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Colin Witherall

Head of Commercial 



There is a natural synergy between pharmacies and GP surgeries. So it’s no surprise that this relationship is key in primary care practice and is one in which we are frequently asked to advise. Although the two disciplines go hand in hand, there’s still call for great care to be taken in bringing them, and other combinations of practices, together.

We advise both sides; healthcare practices which are looking to introduce a pharmacy into their operation, and pharmacies themselves. Our specialist solicitors will advise you on mergers, takeovers and disposals, and on the best legal set-up for your combined business. And we’ll help negotiate and then prepare the commercial agreements that will underpin your relationship, from joint venture terms to partnership agreements. If there are shareholdings to address, we’ll put in place the best arrangement for your business.

Alongside our company and commercial lawyers sit property specialists who will advise on altering your existing property or buying new premises, and on any lease arrangements you need to put in place. We have strong links with a leading pharmacy agent who will be able to advise on the best rent and premium that can be obtained from the pharmacy; this often determines whether a development project is financially viable or not.

There are also employment implications to think through, and our team of employment lawyers will advise you on the steps you should take. Perhaps you’re taking on new staff under a TUPE transfer, or you need to harmonise employee terms and conditions. You might also need to think about how any change of location might affect your existing workforce. We’ll help you think through the issues and make the right decisions.

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