Philip Hatherall > Capsticks LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Capsticks LLP
SW19 4DR

Work Department

Clinical law.



Philip has been a Partner at Capsticks since 2002, a Nominated Partner for NHS Resolution for over 10 years and he leads the firm’s national inquest service.   Philip works with clients in the health and social care, insurance and emergency services sectors to resolve and learn from claims, inquests and serious incidents.

Philip also has judicial experience, having worked for five years as an Assistant Coroner.


Philip specialises in handling inquests, inquires and clinical negligence claims on behalf of defendants.  He is trusted to deliver the best possible outcomes in the most sensitive and complex cases.   A client described how “Philip’s advice and support for me and my executive team has proved invaluable on many occasions.  With Philip you have a proactive and personal service, always available and willing to go the extra mile.”

Notable projects

Lead Solicitor to the NHS on the Jimmy Savile investigations and handled all claims arising from the abuse.

Representing the LAS in the Inquests following the Terror Attacks at Westminster Bridge/Palace of Westminster and London Bridge/Borough Market.

External legal advisor to the DHSC project delivery group for the Independent Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse.

Defendant clinical negligence representative in the High Court User group and met with Lord Justice Jackson during his review into the costs of civil litigation.

Trial wins in numerous claims ranging from small value to injuries of maximum severity worth several million pounds. Philip has also represented clients in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.


Qualified 1995; partner Capsticks 2002 to date; deputy coroner, Northern District of London 2002; assistant deputy 2004-07


LLB (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant

(Hall of Fame)

Philip HatherallCapsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP‘s defendant clinical negligence lawyers are ‘characterised by their intelligence, ability to carry out a penetrating legal analysis and a determination to leave no stone unturned‘, according to one client. As well as handling complex and sensitive work on behalf of numerous NHS acute, community, mental health and ambulance trusts, the firm has also developed a significant medical malpractice offering, which represents underwriters in claims brought against private surgeons, clinics and hospitals. Other areas of focus include inquests, and providing advice to healthcare teams in the elite sports sector. Peter Marquand acts as the national department head, while Catherine Bennett, who specialises in brain, spinal and other catastrophic injuries, has overall responsibility for the operational delivery of NHS Resolution’s work. Group litigation expert Philip Hatherall is also recommended.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant

Key partners in the Capsticks LLP clinical law team in Leeds include Philip Hatherall, who leads the firm’s national inquest service; Emily Senior, who leads the team of 14 lawyers working for NHS Resolution in Leeds; private health and social care head Ian Cooper; and experienced inquest advocate Adam Hartrick. The team covers matters for mental health providers, ambulance trusts, government departments and social care regulators. Working closely with NHS Resolution, the firm also acts for the MDDUS in defending negligence claims brought against GPs and assists their members with inquests and ‘fitness to practise’ cases. As experts in clinical law, the practice is adept at handling CQC reports, Court of Protection issues and inquests pertaining to mental health.