The GDC is currently reviewing the application process for mediated route (or ‘knowledge and experience’ route) Specialist List Applications and has set up the working group to discuss the current application process and whether changes can be made to help simplify it.
As a result of Julia Furley’s extensive knowledge and experience in this area, and her regular successful appearances...Read More
We represent both dentists and dental practices alike and one question that we are continuously asked to advise on is employment status.
One of the main questions for a tribunal when determining employment status is whether the dentist is personally liable to perform the services under the contract. If they are required to personally perform the services then they will be deemed a...Read More
Are you a dentist practicing as a limited company? If so, you need to be aware of the IR35 tax rule and what the implications could be for your practice.
The Intermediaries Legislation (IR35) was introduced in 2000 to remove the tax advantages of providing services via a limited company, for individuals who are not truly in business on their own account. It placed the obligation on the...Read More
Having spent a number of years as a practice owner, you may now be looking to ease off a little. Or, you have built up a large patient list, have an excellent reputation and feel that the time is right to maximise your profits. Whatever your reason for selling your dental practice, you’ll want to ensure that the process is well organised and stress free. Below are five helpful tips to help you...Read More
If you run a business, you will no doubt have received a customer complaint. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, someone will have cause to complain about the service they have received. How you deal with those complaints could help stop them escalating to a bad Google review. As a small or medium sized business, word of mouth will be one of your main sources of work. Therefore, handling...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 66
You may be one of the dentists that has worked as an associate for a number of years and have now decided that purchasing a dental practice and become a practice owner is a great idea. You may have spent some time looking at a number of practices and now wonder how to proceed with the acquisition of one of those practices. This article sets out the steps that you...Read More
Towards the end of March 2019 the Government announced their plans to dramatically increase the current rates of probate fees. The planned increase was due to take effect on 1 April 2019. Naturally this led to a significant spike in applications for probate in the preceding weeks as people attempted to beat the deadline. This pressure caused the HM Revenue & Customs’ website to crash...Read More
In this dental law article, we examine the recent case of Antuzis and ors v DJ Houghton Catching Services and ors in which the High Court determined that the director and company secretary of a limited company were personally liable for breach of contract claims being pursued by a number of claimants.
The claimants were employed by DJ Houghton Catching Services Limited to catch...Read More
The General Data Protection Act, a brief history.
The GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 came into force on the 25th May 2018. The regulations were intended to provide Europe wide rules to protect individuals with regard to the processing of their personal data, and to regulate the movement of European citizen’s personal data across the world. The regulations included:
Enhanced rights...Read More
If an associate fails to meet their UDA target and the NHS imposes a Contract Sanction as a result, the Practice will want to ensure that they are protected against any losses. This can be achieved by inserting a clawback clause into the associate agreement, requiring the associate to pay a fixed amount for any unachieved UDAs.
However, care must be taken when using clauses of this type....Read More