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The firm: Capsticks has an unrivalled understanding of the health, social care and social housing sectors. Current clients include the Department of Health, NHS England, NHSLA, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, United Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the General Dental Council, Action for Children, BUPA Care Homes, Notting Hill Housing and First Wessex.

Capsticks acts on the most ground-breaking, high-value and politically sensitive cases in the health, social care and social housing sectors. This year’s highlights include advising NHS employers and NHS organisations on the junior doctors strike and contract negotiations; acting for Barts Health on the creation of a new cardiac centre in London; and developing an Anti-Social Behaviour Partnership Project.

The firm also advised on the successful procurement of the UK’s first proton beam therapy centres in London and Manchester.

Capsticks offers an extensive range of consultancy services, including: relationship management, governance, project management and CQC investigatory work.

Capsticks’ specialist social housing team acts for over 150 registered providers nationwide. The integration of health, social care and social housing services means Capsticks’ expertise in these sectors ensures its clients receive cutting-edge advice on a national level.

Types of work undertaken: The firm’s work is divided between the clinical law; commercial; dispute resolution; employment; and real estate departments.

Clinical law: this team acts for the NHS Litigation Authority, NHSLA and 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 dealing with 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.

Commercial: this team provides full legal support on healthcare M&A, major procurement projects and joint ventures. The work is carried out in multi-disciplinary teams with members of the real estate and employment departments.

Dispute resolution: this team specialises in the resolution of commercial and property disputes across healthcare and social housing. Clients also include healthcare regulatory bodies and a growing number of non-healthcare regulators.

Employment: this team is one of the largest healthcare employment teams in the country. It provides an HR advisory and consultancy service to healthcare bodies. 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 social housing providers, offering HR support including advice relating to organisational change.

Real estate: this team acts for an unrivalled number of public and private sector healthcare clients and social 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 150 housing providers supporting complex development programmes and asset management.

Breakdown of work    %Litigation    39
Corporate    19
Employment    18
Property    19
Law advisory    5

Number of UK partners51

Number of other UK fee-earners214


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