Firms To Watch: Partnership

Memery Crystal (part of RBG Legal Services)‘s partnership work is led from its employment practice where Michelle Chance advises on a broad range of contentious partnership and LLP issues. These include team moves, partner exits and acquisitions of partnerships in addition to the gamut of related employment disputes.

Partnership in London

Addleshaw Goddard

At Addleshaw Goddard, the well-known William Wastie heads a substantial and highly focused team of partners and experienced associates; clients cannot speak highly enough of its client handling skills and ‘unique strength‘. National and international clients are offered a comprehensive range of expertise in the legal and accountancy professions in addition to real estate and financial services industries. Wastie’s long experience spans large international mergers, strategic development, internal governance issues and complex partnership and LLP disputes. He also handles high-profile disciplinary investigations by regulators such as the SRA and FCA. Astor Crawshaw is also experienced in mergers and acquisitions and international structuring, including network/Verein structures. Jon Cheney has a focus on the financial services industry; he advises funds managers, private equity houses and wealth managers on the structuring, governance and internal arrangements of their businesses. Managing associate Jonathan Cakebread is another key name. The firm is developing complementary practices; litigation funding advisory and as a consequence of Brexit, is taking a leading role on the recognition of international practitioners’ qualifications.

Practice head(s):

William Wastie

Other key lawyers:

Aster Crawshaw; Jon Cheney; Jonathan Cakebread


‘Very approachable and pragmatic team, which exudes a calm confidence to put clients at ease. They know their stuff too – clearly experienced in partnership transactions and with a plain English approach, which appears to elude some other city firms.’

‘Jonathan Cakebread and Jon Cheney make a great team and are individually well suited to transactional work. Both are calm and cool under pressure, know their stuff and have a comforting bedside manner.’

‘Unique strength in breadth and depth. True experts in their field with a very good sized team which ensures responsiveness and an ability to deploy larger teams where matters need urgent attention.’

Well connected with good knowledge of the wider commercial trends relevant to the sector.’

‘William Wastie, Partner – an elder statesman of partnership and LLP law; always accessible; really cares for clients and brings a depth of knowledge to the matters on which he advises.’

‘knowledgeable, highly pragmatic and great at taking a view’

‘Aster Crawshaw – all the qualities above very good at managing the different personalities and constituents.’

Michael leftley – takes robust views, expresses them clearly and then stands behind them – a very reassuring presence. sees through the noise to get to the heart of the issue.’

Work highlights

    CM Murray LLP

    The mostly female team at CM Murray LLP is lauded for its ‘entrepreneurial’ approach, which has been engendered by its well-known managing partner, Clare Murray ; ‘the deserving star of the practice‘ who ‘is fizzing with ideas’ Sarah Chilton, who is a member of the APP Management Committee and Zulon Begum (advises on non-contentious partnership and corporate law) are the practice co-heads. The team of 18 specialist lawyers provide end to end expertise across contentious, advisory, and international structuring of partnerships and LLPs. In addition to law and accountancy firms, it advises private equity, hedge fund and other financial services providers on areas including non-competition, complex carried interest and forfeiture provisions regarding partner exits. The team also advises on related investigations and workplace cases such as alleged partner misconduct, sexual harassments and breach of fiduciary duties. Partnership and employment law disputes specialist, Emma Bartlett joined the team in January 2021 from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and Andrew Pavlovic covers professional discipline and partnership regulations. Other key partners include David Fisher, Beth Hale and ‘master tacticianMerrill April all of whom are across the gamut of partnership issues. Clients also report that the firm is at the forefront of thought leadership and regularly provides webinar updates. The team has been further enhanced since ‘standout‘ partner Corinne Staves  joined from Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Sarah Chilton; Zulon Begum

    Other key lawyers:

    Clare Murray; Corinne Staves; Emma Bartlett; Andrew Pavlovic; Merrill April; David Fisher; Beth Hale


    ‘This entrepreneurial, majority female partnership are leaders and thought leaders in partnership law and practice. As an employment and partnership boutique, CM Murray LLP is uniquely placed to focus on the issues relevant to partnerships, their people and their clients.’

    Zulon Begum is knowledgeable, pragmatic and commercial. Best of all, she is unflappable!’

    ‘As a partner team they share a passion for partnership law and (seemingly endless) positive energy.’

    ‘New partner Andrew Pavlovic’s specialism in SRA regulation and professional firm disciplinary matters places him at the heart of the thorny issues facing many professional firms.’

    ‘Clare Murray – the deserving star of the practice. Extremely hard working, thoroughly thoughtful, a pleasure to work with, and the authority on partnership law. Merrill April – thoughtful, considerate professional. A master tactician, she is calm, cool and collected. And for these reasons she’s a real force to contend with. Louise O’Connor – industrious, extremely bright, emotionally intelligent and strategic in her advice. She’s a rising star and no doubt a huge hit with CM Murray’s clients.’

    As associate, Louise O’Connor was highly collaborative and I felt listened to throughout our time working together. She clearly has a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience beyond her PQE, and what impressed me the most was how she was able to deploy that knowledge in a practical way that was highly tailored to the strategic approach for my matter.’

    ‘A really top flight firm. Rightly at the top of the rankings. Superbly responsive, expert and effective. Brilliant with clients. An outstanding firm, especially so in representing individuals. Outstanding leadership and a really good team spirit.’

    David Jones is an efficient and very capable associate.

    Key clients

    Taylor Vinters LLP

    Cathryn James and Francesca West (James & West Law LLP)

    Philip Parr

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Taylor Vinters LLP in relation to its combination with Mishcon de Reya LLP, which created MDR Taylor Vinters, a new separate business within the combined group that offers legal and consultancy services to innovators and entrepreneurs.  
    • Advised on the establishment of specialist whistleblowing and discrimination law firm James & West Law LLP on a pro bono basis.
    • Represented Philip Parr in the Court of Appeal in December 2021 in Parr v Moore Stephens LLP & Others in respect of partner age discrimination claims arising from the application of a mandatory retirement age of 60 and associated de-equitisation. An appeal request is pending with the Supreme Court.

