Buying and selling an Optical Practice
Like other types of healthcare business, there are many regulatory considerations when buying or selling an optical practice. If you’re buying it’s important to ascertain the reason for the sale, whether the business is financially viable and if there have been any breaches or compliance issues.
Our legal expertise can assist with all areas of the sale and purchase, and we can advise on relevant legislation such as Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 and the NHS General Ophthalmic Services Contract. Due diligence prior to the purchase should be robust enough to identify any potential issues, and to enable appropriate action.
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What to consider when buying or selling an Optical Practice
Buying or selling an optician is a process which can be different each time, no matter how many you purchase or dispose of. The extent of the assets being included in the transaction, the contracts and the finances of the business mean that every optician has to be assessed on its own merits.
Factors to consider
Regardless whether you’re the buyer or the seller, there are certain key areas which are critical to properly consider before signing on the dotted line. These include:
- Outstanding finance. Is all the optical equipment fully paid for, or is there any outstanding finance which will need to be repaid from the proceeds of the sale?
- Due diligence will provide a depth of information but don’t forget to include the contracts of the staff. You should check whether all employment laws have been properly met and that the business has fulfilled all of its statutory obligations.
- What is the status of any locum opticians? If the business has been relying on self-employed, locum opticians for a considerable time, care may need to be taken over their future position. If they are found to have been in disguised employment, they may be able to bring a case to tribunal for unfair dismissal.
- Any changes to the employment terms of the staff will have to be considered in line with the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. The seller will need to consult with the staff in advance of the sale if there are plans to change their working contracts.
- If the optician provides NHS services, there may be a General Ophthalmic Services Contract. The seller will want to know how long it will take the buyer to obtain their own contract with the NHS, and how patients will be treated in any interim period.
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We have many years of experience facilitating the buying and selling of opticians, and can assist things to run smoothly and efficiently. From carrying out the due diligence to setting up the sale contract, we have the professional expertise to conclude the transaction as quickly as possible.
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