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Addleshaw Goddard

The group at Addleshaw Goddard focuses entirely on partnerships and limited liability partnerships. It handles advisory work for international businesses in relation to structuring, M&A and joint venture and network arrangements. Dispute resolution is another mainstay of the practice. The professional services department is led by 'first-rate' partner William Wastie, whose wide-ranging experience includes mergers and demergers, partnership downsizing and management issues. Aster Crawshaw is also known for undertaking a mix of advisory, transactional and contentious work, with particular expertise in M&A and international structuring. Senior managing associate Chris Hallinan is knowledgeable about governance issues in legal and accountancy firms.

Practice head(s):

William Wastie

Testimonials

Relatively few practices across the city can really claim to be across the legal issues relevant to professional services firms. The breadth of knowledge across the team is immense.’

Their speed of response and deep understanding of our business are exceptional.

Aster Crawshaw is that rare thing. He’s able to focus on the high-level issues and give a clear commercial appraisal but is also across the detail. You feel he’s got your back covered.

William Wastie is first-rate in all respects. Responsive, practical, smooth.’

Key clients

Marks & Clerk LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Gordon Dadds Group plc

Moore Kingston Smith LLP

Pensions Partners of KPMG

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised the pensions partners at KPMG on the disposal by KPMG of its pensions advisory business.
  • Advised Moore Kingston Smith LLP on a full review of its governance arrangements and the drafting of a wholly new set of constitutional documents.
  • Advised senior management at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP on the firm’s governance and remuneration structure, as well as succession planning issues. This has coincided with the election of a new Managing Partner and wider review of the firm’s constitution.

CM Murray LLP

CM Murray LLP's 'deep expertise in both partnership and employment law', makes it well-placed to handle complex and sensitive matters for clients. Although it has traditionally focused on contentious partnership issues, the firm is also developing a strong reputation for its advisory work for professional services firms. Zulon Begum jointly leads the department with Sarah Chilton, who assists LLPs, individual partners and members with issues involving partner wrongdoing and misconduct; these are also areas that founding partner Clare Murray also excels in. David Fisher is another standout practitioner, with experience of partner team moves and the cross-border enforcement of restrictive covenants. In January 2020, Samantha Mangwana left the firm to practise in Australia.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Chilton; Zulon Begum

Testimonials

All of those we have worked with at CM Murray are responsive, commercial and simply a pleasure to work with.’

The benefit of this team is that they have deep expertise in both partnership law and employment law. This is essential when you are seeking advice in relation to partners. I found the team were able to distil a complicated issue, which had many facets, and provide some sensible and practical advice.’

In my view, CM Murray is the leading niche partnership and employment litigation practice. Clare Murray is now head and shoulders above her peers and is the go to lawyer for individuals and businesses.’

Sarah Chilton is exceptional. Very easy to deal with. Gives straightforward and practical advice. You trust the advice you are being given and it is well thought through and practical.’

Zulon Begum has assisted us with restructuring our LLP, which for many members is an emotional challenge as much as a legal one. Her experience and empathy with such challenges is first-rate.’

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP covers contentious and non-contentious partnership work across professional services sectors and borders. On the advisory side, areas of activity include establishing international structures, mergers, strategic management and LLP conversions. On the contentious front, partners are sought out to advise on issues arising from partner and team moves, as well as discrimination cases, and to provide representation in arbitration and litigation. Practice head Daniel Sutherland focuses on legal and financial professional services firms, international structuring and regulatory advice. 'One of the premier names in partnership' is Tina Williams, who advises on mergers and LLP conversions. Gavin Foggo is the name to note for contentious matters and acts in a number of highly sensitive cases. Also recommended is Aron Pope, who is developing a strong reputation acting for individual partners in a variety of contentious situations.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Sutherland

Testimonials

They have extensive experience of representing US-based law firms and their UK-based affiliates, and work well with UK Big 4 accounting firms in providing seamless service to their US-based clients on matters involving matters of partnership and employment law, and with UK professional, regulatory and taxing authorities.

