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Buying a dental practice

Event Type
Event Subject
Practice management
Development Outcomes (B, C, D)
Topic Groups (Business Management, Practice Management, Practice purchase)
Friday 23 June 2023
09:00 - 17:00
British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 8YS, England
Victoria Michell, James Goldman, Philip McEvoy, Richard Harris
Booking Fees
  • Essential Member: £295.00
  • Expert Member: £295.00
  • Extra Member: £295.00
  • Senior member: £295.00
  • Non member: £395.00
  • Student member: £295.00

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Buying a dental practice 

A comprehensive guide to practice ownership

LONDON   |   Friday 23 June 2023

Sponsored by: 

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With changes to the economic landscape, dental regulation and legal red tape, the practice purchase process has become progressively burdensome on buyers and sellers alike. It is increasingly important to prepare yourself in advance to reduce the stress and strain placed on you at the point of purchase and the first few months of ownership. 

Whether you are considering buying your own practice in the near or medium-term future, this interactive workshop will equip you with the tools to buy and run your own practice. 


This event will provide delegates with a comprehensive guide to buying a dental practice.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the financials of buying a practice and writing your business plan       
  • Understand the legal process of buying a practice
  • Understand your obligations as an employer
  • Understand the regulations and compliance issues involved in running a dental practice.  

Learning content

This interactive workshop provides the participant with the tools needed to successfully navigate practice ownership.



Registration, refreshments and exhibition






Industry update and state of the market

  • Background to the state of the UK economy in 2023
  • An update of the current dental market.
Ryan Barnett, Policy and Research Analyst, BDA

A guide to preparing to buy a dental practice

  • Understand who is who in the process
  • Understand the different types of practice and purchases
  • Obtain a checklist for the process.

Victoria Michell, Head of NHS and Business Team, BDA

The financials of buying a practice

  • Evaluate personal finances and analyse location, practice type, and market valuation.
  • Investigate funding sources, formulate a business plan, and understand lender criteria.
  • Grasp essential legalities and compliance standards for sustainable practice.

Junaid Mumtaz, Head of Brokerage and Business Development, MediEstates


​Morning refreshments and exhibition



Which type of practice is right for you – NHS, mixed or private

  • Discuss the pros and cons of each type of practice.

Victoria Michell, Head of NHS and Business Team, BDA

Junaid Mumtaz, Head of Brokerage and Business Development, MediEstates

Legal documents and the legal process of buying a practice

  • Understand the stages and purpose of the transaction
  • Ensure completion and post completion formalities are followed.

Victoria Michell, Head of NHS and Business Team, BDA

​Lunch and exhibition



NHS rules and capitation schemes

  • The NHS contract – how to vary the contract and how to purchase GDS contract through a partnership
  • NHS Rules and claiming UDAs – dealing with reattendance rules, failure to attend and splitting UDAs
  • Capitation schemes – business planning and FCA rules.

Ela Rexhaj, Practice Management Consultant NHS and Business Team, BDA

The legalities relating to staff and associates when you buy a practice

  • Understand implications of the law relating to taking over employees
  • Learn strategies for taking over employees
  • Learn strategies for taking over self-employed members of the dental team.

James Goldman, Associate Director of Advisory Services, BDA

​Afternoon refreshments and exhibition




Staff pensions - what you should know

  • Understanding automatic enrolment for practice employees
  • Introducing your pension obligations for an NHS contract holder.

Phil McEvoy, Head of Pensions, BDA

The CQC - a necessary evil?

  • Understand how to register your legal entity ie as a sole trader, a partnership; or a Ltd Co
  • Explore the possible need for a registered manager
  • Explain the different forms required
  • Provide some examples of the interview questions and possible answers
  • CQC inspections - what you need to know
  • Compliance - what you need to know.

Richard Harris, Head of Compliance, BDA

 Health and safety issues in general practice

  • Health and safety – what you need to know.

Sarah Williams, Health and safety compliance advisor, BDA

Afternoon Q&A


​Close of workshop


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​Ryan Barnett
Policy and Research Analyst, BDA

Ryan works on policy, research and campaigns for the team. Has a background in economics, having qualified with a Distinction level MA in Political Economy from City, University of London. Since starting at the BDA he has been so far focussed on labour market and NHS budgeting analysis, leading our work on dental inflation and expenses. 

Prior to the BDA, Ryan worked in two other trade bodies representing small businesses and briefly as a civil servant at the London Assembly 

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James Goldman

Associate Director of Advisory Services, BDA

James qualified as a barrister in 1994 and has worked as an in-house lawyer, in the retail, recruitment and public sectors. He has been at the BDA advising dentists since 2007. He has provided advice on a range of employment and commercial issues, has appeared in a number of tribunal cases, including on employment status of associates, and has lectured on a range of topics. 

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​Richard Harris

Head of Compliance, BDA

Richard heads up the Team which advises members on CQC-related issues for England and is also involved in other regulatory set-ups in the rest of the UK, together with practice health and safety matters.

Now in his second stint at the BDA, Richard has nearly 25 years' experience of advising dentists on a variety of practice-based issues and has been involved with the developing CQC situation since 2010.

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Phil McEvoy
Head of Pensions, BDA

Phil McEvoy is the Head of the BDA's Pensions Team. He leads the policy work of the BDA in relation to pensions and provides expert advice to BDA members in all sectors of dentistry.

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Victoria Michell

Head of NHS and Business Team, BDA

Victoria is an advisor in the NHS, Business and General Practice advice team. She qualified as a solicitor in 2010 having trained in the City of London. She worked for the financial regulator before moving to the BDA and undertook a secondment representing clients buying and selling dental practices. 

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​Junaid Mumtaz
Head of Brokerage and Business Development, MediEstates

Junaid is an MBA-qualified financial services professional with 20 years of experience across commercial, corporate and retail banking, and in corporate finance in M&A. He has worked across various deals across multiple sectors including healthcare.

His role at MediEstates is to help buyer and sellers connect while making the process easy for all parties involved.

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​Ela Rexhaj
Practice Management Consultant NHS and Business Team, BDA

Ela is a Law LLB graduate and an LPC MSc Law, Business and Management postgraduate. She has
developed an in-depth understanding of various areas of law, including public law, commercial, and contract law. As such, she has a good understanding of the commercial realities of running a small business in a regulated industry like dentistry.

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Sarah Williams

Health and Safety Compliance Advisor, BDA

Sarah is a Health and Safety Compliance Advisor at the BDA. Originally from a dental nursing background, Sarah has spent 20 years in dental practice in practice/clinical management roles which have seen her working on many compliance related matters. Sarah has also carried out the role of a CQC registered manager.


6 hours, 30 minutes CPD

The training course meets the educational criteria set by the GDC for enhanced CPD and is certified by the British Dental Association


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The fee includes refreshments, lunch and all course documentation.

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About the sponsor

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MediEstates has grown and developed alongside the dental industry and is now acknowledged as the largest specialist broker of Dental Practices in the UK.

Our signature approach, personable yet highly driven, has seen us set the benchmark service standards within the sector. Selling your practice can be a difficult time, our expert advice is there to ease the process and inform you at every stage.

Alongside our sister companies of MediCruit and Henry Schein Financial Services we form the UK’s largest dental consultancy company and have the know-how to make your sale as effortless as we can.


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British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street
London W1G 8YS

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