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Capsticks LLP
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Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Capsticks LLP is regarded  by some as a 'leading light at the forefront of healthcare law', fielding a 'fine team of genuinely specialist clinical negligence and inquest practitioners'. The firm's expertise encompasses work for NHS acute, community, mental health and ambulance trusts, as well as independent sector providers, and insurers of private hospitals and clinics. The practice is jointly headed by dual-qualified practitioner Peter Marquand, and David Roberts, who has been involved in the development of policy areas such as the use of fixed recoverable costs in clinical negligence. In recent highlights, Catherine Bennett led a team in the landmark case of ABC v St George’s NHS Trust which examines the extent of duty of care. For group litigation, Philip Hatherall is a key name to note.

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Capsticks has a fine team of genuinely specialist clinical negligence and inquest practitioners.

Cassius Box is an outstanding practitioner who is delightful to work with.

A true healthcare specialist firm with some of the best, most complex and high profile cases, huge experience in the sector, and a well led team of lawyers.

Senior partner Perter Marquand is probably the best qualified, most experienced and astute department head in the field.

A leading light at the forefront of healthcare law and constantly alive to to the most recent themes.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

West Hertfordshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

South Central Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Newline Group


Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust



Professional discipline Tier 1

Capsticks LLP's circa 70-strong team is 'very professional, with excellent knowledge of the wider regulatory frameworks'. Reflective of its strength in depth, the firm has a widely respected regulatory division, which is jointly led by Mark Whiting (who divides his time between the London and Leeds offices) and John Witt. Further partner-level support is provided by Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) expert Daniel Purcell. Another name to note is James Penry-Davey, who conducts and supervises investigations on behalf of regulatory bodies. Barrister Nimi Bruce prosecutes cases for several regulators and has overall responsibility for the firm's work with the Bar Standards Board. Hugh Giles is a former director of legal services at the Metropolitan Police Service. Also key to the team are Mark Rogers and Kate Steele, as well as associates Anna Holdsworth and Keziah Pearson, among various others.

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The team has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the area of professional discipline with lawyers working for a number of public bodies within the field of regulation. This means we can pick up the phone and run issues past members of the team and often they will have come across similar issues with other clients, so they can be a really good sounding board and have been a helpful resource.’

Very professional with excellent knowledge of the wider regulatory frameworks. Great at sharing good practice and very approachable. Demonstrable support (attendance at every council meeting) and well-managed casework.’

The team is proactive in working together to add value. Capsticks have worked with us to help resolve some longstanding issues. Their fresh thinking and adaptable approach, coupled with their heavy weight track record in all things regulation and professional discipline, has made a tangible positive impact on our organization.

James Penry-Davey is very personable and invests a lot in understanding what you need as a client and how he can add value. He has awareness of the bigger picture and provides pragmatic solutions which reflect financial and reputational complaints.

Kate Steele has extensive experience of regulation and professional disciplinary. She is knowledgeable and solution-focused and always prepared to go ‘the extra mile’ to meet our needs.’

Anna Holdsworth – Anna is efficient, intelligent, and has a wide experience that she draws on to give her a very helpful pragmatic overview of every case. She is always available and steers her ships with a light, but firm, touch. Above all, and unusually for a competent, hard-working solicitor, she is incredibly kind and this comes across through her attitude to her colleagues, cases and those barristers she works with. I thoroughly recommend her as a leading regulatory lawyer who has the brains and common sense approach needed when working for regulators.

Dan Purcell – Dan is a star of the regulatory field – he heads up his area of the firm with sensitivity and aplomb and is approachable and wise. He has a wonderfully friendly and easy-going approach to counsel, whilst at the same time being the source of an inspiring breadth of knowledge and experience. Dan’s great strength is his knowledge, experience and wonderfully approachable manner.

Both Anna and Dan are composite professionals with a great sense of integrity.’

Key clients

Solicitors Regulation Authority

General Dental Council

Social Work England

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Teaching Regulation Agency

General Optical Council

Bar Standards Board

General Chiropractic Council

General Osteopathic Council

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Healthcare Tier 2

Capsticks LLP's cross-disciplinary team has a national reach, advising NHS Trusts, GPs, care homes, charities, and other government agencies on a range of matters including high-profile judicial review cases, major healthcare infrastructure projects, clinical law, healthcare-related litigation and reputation management. Andrew Rowland leads the national practice. Peter Edwards works in public law; Francis Lyons advises NHS Trusts on contentious matters; and Stephen Tainsh focuses on corporate, commercial, and finance issues for NHS Trusts. The team has seen recent growth in defending clinical negligence claims. In 2019, newly promoted partner Paul McFarlane and legal director Charlotte Rathbone joined from Weightmans LLP and Browne Jacobson LLP, respectively.