Rightly regarded as a brand leader in the partnership world. Brilliant at what they do. Full of top-flight lawyers. Led well and highly focused on the client. They are a business-focused law firm that delivers.’

Daniel Sutherland has experience and expertise, and provides excellent judgement in counselling US-based law firms and their UK-based affiliates.’

Tina is one of the premier names in partnership and LLP disputes and she has been at this area of work for many years.’

Key clients

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C.

Reed Smith LLP

Crowell & Moring LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP

Steptoe & Johnson

Greenberg Traurig

IBB Solicitors

Reddie & Grose

FTI Consulting LLP

Holland & Knight LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising a large US law firm on an innovative UK structure for joint venture arrangement with a boutique UK law firm in respect of intellectual property rights enforcement
  • Advising a top 150 law firm, which is an ABS, on its conversion to LLP status.
  • Advising a senior equity partner at a major US law firm on an age discrimination claim against the firm, which is valued at more than $20m.

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP's team advises international law firms on structuring, governance and partner exits. In addition, it has a niche in assisting the UK arms of US firms and in-house practices with legal services regulation. Group head Corinne Staves has significant expertise in advisory work, as well as contentious issues; she is experienced in partner and team admissions and exits, as well as matters arising from the private wealth industry. Richard Turnor specialises in the setting up of financial services businesses, and he also advises global law firms on their international structures and global liability profiles.

Practice head(s):

Corinne Staves

Testimonials

A really good partnership team with an established and deserved reputation for partnership drafting, but also huge ability on partnership litigation. A really fantastic group, with some real stars. Also a strong group of associates.’

Richard Turnor and Corinne Staves are very knowledgeable, responsive, collaborative. Supported by good and responsive associates.’

Corrine Staves is incredibly quick to understand complex issues but not afraid to delve into the complexities where needed. She is always there, and always ready with the best advice.’

We are huge fans of Corinne Staves and Richard Turnor as partnership law advisers and generally. They have immersive knowledge of partnership law and genuine curiosity in all things partnership related. True specialists and fabulous to work with.’

Key clients

DWF Law LLP

Pemberton Greenish LLP

Work highlights

  • Provided DWF Law LLP with LLP and professional practices advice in relation to its listing on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Pemberton Greenish LLP on its merger with Cripps LLP. The combination created a major mid-market practice, combining a regional powerhouse with a substantial and well respected London practice creating both a distinct client offering and market position.

Farrer & Co

At Farrer & Co, lawyers have expertise across the spectrum of partnership issues, including transactions, international structuring, regulatory issues and contentious matters. The 'unflappableJonathan Haley leads the professional practices group, and advises on transformational and business-critical transactions in regulated sectors.  Anna Birtwistle, who joined from CM Murray LLP in 2019, has significant experience of contentious issues and investigations involving LLPs and their members. Eleanor Rowswell specialises in the interface between partnership and employment law, predominantly focusing on complex discrimination litigation. Kathleen Heycock is the name to note for advice on team moves and international acquisitions by regulated partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Haley

Testimonials

Farrer & Co is now one of the leading firms for partnership transactional and non-contentious matters. The team is led by Jonathan Haley, who is completely unflappable and who engenders the utmost confidence in clients.

Farrer is a hallmarked firm well able to deliver high level, high-value advice to corporate clients as well as serving professionals well.

Jon Haley is a class act; polished and professional he inspires confidence in the client always. He is very capable and excellent in resolving problems.’

Key clients

Senior equity partner of a big four accountancy practice

Ex-managing partner of a large US law firm

Meaden & Moore LLP

Seaman and Johns (Stratton Street LLP)

Webster Hart LLP

Kepler Partners LLP

Alvarium Investment Managers (UK) LLP

Allies & Morrison LLP

James Hambro & Partners LLP

Eden Rock Capital Management LLP

Work highlights

  • Representing a senior equity partner in litigation against a big four accountancy practice in relation to a serious breach of its investigative and decision making duties in the context of disputed misconduct allegations, which led to the partner’s forced expulsion.
  • Advising the ex-managing partner in London of a large US law firm in relation to complex claims for disability (on the grounds of mental health) and sexual orientation discrimination.
  • Advising Meaden & Moore International on resisting a team move involving London office partners.

