Opticians / Optometrists Law

Overview and services

We have long-term experience of acting for opticians and understand the commercial realities in the market place.

The Opticians Act 1989 along with the General Optical Council (GOC) rules and regulations set out the main legislative framework for opticians in the UK. In addition Some optometrists with additional speciality qualifications are able to prescribe medicines, within their scope of practice, for ocular conditions. The sale, use and production of medicines are covered in legislation, including the Medicines Act 1968 and Human Medicines Regulations 2012We tend to help opticians with the following areas:

  • Buying and Selling the assets of a business and share purchase of an ophthalmology practice NHS and private
  • Incorporation of practices and their sale to corporates
  • Franchise Advice and buying in to or selling a franchise
  • Buying and selling freehold premises and uses of SIPPs
  • Development of your freehold, we can look at options to maximise the yield and development value from your property
  • Negotiating and the granting of Commercial Leases for opticians
  • Expense and Profit Sharing Agreements
  • General Advice including website terms and Conditions and contract matters and disputes with supplier contracts with the NHS
  • Staff and employment advice and the drafting of employment contracts and policies
  • Regulatory Advice including Fitness to Practice matters at the GOC and ABDO
  • CQC matters including registration help with the Assist Service
  • Assist Service-we can attend your premises and attend meetings and help you prepare your business for sale or succession *Care needs to be taken with staff on the acquisition of an opticians with TUPE being closely followed”

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