    Farrer & Co

    With a deservedly excellent reputation‘ the Farrer & Co team covers the gamut of partnership matters from transactional and contentious cases to related investigatory work. Practice head Jonathan Haley  ‘is a superb corporate lawyer’ who is lauded for the depth of his partnership expertise. A team that includes Anna Birtwistle , Kathleen Heycock  and Eleanor Rowswell  advise clients ranging from individuals/UHNWIs and law firms to asset managers, FCA-regulated businesses, family offices and accountants. In addition to departures and team moves, it can also handle broader restructurings and mergers. The group assists a wide range of financial institutions including AIFMDs and funds, an area of focus for FCA regulatory expert Andy Peterkin

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Haley

    Other key lawyers:

    Anna Birtwistle; Kathleen Heycock; Eleanor Rowswell; Andy Peterkin


    ‘Jonathan Haley is a true expert in his field. He is the person you want on your team if you are planning a large institutional change or transaction.’

    Jon Haley is a superb corporate lawyer with huge experience and ability in the field of LLPs. Well able to command respect and serves his client needs extremely well.’

    ‘Anna Birtwistle is a highly effective and knowledgeable lawyer who is excellent with clients.’

    ‘Eleanor Rowswell is extremely capable and effective lawyer.’

    ‘They are incredibly knowledgeable about all matters partnership. Their particular strength is the cross-overs they are able to provide so that, in addition to being able to help clients with their partnership transactions or disputes, they can also advise in relation to a host of related areas such as data protection, tax and regulatory issues. They also work closely with the firm’s private client department to assist the firm’s landed estate clients with their farming partnerships.’

    ‘Pro active and responsive. Give good practical advice and they try to be positive and helpful. Have a wealth of experience which they can draw on.’

    ‘First class knowledge of their specialised field, succinct advice, not just a recital of facts.’

    ‘Farrers have a very effective and experienced employment team which work well in the field of partnerships too. In addition their corporate team has outstanding ability in the field of LLPs. A very established and ‘hall marked’ firm with a deservedly excellent reputation.’

    Key clients

    Consilia Wealth Management LLP

    A UK Top 30 law firm

    Somerset Capital Management LLP

    A large, landed estate farming partnership

    Partners of Beowulf Rewilding

    HNC Investment LLP

    Founding Partners of Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya (a new international law firm)

    Trustees of very significant central London landed estate

    Family office partnership

    Founding partner of a hedge fund

    Work highlights

    • Instructed to act on the establishment of a prestigious new family office partnership following the sale of the family’s primary London business and property assets for a value anticipated to be in excess of £80m.
    • Acted for Consilia Wealth Management LLP on its merger with Saltus Private Wealth Management. This is one of a large number of transactions the team has advised on in the sector this year and is typical of our work for FCA-regulated LLPs and Partnerships.
    • Continues to advise Somerset Capital LLP, a boutique asset manager with over £5 billion in assets under management, on both constitutional and restructuring arrangements following its well-publicised purchase of the £82 million Asia Income Strategy fund from Liontrust Asset Management PLC in late 2020.

    Fox Williams LLP

    Fox Williams LLP has an established history in assisting foreign law firms to establish partnerships in London and acts on many of the high-profile mergers of international and UK law firms. With a wealth of experience, practice head, Daniel Sutherland undertakes the full range of partnership cases with especial experience in advising large US law firms in addition to advising clients in the financial and other services sectors on domestic and international structuring and related regulatory advice. Likewise, Aron Pope , Douglas Preece and Gavin Foggo  provide extensive advisory and contentious experience in these areas. Tina Williams has left the practice to join McCarthy Denning.

    Practice head(s):

    Daniel Sutherland

    Other key lawyers:

    Aron Pope; Douglas Preece; Gavin Foggo; Joanna Chatterton; Edward Livingstone


    ‘Aron Pope, Edward Livingstone and Daniel Sutherland are an exceptional team. The team are second to none on their legal knowledge and also on planning their individual strategy to assist clients. I love their clarity of billing processes and the way they manage expectations and their initial case planning. I felt completely assured and enlightened from the outset of my matter and the way remote meetings were managed was great. There was no face to face contact due to the pandemic but this in no way impacted on the delivery of a ‘gold star service’.’

    ‘We used FW for incorporation of a traditional partnership. We have found the team to be very knowledgeable as to partnership matters and specifically for law firms. I am not aware of any other firms with the same depth of experience as to both the law and our particular industry.’

    ‘Doug Preece has ‘a good bedside manner’ and is an extremely safe pair of hands.’

    ‘Extraordinary specialist and market knowledge in the professional services and commercial agreement industries.’

    ‘Very responsive and practical. Their specialist knowledge in areas such as commercial law, travel agencies and professional services put them in the forefront of the market in those areas.’

    ‘The team has in-depth knowledge and expertise both of partnership disputes and more general commercial/fraud disputes, in contrast to many partnership specialists who specialise in employment.’

    ‘A truly outstanding team. Top choice for partnership and LLP disputes. Very experienced. Excellent on litigation tactics and achieving a result for clients. An all round top notch team.’

    ‘Gavin Foggo is simply the very best partnership/LLP litigator in the market. He gets it right. His judgment is impeccable. He handles clients brilliantly and he knows the law inside out. A pleasure to work with.’

    Key clients

    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

    IBB Law LLP

    Asafo and Co.

    King & Wood Mallesons

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C.

