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Capsticks LLP

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Ian Cooper

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Capsticks LLP

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Clinical law, health and public law.


Ian is a partner in Capsticks’ health and public law team. 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 service users. Ian supports clients through complex and sensitive matters such as inquests, inquiries, serious incidents and police investigations. 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. Notable projects: securing improved CQC ratings for over 40 NHS Trusts following challenges to new style CQC inspection reports, supporting a mental health provider organization through a complex jury inquest following an in-patient suicide, due diligence – health regulatory advice provided to public and private health clients involved in mergers and acquisitions and the provision of legal support to an NHS Trust following a patient death which led to a large-scale police investigation for corporate and individual manslaughter.


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


Law Society.


University of Leeds, 1996; LLB (Hons).



London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

Capsticks LLP 'is one of the very best firms specialising in health care-related public law. They have an excellent understanding of the needs of public sector clients and their knowledge and experience of work for NHS Trusts is second to none' according to a source. Ian Cooper heads the team and Francis Lyons who heads the London group is considered 'an outstanding solicitor with great judgment.' Partner Tracey Lucas has long experience of acting for NHS organisations, defending judicial reviews and other challenges. Its current work includes acting for an array of clinical commissioning groups, for example, it successfully defended North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group in a complex judicial review involving an alleged failure to provide after-care funding to a patient detained under the Mental Health Act.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Well regarded for defending clinical negligence claims, Capsticks LLP 's team is 'very supportive and understand the client's needs'. Led by David Roberts, the practice represents clients in some of the most complex and high-value claims.  Ian Cooper heads the national advisory and public law team and is known for his advice on the inspection and regulation of health providers by the Care Quality Commission. The group is instructed by 11 NHS organisations in defence of clinical negligence claims, and recently secured two new NHS trust appointments through its NHS Resolution panel membership. London Ambulance Service and Medacs Healthcare Group are also clients. Other key names to note include associate Lucy Hannon and senior solicitor Emily Senior.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Health

The 'excellent' health care practice at Capsticks LLP offers 'industry knowledge and advice which is detailed, practicable and comprehensible'. Rachael Heenan heads the five-partner team, which has been highlighted as being 'value for money'. The practice is providing ongoing advice to NHS Employers, nationally, on issues such as the implementation of the GDPR, changes to IR35, as well as on issues surrounding Brexit. In another work example, Ian Cooper led a team which acted for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust following a ransomware virus attack. This involved advising the trust on Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests and in relation to ICO investigations. With a 'wealth of experience and the ability to deal with complex issues' head of real estate for the North, Lisa Geary, recently acted for Humber NHS Foundation Trust on the acquisitions of GP practices in Bridlington and Hessle, as well as a surgery in Cottingham. While the NHS is a key client for the practice, it also advises private healthcare providers. Changes to the team include Claire Reynolds' departure to an in house role at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation trust.  

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