Medical Partnerships

Medical Partnerships

We have many GP and dentistry clients in Kent, the South East and beyond. 

Our team of specialist medical partnership solicitors are on hand to assist you with:

Property IssuesEmily Carey
Partnership & OwnershipBen Madden
Dispute Resolution - Jill Lawton 
Employment - Judith Curran

Employment advice

As a good employer, you naturally want to comply with every aspect of employment law –but when you’re busy running a practice, keeping up to date with regulations can be complicated and time-consuming. Failure to observe current legal requirements can lead to disputes, disruption and financial penalties, with consequent damage to the reputation of your practice. At CWJ, we provide you with a free employment law helpline to answer your basic employment questions. For practices that need assistance with more complex matters, we have introduced two comprehensive cost-effective retainer packages.

The employment team also continues to provide excellent training seminars and webinars for Practice Managers and GPs in Kent on employment law, practice and procedure.

Sessions will cover topics such as:

  • discrimination awareness
  • introduction to employment law
  • changing contractual terms
  • employment law updates
  • disciplinary & grievance procedures
  • managing sickness absence

For details on the HR lunch and learn sessions we run through Invicta Training click here.

 

Property advice

The department provide tailored Property advice, leasehold and freehold, for NHS GP practices and partners.  It has held presentations and workshops for the Kent LMC, providing advice and guidance for GPs and practice Managers throughout Kent and in the Brighton and Hove areas, including new surgery developments.

Partnership and Ownership advice

Our standard GP partnership agreement template enables us to provide a cost-effective and efficient service in preparing standard agreements for medical partnerships.  The team advises GPs on mergers, retirement, compulsory retirement, partnership expulsions, disputes and other issues.  The team works closely with accountants to ensure that all aspects of partnership are considered. 

Practices across Kent, the south east and elsewhere instruct CWJ to draft new agreements, update existing agreements, prepare heads of terms, deeds of retirement and deeds of adherence.

The British Medical Association (BMA) and British Doctors Association (BDA) advise that all practices enter into written partnership agreements and for very good reasons, which include the potential loss of your NHS Contract.  It is important for the legal position with regard to ownership and occupational arrangements to be accurately recorded in a partnership agreement. Ideally, practices should structure their partnerships to enable agreements to record surgeries as being the assets of the practice; alternatively, appropriate licence arrangements should be included.

We have adopted an established procedure to prepare partnership agreements using a questionnaire. On receipt of a completed questionnaire, we can give a firm estimate of the fees involved to prepare a draft partnership agreement.

We always advocate taking advice of other relevant professional experts, in particular practice accountants and surveyors experienced in this field. We can assist you in finding a suitable adviser.

For more information about our medical partnerships services or to make an appointment, please contact Ben Madden on 01689 887845 or email him at ben.madden@cwj.co.uk