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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Work 020 7074 8000
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Fergus Payne

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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Partner, Corporate. Specialises in advising on limited liability partnership and partnership matters, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, with particular experience of professional services and communications sectors.


Trained, qualified and partner at Hancock & Willis; partner Lewis Silkin 1992 to date.

Co-authored 'Employment, Partnership and Discrimination Law for Professional Partnerships' (2005) with James Davies and Clive Greenwood also of Lewis Silkin.


Association of Partnership Practitioners.


Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield; Exeter University (LLB); College of Law, Guildford.


Family, music, rugby, skiing.

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Leading individuals

Fergus Payne - Lewis Silkin LLP

Within: Partnership

Providing ‘real strength in depth and proactive advice’, Lewis Silkin LLP is ‘really good on both the contentious and non-contentious side’ of partnership and employment law. Practice co-head Clive Greenwoodknows partnership law inside and out’ and acts for firms and individuals in LLP and partnership disputes; he represented a former investment manager at HgCapital in High Court proceedings regarding a £10m dispute between the client and 42 separate defendants in relation the client’s financial entitlements following his retirement from the private equity firm. Additionally, Karen Baxter and the ‘highly impressiveMichael Burd acted for three former partners of Addleshaw Goddard in an arbitration between them and the firm in connection with the partner-clients’ decision to join another law firm. Joint practice head Fergus Payne is ‘highly experienced and has drafted every type of agreement in the area’ and has recently acted for a number of accountancy firms, such as Blick Rothenberg LLP. The team also assisted Gerald Eve LLP with a series of transaction that saw the acquisitions of five national teams of professionals from Deloitte Real Estate. The ‘bright and charmingEllen Temperton is also recommended.

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