    Reed Smith LLP

    BDB Pitmans LLP

    FTI Consulting

    Holland & Knight

    Work highlights

    • Advised on one of the largest team moves of the year of a leading competition litigation practice in the UK.
    • Advising on UK regulatory issues of the international structure of the largest acquisition in the professional services sector in 2021.
    • Secured an eight figure settlement for a law firm partner alleging age discrimination.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

    The ‘stand out‘ team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP serves a loyal client base of some of the ‘big 4’ accountancy firms and a range of professional services firms, including law firms, hedge funds and private equity houses. The team is led by Malcolm Lombers and Alan Watts who focus on non-contentious and disputes matters respectively. The group can bring together disputes, corporate, employment, regulatory and tax specialists from across the firm to provide a tailored service and is also notable for its ability to handle matters with cross-border elements. Its comprehensive expertise ranges from partnership structures, mergers, combinations, and disposals to LLP amendments, partner retirement arrangements and distribution of sale proceeds.  Tim Leaver and newly made up partner Nick Wright  are both notable for their blend of partnership and work place laws such as discrimination; Andrew Taggart, who is the UK head of employment, straddles both areas. Isaac Zailer‘s expertise is in the planning and structuring of taxation for LLPs in both the UK and internationally.

    Practice head(s):

    Malcolm Lombers; Alan Watts

    Other key lawyers:

    Tim Leaver; Andrew Taggart; Nick Wright; Isaac Zailer


    ‘Alongside other firms, we have worked with HSF as our external advisors for many years. We have never failed to be impressed by the quality of the individuals on their teams, regardless of level of experience. Their commerciality and pragmatic advice and ability to present all the options and guide us on these is something we value a lot. Understanding our business is key and this is something the team at HSF do very well

    They are able to gear up or gear down and find cost effective ways of delivering, particularly on bespoke projects.’

    ‘Stand out Partners for us are Tim Leaver in London and Emma Rhosler in Paris, together with Nick Wright who has been promoted to Partner in their recent round of promotions.’

    Key clients

    Willis Towers Watson


    The Ardonagh Group

    Tetra Tech

    Work highlights

    • Advised Big 4 professional services firm KPMG on the carve out, stand up and disposal of its UK restructuring and insolvency advisory business to private equity investor HIG.
    • Advised Hamilton Investment Bidco Limited, a subsidiary of the Ardonagh Group on the acquisition of the trade and assets of Hemsley Wynne Furlonge LLP (HWF), a specialist M&A insurance broker. At completion of the deal, the purchasing company was renamed Hemsley Wynne Furlonge Partners Limited and operates as a joint venture, held jointly by Ardonagh and the original partners of HWF.
    • Advising an international professional services firm on navigating its response to, and the successful resolution of, an incident in which a partner of our client firm was alleged to have behaved inappropriately toward a client of the firm.

    Fox & Partners

    Fox & Partners is hailed for ‘ bursting with talented individuals‘. The practice predominantly assists partnerships and individuals in the legal profession in addition to clients in the accountancy, insurance and financial services sectors. Catriona Watt  advises on the full range of advisory and contentious cases including departures and arrivals, partner rights and entitlements and negotiating terms of exit for both firms and LLP members. Caroline Field is an experienced litigator who handles some of the most contentious and often novel cases; where necessary in the Employment Tribunal, High Court, and other dispute resolution forums. The team however aims to negotiate cases in order to preserve reputations. Dean Fuller undertakes advisory and disputes work in conjunction with related regulatory and corporate law while Ivor Adair also advises on acrimonious exits; the enforceability of post-termination covenants and potential claims under the equality act legislation and where partnership cases are entangled with issues such as alleged discrimination or harassment. Associates Shiv Raja (‘one to watch in the future‘) and Eleanor Diamond are highlighted and Ronnie Fox  continues with the firm as a consultant. Senior associate Shoshana Bacall  is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Catriona Watt; Caroline Field

    Other key lawyers:

    Ronnie Fox; Dean Fuller; Ivor Adair; Shiv Raja; Eleanor Diamond


    ‘This is the best boutique firm in the City bar none.

    ‘Caroline Field is far more than an excellent lawyer – she is a fount of emotional insight and tactical wisdom. She saved my bacon. Catriona Watt is definitely the person to go to if you are a professional or a professional firm dealing with a dificult exit. Shiv Raja has what it takes to be one of the greats in employment law – but he will do it without ostentation.’

    ‘Specialist firm to have acting on your partnership issues and litigation The rival to CM Murray’

    ‘A formidable female leadership. Nimble and strategic.’

    ‘A small boutique firm, bursting with talented individuals who offer a fantastic service for clients for partnership matters.’

    My main contact at the firm throughout the engagement was Dean Fuller. The service I received from Dean was excellent – he was very responsive and very thorough. I had a high degree of confidence in him throughout the process.’

    Also worthy of mention is Eleanor Diamond who is always en pointe and very thorough.

    ‘The firm has strength and depth in the team that it presents. They can gear up and muster a diverse team quickly to deal with complex issues. They are transparent, speak in plain English, and are commercially focused. They will happily tell you when it might make sense to consider a settlement, rather than continue to incur legal costs and embark on litigation – which is refreshing advice.’


    Hempsons needs little introduction with regard to its expertise in the healthcare sectors; this expertise includes advising GP practices and health care trusts and devising and assisting on implementation of new models of primary care; a considerable amount of its work has involved advising primary care networks. It assists GP practices on compliance with Care Quality Commission requirements, practice succession arrangements, the transfer of employees on mergers and the formation of super-partnerships as well as governance and other regulatory issues. The ‘pragmatic yet brilliantRoss Clark and ‘first rateJustin Cumberlege  head the practice. Lisa Davison also advises on high value primary care development schemes with NHS and third-party funding agreements and regularly advises GPs and PCNs in relocating to new premises. 

    Practice head(s):

    Ross Clark; Justin Cumberlege

    Other key lawyers:

    Lisa Davison


    ‘Healthcare sector specific –  in depth knowledge with one stop range of expertise and specialisms.’

    ‘Ross Clark. Extremely engaging, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Really respectful and thoroughly decent. He has a good team around him who work very well – from my side he’s developed a good culture and leads a happy and very hard-working team. He has a happy knack of being able to distil and simplify very complex issues within healthcare.’

