Specialist services for consultants and other private practitioners

We offer a full legal service to consultants and other clinicians in private practice, helping to navigate the ever more complex legal and regulatory issues involved in running and developing a private medical practice.

Our Corporate Commercial team combines commercial and contracting expertise with an in depth knowledge of the healthcare sector.

Our services

We provide support in the following areas:

  • Regulatory and indemnity matters
  • Establishing LLPs and joint ventures including members’ agreements and fee structures
  • Negotiating contracts including services agreements and franchise agreements with hospitals, NHS commissioners and other customers
  • Compliance with data law including GDPR
  • Customer facing materials – e.g. patient terms and conditions
  • Negotiation with PMIs
  • Premises arrangements and practising privileges agreements
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Employment law issues
  • Investments and funding

Our aim is always to give clear and straightforward legal advice allowing you to concentrate on running your private healthcare business.

Please see below articles from our partnership with the Independent Practitioner Today, aimed at helping new healthcare businesses avoid potential issues they may face in different areas such as employment, IP and website ownership.

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  • Clinical negligence: duty and breach

    This is the first in a two-part series about clinical negligence, in which we will look at the essential components of a claim. In a nutshell, in order for a successful clinical negligence claim to be made, the claimant must show that the defendant healthcare practitioner/provider:

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  • Consultant’s collaborative working arrangements

    It is quite common for consultants to join together and work more collaboratively. This can ease the burden of working alone and being solely responsible for all costs and expenses. Working together can alleviate some of that pressure and assist in moving a business forward. 

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  • GDPR – The Final Countdown!

    GDPR - The Final Countdown! Are you ready for 25th May 2018? Make sure you don’t get caught out and seek legal advice to ensure your policies and procedures are robust and that your staff know and understand the new rules.

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  • GDPR one month on – are you compliant yet?

    GDPR day – 25th May 2018 – came and went with a flurry of Privacy Notices and Policies filling our in-boxes but did everyone take stock of their data and their responsibilities or are there thousands of businesses out there who are yet to up-date their systems and processes?

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  • Health start-ups: Generating revenue from intellectual property

    Doctors in private practice and private healthcare operators are often innovators, developing software, equipment and treatments, and building a ‘brand.’ Using these more widely, both in British healthcare and further afield, could bring benefits to patients - and private practitioners are often keen to help this happen. However, they need to consider what happens to their intellectual property in their innovations. IP is a valuable asset – as is being increasingly realised by the NHS – and needs protecting.

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  • Health start-ups: Look to the future – a round-up

    "Look to the future now: it's only just begun". So sang Wolverhampton glam-rockers Slade in their well-known Christmas hit. Whilst I accept that it is still probably a little early to be getting ready for Christmas, these particular words nevertheless seem an apt way of bringing to a close our series of articles on healthcare start-ups and the increasing use of apps and technology for delivering health services.

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  • Health start-ups: Mind your Ts & Cs – the biggest lie on the internet?

    Building on the previous articles in this series which look at key legal issues doctors need to consider when starting up a healthcare business, we now turn to the contractual terms and conditions. Now, a number of people have noted that legal terms and conditions on websites and in mobile apps play a key role in what has been called ‘the biggest lie on the internet’.

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  • Health start-ups: Online healthcare businesses – the data protection issues

    The way services are accessed has been transformed by the changes in technology over the past decade and these developments present exciting opportunities for transforming how healthcare can be delivered however, when seeking to develop new opportunities, it is essential to have a clear understanding on the law governing the use of data and ensure that these considerations are incorporated into any project from the outset.

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  • Health start-ups: Online prescribing is no panacea – the pitfalls and perils of prescribing medication online

    This is a particularly complex area so it’s as well to know what is what. Interfaces (such as Amazon, E-bay and Uber) which utilise the internet, SMS and Apps to deliver goods and services, are popular because they save time – and savvy healthcare businesses realise that patients are no different. They view time taken to make doctors’ appointments and queuing at the surgery as wasted time. Such business are capitalising on this perception by creating interfaces which allow patients to obtain prescriptions remotely (on-line, by SMS or App).

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  • Health start-ups: Using doctors to provide services for your business

    So you have a good idea for a new healthcare business and have gone so far as to develop a business plan and test the waters with potential patients and suppliers. But now you need to know a little bit more detail about legal, financial and commercial issues to move the project on – from drawing board to board room as they say.

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  • How Best to Manage your Lawyer

    How Best to Manage your Lawyer - Every business, no matter how large or how small, leaves a “legal footprint” – so if you operate without any legal advice at all, you do so at your peril! 

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  • How to avoid a GMC referral

    There is probably nothing anyone can do to entirely eliminate the risk of a GMC referral.  Sometimes, it is down to just plain bad luck.  It is certainly often nothing to do with your abilities as a doctor, and that’s important to remember if you are unlucky enough to receive the dreaded GMC letter.

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  • Indemnity cover – what you need to know

    All doctors and other healthcare professionals should be aware of the need for insurance or indemnity cover, but from time to time I am referred a client who, for one reason or another, doesn’t have cover for a case – be it civil litigation, regulatory (GMC) proceedings or a criminal investigation. This can be a disaster for many reasons.

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  • Poor Performance and Misconduct – Navigating the Minefield

    “No man is an island” - this phrase is particularly pertinent in the workplace, given that many of us depend on the skills, experience, expertise or manpower of employees in order to succeed. Whilst employing staff is positive and beneficial for the most part, it also involves issues and potential liabilities, which can be difficult to manage especially for smaller employers with limited resources. This article looks at two common employment scenarios and gives guidance on how best to manage them successfully.

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  • Practice Premises – maximising value (and “minimising” time)

    Practice Premises – maximising value and "minimising" time Maximising "value" is a common objective for most practitioners in one way or another. “Value” can include the value provided to patients.  On the other hand, it could be the economic value of the practice and its income stream or the value of the practice 'brand' and the exposure received.

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  • Revalidation – a trap for the unwary?

    All doctors will be aware of the need to revalidate and the GMC’s responsibilities in this regard. Revalidation is the process by which doctors are required to demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practise.  Doctors must revalidate every five years, and in order to do so they must have annual appraisals based on the GMC’s guidance, Good Medical Practice.

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  • Terms and Conditions Apply – The Rolling Contract

    Alchemists sought to turn base metal into gold, but their searches and efforts proved fruitless.  Physicists have studied the cosmos and determined that there can be no perpetual motion due to the laws of thermodynamics. Lawyers, however, have worked out how to turn base letters into gold, through the perpetual (or at least rolling) contract.

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  • What’s new in employment law…?

    What’s new in employment law…? In this article we highlight some recent employment law changes and developments, which are of particular relevance to employers managing negotiations with departing employees and the financial entitlements of such staff.

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