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‘The team is accessible, responsive, and knowledgeable. They have a broad range of expertise so when there are areas of uncertainty, another specialist in the area can pick up.’

‘They understand the primary care landscape both from the commissioner and provider side.’

‘Stephen Tainsh was very supportive through a very complex negotiation and dispute. His advice was always well considered and thought-through. His knowledge of the contract was exceptional and he was resilient when his advice was challenged. His support went above and beyond what would be expected and his personal approach helped at the most challenging times..’

‘Andrew Rowland runs a very tight ship, is fantastic with clients and goes the extra mile.’

‘Paul McFarlane is a great addition to the team and is another who is fantastic with clients and puts them at ease.’

‘Stephen Tainsh is highly knowledgeable across the sector and has a very wide set of skills covering all aspects of healthcare.’

Key clients

Sellers of the controlling interest in a med tech company.

CHG-Meridian UK Limited

Getinge UK Limited

NHS Resolution, St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust

Social Work England

Medicus Health Partnerships

Various Primary Care Networks

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Nursing & Midwifery Council

General Dental Council

East London NHS Foundation Trust

Department of Health & Social Care

NHS Improvement

Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Berkshire University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

Court of protection Tier 3

Capsticks LLP specialises in advising NHS providers and commissioners, as well as public, private and charitable sector clients, on all issues involving incapacitated and vulnerable adults and children. The team provides a 24/7 emergency advice line to assist health sector clients with complex medical ethical and legal issues. Another of its significant strengths is in the interaction between the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. The team is frequently involved in disputes regarding lasting powers of attorney, advance decisions and best interests cases. Francis Lyons heads the department.

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Francis Lyons is professional, friendly, approachable, and it always feels like we are working as a team

Capsticks’ staff has a wealth of knowledge of all areas and can direct me to the most suitable and qualified expert for the advice I need. The guidance is clear and sensible which makes life much easier’

‘Charlotte Radcliffe’s clear, direct approach is extremely valuable when dealing with clinical staff. She gives clear instructions regarding options and what the most appropriate and safe approach is to situations. She is kind and caring as well as firm, and her engagement with clients and the opposition I feel is second to none. She also has a wealth of knowledge about child safeguarding’

Francis Lyons has been amazing in the quick turnaround of advice in respect of consent issues. Again, he is always available and when he is not ensures someone contacts us with advice and support

Capsticks has provided us with invaluable step-by-step advice in numerous Court of Protection cases. The lawyers provide clear instructions and explanations of the process to clinicians that would otherwise be completely alien to them, thereby ensuring the relevant and appropriate clinical knowledge is available to the court

‘Francis Lyons is always approachable and responsive, providing considered advice at an appropriate level to existing knowledge and understanding

Key clients

Derbyshire Community NHS Trust

St Andrews Healthcare

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Lambeth CCG

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS FT

Midlands Partnership Trust

South East CSU

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

Wye Valley NHS Trust

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 3

Having expanded significantly in recent years, Capsticks LLP has become a ‘go-to firm for social housing’; the group now advises numerous housing associations both within London and across the UK. The housing regeneration team is jointly led by Chimi Shakohoxha and James Howard, who ‘provide a fantastic service’ on matters relating to property development, joint ventures, regeneration and mixed-use developments. Daniel Skinner leads the housing management practice and ‘knows everything there is to know’ about anti-social behaviour, data protection, leasehold and shared ownership issues. Helen Gascoigne is also recommended.


They have a tremendous breadth of experience and knowledge, and expertise across a range of issues that involve private registered providers and local authorities in particular. Their client care skills are second to none and they are very much, to use that horrible phrase, a go-to firm. In short, they understand their market.’

Capsticks are the go-to firm for social housing. The way they interact with their clients is personal and tailored, so the level of service they give is exceptional. As a barrister, I am always well briefed, which is a testament to their brilliant organisational skills and depth of experience.

Daniel Skinner is the go-to partner for all social housing work. He knows everything there is to know. He takes problems and creates unique tailored solutions.

Helen Gascoigne has become one of the best practitioners in this area in the last few years. She is exceptional. Her knowledge is beyond her number of years as a solicitor. I would trust her with any of my own personal housing issues.’