    ‘The team at Hempsons essentially did ‘what it said on the tin’! They communicated well throughout the team so I could speak to anyone any time rather than waiting for a particular person to be in. I was introduced to the team properly. Billing was clear, fair and done regularly. The advice I received was sensible, measured and calming. When we needed to collaborate with other legal firms who also represented me, Hempsons were inclusive and proactive, definitely ‘going the extra mile’.’

    Key clients

    Primary Care Sheffield Ltd

    Primary Care Manchester Ltd

    NHS East Lancashire CCG

    Cambs GP Network Limited

    Islington GP Group Limited

    Kingston General Practice Chambers Ltd

    Primary Care Sheffield Ltd

    Primary Care Manchester Ltd

    East Kent GP Confederation Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Advised the Primary Care Premises Forum (PCPF), Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants (AISMA) and Best Practice on the introduction of Integrated Care Systems led by Integrated Care Boards which will fundamentally alter the way in which primary care services are commissioned and delivered.
    • Advised Primary Care Sheffield (PCS) in connection with PCS providing a range of support and assistance to its 15 Primary Care Networks as well as developing a joint venture for the delivery of a range of Apps to support its member practices.
    • Advised NHS East Lancashire CCG on the incorporation of GP practices; advised NHS East Lancashire CCG on six applications for incorporation this year.

    Kingsley Napley LLP

    Kingsley Napley LLP acts for a range of professional services firms – especially LLPs, and individual partners; notably lawyers and accountants, as well as those in the financial services sector (including private equity, asset management and hedge funds). The team is also well noted for its experience in dealing with various regulatory bodies; Iain Miller  routinely advises regulated partnerships, particularly global law firms on SRA regulations and investigations. Adrian Crawford  has wide experience of all areas of contentious partnership law including High Court litigation and arbitrations. The team also advises on related discrimination and whistleblowing claims and contentious team moves. Corinne Aldridge  inspires ‘absolute confidence‘ in her handling of both contentious and non-contentious cases involving areas such as team moves, post termination restrictions and discrimination. Nick Ralph is also noted for his ability to advise on a range of workplace disputes in the context of partnership law while Jessica Clay, who was made a partner in May 2022 continues to build her burgeoning partnership practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Adrian Crawford; Iain Miller

    Other key lawyers:

    Corinne Aldridge; Richard Fox; Nick Ralph; Jessica Clay; Nikola Southern


    ‘Nick Ralph – responsive, empathetic given a challenging situation, explained his advice based on options, responded quickly to email questions, mostly stuck to timelines promised.’

    I have referred many colleagues and friends to Corrine over more than a decade for a wide variety of matters, and the feedback has been stellar in every instance. She is truly committed to putting her clients’ interests first, and is extraordinarily deft at balancing empathy for the client and their circumstances with realism about the cost/benefit of their potential claims. I have absolute confidence in Corinne’s advice and she is always my first call and number one recommendation for handling employment claims.

    ‘Nikola Southern was amazing. She understood the issues quickly, gave clear advice which was practical and easy to understand. I felt very much that I was in the best pair of hands for the unpleasant situation I was in. I felt that the support and empathy Niki had helped me was very much appreciated.’

    ‘They are knowledgeable about both the law regarding the regulation of solicitors and the practice of the SRA – clearly very experienced in their dealings with the regulator (including individuals who have worked there). They worked extremely well with Counsel when instructed. Displayed a sensible approach to billing and above all showed they had my interests at heart and gave considerable reassurance about the strength of my case.’

    ‘Iain Miller was superb and ably supported by Jessica Clay (now a partner).’

    ‘The team has exceptional lawyers at every level and they all show total commitment to their clients, always going above and beyond for them. It is a truly collaborative experience when working with them and, together with their personable style, this makes it a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience to work with them. They are my number one choice when asked to recommend solicitors.’

    ‘Melinka Berridge is in a league of her own. Not only does she have a first-class legal mind but she is a brilliant strategist and is hardworking and totally committed to the best outcome for her clients. She is also an absolute joy to work with – bringing a unique and positive energy to even the most taxing of situations. , Hannah Eales is also an absolutely brilliant lawyer and strategist. She is completely dependable, sensible and thorough and has a calm approach to matters, which is a huge asset when working alongside her in difficult situations. She is totally committed to her clients.

    Julie Matheson is exceptional in the area of professional discipline. As with all t he KN partners I have dealt with, she is an excellent lawyer and strategist and is 100% committed to her clients and achieving the best result for them. She is also an absolute joy to work with.’

    Work highlights

      Lewis Silkin

      With the ‘perfect blend of serious partnership law knowledge and immense practicalityLewis Silkin is lauded for its long experience of handling the gamut of employment/workplace issues together with partnership, broader professional services and related corporate work. Its core clients are from the legal and accountancy sectors but other are from the financial services sector. Clive Greenwood (‘one of the very best in the field’) has a track record of dealing with high-value LLP and partnership disputes for businesses and HNWs where expulsions, compulsory retirements and team moves are concerned. Co-team head, Fergus Payne specialises in non-contentious LLP and partnership work including constitutional arrangements, LLP conversions, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. This substantial team includes Karen Baxter (head of the investigations and regulatory team); the ‘hugely experiencedMichael Burd and ‘star‘ managing associate Frances Simm who is developing a growing reputation for her partnership/LLP expertise.

      Practice head(s):

      Clive Greenwood; Fergus Payne

      Other key lawyers:

      Karen Baxter; Michael Burd; Shalina Crossley; Frances Simm; Chris Hallinan


      ‘Michael Burd – huge experience of dealing with employment law matters involving business leaders and with the gravitas to give focused, commercial advice.’

      ‘I can always rely on Fergus Payne to understand that issue at hand and steer us towards the best solution.’

      ‘Clive Greenwood is one of the very best in the field. His knowledge of the law is second to none. He is fantastic with clients and works extremely hard to achieve client goals. An enormous pleasure to work with.’

      ‘Fergus Payne is a very knowledgeable and capable non-contentious lawyer.’

