Firm Profile > Capsticks LLP > Winchester, England

Capsticks LLP
SO23 8SR

Social housing Tier 1

Capsticks LLP has had a significant increase in the number of social housing clients turning to the firm for advice on bespoke private developments, as well as affordable housing ventures. In addition to regeneration projects, the housing team includes dedicated sub-divisions in areas such as housing management, housing regeneration, and corporate and securitisation. Also notable is that the firm also has a strong specialism in the healthcare sector. The 'approachable' Michael Owen leads the housing management section. Spencer Vella Sultana and Kevin Steele are among other key figures, as is associate Mike Regan, who exclusively assists registered providers (RPs).


The service provided by the team at Capsticks goes above and beyond expectation‘.

Capsticks consistently responds to requests for legal advice quickly and professionally‘.

The whole team talks to me in a language I can understand‘.

Michael Owen is very approachable and always makes the client feel valued and included‘.

Katrina Day has an excellent understanding of all aspects of social housing procurement‘.

Vella Sultana and Rita Saadeh are straight-forward communicators‘.

Key clients

Vectis Homes

Live West


Vivid Homes

Radian Group

Aster Communities

Advantage South West

Raven Housing Trust

Soha Housing

The Guinness Partnership

Capsticks is one of the leading national law firms in health, housing and social care and has an unrivalled understanding of the regulatory and emergency services markets. The firm provides a full-service offering for all of its clients and is well regarded for its commercial, market-driven solutions.

The firm: Capsticks acts on the most high-value and politically sensitive cases in the health, social care and housing sectors. This year’s highlights include: advising Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust on all planning and property aspects of the £98 million disposal of the Heatherwood Hospital site and acting for CHG-Meridian UK Limited in relation to an equipment managed services.

Capsticks’ specialist housing team acts for over 200 registered providers nationwide. Recent case highlights include negotiating a £100m secured loan facility for L&Q Housing Trust provided by the National Australia Bank as well as advising Optivo on the £41m worth purchase of 128 shared ownership units in South West London. In addition, Capsticks supported Poplar HARCA in the upper tier tribunal against an appeal by the Information Commissioner to the decision that housing associations are not subject to the Environmental Information Regulations.

Current healthcare clients include NHS Resolution, NHS England/Improvement, NHS Employers, Barts Health NHS Trust, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Health NHS Trust, Community Health Partnerships, Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust, North Lincolnshire And Goole NHS Foundation Trust, MDDUS and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The firm also represents professional regulators such as the the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Social Work England, the General Dental Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Teaching Regulation Agency, as well as housing associations including L&Q, Aster, Sovereign, Orbit and Vivid. The emergency services team acts for the Metropolitan Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service, among many others.

The firm’s HR Advisory services (non-legal) provide an extensive range of consultancy services for all its markets. The team handles day-to-day employee relations, disciplinary issues, investigations, absence management as well as organisational change.

Types of work undertaken: The firm’s work is divided between the clinical law, corporate and commercial, employment, housing, litigation, real estate and regulatory divisions.

Clinical law: This department acts for NHS Resolution and also deals with a large volume of clinical law advisory matters such as consent-to-treatment cases and mental health issues. The department has a strong reputation for advising on sensitive and high-profile cases and judicial reviews of major service reconfiguration decisions. The team also deals with medical malpractice insurers, including disasters arising from obstetric accidents. These comprise some of the largest personal injury claims in this country.

Corporate and Commercial: The division provides full legal support on NHS and private healthcare and housing mergers and acquisitions, major procurement projects and joint ventures. The work is carried out in multi-disciplinary teams with members of the real estate and employment departments.

Employment: This department is one of the largest healthcare employment teams in the country. It provides a HR advisory and consultancy service to healthcare bodies nationally. The team has a close working partnership with NHS Employers, providing NHS workforce leaders with access to expert HR, legal and business advice. The team also acts for housing providers, GP Federations and Emergency Service providers, offering HR support including advice relating to organisational change and TUPE.

Housing: The practice advises housing associations and registered providers on a national, full-service scale. Its expertise includes bespoke private developments and regeneration projects, housing and leasehold management (including anti-social behaviour and disrepair disputes), as well as security charging, banking and treasury matters. The practice is well regarded by the legal directories, with all offices being ranked and the team in the South maintaining its place in the top tier for several years.

Litigation: The fee earners specialise in the resolution of commercial and property disputes across NHS Trusts (including Royal Berkshire University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College Healthcare) and housing associations, such as Vivid. Clients also include emergency services organisations, local authorities as well as healthcare regulatory bodies and a growing number of non-healthcare regulators, such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Real estate: The division acts for an unrivalled number of public and private sector healthcare clients and housing providers on real estate matters. In addition to complex and innovative joint venture redevelopments, it acts on some of the largest and most politically sensitive hospital developments, NHS surplus land sales and urban regeneration schemes in the country. The firm acts for over 200 housing providers supporting complex development programmes and asset management.

Regulatory: The team conducts hundreds of professional discipline cases each year, including “fitness to practice” matters and High Court appeals. It acts for eight of the ten statutory health and social care regulators, as well as the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Teaching Regulation Agency. In a recent highlight, the team defended Social Work England in its first High Court appeal.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Rachael Heenan
NHS Healthcare Andrew Rowland
Housing and Regeneration Chimi Shakohoxha
Housing Management Michael Owen
Private Healthcare, Administrative law Ian Cooper
Clinical law Peter Marquand
Corporate and commercial Stephen Tainsh
Litigation David Firth
Regulatory Mark Whiting
Employment Victoria Watson
Primary care Sam Hopkins
Real estate Sam Hopkins
Number of UK partners : 55
Number of other UK fee-earners : 245