Pharmacists and pharmacy owners face a unique set of challenges in today’s healthcare landscape, but also unique opportunities as vital providers of healthcare services and advice at the heart of our communities.
Whether you are applying for a new pharmacy contract, relocating an existing pharmacy or opposing a local pharmacy application that has been notified to you, our expert team of experienced pharmacy lawyers are here to support you and your business. We can guide you through the whole process from application form to NHS England decision to NHS Resolution appeal.
It is natural that any professional who is facing an investigation by their regulator will be worried about what might happen. If you find yourself subject to a fitness to practise investigation whether by NHS England or the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) we will stand side-by-side with you to seek the best possible outcome.
If you decide to sell your pharmacy business, or are looking to buy a pharmacy or group of pharmacies, our specialist pharmacy transactions team can guide you through the whole process. With a detailed understanding of pharmacy businesses, we know that buying or selling a pharmacy business is not like other corporate transaction and can help and protect you every step of the way.
We also support pharmacists and pharmacy owners with a range of other legal issues, including:
- property (including health centre developments, pharmacy leases and planning applications and appeals)
- tax (personal and corporate, including retirement relief)
- commercial (all forms of commercial contracts)
- litigation (civil, commercial and criminal)
- employment (contracts, locum agreements and dispute resolution)
- intellectual property (both contentious and non-contentious, including trademarks and patents)
- competition and procurement law (EU and national)
- data protection and privacy
As the only law firm in the UK with a full team of specialist pharmacy lawyers, we know the pharmacy sector inside out.
We work alongside individual pharmacists, independent pharmacies, local and national multiples, digital healthcare providers, representative bodies and international healthcare businesses.
Meet the team
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Avicenna Group on duo of pharmacy group acquisitions
The acquisition takes Avicenna to a total of 135 pharmacy branches.
Pharmacy Brief - June 2021
The June edition of our Pharmacy Brief
Sam Milne writes for Pharmacy Business on the process of selling a pharmacy
Sam Milne outlines the process in making that all important decision to sell a pharmacy.
Noel Wardle quoted by Chemist and Druggist on how to make hub-and-spoke work for all independent pharmacies
Noel considers whether patients would be for or against their prescription being assembled at a hub, rather than a pharmacy.
Noel Wardle writes for Pharmacy Business on the balancing act of medicine supply
Do community pharmacies have to provide medicines in compliance aids, and can they charge for the service?
Property Patter: Navigating the complexities of Pharmacy Property
Pharmacy property is a specialist area which contains many traps for the unwary.
Amelia Goodwin and Georgina O'Sullivan write for Pharmacy Business on managing employee performance
Why contractors should prioritise performance management of employees as a regular feature of their business strategy.
Pharmacy Brief - March 2021
The March edition of our Pharmacy Brief
Natalie Deuchar and Leonora Owens write for Pharmacy Business on the considerations to take into account when pharmacists look to obtain a new unit
Pharmacists should be aware of the law when considering obtaining a new unit.
Noel Wardle quoted by Chemist and Druggist on the issues that need to be considered before pharmacies adopt a hub-and-spoke dispensing model
Under current legislation, the hub-and-spoke model can be carried out by pharmacies owned by the same legal entity.
Pharmacy Brief - December 2020
The December edition of our Pharmacy Brief
Noel Wardle writes for Chemist and Druggist on how pharmacists can supply the COVID-19 vaccine lawfully
Pei-Li Kew writes for P3 Pharmacy on the differences between share and asset transactions when buying a pharmacy
Noel Wardle writes for Pharmacy Business on whether a notice to close a pharmacy can be withdrawn
Noel Wardle writes for Chemist & Druggist on the downsides of the new MUR legislation
Pharmacy Brief - September 2020
The September edition of our Pharmacy Brief
Noel Wardle writes for P3 Pharmacy on the risks of using volunteers to deliver medicines
Pei Li Kew
Will local pharmacies experience the same Deliveroo-volution as the restaurant industry did five years ago? LloydsPharmacy leads the way.
Pharmacy Brief - June 2020
The June edition of our Pharmacy Brief
Rachel Warren writes for Chemist & Druggist on pharmacy contractors' duty to try to acquire PPE