      Frances Simm is one of the very best associates in the market. Already hugely experienced, efficient and brilliant with clients. A star!’

      ‘Shalina Crossley is great to work with. Excellent with clients. Toni Lorenzo is a ball of energy and fights for his clients brilliantly. Karen Baxter is excellent too.’

      ‘Lewis Silkin’s partnership team have the perfect blend of serious partnership law knowledge and immense practicality. This means they are able to steer clients through difficult situations towards the best possible outcome.’

      ‘The partnership team at Lewis Silkin is exceptionally able and experienced. They build on the firm’s expertise in employment matters but bring real specialism to disputes relating to partnerships and LLPs.’

      Key clients

      Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

      Haysmacintyre LLP

      Blick Rothenberg

      Gerald Eve

      Hickman & Rose

      Irwin Mitchell

      United Agents LLP

      CWM Retail Property Advisors LLP

      Work highlights

      • Advising a law firm on sex and disability discrimination allegations made by a partner following criticisms relating to their performance.
      • Advising a US-headquartered firm on a dispute with a partner alleging sex discrimination following maternity leave.
      • Advising a law firm on handling allegations against a partner, including scoping an investigation and responding to the conclusions.

      Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP

      Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP‘s practice is home to well regarded senior associate Rebecca Waterhouse and associate Emilly Chalk. The team handles contentious and non-contentious partnership/LLP matters for international and UK professional services firms, especially law firms. Work includes structuring, governance and SRA authorisations while it also advises on partner moves and related disputes. Team head Corrine Staves has left the firm to join CM Murray LLP.

      Other key lawyers:

      Rupert Ticehurst; Rebecca Waterhouse; Emilly Chalk


      ‘The team are excellent with some top professional practices partnership lawyers. Brimming with experience.’

      Rupert Ticehurst is a good litigator.’

      ‘Emilly Chalk is an impressively capable associate.’

      ‘MTG have worked with us for many years and have great insight and experience in an area where there is very little in the public domain to benchmark against. Always willing to listen and offer pragmatic and honest advice.’

      Work highlights

        Mishcon de Reya LLP

        Mishcon de Reya LLP  is considered ‘a formidable firm‘ that combines strong dispute resolution/litigation skills with in-depth expertise in partnership and workplace disputes. It has acted on many of the landmark cases for both partnerships and individuals, particularly in the financial and accountancy sectors. It also offers clients a range of tech tools such as the litigation support hub and transaction support hub.  ‘Strategic mastermind’ Daniel Naftalin heads up the employments team which includes partnership experts such as Joanna Blackburn , who has established precedents in a number of ground-breaking Supreme Court cases using her expertise in the LLP and partnerships field. ‘Superstar’ Jennifer Millins  has specialist knowledge of complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims and has vast experience representing both LLPs and partners in Employment Tribunals and Appeal Courts. Greg Campbell  utilises his 20 years’ experience in employment law when advising senior executives on major disciplinary investigations or regulators such as the FCA.

        Practice head(s):

        Daniel Naftalin

        Other key lawyers:

        Joanna Blackburn; Jennifer Millins; Sharon Tan; Naaman Butt; Emily Knight; Rhiannon Bail


        ‘A formidable firm, with unrivalled abilities in this area of law. They have strength at every level of seniority and know the law back to front. They are also fearless representatives and very creative thinkers. They are a pleasure to work with.’

        ‘Jennifer Millins – A superstar who goes the extra mile for her clients and brings a wealth of experience to every case she deals with.’

        Naaman Butt – A rising star, who has an excellent handle on the detail of all his cases. And ‘Morgan Reardon – A rising star, very hard working, with brilliant judgment.

        ‘Mishcon has a truly outstanding practice – always at the forefront of innovative cases, and who will fight to the end, this combined with excellent legal skills and tactical nous is highly deserved.’

        ‘Sharon Tan is, in my view, the leading employment lawyer in the marketplace, who knows how to bring all of those skills to handling partnership disputes.’

        Daniel Naftalin is a strategic mastermind.’

        In terms of associates, Rhiannon Bail should be singled out as one to watch – skilled, measured and influential’

        ‘I would mention in particular Jennifer Millins, Susannah Kintish, Joanna Blackburn and Daniel Naftalin; they are all top of their game. As noted, they have strong disputes and employment expertise in the High Court, ET and in arbitration which has them on the front foot in partnership disputes. They are very used to advising senior individuals and firms which gives a well rounded and relevant approach.’

        Work highlights

          Weightmans LLP

          Weightmans LLP advises a range of professionals, especially in the legal, medical/health and accountancy fields, on partnership disputes and transactional matters. It also routinely assists clients on restructurings. The team advises on the incorporation of new LLP vehicles; restructuring and insolvency issues and risk and compliance audits. Team head, Andrew Cromby is highlighted by clients for his partnership and litigation skills combined with being ‘brilliant with clients‘ and Edwina Farrell specialises in medical partnerships. Richard Corran and Michelle Garlick (both based in Manchester) are key partners in a national team that includes specialists in Liverpool.

          Practice head(s):

          Andrew Cromby

          Other key lawyers:

          Richard Corran; Michelle Garlick; Edwina Farrell


          ‘As Weightmans are HQ’s in the North of England, they offer a very different proposition to London centric firms, and their billing approach reflects that.’

          ‘I have worked with the wider teams, including Andrew Cromby (partnerships) Richard Bate and William Sharpe. All are excellent and the knowledge Andrew has of partnerships is second to none.’

          ‘Very focused partnership expertise, especially in disputes but also in non-contentious partnership too. very knowledgeable.’

          ‘Andrew Cromby who leads the team and is now head of the London office is a terrific partnership disputes lawyer. I would instruct him if I had a partnership problem’

          ‘Wholly dedicated to helping clients achieve what is best for them, with whatever flexibility that may require, not on point scoring or with a view to billing targets.’

