Francis Lyons > Capsticks LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Capsticks LLP
SW19 4DR

Work Department

Clinical law.


Francis is a partner in our Public Law team and he advises on legal issues arising from the commissioning, planning and delivery of health and social care.  He leads the firm’s 24-hour emergency legal helpline as well as our mental health and Court of Protection work, frequently advising on detention and deprivation of liberty as well as best interests, treatment and safeguarding issues. 

Francis is recognised as an expert in mental health and mental capacity law.  His recent MHA cases include ‘Munjaz’, in which the European Court described the seclusion policy he advised on as “exemplary” when allowing a departure from the Code of Practice, and the ‘Haines’ matter in which Francis represented Broadmoor Hospital in the first ever reported public tribunal hearing. His advice on the unlawful delegation of the Secretary of State’s s.12 MHA approval functions to an FT, resulted in emergency legislation in 2013.  Francis has worked on secondment with a local authority, and as a member of a Foundation Trust Board’s MHA committee. In addition, Francis provides advice for emergency services clients.

In addition to the support he provides to clients on policy development and decision making, Francis also advises on judicial review challenges, complaints, incident handling and the disclosure of information.   Francis is ranked as leading solicitor in independent legal directories. Chambers states “He knows his stuff and is sensible and also pragmatic. A pleasure to work with” and the Legal 500 says Francis “is able to focus on the legal issues without getting bogged down in the emotional issues which are invariably involved”.


Trained Reid Minty LLP (now Pinsent Masons LLP); qualified 1998; associate partner Reid Minty LLP 2002; joined Capsticks 2003, partner 2011 to date.


Southampton University (1994 LLB (Hons)); College of Law, Guildford (1995 Legal Practice Course Diploma).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Court of protection

(Leading individuals)

Francis Lyons – Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP fields a team of ‘friendly, approachable individuals with a sound knowledge of this field and a professional attitude’. It specialises in advising NHS providers and commissioners, public, private and charitable sector clients on all issues involving incapacitated and vulnerable persons. Another core area of expertise is its knowledge of the interaction between the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty safeguards. The ‘exceptionally responsive’ Francis Lyons heads the department.