Ian Cooper > Capsticks LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Capsticks LLP

Work Department

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

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

Capsticks LLP specialises in representing NHS bodies in judicial reviews, particularly in relation to proposed changes to the location and configuration of healthcare services. Additionally, the team has developed a strong reputation for its work on behalf of individual patients, including matters under the Mental Health Act. Peter Edwards is known for working with policy leaders in the healthcare sector, assisting with major organisational changes and staff transfers. Ian Cooper often assists care providers with CQC registrations; he is also known for providing high level advice across the NHS regarding the inspection and enforcement powers of the CQC. Francis Lyons is also a core member of the team.

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.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector > Health

Capsticks LLP‘s healthcare department, which is led by Rachel Heenan, undertakes a wide range of NHS advisory and clinical law work, with key strengths in employment, GP advisory work and clinical negligence cases.  On the real estate side, the team has supported various NHS organisations on consents, leases and licences required for the implementation of Covid-19 testing centres. In addition, other related work concerned temporary changes to clinical services and vaccination roll-out. Ian Cooper is the national lead on private healthcare and social law. Real estate partner Lisa Geary and Adam Hartrick are other key figures in the group, as is Emily Senior, who has specialist knowledge of obstetric incidents. Director Emma Brecknock is recommended for property matters.