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Shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Business Awards 2022

We’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted in the Greater Manchester Business Awards under the Health and Wellbeing of Employees category.

The award is for the business who champions and makes the health and wellbeing of their employees a top priority, and here at MLP Law, our people are the beating heart of our business.

We’ve always made it our priority to ensure that our team is happy, healthy and supported, and therefore whilst we already believe we are a great place to work, having the regional acknowledgement would be fantastic, and something that would mean a great deal to us all.

Happiness of the team is paramount at MLP Law: happy employees are good employees and we actively invest in making sure our team is happy, healthy and has all the resources and support they need to do their job well and also enjoy work/ life balance.

Just a selection of the things that we do for our team include:

  • Flexible hours and working patterns;
  • Rewards and benefits such as gym memberships and additional holidays; and
  • Employee assistance programmes and mental health support.

But above all we focus on ensuring our colleagues have a supportive environment in which to realise their potential and fulfil their career aspirations.

We want all our colleagues to see their long-term future with MLP Law and we know that this means we need not only provide an enjoyable workplace, but also inspiring and motivational surroundings.

Winning the award will be a brilliant recognition for the whole team, and for all that we have all worked towards. We all invest in making MLP Law a great place to work, and it would be a great accolade for the whole MLP Law family.

The winner will be announced in early September, so watch this space!

MLP closes ‘John Lewis’ style NHS deal

Altrincham-headquartered MLP Law has advised an NHS GP practice on a transition deal to incorporate the practice to a limited status while simultaneously making it an employee-owned business – the first time an individual GP practice has moved to this model in the UK.

MLP worked alongside the Employee Ownership Trust and NHS Somerset to develop the deal, which sees the Minehead Medical Centre in Somerset become an employee-owned entity, the first deal of this kind in the UK. MLP acted for the transferee company and the ongoing GP shareholders.

The deal safeguards the future of general practice in the town of Minehead by changing the business model, passing risk from the GPs themselves to the incorporated company – which should support GP recruitment efforts in the area.

Stephen Attree, managing partner of MLP Law, said: “This was an exciting and innovative deal which represents a new way of thinking within the NHS. By taking proven models such as employee ownership and applying them to a public sector body, NHS Somerset and Minehead Medical Centre have made history in their area and created a modern approach to GP services that will protect the provision of NHS services in the Minehead area.

“The deal involved a number of parties working closely together to bring this complicated case to a successful close,” he added.

Ed Ford, the GP who has led the development of the employee-owned trust at Minehead Medical Centre said: “We have a fantastic management team and wider staff team, so partners at the practice felt we should give them more control of the business. We also wanted to ensure that the business structure shouldn’t rely on individuals holding shares that could be difficult to transfer if people wanted to leave – hence the idea of becoming an employee-owned trust (EOT).

“EOTs offers GP practices an alternative, more flexible operational model; offering staff a greater say in how GP practices are run and opportunities for the team to develop their careers by having a greater leadership role, without needing to have the funds to invest as a partner.”

The plans were debated at NHS Somerset’s primary care commissioning meeting in June, and received a unanimous approval from the board, ahead of the deal completion. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.