          ‘Andrew Cromby makes every client feel valued and at ease, which is not easy given the very personal nature of many partnership disputes. He is equally adept at being forceful with the other side when he needs to, but at working with them to find solutions where that is possible. He is very ably assisted by Benjamin Turner.’

          ‘Andrew Cromby is a very able litigator. He has a real specialism in partnership and LLPs acting in particular acting for partners in professional services firms, or the firms themselves. He is very bright, brilliant with clients, skilled at the area of law and has a very strong focus on obtaining a commercially sensible outcome for his clients.’


          Work highlights

            Winckworth Sherwood LLP

            Winckworth Sherwood LLP counts law and accountancy firms, private equity, real estate and investment funds among its clients. It also has a specialism in advising real estate investor and developer LLPs where these are vehicles for holding property or establishing joint ventures. It advises partnerships, especially individual partners on a range of discrimination issues involving forced retirement, and  investigations. ‘Star‘ performer Jo Keddie is widely recognised for her skillful handling of both transactional and contentious cases; she represents clients in the High Court, Employment Tribunals and in arbitrations and mediations. Bettina Bender is also noted for her broad experience while senior associate Danielle Crawford‘s focus is on employment issues arising within partnerships.

            Practice head(s):

            Jo Keddie

            Other key lawyers:

            Bettina Bender; Danielle Crawford; Harriet Calver


            ‘Winckworth Sherwood have a very high quality and energetic team, in particular acting for senior partners and partnerships’

            ‘Jo Keddie is a star in this area, with very good knowledge and a superb commercial sense.’

            ‘In my view, Winckworth Sherwood has the leading employment team in the City, particularly for individuals. The firm has deep expertise in employment law and strength at both partner and associate level.’

            ‘I have also had extensive dealings with Ms Harriet Calver, a senior associate at Winckworth Sherwood. She is thoughtful, responsive and pays great attention to detail.’

            ‘WS is well regarded for its contentious partnership work.’

            ‘Jo Keddie is very hands on and did (what the counterparty’s head of legal described as) the most comprehensive challenge to contractual terms they had ever seen’.

            ‘The team has strong connections with both financial services and professional services firms, and is also able to offer other high net worth services.’

            ‘Jo Keddie and Bettina Bender have many years of experience of dealing with employment and partnership issues and are very alive to the strategic considerations required and the clients’ needs. They deal with matters themselves.’

            Key clients

            A2 Dominion

            Sovereign Housing Association

            Catalyst Housing

            BNP Paribas Real Estate/Strutt & Parker LLP

            Brunswick Group LLP

            Merchant Cantos LLP

            Work highlights

              Bennett Briegal LLP

              Since forming Bennett Briegal LLP in March 2019, Mark Briegal‘s and Paul Bennett‘s practice has thrived. It is highly rated for its skillful and pragmatic handling of partnership disputes and non-contentious issues in the legal profession but also advises accountants, GPs and financial advisers. The partners provide a blend of deep knowledge of partnership issues with commercial/corporate and regulatory expertise. The team is equally valued for being ‘superb with clients‘ and offering ‘top quality, pragmatic advice‘.

              Practice head(s):

              Mark Briegal; Paul Bennett


              ‘Lawyers for lawyers –  they completely understand the issues having lived many of them themselves. Which means it’s a wide advisory service – not just what the law says, but what the pragmatic answer is too.’

              ‘Paul gives top quality pragmatic advice that actually works. Mark is great fun, and when deals go long, a sense of humour is crucial.’

              ‘A niche practice specialising in the acquisition and disposal of professional firms. Personal service willingly given out of hours with as sense of calm.’

              Key clients

              Gardner Iliff Dowding

              Hudgell & Partners

              Atherton Godfrey

              DWFM Beckman

              North Wall Capital LLP

              Work highlights

              • Acted for Atherton Godfrey on their sale to Yorkshire law firm Switalskis to create a £20m turnover business, advising on sale documentation and negotiating partners agreements within the merged firm.
              • Advised private equity business, North Wall Capital LLP, in relation to security linked to investments in the legal sector valued at circa £35m.
              • Advised the partners of DWFM Beckman in relation to their merger with Axion.

              Burges Salmon LLP

              The Burges Salmon LLP group is especially well known for its expertise in disputes involving agricultural partnerships. Sian Edmunds and Kevin Kennedy, frequently assisted by senior associate Maddie Dunn, provide nationwide, specialist advice in complex disputes relating to large-scale, high-value farming and agri-businesses, which often utilise traditional partnership structures but may also involve the use of LLP or limited company structures. Jim Aveline advises family businesses and high-net-worth clients on structuring their business arrangements, succession planning vehicles and tax matters. It also offers clients its Clientspace platform which provides them with a secure space in which to work with lawyers across the firm.

              Practice head(s):

              Sian Edmunds

              Other key lawyers:

              Kevin Kennedy; Maddie Dunn; Jim Aveline; Abigail Jones


              ‘A first class solicitors firm with specialist expertise across the spectrum. Superb service and real value for money.’

              ‘Sian Edmunds – expert, efficient and effective.’

              ‘The team shows considerable efficiency and knowledge especially in respect of farming partnerships. Very good at dealing with individuals undergoing substantial stress. High levels of legal and practical knowledge. A very good  ‘out of London’ offering.’

              ‘Sian Edmunds is very experienced and capable partner. Well used to handling clients with expertise and in a way that encourages confidence. Abigail Jones is an outstanding associate. Really efficient and capable. Abigail is a real star!’

              ‘Kevin Kennedy (partner) is extremely easy to work with and provides a very high level of service to clients.’

              Work highlights

              • Adviser acting for both Openwork Holdings Limited and the LLP, and advised the Shareholder Council.

              Clyde & Co

              Clyde & Co provides an array of expertise relating to partnership disputes, especially in the legal profession where it has a strong roster of major UK or global law firms and lawyers. Richard Harrison , who heads the lawyers’ liability, regulatory, investigations and disciplinary group, undertakes cases where professionals are subject to various regulatory and other investigations. Chris Holme brings the related employment expertise while Simon Vere Nicoll provides the broader commercial assistance. The wider team provides further litigation, commercial and professional negligence expertise to the accountancy profession; James Roberts specialises in this area.

