Whether you are buying or selling your practice, incorporating it, dealing with associates, handling staff issues, entering into expense sharing agreements, agreeing a partnership, or struggling with regulatory or disciplinary issues, you want legal support that can take some of the strain by providing you with practical and implementable solutions.
How can Thorntons help?
Our dental team is one of the leading providers of specialist legal advice to dentists across Scotland. Our clients represent a wide range of practice types and each one can be assured of our in-depth knowledge and understanding of the dental sector. We have an experienced team of lawyers, and other professional advisers, who can deliver a flexible service specific to each client’s individual needs and requirements.
This, combined with our transparent fee structures, gives clients the expert advice they need, at the time they need it, with the all-important benefit of certainty as to your overall costs.
We regularly attend and present at dental exhibitions and run frequent seminars for dentists on the legal issues affecting their practices. Our team includes the only Scottish solicitor who is a member of both the Association of Specialist Providers to Dentists and the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers, and we have an extensive range of contacts, including dental accountants, the bank healthcare teams, valuers and sales agents, if you require other specialist advice for your practice.
We understand that our dental clients are busy, dedicated professionals so we can provide our advice and guidance to fit in with your schedule. Advice can be given out of hours or at weekends at a time and place to suit you.
We advise on:
- Buying or selling a practice
- Buying, selling or leasing premises
- Practice incorporation
- Partnership agreements (including expense sharing agreements)
- Associate agreements
- Employment contracts
- Regulatory/Disciplinary issues
- Performance management
- HR services
- Retirement planning
- Succession and trust planning
- Visa, immigration & sponsorship
What our clients say
Buying or selling a practice can be an overwhelming experience especially with the level of detail required and the timeline pressures. From my experiences you need to dedicate 100% attention to this and more importantly you need a solicitor on hand 24/7 with the professional knowledge to make these crucial decisions easier. Michael Royden and his team at Thorntons definitely fulfilled all my expectations with the service they provided. From start to finish Michael controlled all aspects of the negotiations without undermining my thoughts and at all times keeping my best interests first.
Michael Royden represented my interests in the practice sale highly competently, very efficiently, and with great judgement. He was diligent in seeking my views and consent at each key part of the negotiations. He was very helpful in using his unique expertise to make smart recommendations on legal points whilst also deploying common sense and a sense of humour as the situation required. Michael was proactive, courteous, reliable, trustable and a pleasure to work with. Thanks Michael!
I have relied on Michael Royden and his dental team for law expertise and commercial advice for many years, and have the utmost confidence in them as one of the leading lawyers offering bespoke advice to the dental sector in Scotland . Michael and the rest of the Thorntons team take time to understand the specific needs of our dental company, and provide clear, user-friendly advice on issues ranging from employment law to commercial advice and have been of invaluable assistance in a number of practice acquisitions. I would have no hesitation in recommending Michael Royden and Thorntons to any of my dental colleagues.
Kieran Fallon, MBE
Buying or selling a practice can be a daunting prospect. Michael Royden and his team of solicitors at Thorntons made the sale of my practice so much easier and simpler. Their solicitors gave me sound advice on all areas of the sale; property and employment aspects as well as the actual sale/purchase contract. They have detailed knowledge of the market and of the nuances of dental practice so no lengthy explanations are required. I felt confident as Michael calmed my anxieties and dealt with any issues quickly, calmly and efficiently. I cannot praise Thorntons highly enough.
Thank you to Michael Royden and his team at Thorntons Law LLP who helped me seamlessly transfer the private dental practice, which I had built up over 30 years, to the new custodian with gentle guidance from friendly, pleasant people and with utmost professionalism.
Jim Thom & Frances Munro
My dental partner and I have recently gone to completion with a dental corporate buy out and have been very fortunate in using the firm of Thorntons in Dundee as our legal advisors. Our negotiations with our buyer were somewhat protracted and occasionally fraught; however, we were well served mainly by Michael Royden and Kim McNaughton who advised and supported us throughout in a very professional manner.