Fox & Partners

Fox & Partners' practitioners are most noted for handling domestic and cross-border litigation. Although the firm is active across the professional services sphere, it has built specific expertise in the financial services sector, where it handles cases involving the impact of partner expulsions on carried interest arrangements. Partner exit negotiations are another area of strength, particularly in situations where there are conduct or performance issues. In addition, the group is also well-known for bringing and defending discrimination and whistleblowing allegations. Catriona Watt, who specialises in contentious departures and arrivals, co-heads the team with Caroline Field, who is an expert in bullying and harassment cases. Dean Fuller undertakes both contentious and advisory work, and he regularly advises LLP members and partners on regulatory and corporate restraints on their operations. Other important team members include founding partner Ronnie Fox, who is known for partnership disputes, and senior associate Shoshana Bacall, whose growing practice consists of partner exits and team moves.

Practice head(s):

Catriona Watt; Caroline Field

Testimonials

A small team with great expertise in partnership and employment. They are really focused on the client, and great to have in your corner. Good strategic thinking alongside their litigation skills. Their focus on partnership and LLP matters in the financial sector really make them stand out.

A hugely knowledgeable team dealing with the whole range of partnership and employment matters. Savvy and calm in the way they work, they are up there with the very best partnership firms.’

Caroline Field and Catriona Watt are both great – efficient, super with clients and a delight to work with. Both are partners who really take the lead and go the extra mile for clients.’

Hempsons

At Hempsons, clients note the 'breadth and depth of knowledge of the NHS and associated health care systems', and the firm excels in the field of medical partnerships. The group is well-versed in the development of primary care networks and repurposing GP federations to support them. Other areas of expertise include issues arising from GP practices, such as NHS pensions and the transfer of employees following mergers. Ross Clark in Harrogate jointly leads the team alongside London-based partner Ian Hempseed, who specialises in constitutional and governance issues. Alison Oliver in Newcastle is developing a strong practice in relation to primary care networks, particularly in the North East.

Practice head(s):

Ross Clark; Ian Hempseed

Testimonials

There is a high level of collaboration between partners and colleagues in the firm so they have a good level of awareness of each other’s expertise and skills, enabling appropriate involvement.’

There is a breadth and depth of knowledge of the NHS and associated health care systems.’

Friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.’

Alison Oliver has good people skills and is very straightforward to work with. She is very precise in her work and diligent in relation to targets and deadlines.’

Key clients

Our Health Partnership

Primary Care Sheffield Ltd

Barnet Federated GPs

Bury GP Practices Ltd

Lincolnshire and District Medical Services

Salford Primary Care Together

North East Derbyshire Healthcare

The Middlewood Partnership

Viaduct Health

Healthbridge Direct

Work highlights

  • Advising Healthbridge Direct on aligning itself with the Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's multidisciplinary team draws on expertise from a number of departments and is best known for partnership disputes, although it is also able to handle a variety of non-contentious matters. On the contentious side, key areas of expertise include cases involving partner misconduct. The group is jointly led by partnership disputes expert Alan Watts and Malcolm Lombers, who is regularly instructed on advisory matters arising from international partnerships, such as cross-border M&A. Tim Leaver, who is 'a bright, professional and commercial lawyer', is another expert in international professional services firms. He advises on the establishment of structures for hedge funds and private equity houses.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Lombers; Alan Watts

Testimonials

Responsive. Strong technical ability.’

A highly regarded firm with breadth of legal expertise across the board. A very good and highly professional offering in partnership matters, especially litigation.’

Tim Leaver is a bright, professional and commercial lawyer who always delivers to the client. Very good to work with, with excellent tactical feel.’

