insurance

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

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP's team is a 'safe and reliable pair of hands' that offers 'a fantastic overall level of service' and 'outstanding value for money'. The practice acts for the MDDUS and as well as more than 300 NHS and private sector health clients. Recent work includes a case concerning the scope of the duty of care of emergency department receptionists which reached the Supreme Court and a complex case involving claims against five defendants for delay in diagnosis of the claimant's spinal cord compression, resulting in spinal tuberculosis and paraplegia. Catherine Bennett acted in both cases; she 'inspires confidence' and has 'very sound knowledge of the field and a successful track record'. Tracey Lucas is praised as having 'a breadth and depth of knowledge that is unsurpassed'. Gemma Brannigan joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Leading individuals

Phillip Hatherall - Capsticks LLP

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London: Private client

Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 3

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP¬†¬†has a ‚Äėknowledgeable team that has the clients' best interests in mind when it comes to patient care‚Äô. Head of team¬†Francis Lyons¬† and consultant Lindsay Gee¬† both have a ‚Äėthorough knowledge of the legislation around capacity and mental health‚Äô. The team advises NHS providers and commissioners as well as public, private and charitable sector clients on all issues involving incapacitated and vulnerable adults and children. It is experienced at advising on the interaction between the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act and the deprivation of liberty safeguards. It advised Enfield CCG in a court of protection case regarding the placement of a 19 year old with brain injury. The brain injury had been acquired in infancy.

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London: Public sector

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

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP 'is one of the very best firms specialising in health care-related public law. They have an excellent understanding of the needs of public sector clients and their knowledge and experience of work for NHS Trusts is second to none' according to a source. Ian Cooper heads the team and Francis Lyons who heads the London group is considered 'an outstanding solicitor with great judgment.' Partner Tracey Lucas has long experience of acting for NHS organisations, defending judicial reviews and other challenges. Its current work includes acting for an array of clinical commissioning groups, for example, it successfully defended North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group in a complex judicial review involving an alleged failure to provide after-care funding to a patient detained under the Mental Health Act.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP  acts for public sector clients, NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers on contentious and non-contentious work such as employment issues, services reconfiguration and advising GP’s on a new code of conduct. Rachael Heenan heads the practice and advised the NHS Employers on issues surrounding GDPR regulations and on terms and conditions for consultants and clinical excellence awards. Martin Hamilton  defended the Croydon Health Services NHS Trust in a case brought on by a consultant cardiologist for dismissal and misconduct. Specialist healthcare litigator Ashley Irons  currently represents Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust on the inquest into Ian Brady’s death whilst detained under the Mental Health Act. The practice has seen several departures recently including Gemma Brannigan to Clyde & Co LLP,  Robert McGough  to Hill Dickinson LLP, Will Marshall to DWF, and Mark Jarvis  to VWV. Hugh Giles, former director of legal services from the Metropolitan Police, joined in November 2017.

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London: Real estate

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

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery highly regarded in the housing sector‚Äô, where it acts for registered providers in development and property transactions, but is especially well-known for its ‚Äėtrail-blazing‚Äô housing management team. Jointly headed by Michael Owen¬†and Jonathan Hulley, the housing management group has expertise in a range of contentious housing matters including tenure and leasehold litigation, tenancy reviews and policy advice. In the development space, Chimi Shakohoxha¬†advised Moat Housing Group on a joint venture agreement for a residential development in Dulwich, and also assisted Clarion Housing with the land and development agreements for a golden brick scheme to be built by Taylor Wimpey. Additionally, Lee Clarke¬†assisted a registered provider with its high-value merger with another registered provider. Daniel Skinner¬†has ‚Äėencyclopaedic knowledge of housing and property law‚Äô, and associate Helen Gascoigne¬†is ‚Äėa tried and tested legal adviser, with strong sector knowledge and a quiet efficiency‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Daniel Skinner - Capsticks LLP

Next generation lawyers

Helen Gascoigne - Capsticks LLP

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