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What Justin can do for you
Justin joined Hempsons as a partner in April 2019. He specialises in providing legal advice to the primary care healthcare sector, and has over 25 years’ experience. Justin’s healthcare and public sector focus encompasses advice on governance and commercial issues for the sector as well as advising consultants forming LLPs and companies and charitable organisations. He has in-depth expertise in mergers of GP practices, forming GP federations and primary care organisations, and looks forward to applying this expertise to help primary care networks.
Justin’s recent work includes joint venture agreements, sharing of staff between practices, and contracts to deliver services at scale in one of the pilot Integrated Care Systems. Justin will be working closely with the other members of the Hempsons primary care team across all four of our offices to continue to develop the services we provide for GPs and other healthcare practitioners.
Main areas of expertise
- GP federations and social enterprises
- Joint ventures between public and private organisations
- Corporate governance, shareholders’ and LLP members’ agreements
- Formation of corporate groups
- Practice mergers and partnership deeds
The clients he works with
- GP federations and alliances
- GPs and GP practices
- Hospital consultants
- Private healthcare companies and social enterprises
Some GPs and practice managers have taken on one or more different roles in organisations outside the practice, such as being on the Board of a clinical commissioning group, or federation, and now there is the primary care network (PCN).
The GP primary care team at Hempsons have been considering The Mandatory Network Agreement recently published by NHS England. It contains little detail, leaving much to be elaborated in the schedules.
Justin Cumberlege concludes his series on having an incorporated practice by looking at the members’ powers.
NHS England has published a Primary Care Network (PCN) Development Support Prospectus. Aimed at Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), the Prospectus is in two parts. Read more here..
Now is the ideal time to review your agreement to ensure that it includes the provisions necessary for proper governance.
Unfortunately, partnership disputes can and do arise. And when they do, they can be time-consuming, costly, stressful, emotional and destabilising for a practice and the individual partners.
Primary Care Networks: Who are you contracting with? Do you know? The Agreement is a legal contract and in order to ensure that it is legally binding on all the PCN member practices, you need to ensure that those practices are correctly and accurately identified as parties to it.
Primary Care Networks: Who are you trusting to receive the DES payments on your behalf?
The concept behind primary care networks is to bring practices together and work in an integrated way across Directed Enhanced Services (DES). The payments for DES include staff, so they will be working across the practices and different employers.
When independent practitioners are buying or selling a business, half of the agreement for the sale will be a schedule of warranties. If you are prepared to answer them before you go to market, the higher the value your business is likely to be, because each warranty you cannot confirm, is money off the price.
The Mandatory Network Agreement was published by NHS England and the British Medical Association.1
In his previous articles, Justin Cumberlege explained why forming a company could be a good idea for growing GP practices. This article looks at the role of the director.
One of the issues legal expert Justin Cumberlege often has to explain to practice managers is the difference of running a practice as a company, rather than a partnership. Here he takes an in-depth look at the subject and why the change can be of benefit to GPs.
“A deep understanding of the healthcare sector.”