After much thought and soul searching I decided to sell my Dental Practice after 18 years of ownership. I realised my own Solicitor, who had handled the buying of the practice, seemed to be quite confused by the complexity of us selling and still working in our practice as well as assigning over our lease. Thorntons Solicitors were recommended to us by our broker. I was immediately impressed by Michael who had a very professional and friendly approach. He was indeed very knowledgeable and seemed to have had a lot of experience in the Dental field. Michael and his team handled the case with such professionalism. They managed everything without me having to have a single meeting at their office. I would recommend Michael and his team very highly if you are thinking of selling a practice as they made the whole process as stress free as possible with their excellent professionalism.
Margaret and Ian Willis
Before selling our Dental Practice we had already heard from a colleague about the high level of expertise and knowledge shown by Thorntons in what is a highly specialised field. It is rare to find a legal firm who are so knowledgeable about dentistry. When we approached a selling agent he also recommended Michael Royden of Thorntons in Dundee. We are so pleased that we contacted them as throughout what was a long tedious and seemingly never ending saga Michael and his colleagues supported and encouraged us. They were unfailingly professional, approachable and reliable. We were kept fully informed about progress and costs. We cannot recommend them highly enough and would encourage any prospective seller of Dental Practices to look no further than Thorntons Dundee.
What Our Clients Say
Thorntons acted for us in the recent sale of our practice in Hamilton. It proved to be a long and difficult journey due to circumstances beyond the control of ourselves, the sellers, and the purchaser. Thorntons, headed up by Michael Royden, worked extremely hard in moving us forward to a successful completion. They dealt with us in a professional but sensitive manner and explained everything in lay terms and more often than not each issue was explained, with either options or advice on best solution. While the sale was stressful it was undoubtably less so due to the support, understanding and advice from Michael and the team at Thorntons. I have no hesitation in recommending Thorntons solicitors to both potential sellers and potential purchasers of general dental practices.
Being a new practice owner and moving from the English to Scottish system, I was not confident to have a smooth purchase of the practice. As soon as I got in contact with Thorntons, I gained all the boost and confidence required. Michael Royden initially discussed the matter with me and referred me to senior solicitor Kim McNaughton. I had an amazing experience while purchasing the practice in Scotland through Thorntons. All of staff have been extremely helpful. I would like to mention about Kim McNaughton. Kim is brilliant. Her knowledge and experience has helped me to acquire the dental practice with minimal efforts. Without Kim it would have been very stressful for me.
I have been very pleased with your services. You all have been very supportive and extremely prompt in replying to any queries. You were always on top of it, which I highly value. Thanks very much for your help. I will have no hesitation in recommending you in future. I always knew that I had somebody professional at my side who I could rely on
Derek and Sandra Lundie
We were very pleased with the service provided by Thorntons in the sale of our practice. They are professional, friendly, and efficient. They have in depth knowledge of the multiple issues involved in this area. The whole team is excellent. We were given first class advice at a fair price.
If you think selling your house is stressful just wait until you sell your Dental Practice. Thankfully I chose Thorntons to guide me through the sale process. They have a team of people who know the dental market and specialise in different legal disciplines. They worked together seamlessly to advise and guide me through what was a completely novel situation for me. All members of the Thorntons Dental Team were excellent, extremely professional and approachable. Their human touch made what was at times a taxing experience much more straight forward and manageable. I count myself fortunate that I was advised by colleagues to engage the services of the Thorntons Dental Team when I was selling my practice and I would recommend anyone in a similar position to do likewise.
I have found that working with Michael was a pleasure. His knowledge of the dental industry in Scotland is second to none in my opinion and as a professional adviser he worked with us in a timely and professional manner. He was able to meet with us in person when required and was aware of the pressures of time that face dentists and so was entirely flexible with his time and mode of communication. I found that the entire Thorntons team but particularly Michael were knowledgeable and thorough with great attention to detail. I would not hesitate to recommend Michael as a professional advisor to any of my colleagues.
I am delighted to commend the excellent level of professional legal service I received throughout the process of selling my practice from Mike and his team. The care, reliability and reassurance provided throughout the process (or processes in my case!) reduced the inevitable stress of selling the practice.