Capsticks mix a blend of high and wide-ranging levels of housing expertise with a helpful can-do attitude. I have always been impressed with how efficiently they tackle tasks and I’ve always been happy with their service and the commitment they show towards their client.

Honourable mentions need to be made for the excellent Chimi Shakohoxha and James Howard. Both provide a fantastic service and really look to help their client. Excellent levels of knowledge across varying complex contractual situations. They have proven to be very helpful and it has been a very enjoyable working relationship.’

Capsticks is a sector trailblazer, bringing together leaders in their respective fields. Responses are quick and tailored to the instructing client. Advice is effective, outcome-focused, and mindful of cost and reputational issues. The Team is professional, accessible and approachable, taking time to get to know us and how we work. I am always impressed with the scope of their expertise.’

Key clients

L&Q Housing Trust

Notting Hill Genesis

Poplar HARCA

Clarion Housing

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Orbit Housing Group

Vivid Housing Limited

Havebury Housing Association

Soha Housing

Sovereign Housing Association



New Forest Villages Housing Association Limited

Tower Hamlets Community Housing

Richmond Housing Partnership



Administrative and public law Tier 5

Public health bodies engage Capsticks LLP’s public law experts to defend high-stakes judicial review cases. Co-head Peter Edwards recently defended challenges to the reconfiguration of NHS services, while Francis Lyons defended commissioning and treatment disputes. Leeds-based co-head Ian Cooper provides the full-scope of policy advice, including on issues concerning the allocation of resources. Social housing regulators and emergency services clients are also counted on the client roster; Hugh Giles handles public inquiry work for the latter.

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I have always found Capsticks Solicitors both very responsive and professional in all matters I have had reason to contact them for.

Key clients

London Ambulance Service

NHS South Tyneside CCG

NHS Dorset CCG

Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

NHS Hambleton and Richmondshire CCG

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

South West London CCG

HM’s Senior Coroner for Lincolnshire

NHS Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG

Solicitors’ Regulation Authority

Sheffield Children’s NHS Trust

North Yorkshire CCGs

Bar Standards Board

NHS Oxfordshire CCG

North Central London CCGs

Employers Tier 6

Capsticks LLP dominates in the healthcare, emergency services and social care sectors for both public and private sector clients. The employment team acts for some of the largest NHS trusts in the country and is sole strategic legal adviser for NHS Employers. It is also highly active in the Employment Tribunal and EAT. Victoria Watson heads up the firm's national employment practice.

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‘Always professional. The service and advice received is fast and efficient and can be trusted implicitly. Knowledge and experience is exceptionally. Approach is always helpful and friendly.’

‘Alexandra Gettins has very considerable ability and promise. Very familiar with employment disputes in the NHS. A person of mature judgement.’

‘Capsticks are one of the best firms for client care. They really know their sector and what their clients want and how they work.’

‘Victoria Watson is a first-class lawyer. She is very involved with her clients and has a great understanding of litigation.’

‘Andrew Rowland is an excellent litigator.’

‘The team’s work was excellently coordinated with other property work being carried out by the firm. It was impossible to see the join between property, employment and litigation advice.’


Key clients

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

Ramsay Health Care UK

NHS Employers

Frimley Health Foundation NHS Trust

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Group of Clinical Commissioning Groups

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Health Tier 1

Capsticks LLP' maintains its position as one of the pre-eminent healthcare practices in the region, providing 'very transparent and reliable service' across clinical law, employment issues, corporate healthcare work and real estate mandates. The 'exceptional' Tracey Lucas leads the advisory and inquest team and specialises in medical treatment decisions, Court of Protection applications and the care of adults and children under NHS continuing healthcare funding. Henry Matveieff focuses on healthcare property issues, while newly promoted partner Tracy Giles advises NHS and private sector clients on EU public procurement work and commercial and contractual matters. London-based Andrew Rowland leads the national NHS healthcare practice.

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‘Capsticks provide us with a very transparent and reliable service to support our clinical negligence and other healthcare related legal support. The unique experience of the overseeing partner, as both healthcare nurse and very experienced lawyer, makes this a really unique service.’

‘The team in Birmingham are instructed in some of the most complex and challenging medical cases in the Court of Protection. They deal with cases which have a public interest and many involve children.’

‘The team in Birmingham is led by Tracey Lucas (partner) who is exceptional. She is extremely user friendly and provides clarity of thought and clear leadership and direction in what is an extremely complex area of law.’