              Practice head(s):

              Richard Harrison; Chris Holme; Simon Vere Nicoll

              Other key lawyers:

              James Roberts; Sarah Clover


              Great experience of lawyer’s professional negligence claims and issues of partnership law over many years.’

              Richard harrison – extremely experienced and with excellent judgment.’

              Work highlights

                Dechert LLP

                Dechert LLP is highly rated for its expertise in relation to complex partnership issues in the funds and financial services sectors and has an established roster of international asset managers. Jason Butwick  provides a full range of partnership expertise from partnership establishment to disputes in conjunction with related employment issues. A good deal of the team’s work involves international elements. Daniel Hawthorne  offers a broad range of corporate and tax expertise within financial services while Gus Black is especially highlighted for his handling of private equity, hedge fund and institutional asset management cases including the establishing and restructuring of international asset management businesses. He is also the co-chair of the firm’s financial services group.

                Practice head(s):

                Jason Butwick

                Other key lawyers:

                Gus Black; Daniel Hawthorne


                ‘In depth experience over many years in the private equity and investment fund space. As a consequence having and developing a sound knowledge of partnership structures has been essential. I also think that the interrelation between partnership law, taxation, long term incentive schemes and employment law requires a team of suitably experienced people who work well together and frequently on client projects. Dechert have this in good measure. Also, they are very commercial and don’t tend to be too legalistic!’

                ‘Jason Butwick is an experienced contentious employment partner but has also developed a strong practice in partnership law and LTIPs in the asset management sector. He is an excellent client partner, very commercial and focused on finding a solution.’

                Gus Black is an excellent partner focused on private equity and institutional asset management. Again, very commercial and pragmatic.

                ‘The key items which distinguish Decherts are its skill at bringing the correct professionals in an a project at the right point for overall efficiency.’

                ‘Tremendous knowledge of partnerships within the asset management sector.’

                ‘Jason Butwick – outstanding legal knowledge in the sector, combined with tremendous application of the law to the commercial realities. He is a very astute reader of the personality mixes which define a partnership, and how to move legal relationships alongside the ebb and flow of those relationships.’

                ‘Dechert have a very specialised expert team with real knowledge and experience in the Hedge Fund and Private Equity sector. Great corporate understanding and a strong set of corporate and employment experts to provide back up.’

                ‘Jason Butwick is a stand out expert in the hedge fund and private equity arena. He has vast experience, commands confidence and know the area inside out. Very good to work with and highly commercial.’

                Work highlights

                  Howard Kennedy LLP

                  Howard Kennedy LLP serves both partnerships and individuals from the legal profession, hedge funds, private equity houses and property investment partnerships. It can advise on the gamut of partnership issues from formations through to disputes regarding exits. It also advises on related employment, financial and professional regulatory and tax matters. Whilst it undertakes litigation, it seek to resolve disputes or mediate before formal disputes arise. A key sector for the team is real estate where it regularly advises on establishing partnerships for property holding and investment. Robert Craig  advises on partnership formations and structures and on disputes while Jane Amphlett  principally handles contentious partnership cases, advising on areas including partner appointments and departures and restrictive covenants. Sam Murray-Hinde  is also experienced across all partnership issues including regulatory-related investigations and discrimination claims.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Robert Craig; Jane Amphlett

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Sam Murray-Hinde


                  ‘Jane Amphlett is well regarded. Simon Taylor is an effective commercial litigator. Robert Craig is highly experienced. Craig Emden is an excellent commercial dispute lawyer.’

                  Sound, pragmatic and very clear advice focused on business solutions.’

                  Sam Murray-Hinde is outstanding. Hugely responsive, impressive in her knowledge and delivery. Her advice is always clear, incisive and commercial.


                  Key clients

                  TCI Advisory Services LLP

                  TCI Fund Services LLP

                  Work highlights

                  • Advising TCI Advisory Services LLP on a wide range of partnership and employment matters.
                  • Advising TCI Fund Services LLP on partnership and employment matters.


                  RPC is best known for advising law firms and individual lawyers. It also assists clients in the insurance and accountancy professions. Its comprehensive offering ranges from the establishment of partnerships and LLPs through to their merger or dissolution. Team head Patrick Brodie  has expertise across advisory and dispute matters while Geraldine Elliott  advises partnerships in the legal sector. Graham Reid  assists clients in a range of sectors on disputes and regulatory issues. The firm also provides specialist tax advice.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Patrick Brodie

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Geraldine Elliott; Graham Reid

                  Key clients

                  Egon Zehnder

                  Thomas Miller

                  Work highlights

                  • Advising and assisting many partnerships with their Diversity, equity and inclusion advancing the recruitment, promotion and progression of equality within partnerships.


                  'A really superb team' at VWV advises clients in a range of sectors but is known for its expertise in healthcare/GP work; Ben Willis  who heads the medical/healthcare team specialises in assisting GP partnerships. Oliver Pool  also specialises in disputes arising in GP practices and local healthcare trusts including financing matters. The highly rated Jos Moule  heads the team and acts for partnerships and LLPs in a broad range of professions; legal, accountancy and investment partnerships. He and Rachel Crean are members of the Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP) and Nick Martindale is building a practice handling partnership disputes.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Jos Moule

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Ben Willis; Rachel Crean; Nick Martindale


                  ‘A really superb team with huge experience and a strong offering. Leaders in the field.’

                  ‘Jos Moule is a brilliant lawyer. Wise and knowledgeable. Builds confidence and devotion in clients. A great lawyer.’

                  ‘Oliver Pool is enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Ben Willis is also excellent.’

