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Leading Silks

Philip Jones KCSerle Court 'Clear-thinking, practical, adaptable.'
John Machell KCSerle Court 'He is a master of the law in the area, super clear in how he explains it, sensible and pragmatic and great with clients.'
Alan Steinfeld KCXXIV Old Buildings 'Simply one of the best.'
Jonathan Cohen KCLittleton Chambers 'Jonathan is a fierce and fearless advocate. He reads the court well and adapts his style accordingly.'
Gavin Mansfield KCLittleton Chambers ‘Turning up to court with Gavin is like turning up with a Porsche. He is first rate.’
David Reade KCLittleton Chambers 'Creative, responsive and a great lateral thinker. Always willing to push the boundaries.'
Elspeth Talbot Rice KCXXIV Old Buildings 'Elspeth a superb allrounder. Very strong advocate, excellent with clients and cuts through complexity to get to the core and then consider a commercial and practical approach.'
Jonathan Adkin KCSerle Court 'Jonathan has has an uncanny ability to distil and apply complicated legal principles to the detailed facts of a particular case.'
David Blayney KCSerle Court 'David is an outstanding practitioner in this area, a superb advocate, technically quite brilliant, and enormous fun to work with.'
David Mumford KC - Maitland Chambers  ‘Excellent all-rounder. Quality advocate with a persuasive manner and well marshalled arguments.’
Mohinderpal Sethi KC - Littleton Chambers 'Excellent advice technically, commercially pragmatic, puts the client at ease.'
Andrew Thompson KCErskine Chambers 'Real team player and prepared to get into the detail.'

Leading Juniors

Jeremy CallmanTen Old Square 'Tenacious, extremely knowledgeable, immersed in partnership/LLP law and extremely user friendly.'
Jennifer HaywoodSerle Court 'Jennifer is fantastic in this field. She knows the law inside out and is also incredibly tactically astute.'
Roderick I’Anson BanksPartnership Counsel 'Roderick is often instructed directly by law firms on partnership disputes - solicitors use him for their most technical partnership cases.'
Simon JelfPartnership Counsel 'Focussed, expert and hugely experienced in partnership and LLP matters. A go-to adviser in this area.'
James Bickford SmithLittleton Chambers 'Extraordinarily hard working and clearly enthused by esoteric analysis of LLP law and agreements.'
Tom Braithwaite  – Serle Court ‘Tom provides astute, clear and practical advice to help the clients navigate a complex and delicate situation.’
Jonathan GavaghanTen Old Square 'Given the tendency for partnership matters to be arbitrated, Jonathan's dual specialisms of partnership law and being a qualified arbitrator are particularly helpful.'
Ciaran KellerEssex Court Chambers 'Ciaran is a superstar. He cuts to the heart of the case and provides clear, precise advise.'
James MatherSerle Court 'First and immediate port of call for partnership. Has real intellectual firepower, quick elegant thinking.'
Gideon RosemanTen Old Square 'Gideon is a very bright barrister who always thinks outside of the box in order to put his clients in the best possible position in any litigation.'
Naomi WinstonTen Old Square 'Naomi is exceptionally bright and hard working; and a genuine expert on partnership and limited liability partnership law.'
Helen GalleyXXIV Old Buildings 'Commercial and sensible counsel. Specialist in difficult and technical areas and great bedside manner. Fearless in court and calm and persuasive manner.'
Alec McCluskeyMaitland Chambers ‘Alec is very quick to grasp the principal issues and able to analyse situations swiftly.’
Hugh MiallXXIV Old Buildings 'He is a pretty complete package: very strong on the law; an excellent live advocate and very strong on paper.'

Partnership in London Bar

Partnership Counsel

Partnership Counsel‘s titular area of expertise is the sole focus of chambers founder Roderick I’Anson Banks and fellow leading junior Simon Jelf. The pair cover the range of partnership issues, from strategic advice and planning, and representation in disputes, litigation and mediations, to document drafting and the review and updating of existing partnership arrangements. I’Anson Banks’s recent caseload has included Ley v Francis, advising a father, mother and son in dispute with their daughter and her husband concerning the dissolution of a partnership involved in the supply of reproduction and antique picture frames and furniture leading cases regarding sale of partnership shares. Simon Jelf has also acted in recent leading familial disputes, as well as cases regarding GP partnerships and in conflicts arising from the pandemic.

