Watch this on-demand recording of Zoe Close in conversation with Sarah Buxton and Thomas Coates, as they discuss the essential legal information you need to know when considering handing back your NHS dental contract.

About the webinar:

With many dentists and the wider dental team feeling dissatisfied with NHS dentistry, an increasing number of dental professionals are considering making the move from NHS to private dentistry. It’s a big decision, and one that needs careful consideration to make sure you feel informed and comfortable with each step of the process, including the legal implications.

In this recording of a live webinar, Sarah and Thomas explain the key things you need to be aware of when handing back your NHS contract, and how each situation can be sensitively handled, including:

  1. Informing your team of your intentions to reduce or stop delivering NHS dentistry.
  2. Communicating with Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) on reducing UDA contracts or handing them back completely
  3. Putting new contracts in place
  4. Moving staff from one premises to another
  5. Making redundancies
  6. Dealing with unhappy team members
  7. The legal process for having incorporated associates
  8. Changing your business structure.

Please note, this webinar was recorded live on Thursday 20th July 2023.

About the speakers:

Zoe Close, Head of Sales, Practice Plan

Zoe is the Head of Sales at Practice Plan and has over 30 years’ experience in the dental sector including working as a group business manager for a corporate group, a dental nurse, a head receptionist, and a practice manager.

Zoe is passionate about supporting practices and can offer invaluable advice on how to strategically and successfully run your business.


Sarah Buxton, Director & Solicitor of Buxton Coates Solicitors

Sarah specialises in acting exclusively for dentists, dental business managers and dental practice owners in all aspects of HR and employment law and is a director and solicitor of Buxton Coates Solicitors (formerly FTA Law).

Her specialisms include drafting associate agreements and consultancy agreements, self-employed hygienist and therapist agreements, contracts of employment and staff handbooks. Sarah also advises on the day-to-day HR and employment issues that a business owner is often faced with, such as maternity and paternity leave, disciplinary and grievance procedures, and termination of an employee whether due to misconduct or redundancy. Sarah is also on hand when matters go wrong, representing both employer or employee in the Employment Tribunal.


Thomas Coates, Managing Director & Solicitor of Buxton Coates Solicitors

Thomas is a corporate solicitor specialising in the sales, acquisition and restructure of dental businesses, commercial advice and drafting commercial agreements.

Following significant growth at FTA Law, Thomas and Sarah Buxton acquired the entire issued share capital of FTA Law to create Buxton Coates Solicitors. Alongside his role as Managing Director, Thomas still has a busy caseload of acquisitions and disposals acting for clients ranging from sole traders to larger corporations. He also writes regularly for the dental press, undertakes seminars and podcasts and has been published in a number of books relating to both the dental sector and also regarding successful law firm management.


Watch the recording

Location Date & Time
On-demand webinar Recorded 20/07/2023