Key clients

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Nottingham CCG

Wye Valley

Worcestershire Acute

Health Tier 1

Capsticks LLP provides comprehensive legal advice across the full breadth of the healthcare sector with clients that include over 200 NHS organisations, private healthcare providers, GP practices and acting for several statutory healthcare regulators as well as the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The team in Leeds specialises in employment matters, working with national organisations, such as private providers like United Response or with NHS employers. Rachael Heenan not only leads the firm but also has extensive expertise in employment law and governance and carries out mediations on behalf of clients. The 'excellent, experienced' real estate specialist Lisa Geary took over leadership of the Leeds office in late 2019, while the practice was boosted by the arrival of Adam Hartrick from Hempsons.

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“Lisa Geary is an excellent, experienced solicitor.”

“The team have real specialist knowledge of medical properties which is greater than other firms that I have dealt with.”

“Lisa Geary is a lawyer with second to none specialist medical property skills. She has a pleasant and professional manner in dealing with all parties and has been a major factor in the building of my medical centre portfolio.”

“The team is very efficient, professional and committed and I have always found them to be approachable and quick to respond to any queries.”

“Lisa Geary understands the healthcare sector and has worked for numerous trusts. She has always been very helpful.”

“The members of the Capsticks team have a range and depth of knowledge, along with proven practical experience, which is very much linked to the real issues that have to be addressed. They will aim to provide an excellent level of service in a very timely manner. A very genuine, positive, proactive and professional approach is always guaranteed.”

“Solicitors with very good judgement.”

Key clients

NHS Resolution

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

West Hertfordshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford Health NHS Trust

Community Health Partnerships

NHS England

Agencia Consulting Limited

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Social housing Tier 1

Capsticks LLP, which specialises in health and housing, has recently seen significant growth in leasehold litigation. The team has particular expertise in leasehold management as well as asset management and development; the wider firm has continued to invest in IT, recently acquiring AI software to review key terms of leases and title documents, streamlining its service for clients. Michael Owen leads the housing management side of the practice while Spencer Vella Sultana is the head of the housing and regeneration team.

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Capsticks are housing experts and have provided us with first class advice and support for a number of housing issues, in particular ASB. We have had a number of complex cases which Capsticks have helped us bring to successful resolutions through the court process.

We have worked closely with Michael Owen and his team in particular Chris Skinner. Having an in-house barrister is a real benefit for us and we have always found the team helpful and supportive of our business needs.

With Capsticks you are afforded the highest quality of service, tailored to your organisational need. The professionalism of this team is outstanding. I would recommend Capsticks to anyone looking for a professional, efficient, cost-effective service.

Mike Owen is a leader in this field. He is knowledgeable, professional and understands the needs of his customers. He ensures that his team provides a quality service which is tailored to his customers needs and requirements. We have only used Capsticks for our ASB cases since 2006, as there is nothing to compare with their service, values and professionalism.

In-depth understanding of the social housing sector and the requirements of us as clients. Their commercial astuteness and sector understanding works well well helping to make decisions around assets and tenure types. It also provides us with assurance that any advice received is in the best interest of our business.

The team that deal with our open market sales provide a personable service throughout the transaction, celebrate success with us as well as provide alternative options and solutions to more complex issues that may come to light.

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Vivid Homes

Salvation Army

South Holland District Council

Raven Housing Trust

GreenSquare Homes

Oriel Housing


Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Capsticks LLP’s employment practice has a strong focus on the healthcare sector; practice head Rachael Heenan and associate Andrew Uttley advise NHS trusts, hospitals, fire and rescue services and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Typical non-contentious instructions include handling HR governance issues, regulatory mandates, risk assessments, TUPE matters and CCG mergers (the latter often handled by newly promoted partner Alistair Kernohan). Heenan and Eleanor Rhodes regularly represent clients before the Employment Tribunal in misconduct, whistleblowing and discrimination claims.

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Key clients

NHS Resolution

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Humberside Fire & Rescue Service

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS FT

Wigan CCG

Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

Specialising in health and social care real estate matters, Capsticks LLP focuses on large-scale accommodation schemes, primary care premises and new hospital developments. Group head Henry Matveieff handles multi-site rationalisations, third-party development schemes, landlord and tenant matters and projects for retail, radiotherapy and pharmacy sector clients.

