Overview

Our highly regarded Professional Partnerships team acts for partnerships as well as partners in partnerships. This includes both general partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs).

We provide practical and commercial legal services on a range of matters, including help with partnership formations, changes to constitutions or converting partnerships to LLPs. We are also adept at dealing with internal disputes that arise from professional partnerships, which are often extremely sensitive and complex.

The depth and breadth of our experience means we can give clear guidance and support to firms and individuals on matters including changes to partnership structures and intellectual property. We also advise on revisions to partnership deeds, partnership exits and confidentiality protection.

Being a full-service commercial law firm means we are able to draw on other areas of expertise relevant to professional partnerships from across our business such as employment law, tax, finance and regulatory support.

Areas of focus

Our expertise in Professional Partnerships includes the following:

  • Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs).
  • Partnership Disputes.
  • Restrictive Covenant advice.
  • Partnership and LLP exits.
  • Team moves.
  • Discrimination claims.
  • Exits from Fund Management vehicles and obligations relating to Carry Interest.
Experience

Advising more than ten departing partners from a firm of solicitors.

Advising a regional solicitors' partnership on the departure of an equity partner and the potential for claims against by and against it leading to a negotiated settlement and the restructuring of the partnership for merger.

Advising two partners of a five partner opticians' firm on the dissolution of the partnership including a dissolution deed and formation of their own practices.

Advising partners in a firm of architects in relation to the terms of their partnership agreement and their relationship with other partners.

Advising an accountant on his retirement from a multi-office regional practice and his employment as a consultant.

Meet the team
Chris Seaton

Chris Seaton Senior Partner

  • Senior Partner
  • Employment
  • Partnerships
John Barnett

John Barnett Partner

  • Head of Private Client Services
  • Head of Partnerships
  • Tax
Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin Partner

  • Head of Employment
  • TUPE: Business Transfers and Outsourcing
  • Restructuring and Redundancy

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