Buying or Selling a Dental Practice

Buying or selling a dental practice is an exciting but daunting business prospect rife with legal and regulatory complexities. Our corporate healthcare solicitors have extensive experience advising and representing clients across all types of dental practice transaction.

Whether you are a Principal looking to sell, you want to purchase a practice (including from your practice’s current Principal), you are looking to enter into a partnership, or you need advice on Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration, Mel Kang and his team will deal with every aspect of the transaction on your behalf so you can focus on building your business and providing exceptional dental care to your local community.

Mel himself has dealt with hundreds of corporate healthcare transactions on behalf of clients over the years, so you can be assured that your dental practice matter will be handled professionally, efficiently, and with acute attention to detail.

For further advice and information on buying or selling a dental practice, get in touch with our corporate healthcare lawyers by calling 03330 143 401, emailing mel.kang@gunnercooke.com, or filling in our enquiry form.

Our corporate healthcare solicitors’ expertise

Our corporate healthcare solicitors have specialist knowledge in relation to all business matters and transactions involving dental practices, including:

  • Advice in relation to the sale of both NHS, private, and mixed dental practices
  • Preparing sale and purchase agreements
  • Incorporation of practices and sub-contracting arrangements
  • Sales to corporate bodies or buying from your Principal (whether as an asset or share sale)
  • Preparation of new partnership deeds
  • Drafting expense sharing agreements with incoming Principals/Associates
  • Advising on nursing, hygienists, associate, and staff employment contracts
  • Advice on NHS GDS and PDS(+) Contracts, UDA and UOA values
  • Representations/assistance on disciplinary matters with the GDC
  • CQC registration, regulatory advice and assistance

Incorporating your dental practice

If you do not want to run your practice as a sole trader or unlimited partnership, which can open you up to the risk, we can advise you on incorporating your practice as a limited liability company.

This will involve the transfer of your practice, equipment, and property to a new legal entity. Other considerations include tax and TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations 2006), however, we will advise you of all potential challenges and liabilities well in advance so you can make an informed decision about the incorporation of your practice.

Financing for dental practices

We can provide you with access to industry experts in the dental market who will be able to provide you with professional advice on the simplest and most tax-efficient ways to finance your dental practice, including:

  • Business loans
  • Consolidation loans
  • Tax loans (to spread the cost of your tax)
  • Hire purchase or leasing (for assets)

Freehold and leasehold purchases

We can provide advice on the benefits and drawbacks purchasing either form of tenure so you can make an informed decision about how you want to own and manage your business. For example, we advise on the length of leases, lease extensions, and building maintenance and management.

Due diligence

We will help you assess the viability of any potential dental practice transaction, including anticipating any issues which might arise down the line. This includes reviewing all seller documentation carefully, flagging any problems, and negotiating unsatisfactory terms and clauses.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

To avoid delays in your CQC registration, it’s good practice to submit your application about 10 weeks before the anticipated completion date of your dental practice transaction.

We can assist with all CQC documentation, ensuring that your application is completed professionally and accurately to avoid any unnecessary rejections.

What our clients say about Mel and his team

“I used Mel during my recent practice sale. I have to say that, as a dental solicitor, he has a unique insight into the way that dental practices are structured. He was efficient, approachable and highly skilled during negotiations. He gave me a fixed fee and stuck to it throughout. At no time did I feel out of the loop and his whole team were first class. Absolutely fantastic!”

Dr Matthew Perkins, former owner of Modus Advance Dental Clinic [April 2019]

“Just a quick email to thank you for the work that you did on my behalf this last year, and for helping us after the sale completed. Really appreciate you giving us the extra advice. Thanks again for the hard work."

Owner and MD Stephen Green – Stephen Green Dental Design Studio [March 2019]

"I’m very pleased to say that Mel and his team acted professionally and in a friendly manner to represent me in completing the sale of my NHS dental practice. He held our hand all the way through, kept us updated, and was sensible on fees. I’m forever in debt for his excellent work.”

Dr. Jawdet Al-Damouk – former owner of Chesterfield’s Brimington Dental Practice [February 2019]

“I’m indebted to the professional services of Mel Kang and Will Squires in handling the sale of my dental practice. This was an arduous sale which involved two abortive sales, but with the sheer persistence of Will and Mel, they both gave me the encouragement and focus to get it over the line with my third buyer. At times it was very stressful, but with daily and immediate support from both, we got there in the end. I always had someone to take my call, English was not my first language, but Will and Mel were very good at explaining everything to me.”

Dr P Soleymani [January 2019]

"I am glad I decided to work with Mel and together we managed to complete a very challenging deal, far far more complicated than a usual sale of a dental practice. Mel is highly professional, patient and is the best solicitor I ever come across. Once again thank you very much for everything."

Dr V Ruseva, Ward & Allison Dental Practice, Derby [November 2018]

Get in touch with our dental practice purchase solicitors today

For further advice and information on buying or selling a dental practice, get in touch with our corporate healthcare lawyers by calling 03330 143 401, emailing mel.kang@gunnercooke.com, or filling in our enquiry form.