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A diverse range of legal services and advice for private clients
We offer a wide range of legal services and legal advice for private clients providing an individual service in a clear and cost efficient manner. The private client legal services team recognises the need to build lasting personal relationships with our clients and their families in order to give both sympathetic and practical advice.
Headed by private client partner Fiona Wilson, herself a qualified member of the prestigious Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and a Committee Member of the London Central Branch of STEP and Chair of its Charities Special Interest Group, our reputation rests on the dedicated, specialist legal advice and service provided.
We have a long-standing reputation for advising professional practitioners and this unique understanding together with our expertise enables us to provide effective and sensitive advice on a wide range of personal and financial issues with the ability to draw upon a full range of other specialisms ranging from property and employment advice to the setting up of charities.
We act for professionals from all areas including the healthcare sector, law firms, accountants, the Bar and financial institutions. Fiona Wilson is also recognised for her work in the legacy field as part of the firm’s Charities and Social Enterprise team and acts for a large number of national charities including Arthritis Research UK and NSPCC.
Our dedicated private client team provides comprehensive personal legal advice and services to all our private clients, a large number of whom have remained with the firm for many years. This is reflected by frequent referrals from existing clients.
Key services and issues
- Wills and tax planning
- Probate administration
- Contested estates
- Financial and welfare arrangements
- We regularly advise our private clients in relation to their wills and estate tax planning including the use of trusts if appropriate and offer practical advice tailored to their particular needs.
- We provide a sensitive approach to those requiring Lasting Powers of Attorney and offer full guidance and support where necessary to attorneys where appropriate.
- We advise the families of general medical practitioners in relation to the administration of estates ensuring medical insurance cover is maintained and liaising with our professional partnership team when necessary in relation to any partnership deed or surgery premises issues.
- We work with both small and large charities, including NHS charities, in relation to a range of legacy issues such as liaising with professional or lay executors where required, advising on estate taxation and accounting issues and giving pragmatic advice to resolve disputes in a sensitive manner.
Every sector of the economy in the UK and abroad is facing unprecedented challenges arising out of the current Covid-19 pandemic; the private healthcare sector is no exception. We have considered some of the legal issues that you may be facing in the current climate and how you might be able to respond to them.
How will the GMC deal with complaints about your practice during the pandemic? Solicitor and doctor Tania Francis examines the latest guidance.
A recent Employment Tribunal claim has shed light on the extent of the protection offered by the gender reassignment provisions in the Equality Act. This article looks at some of the failings of the employer in that case and highlights some of the things that your Practice may need to be thinking about when it comes to diversity and inclusion.
In the wake of Spire’s £1.2m fine by the Competition and Markets Authority, Michael Rourke draws attention to the competition law implications for independent practitioners.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors recently published an updated Code for Leasing Business Premises, effective from 1 September 2020, which independent practitioners will need to be aware of when negotiating leases whether as a landlord or as a tenant.
It was disappointing to read in the press that the CQC has found that dozens of its reports are flawed.
There have been notable changes to employment law in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and some other developments which doctor employers in private practice should be aware of. Lucy Miles and Kalani Bogahalande report.
Justin Cumberlege, partner in Hempsons healthcare team, explains why an LLP agreement is essential for independent practitioners.
This article will consider what is being expected of doctors who may not have been working in the NHS before the pandemic, how regulation has been amended to provide for this unprecedented situation, and how a doctor’s fitness to practise may still be investigated.
Navigating the ins and outs of starting a new medical business can trip up the unwary doctor. Michael Rourke shows what to watch out for at the very start.
Stephen Hooper and Simon Eastwood give some essential guidance on practising privileges for independent practitioners.
Doctor employers face ongoing staff management challenges as lockdown restrictions ease. Lucy Miles and Isobel Davis highlight some areas needing consideration.
While many doctors find their businesses suffering in the lockdown, others are planning to set one up. So what do you need to know to be within the law? Read our guidance on the legal considerations that you need to think about if you are setting up a UK healthcare business.
Two recommendations could lead to far more information being published about individual practitioners’ areas of clinical accreditation and financial interests
A Declaration of Trust is a useful tool for independent practitioners to protect valuable property investments and exposure to unforeseen liabilities.