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What Alison can do for you
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
GP practices wanting to incorporate will be considered in line with new guidance issued by the NHS. GP enquiries about incorporating their practices or forming PCN companies have risen in part driven by the added liability created by PCNs and other "at scale" providers.
With a busy flu vaccination season, surgeries have had to juggle supplies with unprecedented demand - In ordinary circumstances surgeries, without a wholesale dealers license, are not permitted to share vaccines amongst themselves. Though in the past the MHRA has issued an exemption allowing this
The NHS New to Partnership Payment Scheme (N2PP) provides funding to encourage clinicians to take on partnership roles in GP practices. In this article, Alison Oliver (a partner at Hempsons) runs through the main features of N2PP and summarises some key considerations for both the practice and for a new partner joining a practice.
We are increasingly being asked by PCNs to advise on whether they can form companies to carry out network activities.
Have you thought of incorporation? Creating a company with limited liability and a strong legal governance structure to follow can help to mitigate some of the risks for PCN member practices.
NHSE has now published an amendment to the network contract DES for 2020/21. PCNs will be able to opt out of the Network Contract DES by giving notice to its CCG by 17th October if they do not wish to accept these revised terms.
The network contract DES for 2020/21 contains various key dates of which practices, PCNs and commissioners need to be aware: PCNs – September to implement Workforce plans
If you are a Clinical Director, have you considered getting some training? Hempsons has developed a Clinical Directors Masterclass.
The network contract DES for 2020/21 contains various key dates of which practices, PCNs and commissioners need to be aware. Key dates for 2020 are summarised in PDF and upcoming dates are listed below.
Hempsons' summary and brief analysis of the latest guidance for NHS dental practices which was issued by NHS England on 13th July 2020.
“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.”