Lynne Abbess

What Lynne can do for you

Lynne Abbess has over 35 years’ experience and a national reputation as a leading expert providing advice to professionals practising in partnership. She provides advice not only limited to partnership law but also concerning the business environment within which a practice operates.

Lynne is both a commercial lawyer and a real estate lawyer which enables her to offer “joined up” advice relating to the functioning of the business as a whole, to include the essential (and very specialised) advice which governs surgery premises. This is critical within the healthcare sector as without the right to access the specialist premises required to provide the contracted services, quite simply, there is no ability for a doctor to practice. Not only is the premises’ requirement bespoke (unlike an office block – therefore imposing unique requirements) but the funding requirements are such that they result in unique drafting of partnership deeds/declarations of trust in order to cater for the requirements imposed by the NHS Regulations.

In addition, Lynne advises on other areas which impact on the day to day running of a practice and any challenges faced, working closely with other teams on issues such as NHS Contract Law and Discrimination.

Lynne’s focus during the past year has continued to be on:

  • increasingly large/significant mergers of practices; and
  • resolving partnership disputes – each case involving complex restructuring to avoid prejudicing the NHS Contract which is key to every practice’s survival.

During the course of this year she has also:

  • advised groups of NHS Consultants in setting up LLPs to deal with their private practices; and
  • participated in a number of Mediations, resulting in successful settlements.

She is a frequent writer of columns for the trade press and delivers lectures around the country. She is also an Accredited CEDR Mediator.

Lynne is the sole legal representative on Lloyds Bank Healthcare Forum and is also the Joint Chair of the Primary Care Premises Forum, through which she has continued to participate in high level discussions with a variety of organisations concerned with the healthcare sector, including the BMA, the Nuffield, NHS Property Services and NHS England.

Main areas of expertise

  • Real estate and Landlord & Tenant
  • Surgery developments (and an Expert on Cost rent Schemes and the valuation difficulties arising from them)
  • Expert on form of GP Lease (including LIFT)
  • Practice advice generally (including the relationship with Commissioners)
  • Partnership formations/mergers
  • Partnership Disputes (including Restrictive Covenants)

The clients she works with

  • GPs
  • Dentists
  • Hospital consultants
  • Pharmacists
  • Private sector health related clients
  • Third sector clients
  • Non health professionals

Professional memberships

  • Association of Partnership Practitioners
  • Primary Care Premises Forum – currently joint chair
  • Women in Property

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  • Chambers UK 2019
    “Lynne Abbess remains a leading authority on medical partnership law. She acts as a consultant for the firm, advising on commercial, real estate and regulatory issues connected with partnerships.”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “I had the utmost confidence in Lynne's complete understanding of medical partnership law and, just as importantly, the work and personality issues that can arise therein. She was patient and quick to explain the more difficult areas in an accessible way. ”
  • Legal 500 2017
    “The ultimate partnership lawyer in the medical field”