Meet the Team

Colin Millar, Head of Sector

Colin has over twenty five years’ experience as a Corporate and Commercial Lawyer. He has advised clients in the healthcare sector for nearly all of that period and his particular areas of expertise include:-

  • Advising GPs, Dentists and other healthcare professionals on Partnership Agreements, incorporation and appropriate business models;
  • Advising individuals entering or exiting partnerships, LLPs and companies;
  • Reviewing and updating partnership and corporate arrangements, including Partnership Agreements and Shareholder Agreements;
  • Restructuring of healthcare practices and businesses;
    Partnership disputes;
  • Advising on contractual and other issues with Health Boards and other regulatory bodies;
  • Acquisition and sale of Dental and Pharmacy Practices and Care Homes.

Colin is the General Secretary of the Glasgow Local Dental Committee and over many years has presented to GPs, Dentists, GP Practice Managers, etc., on legal issues affecting their particular sectors. He has a clear understanding of the issues facing GPs, Dentists, etc., and offers pragmatic and solutions based advice.

Email: cjm@wjm.co.uk Telephone: 0141 223 7265

Martin Stephen

Martin is Head of the Employment Group at WJM with over 30 years’ experience. 

Martin is:

  • Accredited as a specialist in employment law by the Law Society of Scotland;
  • A former part-time chairman of Employment Tribunals;
  • On the panel of legal advisers to the Fitness to Practise Panels of the Scottish Social Services Council;
  • Advises  on all contentious and non- contentious employment issues and regularly appear before the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal tribunal;
  • Advises on professional discipline and regulatory issues;
  • Represents professionals in proceedings before their regulatory bodies.
     

Email: mss@wjm.co.uk Telephone: 0141 223 7820

Angus MacLeod

Angus is a corporate lawyer with particular expertise in intellectual property and commercial contracts, and experience across a wide range of corporate, commercial and partnership law. He leads WJM’s Inverness practice and lives and works in the Highland capital. Angus joined WJM in 1998 and was assumed as a partner in 2005.

Angus's sector experience includes:

  • Advising medical, dental and veterinary partnerships on partnership agreements;
  • Advising dental and optical businesses on new business models including franchising;
  • Advising medical, dental and veterinary partnerships on partner exits;
  • Advising dental and veterinary partnerships on business acquisitions;
  • Advising medical partnerships on NHS funding contracts and SLAs;
    Advising medical devices companies on investment, new technology development/IP protection and distribution/sales.

 
Email: agm@wjm.co.uk Telephone: 01463 234445

Vicki Provan

Vicki has experience in all aspects of commercial property work, with particular emphasis on commercial leasing for both landlords & tenants, and also on property acquisitions & sales.

Vicki:

  • Specialises in non-contentious construction work advising developers, contractors, funders and other members of the professional team in relation to all types of construction documentation including development agreements, building contracts, appointments, collateral warranties and novation agreements.
  • Advises medical, dental and veterinary partnerships in relation to property matters such as leases of property, acquisition and sales of property and shared use agreements. 

Email: vp@wjm.co.uk Telephone: 0141 248 3434          

Liam Entwistle

Liam understands the healthcare sector from several important perspectives. He has a large practice in the sector, and has advised his clients on a huge variety of dispute resolution, mediation and employment matters. He understands the perspective of the healthcare business – their commercial needs, their obligations to service users, the importance of reputation, and the requirements of the relevant regulatory codes and the bodies that enforce them.

Liam:

  • Regularly advises regulatory panels, and understands in great detail the perspective of the regulatory bodies who police the sector.
  • Is a sought after trainer and educator in this area, and regularly provides presentations to, amongst others,  Healthy Working Lives, NHS Education for Scotland, and Glasgow University, as well as his clients in the sector.
  • Has a considrable depth of knowledge in the sector and is an invaluable asset when you need advice. 

Email: LAE@wjm.co.uk Telephone: 0141 223 7829      

Stewart King

Stewart is a partner in our commercial property unit. He has wide experience of buying and selling commercial property for investment and development, acting for Banks and other lending institutions in secured lending transaction, acting for landlords and tenants in commercial leasing transactions, site assembly for developers and general commercial property instructions.

Stewart:

  • Acts for a number of healthcare providers, giving advice in relation to the purchase and sale of dental practices, surgery premises, secured borrowings and the leasing of medical practice premises (for both landlord and tenant). 
  • Recently acted in the sale of GP premises to the health board.
  • Routinely provides advice to medical partnerships in relation to their property holding and historic title issues which commonly arise from the departure of former partners (and trustees) where the ownership/title difficulties this can create are not addressed at the appropriate time.

Email: sak@wjm.co.uk Telephone:  0141 223 7809 

Joanne Ockrim

Joanne is a Senior Associate in our commercial property department and is qualified to act in Scotland and also England & Wales. She has experience in a wide range of commercial property matters, including purchases and sales, commercial leasing and secured lending.  Her clients range from large corporates and owner managed businesses to small investors, partnerships and startups.

Joanne:

  • Works closely with the rest of healthcare team to provide any property support that may be required. 
  • Advises clients in relation to the buying, selling and leasing of practice premises, restructuring property ownership following the arrival and departure of partners, and also secured borrowing over pharmacies, dentists and medical practice premises and care homes.

Email: jo@wjm.co.uk  Telephone: 0141 248 3434

Michael Lyner

Michael is a solicitor in WJM’s Corporate team in the Glasgow office. Being the son of two dentists, and with a number of other healthcare professionals in the family, there is a personal element to his involvement in advising those in the Healthcare sector. His main areas of expertise involve the acquisition and sale of companies, reviewing commercial agreements, the restructuring of businesses and advising on bank finance.

Michael’s sector specific experience includes:

  • Acquisition and Sale of Dental and Pharmacy Practices
  • Advising on and drafting new partnership agreements for GP Surgeries, including the entry and exit of partners
  • Drafting and reviewing corporate arrangements for GP Surgeries and Healthcare bodies – including shareholder agreements and company administration matters

With a clear understanding of the challenges faced by healthcare professionals, Michael is able to provide advice quickly and pragmatically.

Email: ml@wjm.co.uk  Telephone: 0141 223 7816