                  Key clients

                  King Edward Street Medical Practice


                  Stevens Hewlett & Perkins

                  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

                  Hope House Surgery

                  Anthony D Bates LLP

                  Meadowcroft Surgery and BK Health Limited

                  Lakeside Health

                  Brooks & Co (chartered accountants)

                  Work highlights

                  • Continues to advise Lakeside Health (based in Corby) which is reputed to be the largest GP practice in the country on a series of GP partnership practice acquisitions.
                  • Advised the Hampstead Group Practice, a large GP partnership in North London, on its merger with Keats Group Practice.
                  • Advised the Pier Health Group a super partnership made up of 6 former GP practices, on partners retirements and admissions, the development of new surgery premises and funding arrangements.

                  Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

                  Charles Russell Speechlys LLP offers a blend of corporate, partnership, employment and tax expertise to clients - both partnerships and individuals. David Hicks  specialises in both corporate and partnership matters with a focus on the financial services sector – advising on more complex structures and non-contentious partnership matters, including conversions and M&A involving LLPs. Michael Powner ’s skills encompasses the litigious and employment aspects of partnerships and James Carter is the tax expert.

                  Practice head(s):

                  David Hicks

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Michael Powner; James Carter


                  ‘David Hicks and Victoria Young Husband have technical knowledge and market knowledge.’

                  ‘Michael Powner – gives commercial and pragmatic advice.’


                  Key clients

                  Grant Thornton UK LLP

                  Dalton Strategic Partnership

                  Waverton Investment Management

                  RSM UK Restructuring Advisory LLP

                  Ascent Capital Africa

                  Brown Rudnick LLP

                  Fudco Partnership

                  Kreos Capital funds

                  Work highlights

                  • Acted for Bruce Mackay and Matt Haw of RSM UK Restructuring Advisory LLP, the Joint Liquidators of LB GP No.1 Ltd, in litigation before the Court of Appeal concerning LBGP’s claim to be paid funds out of the Lehman Brothers “waterfall”.
                  • Advised Waverton Investment Management Group on its acquisition of Cornerstone Asset Management LLP.
                  • Advised Dalton Capital (Holdings) Limited, the parent company/corporate member of Dalton Strategic Partnership LLP, a UK based boutique asset manager, on the agreement for its sale to UK based, specialist active asset management group, Polar Capital Holdings Plc.

                  Keystone Law

                  Keystone Law is home to a number of partnership experts; Peter Garry  has more than two decades of experience resolving partnership, LLP and limited company disputes in addition to advising on partnership formations and shareholder disputes. Clive Howard's strength lies in both employment and partnership law - he advises on areas such as contentious exits and discrimination claims. His clients include those in the legal and financial services areas. Emma Clark 's focus is on employment matters - advising firms and partners on matters such as exits and post termination agreements.

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Peter Garry; Clive Howard; Emma Clark


                  ‘Clive Howard is very knowledgeable and offers expert but practical advice. Always offers a very prompt reply.’

                  ‘A number of very experienced and capable individuals in the partnership/LLP arena. Very responsive and good value for money.’

                  ‘Peter Garry is a superb partnership lawyer. He commands confidence and knows the law extremely well. He is excellent at delivering for clients.

                  Emma Clark is great with clients and a very good employment and partnership lawyer.’

                  ‘We used this practice for employment and partnership support for an internal matter that presented a conflict.’

                  Work highlights

                    Linklaters LLP

                    Linklaters LLP advises a range of professional and financial services firms, including partnerships and LLPs, most notably the ‘big four’ accountancy firms such as KPMG LLP and prominent, global private equity firms and financial institutions. It has the resources to bring together expertise in related corporate and corporate structuring and other fields together with global issues. It assists partnerships of various kinds on areas such as team moves, exits and dismissals, restructuring and regulatory regimes and investigations. Nick Porter has handled a number of high-profile disputes and investigations in the financial services and insurance sectors while Nicola Rabson combines expertise in employment law and partnerships; she advises employers and partnerships on areas such as the enforcement of restrictive covenants, team moves and senior and executive appointments, exits and terminations in the context of partnerships.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Nicola Rabson; Nick Porter


                    Nicola Rabson has unparalleled experience across investigations, litigation, crisis mandates, whistleblowing and discrimination.’

                    Key clients

                    KPMG LLP

                    Work highlights

                    • Acts for KPMG on an investigation conducted by the Financial Reporting Council (the “FRC”) under its Accountancy Scheme. The FRC alleges Misconduct (as defined in the Accountancy Scheme) against KPMG and several former KPMG employees regarding the provision of allegedly false and misleading information and/or documents to the FRC in connection with the FRC’s Audit Quality Reviews.

                    Macfarlanes LLP

                    At Macfarlanes LLP Jessica Adam  heads the team with Hayley Robinson  advising on related employment matters. The team advises on various corporate matters and partnership exits or mergers in addition to related commercial issues. Mark Baldwin  advises on tax and reward issues, often assisting clients in the legal and financial services sectors on partner remuneration and disputes with HMRC.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Jessica Adam

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Haley Robinson; Mark Baldwin

                    Work highlights

                      Payne Hicks Beach LLP

                      Jonathan Gatward  is the experienced team head at Payne Hicks Beach LLP who offers broad expertise in relation to the establishment, restructuring and termination of partnerships. The firm has an established private client practice, particularly in the agriculture/rural affairs area where it advises clients on complex tax and partnership structures.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Jonathan Gatward

                      Key clients

                      Rayner Essex LLP

                      Griffins (insolvency practitioners)

                      One Heart Clinic LLP

                      Work highlights

                      • Acting for Rayner Essex LLP (accountants) on all partnership/LLP related matters.
                      • Continuing to act for Griffins (insolvency practitioners) on the full range of partnership matters.

                      Shoosmiths LLP

                      Since Barry Stimpson  joined Shoosmiths LLP in September 2021 to head the partnership practice, he has been building the practice and client roster. The team mainly acts for funds partnerships and  LLPs and investment services partnerships. The work includes the setting up of investment vehicles and often includes cross border issues. Jonathan Naylor  and Kevin McCavish  bring the related employment  expertise.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Barry Stimpson

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Jonathan Naylor; Kevin McCavish