Key clients

KPMG (UK firm)

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Anchorage Capital Partners

PricewaterhouseCoopers (UK Firm)

Work highlights

  • Advised KPMG UK on the carve out, set up and disposal of its UK pensions advisory business.
  • Advising the equity partners of an international law firm on defending multiple claims of discrimination and victimisation in which losses are alleged to be in excess of £100m.
  • Defending a professional services firm against allegations of professional negligence made in pre-action correspondence by two individuals in relation to tax planning advice.

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP has a full-service partnership and LLP offering, advising management committees, CEOs and managing partners on matters such as business formation, restructuring, mergers and partnership agreements. Non-contentious work is led by Fergus Payne. On the contentious side, areas of expertise include partner expulsions and compulsory retirements, fiduciary duties, investigations, team moves and restrictive covenants; this work is handled by Clive Greenwood and investigations expert Karen Baxter.

Practice head(s):

Fergus Payne; Clive Greenwood

Other key lawyers:

Karen Baxter

Testimonials

I have always found the team responsive and pragmatic.’

The team are acutely aware of the current issues that partnerships face and are quick to highlight how they should be addressed and give practical, real-world guidance. They are on top of issues before their clients.’

Lewis Silkin’s partnership practice has a very good and well-deserved reputation.’

Both Clive and Fergus are driven by client service and look to have a broad client relationship which is not simply driven by the latest mandate. You feel you are working together.

Clive Greenwood is highly experienced and very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

haysmacintyre

Blick Rothenberg

Gerald Eve

Hickman & Rose

Irwin Mitchell LLP

Beattie McGuinness Bungay

United Agents LLP

Headland Consultancy PR

Work highlights

  • Advising a law firm on an investigation of a partner following allegations of sexual harassment.
  • Advising an intellectual property firm on the conduct and behaviour of a senior partner including in the context of the members agreement and the duties owed.
  • Advising a global law firm on a complex project to restructure part of the firm’s European offices as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP is well-placed to handle a wide range of high-profile litigation, including partnership and LLP disputes. The team is led by Joanna Blackburn, who has an impressive track record acting for LLPs, partnerships and their members in disputes. Jennifer Millins has a strong reputation for discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Non-contentious work is also a cornerstone of the practice, with the group advising on structuring, management issues, incentive structures and exit strategies.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Blackburn

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Millins; Greg Campbell

Testimonials

The firm in general has a very commercial approach and anchors logic and prudence in their approach, particularly in high stress and challenging situations.’

The firm as a whole is exceptional in dealing with complex cross-departmental work. A part of this stems from the unusual willingness of the teams within the to cross-refer cases and collaborate.’

Individuals have been exceptional at delving into the details of specific and personal circumstances and often offering counsel or strategic advice that goes well beyond the routine role of the solicitor.

Joanna Blackburn and Janet Tobin make a strong team.’

Key clients

Ondra LLP

OTC LLP

Millennium Capital Partners LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Apax Partners LLP

Finnegan Europe LLP

Capeview Capital LLP

Fried Frank LLP

Montague Evans LLP

Weightmans LLP

Led by Andrew CrombyWeightmans LLP's team handles the full suite of partnership matters for legal and accountancy firms and healthcare providers. In Manchester, Michelle Garlick is the name to note for regulatory and compliance matters, as well as handling disputes alongside Cromby. Richard Corran, who is an experienced commercial litigator, focuses on partner exits, team moves and mergers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cromby

Other key lawyers:

Richard Corran; Michelle Garlick

Testimonials

Regulatory team are the strongest in the North West. to work with good partnership advisers.’

Michelle Garlick is very knowledgeable and easy to deal with on all partnership regulatory and compliance issues.’

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Clients of Winckworth Sherwood LLP's partnership team include law firms and accountancy firms, investment funds and residential developers. The group is often called upon to assist with team moves and individual removals. It also has experience of handling harassment and discrimination claims for individuals and partnerships. The 'fierce and fearlessJo Keddie, who leads the team, has substantial experience of contentious partnership matters, which often involve senior partners. Another contentious partnership expert, Bettina Bender regularly assists individual LLP members with potential disputes and exit arrangements. John Hiscock is noted for advising investors using UK and cross-border alternative investment fund partnership structures.

