Portman Dental Care completes on the acquisition of The Dental Surgery, Corn Exchange London and achieves a milestone of 150 practices.

The Dental Surgery is one of the UKs leading dental practices, operating 15 dental surgeries in the City of London. The practice offers a full range of exceptional treatments from general private dentistry through to Implants, Orthodontics and Facial Aesthetics.

The Dental Surgery distinguishes themselves as a surgery providing comprehensive dentistry of the very highest quality that enhances the lives of their patients.  The business has been expertly grown for over 25 years by Lead Clinicians Dr Shaun Smith and Dr Simon Nocton who have developed a fully digital care pathway to deliver a complete range of dental treatments.

Dr Smith and Dr Nocton decided to sell the practice to join a group that can offer outstanding support whilst allowing them to continue to provide excellent patient care, they will continue at the practice working alongside the Portman team to expand the range of specialist dental services provided.

Dr Nocton commented on the sale “Like everyone selling their practice it feels like a decision as momentous as buying a first house. In fact, many friends have compared it as being like the birth of a child or as life changing as the loss of someone dear. Our decision to sell to Portman was not taken lightly. We wanted someone whose values we shared and could look forward to working towards a secure future together. We have met some amazing people within Portman as well as the most professional lawyers with Louise Fegan guiding us with advice and the original introduction from Simon Hughes.


The sale process was brokered by specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co. Simon Hughes, Managing Director – Medical, said on the sale, "The sale of The Dental Surgery is a great example of how demand has rapidly returned for prime, high quality, city practices over the last few months. It was a pleasure acting for Shaun and Simon in the sale of this fantastic practice and we wish them both the very best as they open the next chapter for the business.

“Portman acquired The Dental Surgery in a competitive sale process and, with its strong London presence, was an ideal choice for Shaun and Simon. Congratulations to the team for securing this landmark acquisition as its 150th practice in the UK.”

Special mention should also be made to Louise Fegan and her team at Morrisons Solicitors who acted for Dr Smith and Dr Nocton as well as Jon Lawley and his team at Acuity Law who acted on behalf of Portman.

Speaking on behalf of Portman, Andy Sloan, Business Development Director commented “Not only are we thrilled by the acquisition of The Dental Surgery into the Portman group, but also that it is our 150th practice and what a fitting acquisition to achieve this milestone.  The whole team at The Dental Surgery have been fantastic throughout a rapid due diligence process and I am happy to welcome them to the Portman family.

Sam Waley-Cohen, CEO Portman added “Portman Dental Care was founded on simple principles, to put the patient at the heart of everything we do, and to make the life of our clinicians as easy as possible. We share an ethos with The Dental Surgery of never compromising on the level of care provided to patients and we are thrilled the team at The Dental Surgery have chosen to join us to continue their journey.

Portman Dental Care has grown to 150 practices by focussing on bringing outstanding practice into the group and we are delighted to have The Dental Surgery join the family.


About Portman

Sam Waley-Cohen founded Portman Dental Care in 2009. Portman currently operates 150 dental practices across the UK and Republic of Ireland, including 16 specialist orthodontic Portman Smile Clinics, and cares for over 700,000 patients per annum. Our practices offer a range of specialist, private and NHS dental care services, and are focused on putting the patient at the heart of everything we do.

We’re multi award-winning, with accolades including the dental industries ‘Outstanding Business of the Year’ for 4 consecutive years (2017 to 2020).

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