Disputes within traditional partnerships and LLPs involve the application of specialist partnership disputes law to determine the rights and obligations of partners and members.

Our team of highly experienced partnership disputes lawyers are experts in acting quickly and practically to provide accurate and timely advice to clients in areas such as dissolution and termination of partnerships, partner and member rights, ownership of partnership property and assets, governance and insolvency issues, arbitrations, expert determination and mediation. 

Our partnership disputes lawyers bring specialist knowledge across a range of sectors and practice areas, including professional services, financial services, tax and food and farming. Our team also provides a deep understanding of the commercial context and regulatory environment in which businesses and partnerships operate.

We are committed to understanding the needs of our clients and in turn, helping them to understand often complex legal issues in a straightforward and jargon-free manner. As well as being skilful negotiators, we have exemplary litigation skills when court action is required.

Areas of focus

Our expertise in partnership disputes includes the following:

  • Dissolution and termination of partnerships.
  • Partition and division of partnership assets and property.
  • Tax advice.
  • Governance.
  • Winding-up and insolvency issues.
  • Arbitrations.
  • Expert determination.
  • Mediation.

Advising a partner in a highly contested dissolution of a farming partnership, involving valuable freehold and leasehold assets, trust property and development land with multi-party interests, complicated ownership arrangements and complex tax issues.

Acting for the successful party in the leading Court of Appeal case of Harvey v Drake on valuation of partnership assets.

Advising members of a LLP on maximising development value in land held by the business and managing a tax efficient dissolution of the LLP without court proceedings.

Advising a member of a farming LLP on the winding up of the business and partition of assets.

Acting for members of a family farming partnership on the partition of partnership assets and associated tax advice following a breakdown in relations with other members of the business.

Acting for a member of a partnership following his unlawful expulsion from the business by the other partners.

Advising a number of siblings in multi-jurisdictional proceedings against another sibling for breaches of fiduciary duty arising out of his dealings with partnership and trust assets.

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.

Meet the team
Sian Edmunds

Sian Edmunds Partner

  • Head of Food and Drink
  • Food and Farming
  • Estates and Land
  • Product Liability
Paul Haggett

Paul Haggett Partner

  • General Counsel
  • DPO
Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy Partner

  • Agricultural Disputes
  • Trust and Probate Disputes
  • Estates and Land

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