Practice head(s):

Jo Keddie

Testimonials

Exceptional market knowledge and experience in negotiating the best outcome for the client. Good profile in the market. Very good communication and case management.’

Expertise in their respective areas, second to none. Very much work as a team.

Jo Keddie is fierce and fearless – she inspires confidence, available constantly and absolutely fights to the death for her client. Practical and good advice.’

Jo Keddie and Bettina Bender. Competent and devoted to their clients’ interests. Efficient and rounded approach.’

Burges Salmon LLP

The Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP focuses on partnership disputes and advisory work involving 1890 Act partnerships, LLPs, quasi-partnerships, funds and the use of partnership in tax planning. Farming and agri-business disputes are a notable area of strength for the group; practice head Sian Edmunds and Kevin Kennedy are names to note in this space. Chris Godfrey is an expert in the use of LLP structures to hold investment assets.

Practice head(s):

Sian Edmunds

Other key lawyers:

Chris Godfrey; Kevin Kennedy

Testimonials

Burges Salmon was recommended to me by other clients and I fully endorse their recommendation. As a firm, they are second to none.’

My experience of this firm has been very favourable when dealing with them on a long-running and intractable partnership dispute. Their commitment to the case is a standout feature.’

Excellence is the hallmark of the team.’

A first-class solicitors firm based primarily in the South West of England. Excellent personnel and facilities. Quick and pragmatic. Excellent lawyers at all levels and within all areas of specialisation.’

Sian Edmunds is a particular star: really gets to grips with the clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Swiss private bank owned by a Brazil-headquartered group

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to a Swiss bank on its majority investment in a London-based LLP providing asset management services with £14bn under investment management.
  • Advising on a dispute concerning the ownership of an investment fund in the activist shareholder space, which raises a number of interesting issues. This role includes representing one of two high-profile City individuals who were working together to establish the fund but who then fell out.
  • Advising a client in a very unusual partnership dispute following a longstanding family breakdown. The focus of arguments is whether the partnership dispute was settled at a mediation in 2012.

Howard Kennedy LLP

'A good broad spectrum law firm with some good partnership practitioners', Howard Kennedy LLP takes a multidisciplinary approach to partnership issues, drawing on arbitrators and tax experts in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is jointly led by Jane Amphlett, who focuses on strategic partner appointments and departures, remuneration structures and restrictive covenants, and Robert Craig, who specialises in partnership formation. The duo also handle a range of disputes.

Practice head(s):

Robert Craig; Jane Amphlett

Testimonials

A good broad spectrum law firm with some good partnership practitioners.’

Jane Amphlett has been excellent in dealing with any specific query. Thoughtful, analytical and thorough in her approach to the issue at hand.’

Simon Taylor is an excellent people person who conducts litigation well, with tactical feel and judgment.’

Key clients

TCI Fund Services LLP

TCI Advisory Services LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised TCI Advisory Services LLP and TCI Fund Services LLP on a range of partnership matters.
  • Advised an investment manager on a range of partnership matters including disputes with members.
  • Advised a global asst manager on a wide range of LLP, tax and immigration matters, including on the accession and retirement of members.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP approaches partnership matters with expertise in employment law and regulatory issues. The group is regularly instructed by individual lawyers and accountants in contentious matters, including those involving allegations of sexual misconduct and bullying, as well as partner exits, equal pay claims and confidentiality breaches. The group is co-led by regulatory specialist Iain Miller and employment lawyer Adrian CrawfordJulie Norris, who is part of the regulatory team, has substantial experience advising LLPs and solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Crawford; Iain Miller

Testimonials

Their regulatory team practising in the partnership field is absolutely stand out. They are head and shoulders above the competition, with a brilliant understanding of the issues affecting partnerships and partners in the regulated sectors. They are pragmatic, helpful, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

The team gives excellent practical and strategic advice, which is always thoughtful and responsive.’

