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Contact our dental advice line: 10am to 4pm, Monday – Friday
Simply call 020 7839 0278 and ask for the dental advice line. Our team of experts can offer dentists and members of dental teams up to ten minutes’ free legal advice.
Our dedicated national team provides legal advice to dental practitioners on specialist regulatory, corporate and commercial matters:
- The sale and purchase of dental practices
- Partnership/expense sharing agreements
- Performers List issues
- Fitness to practise hearings
- Partnership disputes
Selling or purchasing a practice
Our expertise in the GDS and PDS Regulations, the Dentists Act and other relevant healthcare legislation, together with our corporate law expertise, will ensure that your sale or purchase is structured in a robust manner. Our national Real Estate team is experienced in providing expert advice to our dental clients as part of their practice sale, purchase or incorporation. The property related elements of the sale and purchase of a dental business are fundamental yet often overlooked, particularly at the very outset of the negotiation. What value is the practice without premises to operate from? The risk is potential delay at a crucial stage of the commercial transaction and loss of negotiating position.
Partnership/expense sharing agreements
The decision to go into a partnership (whether this be a full equity sharing arrangement or merely an expense sharing arrangement) may be taken quickly and easily – but the repercussions of failing to record these arrangements accurately are likely to be far more challenging to untangle if your business relationship has not been set up properly from the outset.
Premises form the most crucial aspect of any dental practice as without them, it is quite simply impossible to provide a service – yet it is not simple to find alternative premises down the road. Planning issues are always of paramount importance and particularly in the case of NHS premises, the DV and NHS England have a significant impact on what you may wish to do.
Employment law is perhaps the fastest moving of all areas of law, and we see a constant stream of new requirements that your practice will have to comply with as an employer. Add to that the disruptive potential to a partnership of an escalating employment dispute without the luxury of dedicated HR expertise to call upon, and it is easy to see why employment law can be such a worry for dentists.
Performers List issues
Dentists working in NHS practice, and various salaried posts, are required to have their name on NHS England’s Performers List. We are highly experienced at providing advice on the on the issues that can arise from joining the Performers List and understand the application issues that can be encountered.
Fitness to practise hearings
Hempsons is established as a leading firm in the field of professional discipline, and much of that reputation has been built on our Regulatory and Crime team’s experience of defending dentists under investigation by the General Dental Council (GDC). If you have been invited to submit a written response to a complaint, or are due to face a hearing before one of the GDC’s Practice Committees, contact our team of experienced GDC defence lawyers for dentists today to receive the advice, guidance and support you need to get the best possible result with your case.
Our criminal defence solicitors have expertise in several areas of criminal law. We defend dentists charged with a wide range of criminal offences, leading to trials in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court. Our experience is at all levels of the criminal process, from attending an initial interview with the police through charge, Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court preliminary hearings and ultimately to trial. Our experienced criminal defence solicitors also have experience in the Court of Criminal Appeal.
As a full blown partnership dispute which ends up in Court can cost upwards of £200,000 plus VAT (with the accompanying risk of having to bear the other side’s costs if you lose), it is particularly important to seek guidance from specialists who have a full understanding of the environment in which you operate. This includes your relationship with NHS England, which can often be crucial in determining the most appropriate way forward. Disputes of any nature are traumatic and time consuming, as well as being potentially extremely costly. This is ever more so when they affect your professional livelihood and arise out of a breakdown of a relationship with someone you may have worked with for many years.
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The issue of the self-employed status of associate dentists is also very much a hot topic at the moment – in particular, with a review HMRC has been conducting in recent times and the Employment Tribunal case of Mr A Lynn v. Damira Dental Studios Ltd.
Hempsons attended the Best Practice show on the 9th and 10th October 2019.
We are in unprecedented and challenging times with advice and guidance being issued and updated on a daily basis. What is the impact of Covid-19 on dental practices? Faisal Dhalla and Kirsty Odell outline some of the key issues for dental practices here:
We are in unprecedented and challenging times at the moment and you are no doubt all anxious about the impact that Covid-19 will have on dental practices. Here is our 2nd dental update
Hempsons' third update on the impact COVID-19 is having on the dental market
Hempsons' summary and brief analysis of the latest guidance for NHS dental practices which was issued by NHS England on 13th July 2020.
Hempsons’ corporate and real estate teams have acted for Modular Group Investments (MGI) in their acquisition of Oakland Glass. The transaction completed on 8 February.
We are delighted to announce that Hempsons has been shortlisted for its Partnership work in the Legal 500 Awards 2020.
Hempsons’ corporate and real estate teams have acted for Envisage Dental in their acquisition of a private dental practice in Kent.
Winter 2019/2020 edition of Hempsons' Dental Newsbrief.
Hempsons have acted for national dental group, Envisage Dental, in their acquisition of a large 8 surgery private practice in South London.
In this interview with Adrian O'Dowd, first published in the British Dental Journal in Oct 2021, Chris Morris talks about his time as a dentist, love of travel and the lessons he learned during his 30 years at Hempsons.
Kirsty Odell and Sana Sadiq explain why due diligence is required when a buyer is planning on purchasing a practice.
Following the letter of preparedness issued on 22 December 2020, NHS dental practices should be aware of their increased targets for the last quarter of the financial year and the proposed reconciliation and abatement processes for calculating any clawback and deemed activity.
Following his recent webinar healthcare litigation associate, Nigel Wood, gives an introduction to clinical negligence claims dentists may face, and gives an overview of best practices when it comes to handling patient complaints.
Social media is a complex issue in employment law. What are the rules for doctors and other professionals? Find out in our latest podcast, hosted by Robert McCartney and Rachel Levine.
The Court of Appeal recently considered a case which is of interest to all NHS primary care contractors, and particularly those who provide services under pilot contracts or other temporary contracts which are ancillary to their core NHS contracts, as well as being of general interest from a contract law perspective.
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