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Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Employment

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What the team is known for

Particularly adept at representing clients in the healthcare arena, representing numerous NHS trusts as well as private providers. Also known for its specialised employment advice for emergency services, including the police and fire brigade. Areas of expertise include TUPE and employment tribunal advocacy, as well as pay disputes and whistle-blowing cases.

Strengths

A client says: "I like their approach to work and have confidence in their advice," praising "the lengths they will go to to ease the worry and task in hand for the client."

Sources report: "They are a tight and cohesive team that truly get to understand their client and adapt their offering to meet their needs."

Another commentator reports: "They are passionate about the service and never fail to deliver."

Work highlights

Advised Humberside Fire and Rescue on a proposed firefighters' strike and related contingency planning.

Notable practitioners

Rachael Heenan provides comprehensive employment advice to NHS trusts and emergency services. Her practice covers areas such as managing union relations and potential strike action, advising on employment tribunal claims and also handling whistle-blowing matters.
"She provides an exceptional, customer-focused approach." "Rachael is the foremost employment lawyer in the public health sector. She has a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise in this area, and provides pragmatic advice even in the most complex of situations."

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Overview

Capsticks is the healthcare employment law firm of choice, with the largest dedicated employment team in this sector in the UK. Our lawyers have an unrivalled understanding of the working practices and legal rules that operate in the healthcare market. Because of our expertise in the healthcare sector, we have entered into a ground-breaking partnering arrangement with NHS Employers, who recognise the benefits of using Capsticks.


We advise clients at all levels, including the Department of Health and the National Clinical Assessment Service, as well as a full range of acute trusts, mental health trusts, private healthcare providers and health and social care charities. As we don't have the steep learning curve that other non-specialised firms face when dealing with health and social care employers, we work comfortably and easily alongside your internal team from day one.


We are renowned in the marketplace for our robust, no nonsense and commercial advice. Due to our innovative approach we are able to deliver high quality support and real value for money with products for employee relations, sickness absence management, organisational change as well as tailored services for smaller clients.


Our HR Advisory and Consultancy Services provide an added level of support to our clients who are now outsourcing their HR services to us alongside their legal services. It is a unique offering, allowing us to provide a truly holistic approach to problem solving for clients.

Members

Heenan, Rachael (Head of Department)

Kernohan, Alistair

Clients

County Durham and Darlington NHS FT

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT

Humberside Fire and Rescue Authority

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals

NHS Confederation

NHS Employers

NHS England

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHSFT

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust

South Yorkshire Housing Association

South Yorkshire Police

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Charities

Education

Emergency Services

Healthcare

Housing

Social Care

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP

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Toronto Square

Toronto Street

Leeds

West Yorkshire

UK

LS1 2HJ

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Yorkshire: South and West

Employment


Rachael Heenan
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