Julie Norris is pragmatic, expert, incredibly intelligent and gets straight to the key issues. A brilliant litigator who you would want on your side if facing any regulatory issue.

RPC

The practice at RPC can be divided into advisory work, contentious matters and regulatory compliance. The group advises a wide variety of professional services firms, including law firms, architects, recruitment agencies and accountants. The department is jointly led by Geraldine Elliott and Patrick Brodie, both of whom have a wealth of experience in disputes.

Key clients

Egon Zehnder

Thomas Miller

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Egon Zehnder in the first restrictive covenant case to appear before the Supreme Court in the last 100 years.

Simmons & Simmons

At Simmons & Simmons, the group stands out for its work in the financial services space, advising alternative investment fund managers and hedge funds on partnership structures to facilitate their transactions and operations. It often works with the firm's tax, financial market litigation, employment and regulatory teams to provide a full service to financial services clients. Ania Rontaler and Patrick Boyd coordinate the team, which includes 'straightforward, hardworking and pragmatic' managing associate Tom Fricke.

Practice head(s):

Ania Rontaler; Patrick Boyd

Other key lawyers:

Tom Fricke

Testimonials

Huge reputation in the funds/limited partnership sphere.’

They know our business and the hedge fund sector inside-out. Bring pragmatic and straightforward solutions to complex and time-pressing projects.’

Tom Fricke is straightforward, hardworking and pragmatic. His understanding of our business and its management helps to achieve effective and bespoke solutions.’

Patrick Boyd is commercially astute.’

Key clients

APG

Growthpoint Capital

Crake Asset Management

Brevan Howard

Capula

Egerton

Lansdowne

Fosse Capital

Dalton

BlueBay

Chenevari

Builders Union

Work highlights

  • Advised APG on the £425m acquisition of a large development site in Earls Court in partnership with Delancey. The matter was a continuation of a series of transactions connected to a wider JV, which is structured as a series of separate LLPs, each interconnected to the others in a highly complex manner.
  • Advised Crake Asset Management on its launch.
  • With the introduction of the Senior Management and Certification Regime in December 2019, the team advised a very large number of FCA-regulated LLPs on the implementation of these regulations.

VWV

A key area of specialism for Bristol-based firm VWV is medical partnerships, and the team is regularly instructed by GP sector clients to advise on their operations. Elsewhere, the group is also well-versed in assisting accountancy practices and law firms with partnership and LLP issues. It is led by experienced partnership expert Jos Moule, who is particularly experienced in mergers. Nick Martindale, who made partner in 2019, specialises in partnership disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jos Moule

Testimonials

An excellent partnership team led by a really good head. Combine partnership litigation and drafting of a top level. A strong medical partnership offering too. Good with clients and good value!

Jos Moule is very knowledgeable in his field which makes him very busy. When matters are urgent he replies very quickly but less urgent matters take a little longer.’

Jos Moule is a star. He is a wise head with enormous experience. A brilliant draftsman but also a formidable and skilled litigator. Excellent with clients.’

Key clients

Barton Willmore LLP

Gleeds

Stevens Hewlett & Perkins

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Stubbs Rich

Driver Exchange LLP

The Jonathan Webb Clinic

Scott-Moncrieff & Associates LLP

Hybridge LLP

The Colte Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised the partners and practices comprising Pier Health Group on their merger and the partnership and employment law implications.
  • Assisted Gordon Street Medical Centre with the exits of two GP partners, following a merger.
  • Advised James Wigg Practice on a new partnership deed following the admission of two new partners.

Bates Wells

The team at Bates Wells advises on all aspects of partnership and LLP law, including corporate governance, structuring and regulatory issues. It also specialises in the use of LLPs investment and charity joint venture structures. Department head William Garnett is regularly instructed to negotiate partnership deeds. Another name to note is Luke Fletcher, who advises on partnership structures involving charity law issues.

