We recently represented a client who had permission to open a pharmacy inside a medical centre. A multiple pharmacy operator who had a pharmacy very close by started judicial review proceedings of the local council's decision to allow planning permission for the new pharmacy and, at the same time, NHS England wrote to our client and said that the approval they had given was 'conditional' and that our client could not open, or have their name on the pharmaceutical list, until they satisfied additional tests that NHS England wanted to impose.

We wrote to NHS England on behalf of our client and after some correspondence NHS England backed down and accepted that they were obliged to enter our client's name on the pharmaceutical list.

Our client successfully resisted the judicial review application and the pharmacy opened within the surgery premises.