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Will you pick up future liability for a final pay control charge?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 24, 2018 4:34:52 PM / by Nils Christiansen posted in Partnership

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Have you checked whether your practice has an NHS Pensions liability for “final pay control”?  Final pay control can involve very large sums payable to NHS Pensions by a practice.  We are aware of liabilities in excess of £100,000 arising as employees and partners retire.

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What can GP Partnerships learn from other professional practices?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 30, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Nils Christiansen posted in Partnership

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What can GP Partnerships learn from other professional practices?

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Do you have unclaimed capital allowances?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 26, 2018 10:03:00 AM / by Nils Christiansen posted in Partnership, Property

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Is the GP Partnership Model past its sell by date?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 12, 2018 1:36:56 PM / by Daphne Robertson posted in Partnership

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There is currently much discussion about whether the partnership model for General Practice is still fit for purpose. It is clear that the model is under severe strain, and the Secretary of State has commissioned a review into how it might need to evolve. In this blog we draw on our experience of working with over 1,000 practices to offer our thoughts on the future of the partnership model.

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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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