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Cheema vs Jones: The importance of an up-to-date Partnership Deed

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 29, 2018 11:26:33 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership

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Regular readers will understand the importance of keeping your partnership deed up to date. This is particularly true when new partners join, as this can easily supersede and invalidate the former partnership arrangements. A recent High Court case has demonstrated some of the risks.

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Will you or your practice be impacted by the MDU policy changes?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 28, 2017 2:58:25 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership

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This blog post was updated on Jan 11, 2018 

The Secretary of State recently announced some planned changes to the medical indemnity scheme. The plans are still in the early stages and not expected to be implemented for at least 12 to 18 months, but it seems clear that the state will be playing a larger role in medical defence insurance in future, which should hopefully assist in controlling the spiralling costs.

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Can a GP practice have limited liability?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2017 2:23:57 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership

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As Primary Care changes, we are frequently asked about different business vehicles and in particular whether a GP practice can have limited liability.  Choosing the right type of business vehicle for your GP practice is not always straightforward, and managing risk is likely to factor highly in the decision making process.

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Can a partner work outside of the practice?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 3, 2017 10:00:09 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership

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The question of whether a GP partner can work outside of his or her practice, and under what constraints, is a common one. A survey by Pulse reveals GP partners have seen their pay drop by an average of 4%, so topping up earnings with private work can be an appealing option. 

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Salaried vs Fixed Share Partners

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 9, 2017 4:06:17 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership

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Managing partnership changes and staffing are two of the most common issues any practice will deal with and how they are handled can have long term implications, especially in relation to a new partner joining the business.

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Ceasing contributions to the NHS Pension – what are the partnership implications?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 8, 2017 10:06:00 AM / by Nils Christiansen posted in Partnership, Employment

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There are many reasons why a partner may decide to stop contributing towards the NHS Pension – from 24hr retirement, to approaching the ceiling of the lifetime allowance, or simply deciding to make other pension arrangements.

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Why succession planning is vital for any GP partnership

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 23, 2017 4:24:35 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership

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When you’re busy dealing with the day-to-day responsibility of running a GP practice, planning for the future can sometimes take a backseat. But there is one area you cannot afford to overlook and that’s succession planning.

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Why is a partnership offer letter so important?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2017 9:27:35 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership, Practice Management

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Taking on a new partner is a significant step for any GP practice, and it is important to get it right from the outset.

Once a new Partner has been selected, a partnership offer letter should be next on the agenda.

 

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Is your practice prepared for the changes to IR35?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2017 9:25:49 AM / by Jonathan Hemmant posted in Partnership, Practice Management, Employment

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Significant changes to tax legislation IR35 are likely to come into force from April 2017. These changes have implications for any practice that engages workers, such as locums, through their own companies.

Here’s what you need to know:

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Should you promote a non-GP into your partnership?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2016 11:14:17 AM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership, Practice Management, Employment

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The changing nature of running a GP practice, with all its pressures and complexities, means that most GP partnerships now recognise the need and benefit of having skilled managers supporting them.

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