Practice head(s):

William Garnett

Other key lawyers:

David Davies; Luke Fletcher

Testimonials

We have had a long and fruitful relationship with the team, which is responsive, communicative and very professional. We can always rely on the accuracy and thoughtfulness of the advice.’

It is a large practice offering a wide range of legal services but at the same time it is friendly and accessible, with easy and direct access to the partners and all the staff.’

William Garnett demonstrated a complete desire to comprehend the technical as well as the moral reasoning behind my need for legal advice.’

William Garnett is exceptional. He is very knowledgeable, helpful and robust; he clearly keeps abreast of the changing legal environment and provides up to the minute analysis and advice.’

Key clients

Eos Deal Advisory

Carter Back Winter

Trustees Unlimited LLP

Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Project X Global

Work highlights

  • Advised on all aspects of the setup of new consulting firm Eos Deal Advisory, including its corporate structure, registration with ICAEW and recruitment.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a cross-departmental partnership group, which comprises of tax, employment, corporate, funds and litigation specialists. The team, which is led by David Hicks, has expertise in the financial services industry, and regularly advises on structuring partnership capital and regulatory issues. Other important areas of expertise are partnership structures for property development and issues relating to the operation of professional practices. Trevor Bettany is the go-to name for contentious partnership issues, including expulsions, investigations, whistleblowing and discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

David Hicks

Testimonials

Extremely impressed with this team. They have technical know-how whilst maintaining whilst being pragmatic.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Moore Global

Enbarr Investments LP

Work highlights

  • Advised Grant Thornton UK LLP on the sale of its wealth advisory business to 1825, Standard Life’s wholly owned financial planning and advice business.
  • Acted for Moore Global on its separation from Moore Stephens LLP (as part of its merger with BDO) and its restructuring and re-branding as Moore Global.
  • Advised on the establishment of one of the first EuVECA funds in Ireland as a limited partnership, with the objective of investing in start-ups and more mature technology companies in the island of Ireland.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP draws on a wider specialism in professional liability, enabling it to handle claims against professional firms, including in disciplinary proceedings and internal investigations. The team also often advises professional services firms on promotions, partnership elections, tax, real estate, outsourcing and insolvency issues. Chris Holme focuses on discrimination issues, while Simon Vere Nicoll is an expert in partner exits (and also handles advisory work). Richard Harrison defends malpractice claims against English solicitors and barristers. The trio jointly lead the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Clover

Testimonials

Broad range of experience of different types of partnership and partnership situations and ability to use that experience to give pragmatic advice. Knowledge of practical as well as legal side of things.’

Richard Harrison is the doyen of the field; hugely experienced.’

Key clients

Dentons Europe LLP

Dechert LLP

Work highlights

  • Acts for Dentons Europe LLP and its professional indemnity insurers in defending a claim
  • Defending claims against Dechert and Neil Gerrard.  The case is substantial and the Malpractice and Misfeasance Claims will be tried together in the summer of 2021.
  • Representing an individual in dealings with the SRA and defending the prosecution at trial.

CMS

CMS advises its clients on the application of partnership structures to fund investments, pension funds, property development and renewable energy projects. The group is jointly led by Edinburgh-based partner Colin Lawrie and Amanda Howard in London, who focuses on real asset funds.

Practice head(s):

Colin Lawrie; Amanda Howard

Testimonials

They take the time to understand the clients needs and preferences.’

Focused and willing to listen.’

Key clients

Clyde Blowers Capital IM LLP

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Techstart Ventures LLP

Equitix Limited

Qatari Diar

APG Group

Ivanhoe Cambridge

QMPF LLP

GE Capital

Global Student Accommodation Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Equitix on Scottish Limited Partner structure for the holding of its interest in £200m student accommodation and regeneration scheme at Leicester University.
  • Advising APG on the acquisition of sales in the ‘VIA Outlets’ European retail outlet joint venture from former operating parties Value Retail and Meyer Bergman to create a 50/50 joint venture with Hammerson plc.
  • Assisted student accommodation provider GSA with the establishment of a joint venture to develop student accommodation in Spain alongside Harrison Street Real Estate.