F J Lyden
I have used the excellent legal services of Michael Royden over the past three years. Michael has helped with the many aspects of running a dental practice and ultimately selling my practice. He clearly understands the 'dental world' and has a breadth of knowledge and experience which is outstanding. He can really deliver a bespoke dental service. He takes the time to know his client and becomes a trusted source for all the legal advice a dentist needs.
Brian Kerr | Healthcare, Legal & Professionals Relationship Manager, Bank of Scotland
Mike possesses a specialist knowledge in this niche market and always offers clear, concise and valuable advice to all parties. I would, and have, happily recommended him as a trusted partner to clients looking for professional support and guidance
We were fortunate to have Michael Royden as our legal representative when purchasing our dental practice in 2012. There are so many unforeseen issues during an acquisition and having a trusted and highly professional dental adviser with in-depth knowledge of dental sector like Michael is essential. When selling our practice in 2015 the choice of legal adviser was clear. Impressive degree of professionalism, knowledge and expertise shown by Michael transformed a very stressful time into a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Michael has all the attributes you would expect in an excellent legal adviser which is Knowledge and experience, Professionalism, expertise and responsiveness and having Michael you are assured you would receive the highest standard of care and service you could ever dream of. Michael is truly The Best Professional Adviser and it is a pleasure to recommend him.
Pam and Tony Coia
We contacted Thorntons after hearing Michael Royden speak at a seminar on planning for retirement. During the following year we were advised and supported by Michael and his team through the complex process of selling our dental practice. At every stage, the guidance given was excellent. Any of our questions were answered immediately, and our practice sale went through very smoothly. We could not have been in better hands. Since we retired, two other dental colleagues have employed Michael on our recommendation, and have also been very satisfied with his service.
Scott Hutchinson | santander
I have been working with Michael and his colleagues at Thorntons for some time now as advisors to the bank on a number of transactions in the dental sector. I always find them to act with absolute integrity and professionalism, but in an approachable and friendly manner at the same time which my customers and I value greatly. They continue to demonstrate efficiency, sector specific expertise and provide clear advice when needed, all of which helps even the most challenging of transactions complete in a timely manner.
Dr Don RM MacLeod
I found Michael and his team to be exemplary in the way they supported me through the minefield of selling my dental practice. I was truly impressed with the scope of knowledge the whole team showed in all things dental, and I was never in any doubt that I could be in better hands. It was a sad day when I decided to hang up my boots and retire. What made the process much more bearable was the care and attention I always received from Michael, Kim and Nina. They are all a credit to Thorntons and their profession, and I am truly grateful that I had the pleasure of having them support me and guide me through the process of selling my practice
We first required Thorntons services when we had a serious, potentially damaging dispute with one of our partners. Michael was extremely helpful. Our position was compromised as we had no partnership agreement and Michael was able to guide us through a stressful and tricky time. Our practice was in real turmoil, yet he was able to make the difference between failure and success. We agreed a practical separation which allowed the practice to continue to grow and develop. Last year when we decided to sell the practice we naturally turned again to Michael and his dental team. Selling a large, mixed practice is an extremely complex procedure. There are many twists and turns to navigate, especially when dealing with several large corporates. The process took at least a year and we were grateful for Michael’s experience and skill as he both anticipated problems and guided us through some very challenging situations. There is no doubt that his understanding of the process worked well to our advantage. We were able to concentrate on our work, leaving him to negotiate our future. I have personally recommended Michael to several of my colleagues. He is, indeed, a very safe pair of hands.
I was very impressed by the complete package of services provided by Thorntons in connection with the partnership deal. Michael Royden and colleagues Kim McNaughton and Nina Sinclair were all very professional and knowledgeable on the subject. I felt reassured that the legal team looked into the buy in and property lease details in depth and advised me correctly. I can certainly recommend using Thorntons for a thoroughly comprehensive and successful partnership contract.
I have recently sold my Dental Practice and used Thorntons to represent me Legally .The whole team were fantastic. Their professional approach was delivered with industry knowledge, attention to detail and friendliness. Nothing was too much trouble and they made themselves available at all times. I would heartily recommend Thorntons to anyone considering buying or selling a Dental Practice and you will not regret it.
