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Clinical law, health and public law.


Ian is the head of the national Advisory team at Capsticks. 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 residents.

Ian supports clients through complex and sensitive matters such as medical treatment cases, inquests, inquiries and serious incidents. 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.


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


Law Society.


University of Leeds, 1996; LLB (Hons).



Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector > Health

Counting mental health providers, ambulance trusts, private healthcare providers and GP practices among its key roster of clients, Capsticks LLP handles the full gamut of matters, from corporate and commercial, employment, real estate and regulatory issues to clinical cases and litigation. On the advisory side, Ian Cooper leads the national practice, while ‘exceptional’ Adam Hartrick spearheads the Leeds offering. Rachael Heenan and Lisa Geary are key contacts for employment and real estate matters respectively, while Philip Hatherall oversees defendant clinical negligence cases, dividing his time between London and Leeds. In June 2022, Naomi McMaster’s arrival from DWF boosted the firm’s niche expertise in inquests.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant

Capsticks LLP has an established presence in representing major public sector clients, with the team having recently been active in relation to a number of major inquests. The firm continues to innovate, developing key capacities through associate Lucy Harding’s involvement in NHSR’s Early Notification Scheme and Keith Blundred’s leading work on Covid-related claims. Philip Hatherall heads up the practice, and brings a specialism in group litigation to the team. Other lawyers of note include Ian Cooper, who takes the lead on private healthcare issues; Adam Hartrick, who has a focus on issues relating to mental capacity; and Dominic Ip, who works on birth injury, wrongful birth, and neurological injury claims.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

Capsticks LLP is well known in the administrative and public law market for defending challenges to the actions and decisions of public bodies actions, as well as for its extensive expertise in representing NHS bodies in complex judicial review proceedings. Peter Edwards jointly leads the team with Leeds-based counterpart Ian Cooper, a health and social care specialist who advises public bodies on their statutory powers and responsibilities.