Buying or Selling a Pharmacy

Mel Kang is a specialist corporate healthcare solicitor with over 2 decades’ experience. He has helped individuals and businesses complete over 300 pharmacy transactions since the year 2000.

Buying or selling a pharmacy can take months from initiation to conclusion but with the expertise of Mel and his team on your side, you can be confident your matter will be progressed as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

We have advised both large pharmaceutical groups who are seeking to expand their footprint or to restructure their businesses as well as individuals who seek to buy or sell their first pharmacy or group of pharmacies.

We offer a free initial meeting for new clients. Get in touch with Mel Kang and his team of corporate healthcare lawyers by calling 03330 143 401, emailing mel.kang@gunnercooke.com, or by filling in our enquiry form. We serve clients from our offices in London, Birmingham, and Manchester.

Our pharmacy solicitors’ expertise

We provide a full solution service. As well as handling the conveyancing transaction of purchasing or selling your pharmacy practice, Mel is able to advise you with the General Pharmaceutical Council’s regulations for pharmacists and has considerable experience of dealing with intermediaries and legal and accounting professionals who specialise in this area.

He is used to dealing with lenders who fund these acquisitions and will help you navigate your way through the legal process. Some of the areas where Mel and his team can assist you include:

  • Acquisition and disposals of pharmacy practices
  • Property advice (including health centre developments and pharmacy leases)
  • Incorporation of pharmacy practices
  • Preparation of partnership deeds and/or shareholder agreements
  • Advising on ‘Market Entry’ applications
  • Advising on staff employment contracts
  • Advice on GPC & MHRA regulatory advice and assistance 

We pride ourselves on being commercially minded and friendly. We will take the time to personally get to know you and your business goals and adjust our advice accordingly. Our ability to adapt our services as our clients’ businesses grow and evolve mean our clients tend to stick with us for the long haul.

We invite you to contact Mel Kang and his team who have broad expertise in the pharmacy sector to meet with you and provide outline advice. The initial meeting is free.

Acquisition and disposals of pharmacy practices

We will advise on your options for purchasing or selling a pharmacy practice, including:

  • Share sale or purchase – acquiring or disposing of a pharmacy business by purchasing or selling shares to or from the shareholders
  • Asset sale or purchase – acquiring or disposing of the business assets of the company

We will also provide advice on structuring your business, for example, as an individual, a partnership, or a limited company.

Financing for pharmacies

Mel is an approved panel Solicitor for a number of banks who lend within the healthcare sector. He will work closely with your lender to progress the formation or restructuring of your business or pharmacy premises.

Market Entry applications

Market Entry is the process of getting NHS England authorisation to join the pharmaceutical lists. Whether you are a sole trader, partnership, or “body corporate” (such as a limited company), you will need to make a Market Entry application to be able to operate your pharmacy practice. We can handle this application on your behalf, ensuring the details of your application form are accurate.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

We will provide practical, professional guidance about the GPhC regulations which affect all pharmacies, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians in Britain. This includes advice on complying with principles of good practice, fitness to practice matters, and generally maintaining the high standards of care and service expected of pharmacies.

Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

The MHRA regulates medicines and medical devices in the UK. We can provide in-depth advice about complying with the MHRA regulations and managing and responding to issues such as the quality and safety of medicines.

Who he acts for

Mel has acted for owner-managed pharmacies, from locums who are making their first pharmacy acquisition to experienced mini corporates and some nationally based corporates.

Testimonials

"We engaged Mel and his firm to handle two of our pharmacy acquisitions. They were both running concurrently with one another. This was a very complicated share/company acquisition. We were given an extremely tight deadline to complete on 1st February 2019. Mel and his team had to handle not only the seller's solicitor, but the bank appointed lawyer as well as a fourth solicitor acting on behalf seller’s SIPP. This was legal services on another level with a high degree of class. We are ever indebted to Mel and his team forgetting this over the line, and within the strict timeline given by the seller. A great thank you to Mel Kang and Gunnercooke!” Mr A Fazal, owner and director of Seascale Pharmacy [April 2019]

“Mel was handling our second Pharmacy acquisition, side by side with our first. Whilst this was an extremely stressful time for us – it was clear that we had appointed the correct professional and team. We needed a true expert to guide us through this process, and whilst the pharmacy element was handled with relative ease, we had to rely on Mel heavily when it came to the property and new lease to the premises. We had number of issues to overcome, and again Mel had to deal with a number of lawyers on the other side. He had to pretty much guide them, to his way of thinking – which proved to be the sensible option, and with his determination we managed to see this through to completion a few weeks after our first acquisition completed.” Mr S Mirza, owner of Grasmere Pharmacy [April 2019]

“I would like to give a huge thank you to Mel Kang and Julie Grewer for handling the sale of my West Midlands based pharmacy, it flew by with hardly any issues. Julie and Mel did a great job of holding my hand through the entire process. The system they had in place made it really easy for me to deal with. Mel was really quick and efficient at turning around the sale agreement – we managed to exchange well before Christmas and then left it to the buyer to seek his NHS approvals in the new year. A great start to 2019!” Ms R Asghar-Hussain [January 2019]

"I found Mel's service professional, efficient and speedy. I would recommend Mel to anyone without hesitation." Mr H Patel Rickmans Pharmacy London [October 2018]

Get in touch with Mel Kang and his corporate healthcare solicitors

We offer a free initial meeting for new clients. Get in touch with Mel Kang and his team of corporate healthcare lawyers by calling 03330 143 401, emailing mel.kang@gunnercooke.com, or filling in our enquiry form. We serve clients from our offices in London, Birmingham, and Manchester.