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Capsticks LLP

TORONTO SQUARE, TORONTO STREET, LEEDS, LS1 2HJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 322 5560
Fax:
Fax 0113 242 2722
DX:
713122 LEEDS PARK SQUARE
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Web:
www.capsticks.com

Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Capsticks LLP

The team at Capsticks LLP has an established reputation in Leeds as a go-to firm for public sector employment work, advising employers in the health, emergency services, social care, housing and charity sectors. The firm, which acts for more than 200 NHS organisations, handles high-profile and complex matters relating to holiday pay, TUPE and discrimination claims, as well as disputes involving doctors. Senior partner Rachael Heenan works both locally and nationally on employment matters in the healthcare sector, specialising in governance, whistleblowing litigation and advice to boards.

Practice head(s):Rachael Heenan

Key Clients

NHS England

NHS Shared Business Services Framework

NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit

Arden & GEM NHS Commercial Solutions Framework

Crown Commercial Service (CCS)

Work highlights

  • Advised University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust on the transfer of Community Health Services from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Acted for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in respect of a trainee anaesthetist who developed a latex allergy, a disability under the Equality Act.
  • Advised a large emergency service organisation in relation to issues with its board and senior management team after one director was investigated over allegations of bullying and harassment.
  • Advised Arden & Greater East Midlands CSU regarding the proposed dissolution/merger of three Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups and the creation of a single group.
  • Successfully defended an Employment Tribunal claim brought against North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust by 12 individuals for unfair dismissal arising out of a TUPE transfer of the Integrated Care Service.
Leading individuals

Rachael Heenan - Capsticks LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Capsticks LLP

Since launching in Leeds in 2011, Capsticks LLP's Yorkshire practice has established a firm foothold in the region, and was reappointed to the NHS Resolution panel in 2017, increasing the volumes of defendant clinical negligence work it handles in recent months. The 13-strong Leeds team prides itself on resolving a wide spectrum of cases, from low to high-value and technical claims, while also championing the use of mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Leeds office head David Roberts - 'a pragmatic, sound and wise operator' - leads the team while also serving as nominated partner for NHS Resolution.

Practice head(s):David Roberts; Ian Cooper

Other key lawyers:Emily Senior

Testimonials

Available, easy to get hold and very easy to work with.

They understand the needs of their client and work with them at all times.

Excellent knowledge of property legal matters and very responsive service.

Clear answers to any questions,  happy to help and knowledgeable.

'David Roberts is a pragmatic, great operator. Sound and wise.'

'Peter Marquand and David Roberts display high levels of intelligence, competence and judgement.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Markel

Work highlights

  • Represented NHS Resolution and the Trust in a Court of Appeal case on both a doctor’s duty to disclose material treatment risks following the Supreme Court decision in Montgomery and the application of the ‘but for’ causation test following the Court of Appeal decision in Chester v Afshar.
  • Represented NHS Resolution and NHS Direct in connection with the inquest and claim resulting from the death of a young mother following attempts to seek telephone advice.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP offers comprehensive coverage of the health sector with substantial experience of acting for NHS clients at a national level. The team's public sector client roster encompasses NHS trusts, mental health providers, ambulance trusts, government departments and healthcare regulators, while on the private side the team acts for private healthcare providers and GP practices. The group handles clinical law, employment issues, contentious work, corporate matters and real estate mandates. Senior partner Rachael Heenan leads the practice and specialises in employment and governance matters, David Roberts heads up the Leeds office, Ian Cooper leads the national advisory and public law team, while Lisa Geary is head of the real estate group.

Practice head(s):Rachael Heenan

Other key lawyers:David Roberts; Ian Cooper; Lisa Geary

Testimonials

'Capsticks in the best healthcare firm in the country. The group is pre-eminent and a great deal of attention seems to have been paid to selecting a solid team of lawyers who work well together and have incredibly high standards'.

'The team is available, easy to get hold of and very easy to work with. It understands the needs of its clients and works with them at all times'.

'Ian Cooper and associate David Birch are both helpful and a dream to work with. They understand what you need and get on with it, and are also personable and professional'.

Key Clients

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals

South Yorkshire Police

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT

Humberside Fire and Rescue Authority

County Durham and Darlington NHS FT

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS FT

NHS Confederation and NHS Employers

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

NHS England Over 5 years No

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS

Foundation Trust Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS FoundationTrust

Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

National Audit Office

Department of Health

NHS England

NHS Confederation

NHS Property Services Limited

Community Health Partnerships Ltd

North East CSU

Affinity Trust Lt

iGene (London) Limited

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Cheshire Local Medical Committee

Various and numerous GP partnerships and corporate primary care providers

Humberside Local

Medical Committee Humberside Fire and Rescue Authority

Agencia Consulting Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented NHS Direct in an inquest and claim resulting from the death of a young mother following attempts to seek telephone advice.
  • Advising on the transfer of community health services from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to  University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Acted for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in an Employment Tribunal claim relating to disability discrimination and failures to make adjustments for a trainee anaesthetist who developed a latex allergy.
  • Advising an emergency service on issues with its board and senior management team after a director was investigated following allegations of bullying and harassment.
  • Assisting iGene London Limited with the provision of a new mortuary on land adjacent to, and owned by, Stoke Council for the provision of digital autopsy services.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 5

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP's Leeds commercial property team draws on the firm's expertise in the health and social care and housing sectors. The local practice is led by Lisa Geary, who has particular expertise in advising clients in the healthcare sector on major land sales, acquisitions and developments. The firm also has experience in acting on PPP and PFI healthcare schemes as well as acting for GP practices, social enterprises and social care charities.

Practice head(s):Lisa Geary

Key Clients

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

National Audit Office

Department of Health

NHS England

NHS Confederation

Work highlights

  • Advised iGene London on the £5m provision of a new mortuary at land adjacent to, and owned by, Stoke Council for the provision of digital autopsy services.
  • Advised University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust on £26m property arrangements connected to the transfer of community services from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT to the client, as required by NHS Blackpool CCG.
  • Acting for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to regularise the commercial leases on a £45m urban regeneration scheme in south Hatfield.
  • Advised Chesterfield Royal NHS Foundation Trust in respect of the £1m taking over of three primary care contracts of three failing GP surgeries in the Chesterfield area via a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trust, Royal Primary Care.
  • Delivered a programme of advisory work for NHS England, Conexus Group and Cheshire Local Medical Committee for practice managers and GPs around the new models of working at scale and future changes in the delivery of primary care.

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