Our areas of expertise in the healthcare sector

Specialist legal advice for dental practices

We can support you with:

  • Transferring a General Dental Services (GDS) contract between partners
  • Taking the steps needed to allow you to sell if you operate under a Personal Dental Services (PDS) agreement
  • Seeking consent to transfer a PDS agreement
  • Meeting requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the General Dental Council (GDC), including fitness to practice
  • Registering or de-registering as a manager with the CQC
  • Defending disciplinary sanctions by primary care trusts (PCT) and /or PCT ‘claw back.

Examples of our work with dental practices:

Your key contact

Matthew Dootson

Specialist legal advice for pharmacies

We can support you with:

  • Dealing with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), including registration of new ownership, transfer of ownership and scheduling completion to ensure business continuity
  • Applying for inclusion on the NHS England Pharmaceutical list
  • Requesting consent from NHS England for asset sales, share sales where required, and transfer of ownership
  • CQC processes and compliance
  • Registering change of ownership of the pharmacy premises with the GPhC
  • Buying and selling pre-trading NHS Pharmacy Consents
  • Understanding FP34 Schedule of Payment and any associated issues
  • Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNA)
  • Pharmacy Regulation, including Change of Ownership and Pharmacy Relocation
  • Understanding your NHS Contract and how it affects your transaction
  • Advising on the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework 2019
  • Commercial contracts for wholesale pharmacies, manufacturers and distributors
  • Joint venture agreements with GP practices
  • Compliance with NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013
  • Buying or selling an online pharmacy
  • Terms and conditions for your online pharmacy

Examples of our work with pharmacies:

  • Representing the bank on lending to a pharmacist to acquire a practice and dealing with the security package required
  • Advising pharmacists on the acquisition of shares in a pharmacy practice and negotiating buyer protections.
  • Acting for the bank in the securing of a loan against a pharmacy business where the borrower was acquiring the business and a lease of the premises from the seller

Your key contact

Siobhan Birket

Specialist legal advice for GP practices

We can support you with:

  • The implementation of a large-scale multi-tier GP partnerships and multi-practice organisation models in the primary care sector
  • Registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and compliance with their regulations
  • Registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) and compliance with their regulations
  • Ensuring compliance with the Goodwill rules as set out in the NHS Act 2006
  • Joint ventures with pharmacies
  • Applications for consent from NHS Area Trust team
  • Adjustments to NHS Trust contracts
  • Warranty claims
  • Assisting with retirement if a 1890 partnership agreement is in place
  • Transferring NHS terms of employment to your GP practice under TUPE

Examples of our work with GP practices:

  • Advising on one of the first large mergers of GP practices in Birmingham
  • Advising on the employment aspects of a sale of a GP partnership to a limited company.
  • Advising a GP practice on the interpretation of Agenda for Change, which contains the standard NHS employment terms

Your key contact

John Irving

Specialist legal advice for veterinary practices

We can support you with:

  • Business formation or incorporation
  • Trading terms and conditions
  • Employment contracts
  • Agreements between partners or shareholders
  • Succession planning
  • Buying a practice
  • Selling a practice
  • Directors service contracts
  • Commercial contracts with suppliers
  • Joint ventures with other practices

Examples of our work with veterinary practices:

  • Acting for the shareholders in the sale of the entire issued share capital of a company operating a regional veterinary practice from multiple sites to CVS (UK) Ltd
  • Acted for the seller in the disposal of FarmVets South West Limited to Origin Group Finance Limited
  • Acted for the partners of a multi-location veterinary practice in its eight figure disposal whilst securing their continued involvement in the business
  • Acted for the sellers in the disposal the entire issued share capital of a local family veterinary practice to a large international corporate, Linnaeus Group (part of Mars)

Your key contact

Kirill Bingham

Specialist legal advice for children’s day nurseries

We can support you with:

  • Ofsted compliance
  • Registration with Ofsted and the Early Years Register, including health declaration and DBS checks
  • Compliance with Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Continuity of business whilst waiting for your Ofsted registration to complete
  • Advice on the legal requirements of staffing a nursery

Examples of our work with children’s day nurseries:

  • Acted for Haslington Nursery on the sale of two nurseries to Kids Planet Group. “We would definitely recommend Clarke Willmott to our friends should they decide to sell their nurseries.” Paul and Alison Summer, Seller, Haslington Nursey
  • Acted for Eduko Education Limited on the private equity investment in a children’s nurseries group and simultaneous acquisition of Buttons Group
  • Acted for Eduko Education Ltd on the acquisition of two children’s nurseries
  • Advised on the sale of Rainbow Nursery, two Cheshire day nurseries, to Kids Planet day nurseries group.
  • Advised a company in a group operating children’s day nurseries on a bank financing

Your key contact

Simon Smith

Specialist legal advice for care homes

We can support you with:

  • Registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Challenging draft inspection reports (including ratings) before publication
  • Challenging final ratings through the CQC’s ratings review process and judicial review
  • Objecting to warning notices as well as assisting with consultations by the CQC
  • Objecting to proposals, such as to prohibit further admissions, as well as assisting with consultations by the CQC
  • Opposing applications to close a home by the CQC to a magistrate
  • Appealing against decisions by the CQC and orders from magistrates
  • Compliance with the Health and Social Care Act 2008
  • Assisting with inquests

Examples of our work with care homes

  • Advised on the sale of a longstanding care home in Sherbourne, Dorset. “The patience, perseverance and prudence of Kirill together with his good humour were a huge input to me and to the whole process of the sale of my care home. I cannot recommend Clarke Willmott highly enough.” John and Pat Appleyard
  • Sale of the entire issued share capital of a care home operating company and related properties.
  • Advised on the sale of a care home to a multi-national US healthcare business
  • Purchase of a site for the construction of a 75 bed care home
  • Advised on a £34,000,000 financing for a group comprising three bilateral loan facilities
  • Advised on a £7,000,000 financing for a specialist award-winning provider
  • Advised on a £6,000,000 financing for a high-end provider
  • Advised a national group on regulations, laws and a litigation strategy
  • Advised on a dispute regarding payments alleged to be due to a building contractor
  • Advised a business with respect to the acquisition of three mature trading care homes

Resources

Preparing to sell your care home brochure Find out what you need to consider if you are selling your care home in our ‘Preparing to sell your care home’ brochure.
Care Quality Commission brochure Our CQC brochure guides you through what you can do if you are facing a bad rating or enforcement by the CQC.
Bank loans for you care homes pdf preview Our guide to bank loans for your care homes talks you through structuring, negotiations and the relationship with action by the CQC.
Preparing to buy a trading care home - pdf preview If you are looking to buy a trading care home, find out what you need to think about in our Buying a trading care home guide.

Your key contacts

Kirill Bingham and Rich Eldridge.

Contact a specialist healthcare solicitor today

If you would like to find out more about how our Healthcare team can support you and your business, please contact one of our lawyers directly, call us on 0800 652 8025 or get in touch online.

Clarke Willmott has offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton.

Kirill Bingham photo, Partner Corporate & Commercial

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Partner

Taunton

Kirill Bingham is a Partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Taunton Corporate team specialising in business disposals and acquisitions.

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Rich Eldridge - Partner - Corporate - Clarke Willmot Southampton

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Partner

Southampton

Rich is a Partner in Clarke Willmott’s Southampton Corporate & Commercial team focusing on working with businesses in the healthcare sector.

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John Irving photo, Partner Corporate & Commercial

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Partner

Birmingham

John analyses and explains the risks presented by the trading opportunity and provides the legal framework within which businesses can trade securely

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Simon Smith photo, Partner Corporate

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Partner

Bristol

Simon advises on corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, corporate reorganisations and general corporate governance.

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Siobhan Birket photo, Associate Corporate & Commercial

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Associate

Manchester

Siobhan Birket is an Associate in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Manchester Corporate team specialising in MBO's, joint ventures and group reorganisations.

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Matthew Dootson - Associate - Corporate and Commercial - Clarke Willmott Manchester

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Associate

Manchester

Matthew is an Associate in the Corporate and Commercial team whose experience includes multi-site partnership structures within the healthcare sector.

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