Serle Court

Outstanding from top to bottom‘, Serle Court remains constantly involved in the full spectrum of leading cases in partnership law. Philip Jones KC was lead counsel in several high profile cases at the High Court, while fellow leading silk John Machell KC has had a number of cases borne from the #metoo movement, as well as Grupo Mexico v Pearse Trust International Limited, which had an appeal to the Supreme Court withdrawn in 2021. Jennifer Haywood was again regularly instructed in leading arbitrations and disputes, a key crossover area for chambers.

Testimonials

Set

‘They do have an excellent depth of bench of partnership and LLP lawyers.’

‘Serle Court has incredible strength in depth at all levels.’

‘Very dependable. Real strength in depth.’

‘Outstanding from top to bottom.’

‘Serle Court is an absolutely first rate set.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are very organised and easy and straightforward to deal with.’

‘Excellent, very efficient clerking.’

‘Nick Hockney and Steve Whitaker have always done a great job at leasing the clerks room. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Nick Hockney and Dan Wheeler in particular are always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Great service – always find the best person for the job.’

Ten Old Square

The experienced junior counsel at Ten Old Square are sought after for the range of matters in the area and barristers’ caseloads cover an array of sectors. The field of private equity and hedge funds has been an increasingly contentious market, providing a steady flow of work for the ‘tenaciousGideon Roseman. The very highly regarded senior junior Jeremy Callman has continued to be instructed on high-profile, sensitive disputes, but members are also regularly assist in drafting and amending LLP and partnership agreements, as well as other non-contentious documents.

Testimonials

Set

‘The set is one of the preeminent sets for partnership expertise.’

‘Ten Old Square have considerable strength in depth in the partnership and LLP field.’

‘Excellent strength in depth – from top to bottom they know their subject.’

‘Ten Old Square has the largest number of junior counsel who might properly be regarded as experts in partnership and limited liability partnership law.’

‘ Ten Old Square are very good in partnership law.’

Clerking

‘The two senior clerks, Keith Plowman and Marc Schofield, are very responsive, very helpful and always willing to assist.’

‘They’re all very efficient and good at getting back to you.’

‘Excellent clerking.’

‘Always happy to help and highly responsive.’

‘The clerks, led by Marc Schofield and Keith Plowman, are courteous and efficient and respond immediately to enquiries.’

Littleton Chambers

Littleton Chambers has developed a strong partnership offering that has evolved from a focus on the space between partnership and discrimination law into more pure partnership law, fielding ‘a number of creative, highly intelligent and effective barristers‘. Members have expertise in a variety of areas; David Reade KC is a trusted adviser for major international law firms when managing their partnerships, while Gavin Mansfield KC‘s recent workload has included multi-party partnership arbitrations. Head of the set’s partnership group James Bickford Smith has standout expertise acting for individual LLP members in high-stakes exit disputes.

Testimonials

Set

‘Superb set, a go-to chambers for matters with a partnership and employment law overlap.’

‘Immensely strong set of chambers.’

‘Go-to set for matters that require employment and partnership expertise and an ability to litigate across a variety of forums.’

‘They have a number of creative, highly intelligent and effective barristers who are at the top of their game in the chosen specialisms.’

‘Utterly fearless, technically superb, deeply strategic.’

Clerking

‘Clerks are very responsive and helpful.’

‘First rate clerks giving a top level service.’

‘Dan Woodbridge is particularly helpful.’

‘Excellent – Liz Dux and Jason Drakeford are superb.’

‘The clerks are always very helpful and very honest about capacity.’

Maitland Chambers

As one of the leading Chancery sets, Maitland Chambers barristers are involved in various aspects of matters involving partnerships. At silk level, David Mumford KC has advised on a number of partnership disputes, both in arbitration and litigation, while junior Alec McCluskey has particular expertise in dealing with partnership issues arising out of international structures employed by hedge funds, private equity funds and other investment vehicles.

Testimonials

Set

‘Maitland is a leading Chancery set and has high quality profession and support staff.’

‘A large set with a wide variety of specialisations.’

‘A go-to commercial set.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are helpful and responsive.’

‘Well clerked set of chambers.’

‘The clerks are responsive.’

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings‘ general Chancery prowess leads it to have a solid standing in partnership law, fielding ‘lots of seasoned practitioners‘. Both Elspeth Talbot Rice KC and Alan Steinfeld KC are seasoned counsel in various types of disputes involving partnerships, a recent highlight seeing them both leading Hugh Miall at different stages acting for 50 separate former partner claimants against Medivet.

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent leading set with strength in many areas.’

‘XXIV is very strong on partnership – lots of seasoned practitioners.’

‘Strong Chancery chambers and therefore expert in partnership matters.’

Clerking

‘Excellent,’

‘Very good – easy going and commercial.’

‘Easy to deal with – commercial and charming.’