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Administrative Law:
Ian Cooper
Clinical Law: Peter Marquand
Corporate & Commercial: Stephen Tainsh
Litigation: David Firth
Regulatory: Mark Whiting
Employment: Victoria Watson
Housing: Chimi Shakohoxha, Michael Owen
Real Estate:
Sam Hopkins

The Firm
Capsticks is a leading national law firm in the health and social care and housing sectors and also has an unrivalled understanding of the regulatory and emergency services sectors. The firm provides a full-service offering for all of its clients and is well regarded for its practical and innovative commercial solutions. Its unique position in acting for health and housing clients means that the firm is deeply involved in brokering meetings between the two sectors and helping the health sector develop step down facilities and other leading collaboration schemes.

Current clients include healthcare bodies, such as NHS England/Improvement, NHS Employers and NHS Resolution, leading regulators, including the General Dental Council, the General Optical Council, Social Work England and the Solicitors Regulation Authority; public and private healthcare providers, including Barts Health NHS Trust, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Health NHS Foundations 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. Emergency services clients include London Ambulance Service NHS Trust and The Metropolitan Police. The firm also has an extensive list of housing clients such as London & Quadrant, Aster, Poplar HARCA, Sovereign, Orbit and Vivid.

Capsticks acts on the most ground-breaking, high value and politically sensitive cases in the health, social care, housing and regulatory 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 provides a full service offering for over 200 registered providers, of all sizes, nationwide. The specialist housing development and regeneration team advise across planning, development, construction and asset management as well as acting for some of the sectors emerging social housing REITS. 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.

Principal Areas of Work
Clinical Law:
This team acts for NHS Resolution, dealing with many advisory matters such as consent-totreatment 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, which comprise some of the largest PI claims in this country. The team include CQC specialists and has one of the largest inquest teams nationally.

Corporate & Commercial:
Capsticks’ Corporate and Commercial Department provides full legal support on NHS and private healthcare and housing mergers and acquisitions, major procurement projects and joint ventures between public sector and private sector entities to develop and make use of new technology. The work is carried out in multi-disciplinary teams with members of the real estate and employment departments. The team also advises a wide range of international Med Tech companies, banks and investors.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.