David Firth > Capsticks LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Capsticks LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution.



David is head of the litigation division at Capsticks. He joined the firm in 1995 and works with clients across the firm’s key sectors, with a particular emphasis on construction dispute resolution and health and safety matters.


David has supported clients undertaking fire safety remedial works both in seeking damages for contractors’ historic design and workmanship breaches and, in the case of registered providers, managing their relationships with leaseholders. He and his team routinely deal with payment disputes, extension of time requests, contested termination rights and related damages claims, representing employers, contractors and subcontractors.

For health and safety, David is best known for supporting clients undergoing criminal investigation for a range of offences including corporate manslaughter. He advises on disaster response, reputation management, internal investigations, at all stages from interview under caution through to Crown Court prosecution.

With clients facing enforcement action from the police, the HSE and the Care Quality Commission over many years, David is very familiar with their ways of working, what tactics work to minimise regulatory intervention and, crucially, those that do not. He has supported organisations and individuals through every aspect of the investigation process, up to and including interview under caution, and uses his expertise to help avert further enforcement action, or to minimise the reputational impact if a criminal prosecution is commenced.


Trained Simmons & Simmons; qualified 1995; partner Capsticks 2002 to date.


University of Exeter (1989 BA Hons Arabic and Islamic Studies); University of Durham (1990 MA Islamic Finance).