Capsticks takes regional plunge in Birmingham

<a class=Capsticks takes regional plunge in Birmingham” />London healthcare firm Capsticks is opening an office in Birmingham as part of a drive to take the firm national.

The office will be the firm’s first launch outside London. Capsticks drew up its Birmingham launch plan in autumn last year after securing a series of places on the Government’s ­Birmingham Healthcare Procurement Consortium panel.

Capsticks won 10 places on the panel – including for employment, real estate and general commercial work.

Gary Hay, head of employment at Capsticks, is leading the Birmingham launch. He said: “From our point of view there are a number of opportunities for healthcare in Birmingham. The panel win has given us a real platform to go out and speak to healthcare trusts in that area.”

He added that Capsticks had carried out market analysis in Birmingham and found there were few competitors for healthcare work in the city. “The trusts are going through a lot of change,” he said. “There’s a lot more of a commercial approach in the market.”

Capsticks is enjoying a surge in demand for legal work from healthcare trusts and has plans to add more offices in the UK.

Hay said: “We’d move to open in either Manchester or Leeds in the next few years. We want to get this launch right. But once we’ve established ourselves in Birmingham we’ll then look to next steps”

Capsticks was a new entrant in this year’s The Lawyer UK 200, posting a turnover of £19.5m.