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.

Pharmacy - Pharmacy Law

We have a busy pharmacy team advising pharmacies on acquisitions and disposals and commercial aspects of their pharmacy businesses. We act for independent pharmacists, multiples and chains. We deal with all the lenders, wholesalers, advisers and agents in the sector. We have  noticed that since the introduction of Category M that times are harder for retail pharmacists. There has been a drive by pharmacists towards newer income streams and cost reduction.

We can deal with:

  • Share sales
  • Asset sales and TUPE employee guidance and consultation advice on the transfer of employees
  • Pharmacies into Medical Centres
  • Buying and selling pre-trading NHS Pharmacy Consents
  • Management Agreements
  • employee issues and disputes
  • Locum Agreements
  • Intellectual Property (trademarks and disputes)
  • Commercial property matters including pharmacy leases and freehold options
  • Dealing with your Landlord
  • Refinancing
  • FP34 Issues
  • PNAs
  • We can help with wholesale pharmacy
  • Regulatory Matters (market entry, GPhC investigations and Fitness to Practise hearings)
  • Succession Planning
  • NHS Contract
  • Shareholder Agreements and Cross Options dealing with life policies
  • CQC issues

We write articles in the Pharmacist, the Pharmacy Journal’s Retail Roundup and are waiting to be put on the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) preferred suppliers list.


We are also members of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies




We help agencies with all aspects of their running and eventual sale or the further acquisition of another agency.

Pivotal those transactions are the up-coming OFSTED inspection and/or results along with the number of placements active at the time of completing the acquisition.

Other matters we commonly deal with are:

  • Company Formation and Shareholder Agreements
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Business Consultancy- see our Assist Service- we have many years of business experience
  • Commercial Property  help with buying office and training premises
  • Employment Law
  • Contract Terms with Local Authorities
  • Share Sale & Asset Acquisition of Foster Agencies

Please contact us if you would like HealthCare Law to help you’

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.



Dog at the vet

We can help Veterinary Practices with all aspects of their running and eventual sale or the further acquisition or merger of another practice.

Other matters we commonly deal with are:

  • Company Formation, Shareholder and Partnership Agreements
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Business Consultancy- see our Assist Service- we have many years of business experience
  • Commercial Property  help with buying practice premises
  • Employment Law
  • Contract Terms with suppliers
  • Share Sale & Asset Acquisition of another practice

Please contact us on phone or email us at enquiries@healthcarelaw.co.uk if you would like you to help you

Corporate Social Responsibility

HealthCare Law through it’s Corporate Social Responsibility Policy continually seeks ways in which to give something back to those communities which have supported the firm.

Whether by raising funds for a charity or through pro-bono work.

Members of staff annually vote for a charity of the year which will then be the focus of the year.


Pro-bono work

Our staff generously give their time and experience to charities along with pro-bono legal advice:

Canterbury Festival: Board Director a year round million pound turnover International Arts Festival

Law Society: active National Company Law committee membership

SME Working Group

Department of Business Innovation and Skills Late Payment Working Group



We are members of The Legal Sustainability Alliance which is an inclusive movement of legal firms and organisations

committed to working collaboratively to take action to improve the environmental sustainability of their operations

and activities. There are more than 390 members globally and rising….



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We deal with a broad range of doctors including GP’s and private practitioners and we can help with:

  • Practice Mergers and Acquisitions ( asset purchase ) and dealing with TUPE relating to staff employment rights and regulatory issues
  • Dealing with primary care contracts including GMS PMS and APMS and all other types of contracts including with suppliers and the NHS
  • CQC Registrations, Inspections and training advice see Assist
  • Regulatory matters with the GMC and CQC
  • Development of a new surgery and applications for financial assistance under the Premises Costs Directions and the Primary Care Infrastructure Fund
  • Charging pharmacy tenants a premium
  • Partnership Agreements and Locum Agreements
  • Succession planning
  • Dispensing and Practices-we work closely with pharmacy consultants in these matters
  • Commercial Leases of surgery premises and leases to other healthcare providers including pharmacies
  • Staff and Employment matters including drafting employment contracts and policies
  • As part of Assist we can help you negotiate with third parties and attend your practice to help you deal with matters
  • Superannuation issues
  • Funding and dealing with lenders
  • Commercial Contracts with third parties
  • Website Terms and Conditions
  • Joint Ventures and Collaborations
  • Tendering for NHS work
  • GP-led commissioning
  • Formation of GP provider bodies and federations


 We are a member of Practice Index an approved GP Practice Supplier

Optician In Surgery Giving Girl Eye Test

We have long-term experience of acting for opticians and understand the commercial realities in the market place.

The Opticians Act 1989 along with the General Optical Council (GOC) rules and regulations set out the main legislative framework for opticians in the UK. In addition Some optometrists with additional speciality qualifications are able to prescribe medicines, within their scope of practice, for ocular conditions. The sale, use and production of medicines are covered in legislation, including the Medicines Act 1968 and Human Medicines Regulations 2012We tend to help opticians with the following areas:

  • Buying and Selling the assets of a business and share purchase of an ophthalmology practice NHS and private
  • Incorporation of practices and their sale to corporates
  • Franchise Advice and buying in to or selling a franchise
  • Buying and selling freehold premises and uses of SIPPs
  • Development of your freehold, we can look at options to maximise the yield and development value from your property
  • Negotiating and the granting of Commercial Leases for opticians
  • Expense and Profit Sharing Agreements
  • General Advice including website terms and Conditions and contract matters and disputes with supplier contracts with the NHS
  • Staff and employment advice and the drafting of employment contracts and policies
  • Regulatory Advice including Fitness to Practice matters at the GOC and ABDO
  • CQC matters including registration help with the Assist Service
  • Assist Service-we can attend your premises and attend meetings and help you prepare your business for sale or succession *Care needs to be taken with staff on the acquisition of an opticians with TUPE being closely followed”

As a healthcare or care professional you are often too busy or need help with the following so telephone for a free estimate:

Viability Testing where we can look at the legalities and risks of a business proposal
CQC APPLICATIONS we can assist with your application process in person or over the telephone
TUPE matters and staff consultation during an asset sale or purchase
HOTs (Heads of Terms) negotiation before the transaction starts
Assistance with replying to enquiries or Due Diligence…which can seem very technical!
Business Consultancy we can provide guidance which can save you time and money
Trusted Adviser role where we can attend with a third party for negotiations…e.g. with a Landlord and their lawyer
Training and Coaching where we can tailor a course to suit your needs ….and including:

  1. Employment law
  2. Buying or selling a business
  3. Retiring
  4. Growing a Business
  5. Negotiation
An introduction to HealthCare Law
  • We want to be your trusted adviser and will work hard for you
  • We are approachable and business like
  • We have the experience and specialist knowledge - we write articles and give seminars in your sector
  • We have our telephone lines open 8 till 8 to fit in with your working day-most law firms do no
  • We have an office in London’s West End & two other offices around the UK and are looking to open a fourth so that we can be near you!
  • Most commercial law firms will have up to 5 different lawyers from different specialisms communicating with you- with us it is one lawyer to contact so less confusion!
  • We will talk to you via Skype if that is convenient