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01 December 2015

David Reissner collects Day Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award

From a single pharmacy in 1975, Day Lewis has grown into the largest independent pharmacy chain not only in the UK, but in Europe. The group celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year, hosting an event at Kensington Palace.

Last week at the Novotel West London Hotel, David Reissner, who has been an adviser to the Day Lewis Group for much of the last 40 years, was thrilled to be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Day Lewis’ gala dinner.

Valued client Day Lewis, created by brothers Kirit and JC Patel in 1975, has grown from a solitary pharmacy in Southborough to more than 250 pharmacies, with ambitions to increase to more than 400 branches.

This growth is all the more impressive given the business has remained a family-owned entity. CEO Kirit’s speech at this year’s conference largely focused on Day Lewis’s embrace of the digital world.

Kirit, who was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2005 for his contribution to pharmacy and public service, outlined to the audience his vision that the future of healthcare is “clinical, digital, remote”, promising to invest significantly towards developing their technological offering.

David, described as “highly sought after by pharmacy clients” by Chambers in 2015, has been a major figure in the world of pharmacy law since joining Charles Russell Speechlys in January 1979, immediately after qualifying as a solicitor.

David has advised many clients, ranging from individual pharmacists, pharmacy businesses of all sizes, including Day Lewis themselves, and representative bodies like the National Pharmacy Association and Community Pharmacy Northern Ireland.

David appears regularly at NHS hearings and fitness to practice proceedings at the General Pharmaceutical Council.

The award recognises David’s contribution to community pharmacy over many years, and complements a Lifetime Achievement Award received in 2013 from the Propharm Pharmacy Group.

The Day Lewis gala dinner, which rounded off the group’s 20th Annual Conference, was attended by a record number of nearly 1200 guests, including Day Lewis colleagues and VIPs from the pharmacy and pharmaceutical sectors.

David, who was presented the award by CEO Kirit Patel, gave an impromptu acceptance speech, acknowledging how impressive it was that even though the group had grown hugely, Kirit still treated everyone who worked for Day Lewis as part of an extended family.

He also commented that it was a great honour to receive the award, especially in Day Lewis’ 40th anniversary year.