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Furley Page expands to dental and healthcare sectors

Furley Page expands to dental and healthcare sectors

Law firm Furley Page has underlined its reputation as a growing force in the UK’s dental and healthcare sectors by appointing another solicitor with the expertise to act for clients involved in dental sales and acquisitions.

The appointment of Elsie Lyford further strengthens Furley Page’s highly-regarded Corporate Team as it continues to expand its expert legal services offered to dental, healthcare, veterinary and pharmaceutical industries across the country.

Elsie, aged 39, has joined Kent-based Furley Page after previously working for two Surrey law firms. She has years of experience advising on corporate transactions, with particular emphasis on the acquisition and sale of dental practices.

Elsie says: “I have developed a thorough understanding of the professional and commercial requirements of dentists and have experience of dealing with the sale and purchase of NHS, mixed and private dental practices, partnerships, expense sharing relationships and general dental legal and regulatory matters.

“I was drawn to join Furley Page because of its reputation as a law firm which really understands how the dental profession works and I’m very excited to be part of such a highly talented team,” she adds.

Elsie is a member of the Association of Specialist Providers to Dentists (ASPD), a national network of professionals who provide tailored services to the dental profession (more information at She is one of the experts taking part in a seminar on retirement planning for dentists in Reading on 18 September in conjunction with PFM Dental (Practice Sales and Valuations).

Specialist legal advice for dentists is provided by the Corporate Team at Furley Page, which is led by Partner and Head of Corporate Susan Jennings. The team can provide practical advice on a range of issues, including mergers and restructuring of existing dental practices; setting up new dental practices; associate and hygienist agreements; partnership agreements; the incorporation of dental practices, and Care Quality Commission process and compliance.

Now consisting of five solicitors and a legal adviser experienced in corporate support, the team is one of the strongest in the South East for general and dental specific sales and acquisitions.

Susan Jennings says: “I am delighted that Elsie has joined our team. She has an excellent understanding of the nuances of the dental sector and adds to our ability to help clients achieve their objectives in a timely and cost-effective way.”

Susan explained that her team frequently advises members of the dental profession on:

  • The sale and purchase of dental practices (including to or by dental body corporates)
  • Mergers and restructuring of existing dental businesses (including refinance and bank security)
  • Setting up a new practice
  • Care Quality Commission process and compliance
  • Dental regulations
  • Partnership agreements and expense sharing arrangements
  • Commercial agreements
  • Associate and hygienist agreements
  • Disputes
  • Employment issues
  • Taking or moving premises

Susan adds: “We understand the nuances of the dental sector and through our expertise and relationships with other dental professionals, we can offer relevant legal support and will successfully lead clients through buying or selling a practice which could otherwise be a very stressful and drawn out process.”

Elsie, who is married with two children and lives in Cobham, Surrey, was educated in Bristol. She graduated with a degree in textile art from the Winchester School of Art before qualifying as a solicitor. A keen artist, she has taken part in many solo and group exhibitions.

If you are interested in buying or selling a dental practice and would like further advice, contact Elsie on 01634 828277 or email her at  To find out more about Furley Page’s full range of services, visit You can also follow the firm on Twitter @furleypage and on LinkedIn.

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