GP Premises: Expert commercial property law advice

GP Premises: Expert commercial property law advice

At Hempsons, we have a deep understanding of the primary care sector and the unique challenges GP premises present. Your surgery premises are a crucial aspect of your practice; along with your staff they are your biggest asset and without them you simply cannot provide a service.

Our extensive knowledge of NHS premises funding under the Premises Costs Directions and years of experience in assisting GPs with their property matters mean our dedicated primary care premises team is ideally suited to provide comprehensive support for all your premises related needs.

Whether you are navigating the intricacies of property transactions or seeking legal guidance, we are here to assist you every step of the way, so contact our team today.

Our Services

Our comprehensive property services cover a wide range of aspects, including:

  • lease negotiations and renewals
  • sale of partner premises shares and remortgaging
  • surgery sales and leasebacks
  • premises development and refurbishment
  • buying and selling freeholds and long leaseholds
  • all aspects of landlord and tenant law.

Lease Negotiations and Renewals

Navigating lease agreements can be daunting. Our team assists GPs in negotiating favourable lease terms and protections that can save you hassle and cost further down the line. We understand and can help with the process for lease approval from commissioners to obtain rent reimbursement and provide clarity on property rights and responsibilities. We ensure that your interests are protected, whether you are entering into a new lease or renegotiating or renewing an existing one.

Our team can also help navigate the process of renewing a lease under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and advise on strategy to hopefully avoid the matter going to court.  If court proceedings are necessary, our specialist property disputes team can help guide you through the process.

Transferring Premises on Partner Retirements and Admissions

We understand the worries GPs have around retirements and succession of partners and how getting this right is vital for a successful practice.  We help practices manage their premises arrangements both by offering a bespoke GP partnership deed and dealing effectively with transfers of premises shares and/or leases whenever a partner leaves or joins the practice.

Where the surgery is owned by the partners, we can help with refinancing and remortgaging and deal with all of the major banks and lenders in the primary care sector.  We also work closely with other professionals, including medical accountants, surveyors and mortgage brokers to help practices navigate partnership changes. Sale and Leaseback Transactions

If you are considering releasing equity from your premises, we can guide you through the sale and leaseback process. We will help you understand the implications and look to ensure a smooth transaction.

Premises Development

Whether you are relocating to new surgery premises or extending or refurbishing the practice’s existing home, we can assist with funding of schemes through NHS grants / mortgage finance and contracts with developer landlords. 

Our construction team can assist with issues relating to planning permissions and building control, negotiating building contracts and collateral warranties.  Our goal is to ensure your premises meet the highest standards.

Partnership Agreements and Disputes

Partnership agreements are the backbone of GP practices. We draft robust partnership agreements that protect your interests and address issues such as profit-sharing, premises shares and responsibilities, retirement and dispute resolution. When disputes arise, we can assist with mediation and litigation to find equitable solutions.

Regulatory Compliance

Staying compliant with NHS regulations and CQC requirements is crucial. Our legal experts provide guidance on premises standards, health and safety, and infection control. We help you navigate inspections and respond effectively to regulatory inquiries.

Why Choose Us?

  • Expertise: Our team has extensive experience in dealing with GP premises and the specific legal issues they present. We understand the NHS system and the pressures GPs face.
  • Personalised Service: We believe every GP practice is unique. That’s why we offer bespoke legal solutions that cater to your specific needs and circumstances.
  • Transparent Pricing: We offer a clear fee structure with no hidden costs. You’ll know exactly what you’re paying for.
  • Accessibility: Our team is always just a phone call or email away. We’re here to answer your questions and provide legal support when you need it.

Contact us today to find out how we can assist you with your GP premises legal needs.



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    • Legal 500 2022
      “Lisa Davison has excellent knowledge and experience of primary care property acquisitions and disposals.”
    • Legal 500 2022
      “The “pragmatic yet brilliant” Ross Clark and “first rate” Justin Cumberlege head the practice.”
    • Legal 500 2022
      “Healthcare sector specific – in depth knowledge with one stop range of expertise and specialisms.”
    • Legal 500 2022
      “The team at Hempsons essentially did “what it said on the tin”! They communicated well throughout the team so I could speak to anyone any time rather than waiting for a particular person to be in. I was introduced to the team properly. Billing was clear, fair and done regularly. The advice I received was sensible, measured and calming. When we needed to collaborate with other legal firms who also represented me, Hempsons were inclusive and proactive, definitely “going the extra mile”.”
    • Legal 500 2022
      “Expert knowledge and experience in Primary Care including GP practices and Dental practices.”
    • Legal 500 2022
      “Hempsons industry specific knowledge of the healthcare sector is impossible to match. Their ability to unpick and offer comprehensive, pragmatic advice and solutions in the generally opaque area of Primary Care Networks sets them head and shoulders above other firms.”
    • Chambers UK 2023
      “They have fantastic knowledge and an ability to look outside the box. One of the most empowering feelings is knowing that Hempsons will buy into your vision and support you to achieve it.”
    • Chambers UK 2023
      “Hempsons has a market-leading team experienced in all aspects of healthcare partnership law.”