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Alison is a partner in the corporate team focusing mainly on the GP and dental sectors. She joined Hempsons in January 2019. She is based in Newcastle, but works with clients across the country together with GP and dental specialists in our other offices.
Alison helps GP and dental practices and multi-practice healthcare organisations, including GP federations and primary care networks, find practical legal solutions to the unique and complex challenges that they face. Clients value the close personal attention that she gives to each piece of work as well as her in-depth knowledge of the GP and dental sectors.
Alison has particular expertise in partnership and company law, NHS primary care contracts and regulations, healthcare joint ventures, organisational governance, partnership disputes and practice sales, mergers and acquisitions.
Main areas of expertise
- partnership deeds, network agreements, shareholder and expense sharing agreements
- incorporating and re-structuring practices, primary care networks and provider organisations
- GP and dental practice mergers, acquisitions and disposals
- joint ventures and collaborative working
- succession arrangements and 24 hour retirement
- resolution of partner and shareholder disputes prior to litigation
The clients Alison works with
- dentists & dental bodies corporate
- primary care networks
- GP provider organisations/federations
- private healthcare providers
- local dental and medical committees
- Legal Practice Course with distinction (2005)
- Postgraduate diploma in law with distinction (2002)
- BA (Hons) Social Administration (1988)
- The Law Society
A tricky issue for primary care networks (PCNs) has been how to go about employing their staff. Some PCNs appoint a lead practice to employ staff on behalf of all practices. Others share employment responsibilities across all practices.
The new Health and Care Bill published in the summer sets out how the government plans to reform health services and achieve better integration between health and care in England. Ross Clark and Alison Oliver explore some of its key elements and its implications for general practice.
The new Health and Care Bill sets out how the government plans to reform health services in England. Alison Oliver looks as what it will mean in primary care
The last 12 months has seen practices working much more closely together to respond to the pandemic and to deliver the network contract DES in PCNs. Many practices, having seen the benefits of closer working, are now considering merging. In this article, Alison Oliver outlines some of the key issues to consider if you are thinking about merging with one or more other practices.
If you are thinking of changing PCNs, leaving your PCN or opting out of the Network Contract DES, you must inform your CCG by 30th April at the latest.
Partnership disputes are time-consuming, costly, stressful and de-stabilising for a practice and the individuals involved. But unfortunately, they are also more prevalent when partners are under pressure, as during the Covid-19 pandemic. Alison Oliver and Ross Clark explore common causes of partnership disputes, how to prevent them happening and what to do if one arises in your practice
Welcome to the latest edition of Hempsons' Dental Newsbrief, a round-up of some of the hot legal topics in the dental sector.
What has the impact of Covid-19 been on the dental market and how will this affect practices going forward?
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on businesses across the country and dental practices are no exception to this.
The main thrust of the paper is to put ICS (integrated Care Systems) onto a statutory footing, and provide the statutory foundation for the reforms which are a progression of the Five Year Forward View (which was published 7 years ago now) and the NHS Long Term Plan published in 2019.
NHS England issued a letter on 21 January 2021 summarising changes to the GMS contract for 2021/2022. Ongoing uncertainty arising from the pandemic means that there will need to be further changes to the contract in the course of the year.
“An exceptional service from start to completion. Alison was available anytime on the phone and I genuinely did not have to leave an answerphone message once. Hempsons know the dental business inside out and I have no hesitation recommending them to handle your practice sale. The fees are also very reasonable compared to their competitors.”