Dental Partnership Dispute Lawyers
Even if your dental practice is operating successfully, it is easy for disputes to arise between partners. This can be hugely disruptive for you, your practice, your staff and your patients. To enable matters to be settled quickly it is tremendously beneficial to instruct a firm of lawyers with a proven track record in sensitively and professionally handling such situations.
When might dental practice partnership disputes arise?
Every dental practice is unique – there are a host of reasons why partners may fall out, however, the following are some of the common scenarios whereby disputes can arise:
When one partner behaves in an unprofessional manner, this will reflect poorly on the practice as a whole. Misconduct can take many forms but may involve:
- Being rude or aggressive to partners, employees or patients
- Substance abuse or addiction issues
- Fraud – this might include drawing more money than they are entitled to, fraudulently claiming expenses or creating fake accounts or clients
- Theft – this can involve stealing funds from the partnership
- Breach of a partnership agreement
This is a particularly common source of disputes and can come about for a variety of reasons. It may be that the work carried out by you is more profitable and, as a result, the majority of the practice's income comes from your work rather than your partner's. More straightforwardly, your partner may be taking more holiday days than is fair, regularly arrive late or leave early. They may also be unable to continue fulfilling their role due to chronic health problems.
These will generally occur when disagreements, which are perfectly normal in a partnership, escalate to something more serious. This can put the viability of your practice in jeopardy. These disputes may relate to:
- Responsibility and authority – who does which job and who is responsible for making important decisions?
- How the income generated by the partnership should be used
- Choosing a supplier
- Pursuing practice objectives – your partner may want to take a more aggressive approach to expanding the practice while you may wish to avoid additional risk and stick to your current business model
- A breakdown in your professional relationship – your professional relationship can change over time, and it may no longer be feasible to maintain your partnership
The solicitors at Goodman Grant have a wealth of experience in dispute resolution and will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure a fair and equitable agreement is reached between partners. We have a comprehensive knowledge of the dental sector – we only advise dental professionals, unlike other firms who provide this type of legal support alongside other services. As such, you can be confident that we fully understand the unique nature and requirements of dental practitioners and are excellently placed to achieve a solution while maintaining your professional relationships.
Contact our solicitors
The dental lawyers at Goodman Grant have skills in mediation, arbitration, adjudication and expert determination. We can work with you and your partner to help reach a consensus as swiftly as possible. We have offices in Liverpool, Leeds and London – wherever your practice is based, our lawyers are available to take instructions and begin the dispute resolution process immediately. Contact us to find out how we can help.