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NHS England

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Trust

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust


Methodist Church of Great Britain

Department of Health and Social Care

Employment Tier 4

Capsticks LLP provides employment advice to various sectors including public and private healthcare, medical technology, emergency services and housing. Other sectoral expertise includes charities and social care as well as receiving a steady flow of instructions from some regulatory bodies. It is the sole employment law provider for a number of the largest healthcare trusts in the Midlands and also acts for other healthcare organisations including clinical commissioning groups and commissioning support groups. Allied with this it has a strong non-contentious employment practice that has been advising clients on the full range of matters from TUPE transfers to procurement processes. Bridget Prosser left the team and is now at Browne Jacobson LLP. London-based Victoria Watson heads the department. Chloe Edwards specialises in advising on complex employment tribunal matters and internal employee relations processes.

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Key clients

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

East London NHS Foundation Trust

Bromford Housing Group

Social housing Tier 4

Capsticks LLP's team is 'reliable and adaptable' and acts on housing and leasehold management issues, asset management work and development mandates. Michael Owen heads up the national practice from Winchester, while Paul Lloyd, who operates out of the Chorley office, handles housing management and regeneration matters. The firm is also noted for its cross-sector expertise encompassing the housing and health industries, advising on health, social care and housing matters.

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‘The team at Capsticks are reliable and adaptable. They can act at short notice and go over and above in regard to getting the job done. They give helpful honest advice putting the customer first.’

‘Capstick’s are very good solicitors. They have a very good team of solicitors and paralegals. They also have very good support from their back office to provide an excellent service for our needs. Overall Capsticks are a very professional company.’

‘The team is very strong, it has many capable individuals at all levels which is reflected by the growing client base. It is gaining clients that other firms are losing due to its reputation as a leading firm but also due to the personalities of the team. All are approachable, friendly and team players.’

‘We work with Tom Bradbury and Paul Lloyd, both are reliable and helpful. They go over and above in regard to service. They are helpful and honest and provide a regular free surgery to assist with cases.’

‘Ian Larkins is a very professional solicitor and conducts cases very diligently. He is very thorough and always provides information and advice in a structured manner. Overall an excellent solicitor for our requirements. Paul Lloyd leads on Disrepair for Capsticks. Paul’s knowledge is very very good; he is the go to person when an answer to a question or query is needed. Overall he provides support and assistance to the whole set up of Capsticks and ensures a good level of service is provided to One Vision Housing.’

‘Ian Larkins is a new addition to the team but has a large client following and is well respected and liked. The team is lead by a strong leadership team who is thought of as leaders in the social housing field.’

Key clients

Mosscare St Vincent

One Vision Housing


New Charter Homes

Wandle Housing Association


Villages Housing Association

Great Places Housing Group


Commercial property: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 5

Led by the 'absolutely excellent' Lisa Geary, the Leeds team at Capsticks LLP notably works with healthcare clients across Yorkshire and nationally, including NHS trusts, GP practices and social care charities. Mandates include portfolio management matters, premises management work, and PFI/PPP issues.

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Absolutely excellent. Friendly – approachable – trustworthy and expedient. Knowledgeable. The consummate experts in their areas.

Lisa Geary – absolutely excellent. Professional. Knowledgeable and quick to resolve situations to avoid time wasting. 100% committed to clients. Loyal and excellent listener. 

The highly personal approach and strict continuity of matter management is what sets Capsticks apart from other firms I have worked with historically. Having worked with the Capsticks team for a number of years, with team members invariably changing within the team as other opportunities have taken them to pastures new, I am always impressed by the continuity of service received from the team following such change. I have never experienced any lack of understanding as a result of poor case management handover and commend Capsticks for their approach to continuity of service delivery. The personal approach to communication and the lack of any feeling of clock watching impresses me. Understanding that within the commercial world, fees need to be covered, I have never felt that this was a driver within the Capsticks team, meaning that any and all advice received has been provided in as timely and efficient a manner in the particular circumstances.’

Lisa Geary has been our consistent Partner contact within the firm for the period of time we have utilised the services of Capsticks.

Tracey Blundell – practical, pragmatic, approachable, common sense approach and with broader knowledge than simply a specialism.

The team are extremely knowledgeable but also practical and apply a common sense approach whilst ensuring our position is adequately protected. They are happy to work to tight deadlines and pull together as required to get the job done.

As a charity we value the sound advice of Capsticks in dealing with property matters immensely. Capsticks are very good in explaining the legal implications of contractual arrangements in an accessible way. They play a vital part in helping us negotiate with both public and private sector partners to achieve the positive outcomes we require for the beneficiaries of the charity. They help us protect the interests of the charity.

