Some contracts are intended to impose a longer notice period on the partner than the owner, while others require the partner to serve a minimum period of time before he or she can terminate. As a general rule, contracts also contain clauses allowing for immediate termination in exceptional circumstances. We believe that all these clauses should be balanced and, in general, apply equally to shareholders and owners. We draw the staff`s attention to the fact that after the signing of the treaty, it is a legally binding document, so they should consider all clauses to be enforceable, unless they have strong legal advice to the contrary. As a result, it is important that they read each of the clauses carefully, and if a clause or paragraph in a schedule makes them uncomfortable, they would be well advised to discuss them with the practitioner and try to negotiate a mutually acceptable alternative that overcomes their concerns. However, we would also like to remind members that a well-developed and balanced treaty is clearly very important, but not the only factor that will influence the success of an associate position. The employee, who gets along well with staff and patients and who generally fits into the culture of a practice, will have a great influence on the continuation of the agreement between the two parties. The DDU concluded a standard contract in collaboration with specialized lawyers. We believe that this contract covers mixed and private practice agreements in England (other versions are in preparation for other UK countries) and adequately protects the interests of both practitioner and staff. It is freely available to members upon request and we urge members to use it to reduce the risk of litigation. In our experience, financial arrangements are often too complex and opaque. If the partner does not understand the agreements correctly, he should seek clarification from the owner and, if necessary, make appropriate changes to the contract so that the agreements are clear and different interpretations are impossible.
Since setting up our contractual audit and consulting services, we have found that personnel contracts can be very different in their quality and content. In order to reduce the likelihood of litigation, employees and practitioners should fully understand and be satisfied with all parts of a contract. Any doubts or concerns should be expressed and raised at an early stage. Most partnership agreements contain one or more clauses that provide that the owner of the practice retains a sum of money for a specified period, which will be used to finance the costs of correcting the defect treatment provided by the partner. . . .