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP

Dispute resolution boutique Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP has a strong contentious partnership offering, representing partnerships and their partners and members in a variety of cases in the financial sector. The main contact at the firm is Lydia Danon, who has vast experience of partnership disputes involving fund performance, conflicts of interests and restrictive covenants. Sinead O’Callaghan is recommended for her work with high-net-worth individuals and hedge funds.

Other key lawyers:

Lydia Danon; Sinead O’Callaghan

Testimonials

It is a top notch firm and punches well above its weight.’

Highly commercial in everything they do and (appropriately) aggressive in their approach to litigation. Well attuned to commercial clients. Determined to serve their client.’

Its a small boutique with a unique focus on financial services litigation and partnership. The partners, which are all very good, take a very hands on approach to their cases, in contrast to bigger firms.’

Lydia Danon and Sinead O Callaghan are both very user friendly, tenacious yet pragmatic, with a clear focus on what is in their clients’ best interests.

Key clients

Infund LLP, Corplaw Ltd and Hector Garcia

Christopher Scott

Work highlights

  • Represented Infund LLP in a $2bn cross-border dispute with German Larrea (one of the richest men in the world) and Forbes-listed company Grupo Mexico.
  • Successfully defended an application made against a former senior partner by Schillings in 2019 allegedly made to ensure compliance with an injunction application.

Dechert LLP

Jason Butwick leads the cross-departmental group at Dechert LLP, which brings together expertise in financial services, corporate law, tax and regulatory compliance to provide support to the firm's fund and asset management clients. Charles Wynn-Evans leads in partnership disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jason Butwick

Other key lawyers:

Charles Wynn-Evans

Testimonials

Strong UK practice with broad US support

Keystone Law

Keystone Law stands out for its non-contentious work, which includes drafting partnership agreements and setting up LLPs. Other areas of expertise include alternative business structures, mergers and restructurings, as well as regulatory issues and disputes. Emma Clark excels in non-contentious work, while Peter Garry is a seasoned partnership disputes lawyer.

Other key lawyers:

Peter Garry; Emma Clark

Testimonials

A great team – largely assembled from top-quality lawyers who historically have worked at other firms.’

Peter Garry is an exceptional lawyer and a great alternative of the same quality of partnership practitioners at better-known firms.’

Macfarlanes LLP

At Macfarlanes LLP, the professional practices group predominantly advises on M&A and structuring work for LLPs, as well as providing employment, tax and regulatory services. Practice head John Dodsworth is a specialist in non-contentious partnership issues.

Practice head(s):

John Dodsworth

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Adam

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Payne Hicks Beach advises on every stage of a partnership's lifecycle, drawing on firm-wide expertise in personal tax, financial services, corporate law, employment and dispute resolution. It also advises on the use of partnerships as investment vehicles. Group head Jonathan Gatward has an active advisory practice. Nick Sayers focuses on transactional partnership matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Gatward

Other key lawyers:

Nick Sayers

Testimonials

Well resourced and knowledgeable corporate department providing clear practical advice.’

Jonathan Gatward is an approachable and accessible individual who provides clear commercial advice at a reasonable cost.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Rayner Essex LLP on all partnership/LLP matters. The work includes preparing documentation dealing with the appointment and retirement of new members and amending the LLP agreement from time to time.
  • Providing general partnership advice to Griffins. Dealing with partner admissions and retirements, including in particular, the engagement of a partner through a service company.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Practice head Barry Stimpson is the main contact for partnership work at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, and he focuses on matters involving law firms, accountants and fund managers. The group is particularly focused on fund management and carried interest LLPs, as well as investment partnerships; these are areas that Jamie Pass is noted for.

Practice head(s):

Barry Stimpson

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Pass; Richard Collins

Testimonials

Barry Stimpson is a good non-contentious partnership draftsman with particular expertise on the hedge fund side.’

Key clients

Red Lion LLP