Genuine specialists in dental legal services


Practice sales and purchases are smoother and swifter with our specialist dental lawyers.

No-nonsense legal advice from in-house commercial solicitors

With more than 15 years’ experience in the sector, it’s safe to say we know our stuff when it comes to legal matters specifically for dentists.

That expertise means we’re perfectly placed to help you get everything in shape for the smoothest possible sale - and spot problems on the horizon before they cause delays.

As well as navigating obstacles on your behalf, we’ll avoid any financial surprises too: our fixed fees mean you’ll know exactly what to expect.

We handle the legalities of practices sales, plus commercial property transactions, associate agreements, expense share agreements and most other legal matters that might crop up as part of your dentistry business.

Legal expertise for selling your dental practice

For important transactions, specialist advice is invaluable. We offer no-nonsense legal guidance from in-house commercial solicitors.

Legal expertise for buying a dental practice

Buying a practice can be a daunting process. Don’t worry - we’ve worked on hundreds of transactions and our in-house solicitors are here to support you.

Best practice in plain English

We’re among a small number of solicitors qualified to deal with the complexities of NHS contracts. As members of the Association of Specialist Providers to Dentists (ASPD), we’re constantly sharing best practice and developments with fellow dental experts. What’s more, we always strive to communicate in plain English, so everyone’s crystal clear on what’s happening.

PFM Dental’s knowledge of dentistry and its quirks was invaluable in making the process run smoothly.

— Jon Martin, practice owner, York

Commercial property transactions

Even clients who are full of confidence about a business deal often tell us they’re daunted by property law.

But whether you’re buying, selling, or simply moving to new premises, freehold and leasehold property transactions are an inevitable part of owning a dental practice.

Our dedicated commercial property specialists can handle all your queries - and they do it with the motto “There’s no such thing as a silly question”.

Leave the legalese to us. Our job is to translate all that jargon into sensible advice you can trust and understand. And you can pick up the phone to us at any time.

How else can we help?

We spend lots of time handling the property side of practice sales but you might also ask us to transfer property into or out of a pension fund, get you a licence for works when you want to alter a leasehold property, point you in the right direction on planning issues or help you re-finance involving practice premises.

Even if you’ve had your lease for a while, we can review it for you and clarify responsibilities of landlord or tenant. If any problems crop up, we’ll help you understand the details.

Lost leases? Missing paperwork? Happens all the time. Our knowledge and experience can solve those situations and put you back on track.

Associate agreements

A written agreement is an essential safeguard for both principal and associate. Without it, there’s uncertainty and at worst, costly disputes. But all too often, these agreements are out of date - or have never even been put in place. For a fixed fee, we can create or review a legal structure that makes everyone feel more secure.

Expense share agreements

If your practice is under shared ownership, it's vital to agree exactly how both income and costs are divided between you. We'll help you work out what you need and draw up an agreement that's fair and clear for everyone.

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Our senior legal team

  • Stephen Knowles

    Director & commercial solicitor
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    Stephen Knowles

    Director & commercial solicitor
    01904 521270

    With more than 15 years’ experience of helping dentists with their commercial legal needs, Stephen focuses on getting the job done quickly, correctly and with the minimum of fuss. When we ask our clients for feedback, they always praise the way he combines comprehensive knowledge of the sector with a friendly, approachable personality.

    Stephen is a director of PFM Dental and leads the legal team.

  • Laura Dobson

    Commercial solicitor
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    Laura Dobson

    Commercial solicitor
    01904 521273

    Everyone who works with Laura enjoys her client-centred approach. Her favourite part of the job is listening carefully to a client’s needs and working out the best way of getting them where they want to be.

    As a commercial solicitor, Laura has worked in a number of different sectors but she’ now dedicated exclusively to dental clients. Her role includes handling dental practice sales and purchases, as well as issues that crop up in the day-to-day running of a practice, such as partnership, expense share and associate agreements.

  • Laura Frensham

    Property solicitor
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    Laura Frensham

    Property solicitor
    01904 521272

    You’re likely to come across Laura if you ask PFM Dental to handle your property matters, whether part of a practice sale or a standalone issue. Laura has worked in commercial property since she qualified in 2012. She is experienced in dealing with acquisitions and disposals of freehold property, acting on behalf of both landlords and tenants in their leasehold matters (such as the grant of a new lease, lease renewal, surrender or assignment of a lease) and dealing with all aspects of commercial lending.

  • Kirsty Fairbairn

    01904 521271

    Kirsty focuses on processing and reviewing due diligence documents for practice sales, as well as preparing and submitting CQC applications. As a paralegal with experience in various commercial sectors, she now works exclusively for dental clients. She also helps our property lawyers with the property elements of the transactions.

  • Anna’s wide-ranging support to the directors includes accounting, HR, compliance and general business matters. Whatever she’s turning her hand to on any given day, she helps PFM Dental run smoothly.

We’re accredited

We pride ourselves on providing top notch professional services to our clients. We’re proud to tell you why we belong to these professional bodies.

  • Lexcel is the Law Society’s quality mark for practice management and client care. It’s a voluntary standard that we’ve signed up to. The mark means we meet their high standards, giving you peace of mind.

  • Only recognised dental specialists can join The Association of Specialist Providers to Dentists. As members we’re guaranteed to understand dentists’ particular needs, problems and opportunities.

  • The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) is the national trade body for brokers who arrange finance for businesses. NACFB promotes the highest industry and regulatory standards.

  • Chartered status is our industry’s gold standard for quality and integrity. No other financial planning firm offering advice exclusively for dentists has this badge of excellence.

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) believes accountancy is a force for positive economic change and works to promote trust in business. Membership means we’ve passed a premium qualification and have access to its world-leading resources.