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Welcome to GPs and dentists

The changing healthcare landscape is presenting doctors, dentists and other healthcare practitioners with unprecedented challenges.

Healthcare practices need their advisers to understand the pressures they are under and help them respond to these challenges.Practice_Index_GP

The Healthcare Practices team at Ward Hadaway is able to draw on the extensive expertise and experience of the firm’s health practice to provide a full legal service to GPs, dentists, pharmacists, opticians and other healthcare practitioners.

Our lawyers’ expertise in health matters is nationally recognised, and our understanding of issues affecting healthcare practitioners is second to none.

Our service includes advice on:

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  • Acquisitions and sales of practices
  • Advice on primary care contracting and performers list issues
  • CQC registration
  • Employment and HR support
  • Formation of GP provider bodies and federations
  • GP-led commissioning
  • Incorporation of practices
  • Joint ventures and collaborative working
  • Mergers of practices
  • Partnership and expense sharing agreements
  • Partnership disputes
  • Practice mergers
  • Property law
  • Regulatory issues
  • Retirement planning and succession arrangements
  • Revalidation
  • Tendering for NHS work

For more details on how we can help your practice, please get in touch.

We have produced a factsheet on safeguarding issues in GP practices for the Family Doctor Association. To access the guide, please click here.

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What our clients say

  • "Alison and the Ward Hadaway team were fantastic and a great help with the merger...Having legal advice with in-depth knowledge of the NHS is vital and I don't think we could have got that advice anywhere else."

    Sheinaz Stansfield, Practice Manager, Oxford Terrace Medical Group, Gateshead
  • "We cannot recommend Ward Hadaway more highly....All [members of the team] completed their various roles calmly and efficiently, being the friendly contact at the end of a phone or e-mail almost immediately whenever we needed help and advice. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any other dentist who is contemplating the sale, or indeed purchase, of a dental practice."

    Paul Winfield, Former dental practice owner
  • "We have always felt entirely supported and any queries that we have had have been dealt with quickly and professionally."

    Dr Antony Moore, Chairman, Newcastle GP Services Limited
  • "Alison Oliver was very understanding to our needs and gave us pointers and explanations to items in the agreement we didn’t know about or understood the legal jargon; the whole experience has been pleasant, professional, friendly and speedy at a very reasonable cost."

    Dr KK Chan & Partners
  • "We have recently completed the sale of our two large dental practices to a national corporate through Alison Oliver. The nature of the practices meant that there was a lot to consider, but Ward Hadaway provided an excellent service throughout and took a lot of the pressure off us as sellers. They clearly have a lot of experience and knowledge in selling dental practices, and were able to anticipate and prevent potential pitfalls. The sale completed smoothly on time, largely due to the close personal attention given by Alison Oliver throughout. Any queries were replied to immediately, and I could not fault anything in the whole process from our solicitor’s point of view."

    Paul Blaylock
  • "Last year, I bought a half share in a dental practice in Durham. Alison Oliver was recommended to me by several people connected with the purchase to handle the legal aspects of the deal. I found Alison and the other staff at Ward Hadaway to be always professional, knowledgable and approachable. They kept me informed and were easy to reach when I had a question, listened to my needs and incorporated these into our final settlement. I would not hesitate to recommend Alison and Ward Hadaway to anyone looking to buy or sell a practice."

    Steve Malcolm

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