Associate Agreements

If you invite an associate dentist to join your practice – even if they are a friend or colleague you have known over many years – it is important to have a written contract in place.

The majority of dentists in general practice work as self-employed associates. The relationship between an associate and the practice/practice owner is based on the associate making regular payments to the practice/practice owner in return for the use of the practice premises, staff, materials and equipment.

As more associate dentists have begun to work in practices based on verbal agreements only, increasing numbers of problems can arise when it comes to employment status, handling any under-performance or substandard work, agreeing the ownership of goodwill and deciding what happens when the associate leaves the practice.

A comprehensive associate agreement drafted by a specialist in dental law can ensure that both parties clearly understand their obligations and responsibilities. Restrictive covenants can also prevent problems later, for example they can limit the associate’s right to establish a rival practice or try to take patients with them if they leave the practice.

How Can We Help

At Else Solicitors, our dental team understands the elements required in an effective associate agreement. We will take the time to understand your practice and draft a bespoke agreement that is individual to it and the associates.

If you are currently operating a practice without written associate contracts in place, contact us for a free one-hour consultation with an expert dental solicitor.

To speak to a solicitor who specialises in associate agreements, please contact the dental law team on 01283 526200, alternatively you can send us a message and we will get in touch at a time that suits you.

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