Commercial law firm Freeman Fisher has expanded its offering with the launch of a dental and healthcare division.
The Manchester practice has recruited 46-year-old Jonathan Jacobs to head the division, which is initially providing a range of legal services to dentists across England and Wales.
The services being offered include advising on the sale and acquisition of dental practices, the incorporation of practices and drafting business structures and agreements, such as those covering partnerships, dental associates and expense sharing arrangements.
In addition, the firm is advising practice owners on employment, property and regulatory matters and dispute resolution.
Mr Jacobs said: “Starting from a foundation in dental healthcare practice, we hope to quickly consolidate our position within this market at a time when practitioners are uncertain about changes to the NHS since the demise of Primary Care Trusts in April 2013.
“My aim is to offer a comprehensive package to all of the firm’s dental healthcare clients and, in due course, to expand into other healthcare professions.”
Other specialisms which are being targeted include GPs, pharmacies, opticians, physiotherapists and care homes.
Mr Jacobs, who has joined Freeman Fisher from RossLegal, is the co-ordinator of the Greater Manchester Dental Business Advisers, a group of professionals who provide legal, accountancy, banking and practice valuation services to dentists.
He is the latest addition to the ranks at Freeman Fisher, which is based in Hardman Square, Spinningfields, and has an office in Leeds.
Freeman Fisher was co-founded last year by Alex Megaw, a former managing partner at Davies Arnold Cooper’s Manchester office, and Gary Black, who was previously a partner at Berg Legal then legal director at investment group CorpAcq.
Mr Megaw, who is Freeman Fisher’s managing partner, said: “Jonathan brings a wealth of experience and we are confident in our plans to grow our healthcare offering.
“The dental and healthcare division represents an ideal complement to our other areas of expertise, and Jonathan’s arrival is the first in a series of key appointments to the firm in the early part of 2014 as we look to build on our strong start since formation.”