We value working with Lisa Geary for her knowledge, expertise, and the confidence we can go into any negotiation over a commercial property matter with sound legal support. It does help in dealing with both public and private sector partners that they know that we have a high calibre lawyer working for us. Lisa always responds very quickly, and whatever the situation, gives very astute pragmatic advice.

Key clients

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Community Health Partnerships

NHS England

The Methodist Church

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Agencia Consulting Limited

Managing Trustees of the Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Clinical negligence and personal injury: defendant

David Roberts , Ian Cooper, Emily Senior and Adam Hartrick lead the clinical law department at Capsticks LLP. The Leeds office delivers specialist legal services in all aspects of clinical law, including claims, advisory work, Court of Protection matters and inquests. The firm’s clinical negligence work encompasses advice to NHS Trusts, community and mental health providers, ambulance trusts, government departments, health and social care regulators, private healthcare providers and GP practices. In 2019 the firm was appointed to NHS Resolution’s panel for the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice alongside its existing portfolio of GP work.


‘Innovative thinkers and solutions-focused. Bright collaborators.’

‘Excellent firm for defendant clinical negligence.’

‘Very strong, easily equivalent to any London office handling clinical negligence. Excellent legal skills, sensitivity and commercial awareness, responsive and sensible. Have been very good to work with.’

‘Charlotte North and David Roberts: excellent legal skills, sensitivity and commercial awareness, responsive and sensible.’

‘Solicitors with great judgement.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust

West Hertfordshire Acute Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Northampton General Hospitals NHS Trust


Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust

Capsticks is one of the leading national law firms in health, housing and social care and has an unrivalled understanding of the regulatory and emergency services markets. The firm provides a full-service offering for all of its clients and is well regarded for its commercial, market-driven solutions.

The firm: Capsticks acts on the most high-value and politically sensitive cases in the health, social care and housing sectors. This year’s highlights include: advising Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust on all planning and property aspects of the £98 million disposal of the Heatherwood Hospital site and acting for CHG-Meridian UK Limited in relation to an equipment managed services.

Capsticks’ specialist housing team acts for over 200 registered providers nationwide. Recent case highlights include negotiating a £100m secured loan facility for L&Q Housing Trust provided by the National Australia Bank as well as advising Optivo on the £41m worth purchase of 128 shared ownership units in South West London. In addition, Capsticks supported Poplar HARCA in the upper tier tribunal against an appeal by the Information Commissioner to the decision that housing associations are not subject to the Environmental Information Regulations.

Current healthcare clients include NHS Resolution, NHS England/Improvement, NHS Employers, Barts Health NHS Trust, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Health NHS Trust, Community Health Partnerships, Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust, North Lincolnshire And Goole NHS Foundation Trust, MDDUS and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The firm also represents professional regulators such as the the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Social Work England, the General Dental Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Teaching Regulation Agency, as well as housing associations including L&Q, Aster, Sovereign, Orbit and Vivid. The emergency services team acts for the Metropolitan Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service, among many others.

The firm’s HR Advisory services (non-legal) provide an extensive range of consultancy services for all its markets. The team handles day-to-day employee relations, disciplinary issues, investigations, absence management as well as organisational change.

Types of work undertaken: The firm’s work is divided between the clinical law, corporate and commercial, employment, housing, litigation, real estate and regulatory divisions.

Clinical law: This department acts for NHS Resolution and also deals with a large volume of clinical law advisory matters such as consent-to-treatment cases and mental health issues. The department has a strong reputation for advising on sensitive and high-profile cases and judicial reviews of major service reconfiguration decisions. The team also deals with medical malpractice insurers, including disasters arising from obstetric accidents. These comprise some of the largest personal injury claims in this country.

Corporate and Commercial: The division provides full legal support on NHS and private healthcare and housing mergers and acquisitions, major procurement projects and joint ventures. The work is carried out in multi-disciplinary teams with members of the real estate and employment departments.

Employment: This department is one of the largest healthcare employment teams in the country. It provides a HR advisory and consultancy service to healthcare bodies nationally. The team has a close working partnership with NHS Employers, providing NHS workforce leaders with access to expert HR, legal and business advice. The team also acts for housing providers, GP Federations and Emergency Service providers, offering HR support including advice relating to organisational change and TUPE.

Housing: The practice advises housing associations and registered providers on a national, full-service scale. Its expertise includes bespoke private developments and regeneration projects, housing and leasehold management (including anti-social behaviour and disrepair disputes), as well as security charging, banking and treasury matters. The practice is well regarded by the legal directories, with all offices being ranked and the team in the South maintaining its place in the top tier for several years.

