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The dangers of having an out of date partnership deed

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 19, 2016 8:31:20 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in GP Partnerships

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The pace of change in primary care has accelerated over the last few years and with so much going on it can be easy to forget to check you have the basics covered.

The Partnership is at the heart of most GP practices, and having a partnership deed that is up to date, valid and fit for purpose is vital if the interests of all partners are to be protected. Yet often a partnership deed may be forgotten, or only thought of, at times of major change or when a dispute arises.

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Burnout: 4 legal issues to consider if one of your GP Partners "Burns Out"

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 9, 2016 1:59:51 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in GP Partnerships

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Partner burnout is a growing problem for GPs – up to 50 percent are at high risk due to stress, high demands and funding cuts.

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The Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 – what every practice in a leasehold surgery needs to know

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 25, 2016 10:06:07 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Surgery Lease

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If you lease your surgery premises then the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 (“L&TA”) is something that could affect you.

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GP surgery lease – managing your repair and reinstatement obligations

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 12, 2016 12:51:54 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Surgery Lease

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When you’re negotiating a lease for your GP practice it is important to ensure that you are aware of all the potential costs you may incur throughout your tenure - especially when you could be faced with bills running into many thousands of pounds.

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The Benefits of a Social Enterprise versus Profit making Company

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 2, 2016 1:06:14 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in GP Practice Income

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In our recent blog, Where will future practice income come from?, we explained how additional income is unlikely to come from your core GMS/PMS contract. As a result, many GPs are looking to supplement their income from other sources; from their CCG, from the local authority or in other ways.

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Where will future practice income come from?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 29, 2016 10:07:51 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in GP Practice Income

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So how are you faring since the Health and Social Care Act 2012 came into force on 1 April 2013? After a stormy start (which included delays in contract payments for many practices and complications around the new rent reimbursement processes created by a change in landlord for those practices in PropCo owned buildings) the dust has well and truly settled – leaving many GPs grappling to get onto the ‘GP Federation’ ladder in order to supplement their somewhat diminished income stream.

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Is a Mandatory Retirement Age for GP Partners Enforceable?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 21, 2016 4:27:35 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in GP Retirement

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Many older  partnership deeds include a compulsory retirement age for partners, often specified as aged 65. Should a GP wish to continue working beyond this age, annual written approval from the other partners is commonly required.

On the face of it, such a clause  is discriminatory, in breach of the Equality Act, and therefore unenforceable. But if you are looking to include the clause in your current partnership deed, or if it is already in your deed and you are considering taking action to enforce it, what are the chances of success? 

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Planning to retire as a GP soon?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2016 2:38:53 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in GP Retirement

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The unprecedented pressures on General Practice combined with the age profile of the profession are creating a wave of partner retirements. What should you be thinking of before drawing your pension and booking your extended holiday in the sun?

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The PropCo Standard Lease: Our Thoughts

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2016 4:27:37 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Surgery Lease

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If you’re a GP in an NHS Property Services Company (PropCo) owned building, then this blog is relevant to you. You may recall that we referred to an imminent PropCo ‘standard lease template’ in our recent blog post on surgery lease negotiation. That lease template has now been published.

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Considering a GP Practice Merger or Acquisition?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 6, 2016 2:47:56 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Practice Mergers

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Over the last few years, we’ve been experiencing an increased number of practice mergers. Some of these are borne out of the desire to gain scale locally by forming ‘super partnerships’, while others are aimed at resolving problems. Either way, there are important steps to consider before a practice merger takes place.

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