- Dental Law

We are recommended lawyers of the British Dental Association (BDA)

We have many years experience of dealing with dentists, both in the private and NHS sphere. We understand the ethos of a profession that is balancing becoming more commercial. We can help you with the following:

  • Practice acquisition and sale – both share sale and asset sale
  • NHS practice sales and purchases with ‘partnership’ route to transfer
  • Expense Sharing agreements
  • ‘Partnership Disputes’
  • Practice mergers
  • Squats
  • Associate and Hygienist Agreements and employee contracts
  • UDA & UOA issues
  • CQC registration and applications and issues
  • Commercial Property matters leasing and buying practice premises, including options for leasehold and freehold
  • Tendering for contracts
  • GDS and PDS issues
  • Retirement and Succession Planning
  • We provide a full range of advice on all regulatory matters affecting dentists and their patients, including particularly dental record access and disclosure

We take an active interest in the Dental sector and Dentists and write articles in the BDJ and are involved in seminars for instance at The Eastman Institute at UCL in London.

CPD Training for Dentists at UCL’s Eastman Dental Institute on 22 June 2016

The Eastman Institute are holding a series of CPD lectures making up a course entitled ‘Financial management for the General Dental Practice’

Our Hugo Barton will be giving a seminar on Thinking of Buying and Selling a Practice?

which shall include discussion on and interactive learning:

  • Assets making up a General Dental Practice
  • TUPE and staff
  • associates and hygienists are they employees
  • GDS contracts and Issues
  • Matters to look for as a Buyer
  • Warranties you should look for as a Buyer
  • Top Tips! where you can save money
  • Commercial Property Tips! Are Renewable Leases really renewable?
  • Tips for Negotiation of Heads of Terms and during the transaction itself

The course is now available to book through Health England’s Ewisdom website.

Who can own a Dental Body Corporate?

It has now been over a decade that dentists can run a dental company or a Dental Body Corporate (DBC). We are commonly asked what proportion of dental shareholders (i.e. registered dentist or a dental care provider) have to be involved?

Well the answer is none!

This allows dental companies to be a potentially attractive vehicle for non-dental investors.

This has to be tempered by the fact that the legislation requires that a majority of the Directors have to be dental(i.e. registered dentist or a dental care provider).

It is advisable for a Shareholder’s Agreement to be entered into at the DBC formation to set out the shareholder and director obligations. This is confidential and should hopefully avoid dispute later.

A Cross Option is also an invaluable tool to consider at the same time to cover the critical illness or death of a party and use life policies to ‘cover’ these circumstances.



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