Litigation: The fee earners specialise in the resolution of commercial and property disputes across NHS Trusts (including Royal Berkshire University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College Healthcare) and housing associations, such as Vivid. Clients also include emergency services organisations, local authorities as well as healthcare regulatory bodies and a growing number of non-healthcare regulators, such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Real estate: The division acts for an unrivalled number of public and private sector healthcare clients and housing providers on real estate matters. In addition to complex and innovative joint venture redevelopments, it acts on some of the largest and most politically sensitive hospital developments, NHS surplus land sales and urban regeneration schemes in the country. The firm acts for over 200 housing providers supporting complex development programmes and asset management.

Regulatory: The team conducts hundreds of professional discipline cases each year, including “fitness to practice” matters and High Court appeals. It acts for eight of the ten statutory health and social care regulators, as well as the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Teaching Regulation Agency. In a recent highlight, the team defended Social Work England in its first High Court appeal.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Rachael Heenan
NHS Healthcare Andrew Rowland
Housing and Regeneration Chimi Shakohoxha
Housing Management Michael Owen
Private Healthcare, Administrative law Ian Cooper
Clinical law Peter Marquand
Corporate and commercial Stephen Tainsh
Litigation David Firth
Regulatory Mark Whiting
Employment Victoria Watson
Primary care Sam Hopkins
Real estate Sam Hopkins
Photo Name Position Profile
 Catherine Bennett  photo Catherine Bennett Experience Catherine has over 12 years’ experience of handling complex, sensitive and…
 Lee Clarke  photo Lee Clarke As an experienced projects and commercial partner Lee has advised on a…
 Jamie Cuffe  photo Jamie Cuffe Experience Jamie is a Partner in the Commercial team and advises a…
 Peter Edwards  photo Peter Edwards Experience Peter has 30 years’ experience of advising healthcare and other organisations…
 Martin Hamilton  photo Martin Hamilton Experience Martin is Managing Partner at Capsticks.  As well as being responsible…
 Majid Hassan  photo Majid Hassan Experience Majid leads the firm’s medical malpractice insurance team with considerable experience…
 Philip Hatherall  photo Philip Hatherall Experience Philip has been a Partner at Capsticks since 2002, a Nominated…
 Sam Hopkins  photo Sam Hopkins Experience Sam is a Partner at Capsticks and heads the firm’s Real…
Mr Ashley Irons  photo Mr Ashley Irons Ashley has specialised in advising hospitals (in the public and private sector)…
 Francis Lyons  photo Francis Lyons Francis is a partner in our Public Law team and he advises…
Dr Peter Marquand  photo Dr Peter Marquand Experience Peter has been a partner at Capsticks since 2000.  He heads…
 Alison Morley  photo Alison Morley Experience Alison has been since May 2018 Director of Sales and Innovation…
 Michael Owen  photo Michael Owen Experience Michael is joint-head of the Housing Management Team at Capsticks. In…
 James Penry-Davey  photo James Penry-Davey Experience James leads Capsticks’ regulatory team. He joined Capsticks in 2007 and…
 Daniel Purcell  photo Daniel Purcell Experience Daniel has spent his career handling disputes and investigations for the…
 Susie Rogers  photo Susie Rogers Experience Susie is a Partner in the Housing team at Capsticks, specialising…
 Andrew Rowland  photo Andrew Rowland Experience Andrew is Head of Capsticks’ national NHS Healthcare practice and a…
 Chimi Shakohoxha photo Chimi Shakohoxha Partner
Mr Daniel Skinner  photo Mr Daniel Skinner Experience Daniel is a partner in the Housing Management team. He has…
 Stephen Tainsh photo Stephen Tainsh Partner and Head of the Medical Technology Group
 Victoria Watson  photo Victoria Watson Victoria is head of Capsticks’ national employment practice, leading a team of…
 Mark Whiting  photo Mark Whiting  Mark heads Capsticks professional regulatory sector team. Since qualifying in 2001, he…
 John Witt  photo John Witt Experience John is a partner in the Regulatory Division. He has been…
Number of UK partners : 55
Number of other UK fee-earners : 245

CLIENT: Tom Casey Exec Director of Development and Sales
COMPANY/FIRM: Golding Homes
TESTIMONIAL: The team at Capsticks have provided us with a proactive, thorough and prompt service to support our acquisition programme over the last 12 months.

