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Corporate and commercial: Partnership

Corporate and commercial: Partnership


We are one of the smallest but most highly specialised barristers’ chambers in the country. Our exclusive specialism is partnership law, encompassing traditional business and professional partnerships and LLPs, limited partnerships, partnerships between companies and arrangements designed to avoid partnership status. This level of specialisation brings many advantages: we have encountered most dispute-related scenarios that can arise and recognise differing personality types and the way they react, thus enabling us to predict with accuracy likely future conduct and outcomes. Our “seen it all before” approach can bring real comfort and reassurance to anxious clients and an ability quickly to get to the heart of the matter and identify the real issues.

We are, inevitably, involved in all aspects of our specialisation, from strategic advice and planning and representation in disputes, litigation and mediations to the preparation of bespoke draft documents and the review and updating of existing partnership arrangements.

Though we have long been recognised as leaders in our field, it is the level of personal service and engagement with professional and lay clients that we believe is unusual. Clients have frequently expressed surprise at the way we operate: we are not passive or reactive but champion a fully integrated, immersive and proactive approach. Many clients over the years have been individual solicitors or other professionals who seek advice in relation to their own disputes. In cases of this type, the client can walk a lonely and often demoralising path: we see our role in such circumstances is to counter such isolation by acting as equal parts adviser, counsellor, psychologist and “Dutch uncle”, always available to provide legal and moral support, not only when requested but also when we perceive an unspoken need. We do not demand or expect formality: written instructions are a luxury that are not always required. Our problem has always been how to describe our unconventional approach and we often encounter clients at the end of a case who say “Now we understand the true nature of the service you provide”.

We are, of course, equally well used to integrating into a team of advisers when instructing professionals are involved and bring the same proactive approach to bear.

Another ingredient of our philosophy is a dislike of propelling clients into costly disputes unnecessarily. We champion mediation and strive to avoid litigation if not in clients’ interests. We are inordinately proud of the fact that we cannot list a string of reported cases and that, in many instances, our involvement in disputes is known only to our clients and not even to their fellow partners. Equally that approach does not signal a reluctance to litigate where the need arises.

We have advised clients based in various jurisdictions, including the Channel Islands, Hong Kong, Ireland, Germany, Gibraltar and Africa, where English partnership law is applied or where the local partnership law adopts the English model.


Roderick I’Anson Banks

Simon Jelf

Practice manager:

Tyroon Win

020 7430 2005

Partnership Counsel, 9 King’s Bench Walk, Temple, London EC4Y 7DX


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