I first had contact with Thorntons Law at a “preparing for retirement” seminar in September 2015. I was impressed (and somewhat daunted) by their presentation, and soon contacted them to undertake some “housekeeping” on the practice lease, which was carried out efficiently. As my thoughts crystallised regarding the sale of my practice some initial meetings with Kim and Aimee were extremely helpful, not only in helping me for see the way forward, but also in that I felt they truly “got” the ethos and approach that best suited me, and this was reflected throughout the whole sales process. Their knowledge of the niche dental market made for a smooth progression. As the process continued, I continued to be impressed by the communication and work rate. Towards the end of the sales process various issues were dealt with systematically and efficiently, with the knowledge that emails or telephone calls were swiftly replied to and acted upon was very reassuring at stressful moments. The sale concluded on time, on price and on budget. I remain grateful for their guidance and expertise, and would have no reservations in recommending Thorntons Law
When I decided to buy my first practice from a corporate, I knew I needed a reliable legal team to handle all aspects of the sale. Michael Royden and Kim McNaughton looked after my interests as a buyer. The employment law section was explained very clear to me by Amy Jones and Rachel Anderson dealt with the property arrangements. Overall, I am delighted with the services that I received and I would recommend them without a doubt
The recent retirement sale of our dental practice was a lengthy and complicated process. This was made easier by Michael Royden and his specialist team at Thorntons, who have the experience and expertise to inspire confidence at all times.
Highly approachable and readily available, they guide the seller through each stage of the process, giving worthwhile and calming advice throughout the procedure. Their diligence and professionalism overcome the legalistic difficulties along the way to achieve the required outcome. The charging structure is open and transparent with an estimate of costs from the outset. Fees seem to be reasonable for the considerable efforts.
I would happily advise anyone involved in the purchase or sale of a practice to seek the advice of Thorntons.
When I was considering selling my Dental Practice, I was recommended to contact Thorntons in Dundee, to manage the complex procedure and legalities of selling the practice, because they had extensive experience in the buying and selling of Dental Practices along with a very good reputation.
The sale of a dental practice involves many aspects such as property conveyance, financial considerations, employment issues and well as the contractual nuances with NHS patient lists, Associate agreements and Private and independent patient plans.
I was very pleased that Michael Royden, Kim Mcnaughton and their team had extensive experience in these fields, so were able to deal with all these aspects concurrently, and guide me through what at times was a particularly stressful process. So thank you all again most sincerely, and I have no hesitation in recommending Michael, Kim and their colleagues for their excellent professionalism and support.
Aileen and Alastair McCulloch
After many decades of a great deal of sweat and tears building up our dental practice we decided it was time to retire and sell our practice. Until you do this you have no idea how big a deal it is! You have one chance and it has to be right - and you have absolutely no experience to fall back on.
With hindsight the key to success is twofold - an accurate valuation and a lawyer you can absolutely rely on to protect your interests.
We decided on Michael Royden of Thorntons Solicitors who specialises in dental practice sales, and little did we appreciate how good our decision was! Michael and his team were professional and totally 'on the ball' throughout. If we had to go through this again, which thankfully we don't, we wouldn't hesitate in choosing Michael and his team at Thorntons.
Sharon and Simon Morrow
After 22 years of dental practice ownership and expanding to three dental practices, it was with some sadness that we decided to sell. Having never sold a dental practice before and realising it was going to be a potentially long and stressful process, we engaged the services of Michael Royden and the team at Thorntons given their experience in the field. Their knowledge of the dental practice sale process was impressive and the team guided us through the arduous process, keeping us up to date at all times. Given the complicated nature of the sale, their guidance and professional advice allowed the sale to complete with the comfort that we felt our best interests had been considered at all times throughout the sale process.
It was an arduous process made possible by all your support. This was especially true as everything drew to a conclusion. You always had someone available, who knew what the state of play was, and they were able to handle all the issues and answer our questions as they arose.
Thorntons have provided a thoroughly professional and comprehensive service. You were recommended by a friend selling their dental practice, and I have no hesitation recommending you to others who are looking for advice or selling their practice.
It was a pleasure working with you and your company was indeed a great help for what could have been a very stressful situation for Helen and I. I was very impressed by the professionalism of your team and especially your skill at being able to help not only ourselves, but the purchasing party with their difficulties.