Legal advice for dentists and dental practice owners 

We understand that setting up and maintaining a profitable dental practice is not a straightforward business. You need to make sure your property, employees, partners and commercial contracts are all in order so you have the peace of mind to get on with what you do best – delivering the highest quality of care to your patients.

With experts across the fields of corporate, commercial property, employment, banking and finance, we’ve got you covered.

Hazel Philips, Partner

Hazel is Partner, and Co-Head of the Health and Social Care sector, and can help you with your Dental practice.

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We are experienced in dealing with issues across the board – including advice on uncompleted treatments, restrictive covenants, TUPE considerations, property matters, warranties and indemnities, property ownership and development including property purchases, sales, leases, planning and development to make sure your building always suits your dental practice’s needs.

Associate agreements including clarifying issues around employment status, handling any underperformance or substandard work, ownership of goodwill and deciding what happens when they leave, as well as partnership agreements and the requisite notice procedure to transfer a GDS contract are also our areas of expertise.

Specialists in CQC issues

In addition, and what sets us apart, is that we have specialist regulatory advisers who can assist across the board of CQC issues including CQC registration and challenging CQC inspection reports and enforcement action.

Great service is a given. What differentiates us is our commitment to going the extra mile for our clients. For us, it’s about building long lasting client relationships, understanding
the market forces within your sector and adding value over time.

Setting up a dental practice with complex security arrangements

We acted for a company which was setting up a new specialist-led dental practice, along with the bank which was providing the finance:

  • The bank required a complex security package to be put in place, involving the borrower, operator and the directors. This included a combination of legal charges, debentures, cross-guarantees, personal guarantees and an inter-company lease.
  • We also achieved solutions to a variety of title defects and guided the client through the CQC registration process to achieve the result they were looking for.

We understand the challenges that dentists and dental practice owners face:

RWK bullet point Brexit

The UK’s departure from the EU is likely to cause significant issues for the healthcare profession when it comes to staffing and materials.

  • With approximately 20% of dentists currently working in the
    UK being European, immigration status, right to work and
    work visas are all concerns affecting dental practices.
  • In 2017, the European Parliament agreed to phase out the
    use of dental amalgam on environmental grounds, possibly
    by 2030. Will this change once the UK leaves the EU?
  • Cost of equipment and materials: a large proportion of equipment and
    materials dentists use every day is sourced from countries all across
    Europe. With the value of sterling plummeting, cost is a major issue.

RWK bullet point GDPR

The data that dental practices hold on their staff and patients will be subject to greater scrutiny, particularly as much of the data is sensitive and must be protected. Better training on GDPR is needed.

  • Data security
  • Data processing
  • Impact of any practice merger activity on patient and employee data
  • Dealing with freedom of information requests
  • Employee data implications and issues.

RWK bullet point Changes to NHS contracts

While historically NHS dentists were paid based on the number of treatments they provide, with the Government’s current drive towards preventative dental care and pilot schemes being rolled out across the country, this is set to change, and soon.

  • Keeping the wider dental community aware of the new
    model of contracts
  • Outcome of the BDA’s negotiation with the NHS in late 2018
  • Impact of the new contracts on dental practices’ turnover
    and profitability.

RWK bullet point Acquisition of dental practices where patients
have previously received sub-standard care

When a dental practice gets acquired, new owners may discover that
legacy patients need restorative treatment or intensive periodontal
management as a result of historic, sub-standard dental care. This is
not an easy conversation to have with patients.

  • Loss of patient trust in the practice leading to shrinking patient lists
  • Funding for treatments
  • The role of General Dental Council
  • Potential clinical negligence claims.

Contact us to find out how our specialist solicitors can advise your dental practice.

We were delighted with the work carried out by Royds Withy King on the acquisition of our dental surgery in Bath. They were proactive in pushing the transaction forward in the face of numerous challenges and keeping us updated throughout. We also valued their thorough approach and expert knowledge of the legal issues, including protecting our position on capital allowances. We are happy to recommend the healthcare team at Royds Withy King to other dentists.
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