We particularly value the ‘additionality’ support provided to the team through the legal training programme. These practical and informal sessions were of great benefit, especially for our Trainee Project Managers who are starting their careers in development.

CLIENT: Sarah Charlton
COMPANY/FIRM: North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Capsticks solicitors for around 9 years now. Having worked in NHS Trusts across the country I have met most of the claims teams in all of their offices. I have always found them to be some of the utmost skilled and professional lawyers on the NHS panel. They are efficient and knowledgeable whilst also being friendly and approachable. They run good quality and relevant seminars which I have found most useful, and also some excellent training sessions for our clinicians which I know have been invaluable for their own knowledge of the law in their daily practice.

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

At Capsticks, we rely on the talents of a diverse and highly skilled workforce. Diversity and inclusion are cornerstones to the way we operate daily. We know that it is the difference amongst people which adds strength to our organisation and ensures we are able to provide the best service to our clients. The firm will strive at all times to meet, as a minimum, its legislative and regulatory duties by ensuring our culture is one where inclusion and mutual respect are core principles which are celebrated by all.

In practice, this means that everyone who interacts with the firm (employees, partners, secondees, outsourced providers and agency workers, clients and third party contractors) will receive equal treatment regardless of sex (including pregnancy and maternity), gender and gender reassignment, marital and civil partnership status, age, race (which includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origin), sexual orientation, religion, belief, social background or disability (referred to below as ‘protected characteristics’).

We believe in taking a proactive approach to diversity and inclusion that makes best use of everyone’s unique talents. We achieve this through a mix of:

  • A genuinely open culture
  • Compulsory diversity training
  • Highly robust recruitment procedures

Our commitment to diversity means going beyond compliance with anti-discrimination legislation. We monitor the diversity profile of our workforce so that we can measure progress over time. Please see our latest diversity statistics.

We welcome the gender pay gap reporting initiative as an important step in creating greater gender balance within the legal profession, and the legal sector as a whole. Read our gender and ethnicity pay gap report 2020.

In recent months we have arranged events to celebrate International Women’s Day, marked Mental Health Awareness Week with a focus on health and wellbeing, and are proud to be part of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme.

We pride ourselves in celebrating difference and promoting equality and inclusion through our EDI initiatives. Below are some examples of our recent EDI initiatives:

  • In October 2019 we became corporate signatories to Business in the Community’s Race at Work Charter, committing to an open and honest dialogue about race and committing to achieve further diversity and equality through initiatives such as championing, sponsorship and mentoring.
  • We are corporate partners of the Black Solicitors Network and hosted a table at the annual EDI awards in 2018. We celebrate Black History Month and are making plans for this October.
  • We are corporate diversity champions of Stonewall and are using their extensive experience to help us further embed EDI within our culture. Stonewall recently hosted ‘lunch and learn’ awareness raising sessions in each of our offices and we hosted a float at Leeds Pride in 2019 and had a remote presence at Stonewall’s annual conference this year.
  • We are corporate signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, a public commitment by law firms and their clients to create workplaces where unnecessary sources of stress are removed and where good mental health wellbeing is actively promoted. We have 15 Mental Health First Aiders who meet quarterly to promote the wellbeing agenda.
  • Hosted EDI round tables open to all staff across each of our offices to invite their thoughts around our objectives and to share their ideas.

The Lex 100 Verdict

With its top-tier health and social care practices, Capsticks attracts trainees with a keen interest in these areas, as well as regulatory, property and commercial matters. With offices in Leeds, Birmingham, Winchester, Chorley and Wimbledon and a small intake size, Capsticks provides trainees with lots of seat and location options plus 'very good career progression opportunities, good supervisors and interesting work'. Respondents commented upon the 'better work/life balance' and the offer of 'more responsibility than peers at larger firms'. It's noted that 'partners are particularly helpful and supportive and go the extra mile to nurture growth and personal development'. In terms of training, the programme rates very highly, corresponding with two Lex 100 Winner awards for Capsticks' vacation schemes and trainee confidence in being kept on after the training contract. Some trainees consider the firm to be too 'London-centric', others disliked the location of the London office in Wimbledon. However, the firm's client secondment opportunities are highly praised for being 'really useful in gaining an understanding of the work from the client's perspective'. Capsticks' CSR programmes are also described as 'brilliant' with 'a variety of amazing opportunities to help the local and wider community'. For those looking to train with a focus on the health and social care industry, Captsicks is at the top of the pile.