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Healthcare

As healthcare specialists, acting for GPs and primary care providers, dentists and social care providers, we recognise that legal advice can’t be given in isolation.

What we can do for you

We have exceptional contacts with banks and specialists in the healthcare sector which brings more experience to a situation than just our legal advice. Our clients say it’s this dedication to understanding the sector that sets us apart.

Dentists

Whether you want to acquire or sell a practice, manage the retirement of a principal, have regulatory concerns or employment issues or simply need general legal advice relating to your dental practice, our experience working with start-ups, growth businesses, individuals and investors means whatever your needs, we can help.

Our expert advice includes bank and funding arrangements, CQC regulation, expense sharing agreements, goodwill partnership agreements including partner buy-in and partner retirement/ departure, property ownership and development and tax advice.

GPs

We’re friendly and approachable and provide clear and informed, jargon-free legal advice to a wide variety of GP practices, working closely with them to identify their specific business needs.

We offer legal advice on bank funding, commercial contracts and arrangements, CQC regulation & registration, employment and HR issues, partner buy-in/retirement/departure agreements and disputes, surgery ownership and development, leases, licences and occupiers, mergers and federations, notional rent and reimbursement and pharmacy arrangements.

Partnership agreements

Central to the services we provide is the preparation of partnership agreements. The frequent changes to which the primary care sector is subject to means that within a few years a partnership deed can go out of date and will need to be updated, we offer specialised know-how on the appropriate wording.

A new partnership deed, or at least a deed of adherence, should always be entered into before a partner joins, even on a probationary period, not to do so is risky. Many new intending partners seek advice from us on the existing partnership agreement of the practice which they are looking to join.

Partnership disputes

Because of our reputation, we're often approached in order to try and resolve disputes acting for individual partners or on behalf of the partnership generally. We're well known for offering experienced mediation services and we believe that where there are difficulties in partnerships, it's of critical importance to find non-confrontational resolutions to those problems.

If, despite such efforts, litigation cannot be avoided, we conduct proceedings through the High Court including dissolutions or contentious actions between partners.

Development and finance

The most important individual transaction which many practices undertake is the acquisition of new premises or the refurbishment or expansion of their existing site. We have dealt with numerous developments where the partners have owned premises and also where they have employed design and build developers, coupled with lease-backs to the partners. We have constructed schemes where more than one practice occupies the same site and we are particularly experienced in arrangements between GP practices and related occupiers such as pharmacies and dentists.

Of particular importance are the arrangements each partnership makes in regard to the transfer of property interests on the retirement of existing partners or the introduction of new partners. The arrangements we have made have received wide spread authority and credibility within the sector. We are also very familiar with the operation of the schemes for reimbursement of borrowing costs, previously known as cost rent, and notional rent and the NHS (Premises costs) Directions 2013.  

We have been appointed to the specialist lending panels of several major banks and have a great deal of experience of the security and funding requirements inherent in development schemes.

Social care

We act for social care providers of all types including care homes, residential homes, nursing homes and domiciliary care providers amongst many others. This enables us to identify common areas on which you may need advice and means we can offer affordable solutions.

In an ever changing sector we think ahead, keeping our social care clients up to date with the law and best practice.

We can offer you expert sector specific advice on acquisitions, disposals, banking, funding and fees, charity and social enterprise, construction, planning, dispute resolution, employment, immigration, HR, health and safety, property, development, regulatory and safeguarding.

Who we are

If you can't find what you're looking for or would like to talk to us in more detail, please contact Joe Soul or another member of our specialist healthcare team. We'd love to hear from you!

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