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Davidson Chalmers is the market leader in Scotland within the GP / Medical Partnerships sector and has unrivalled expertise in working with GP practices of all sizes and structures.

Davidson Chalmers is the only Scottish firm recognised as experts in the highly specialised field of Medical Partnerships by the Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and we work with over 150 medical partnerships extending all over Scotland. 

Preparing GP practice agreements to ensure the smooth operation of the practice including recruitment, retention, retirement and 24-hour retirement.
GP practice funding requirements including development financing and refinancing.
Purchase, leases and HubCo occupancy agreements.
Partnership agreements and disputes.
NHS procurement and contracting.
The acquisition of land, planning permissions, agreements for lease with GP's, pharmacies, dentists and other occupants.
Commercial, partnership, commercial property, regulatory, employment and HR issues.

Independent UK legal research firm, Chambers and Partners, reported that the Davidson Chalmers healthcare team is firmly embedded in the Scottish medical sector, with clients based from the Borders to the Highlands and Islands. Enthusiastic clients report:

A very professional firm with obvious expertise in GP contract law.

They're professional, original and independent. They are all extremely good at what they do and have an in-depth knowledge of their subject. I find them incredibly helpful and the line of communication is open to everyone. Efficient and helpful.

Andy Drane leads the team on its major land transaction work. Clients note that "he is well versed and aware of the issues that arise from land development deals and disposals.

Very impressed both with the speed of his responses and his very detailed replies to our queries. He has an in-depth understanding of GP contract issues.

Andy Drane is one of only two Scottish members of the National Association of Specialist Solicitors Advising Doctors (NASSAD).

NASSAD is a UK-wide network of healthcare lawyers recognised as specialists in the provision of expert legal advice to primary care medical providers, namely NHS GPs and doctors in private practice. Membership is only awarded after a very strict vetting process reviewing professional expertise and specific sector related experience. 

Partnership Agreements

We have prepared medical partnership agreements for over 100 medical practices based in Scotland. The advice we give to medical partnerships extends beyond the simple preparation of a partnership agreement. 

A partner buying in.
Buying out a retiring partner.
Shares of profits and losses.
Extended hours / out of hours.
Sessional commitment.
Decision making.
Suspension of partners.
Expulsion of partners.
Maternity and paternity leave and pay.
Employment of locums.
Sickness leave and pay.
Sabbatical leave.
Dissolution of the partnership.
Retirement (including 24 hour retirement).
Arbitration / disputes.

The process of preparing a bespoke medical partnership agreement is a conversation between your lawyer and the doctors and/or practice manager that draws out the vast majority of legal issues (and many accounting issues) that medical partnerships are concerned with. 

Our medical partnership agreements meet the unique requirements of our medical partnership clients, and reflect the fact that they are not just an ordinary commercial business.  We are constantly reviewing and revising our advice to ensure that it is up to date and reflects the changing landscape for GPs in Scotland.

If you would like an informal conversation about updating your own practice’s partnership agreement, please get in touch. 

Who to Contact

t 0131 625 9191


t 0131 625 9191


t 0131 625 9191


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