Addleshaw Goddard operates at the top of the partnership leagues, acting for global law firms and Big Four accountancy firms on the full span of mandates. Practice head William Wastie applies his 'considerable experience and gravitas' to contentious instructions, particularly in regards to regulatory investigations and misconduct claims within LLPs. Largely handled by top-rated practitioner Aster Crawshaw, regular transactional work includes LLP acquisitions and all-equity mergers involving extensive SRA regulatory scrutiny. The group is highly regarded for its work in the financial services sector, with Jonathan Cheney advising fund managers and private equity partnerships on structuring and governance issues. Chris Hallinan is a key managing associate whose expertise encompasses regulatory and bespoke litigation funding advice. In addition, an extensive pool of in-house tax knowledge is frequently applied to instructions.
Partnership in London
Other key lawyers:
Aster Crawshaw; Jonathan Cheney; Chris Hallinan
‘They are able to quickly demonstrate the knowledge of the matters they have advised upon and how this experience is applicable to the situation being discussed. It is a leading team due to the long-term commitment to this practice area and ability to grow their own talent from within Addleshaw Goddard.‘
‘William Wastie’s considerable experience and gravitas helps clients grasp challenges quickly.‘
‘Jonathan Cheney has a really good manner and is a pleasure to work with. He quickly gains clients’ confidence in difficult situations.‘
‘Aster Crawshaw has a good understanding of cross-border matters and the culture of international firms.‘
‘Chris Hallinan is a rising star and one for the future. Personable and quickly gains clients’ trust and respect.‘
‘A great depth of knowledge of the professional practices market with sharp insight on the issues of the day.‘
‘Aster Crawshaw offers excellent knowledge and advice of course, but is also a real gentleman. I really like his style.‘
‘A very strong, professional, pragmatic, responsive, experienced, skilled firm that continually demonstrates its sector expertise in advising professional practices and LLPs.‘
Marks & Clerk LLP
Miller Insurance Services LLP
- Advised Marks & Clerk on complex issues concerning the restructuring of its European operations in the context of Brexit and the setting up of an operating branch of the UK LLP in Luxembourg and the obtaining of necessary licences and approvals.
- Advising Miller Insurance Services and the individual members on the sale of the business to joint bidders Cinven (a global private equity firm) and GIC (Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund).
Having fortified its non-contentious partnership practice in recent years under the stewardship of team co-head Zulon Begum, CM Murray LLP fields a full, 360-degree offering, and is retained by LLPs in the financial services, private equity and legal sectors. Frequently advised on are partner exits, lateral moves, appointments and LLP structuring. Team co-head Sarah Chilton steers the contentious side of the practice, which also includes David Fisher. Regular instructions include misconduct investigations, contentious performance issues and responding to whistleblowing complaints. The practice is particularly invested in dealing with sex discrimination, harassment and bullying allegations, with Beth Hale and Emma Bartlett (who joined the firm from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in January 2021) often assisting, while Merrill April, who is described as 'a leader who sets a fine example of excellence', advises on matters of compulsory retirement. Founding partner and 'inspirational leader' Clare Murray is sought out for advice on the enforcement of restrictive covenants.
Sarah Chilton; Zulon Begum
Other key lawyers:
David Fisher; Beth Hale; Emma Bartlett; Merrill April; Clare Murray; Pooja Dasgupta
‘At CM Murray the quality is consistent throughout the hierarchy. The attention to detail is second to none and the quality of advice given and judgement exercised is always measured and appropriate. The standout features at CM Murray are the people (all are friendly, approachable and excellent lawyers); the collaboration and teamwork; the diversity (this is a great environment for equality and diversity); and the sheer professionalism and commitment to furthering the interests of clients.‘
‘Sarah Chilton is outstanding. Razor sharp, responsive, and a real fighter.‘
‘Clare Murray is a market leader. Beth Hale is always great.‘
‘Clare Murray is, in my opinion, simply the best lawyer in her field in the United Kingdom.‘
‘Zulon Begum combines a deep understanding of the governance of partnerships with a pragmatic approach to advising them.‘
‘Clare Murray is an inspirational leader who sets the tone of excellence through an impressive work ethic and her own commitment to maintaining high standards. Merrill April is another partner and leader who sets a fine example of excellence in her own approach and in her mentoring of junior members of staff. Merrill’s experience and legal knowledge is invaluable.‘
‘Pooja Dasgupta is a young lawyer who is also impressive in her output and attention to detail and who no doubt has a bright future in the business.‘
‘The team handles everything with skill, enthusiasm and an unrivalled entrepreneurial spirit. They are at the forefront of thought leadership.‘
- Advised an independent specialist insurance and reinsurance underwriter on the complex structuring of capital investment into its business for underwriting capital purposes and the amendment of its LLP agreement to reflect the investment and new profit distribution arrangements between the members.
- Acting for a retired partner, who is seeking damages in a High Court claim against his former City law firm due to the improper exercise of the firm’s discretion in awarding profit shares, and is seeking an account under the supervision of the Court.
- Represented a professional services partner in an age discrimination claim at the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.
The contentious professional partnerships bench at Farrer & Co features standout partners Anna Birtwistle, 'highly effective adviser' Eleanor Rowswell and Kathleen Heycock. The regulated financial services sector is a focus for the team, with ongoing mandates relating to contentious regulatory investigations, breach of fiduciary duties and partner exits with heavily contested non-compete obligations. Jonathan Haley, who 'inspires huge confidence and knows what he is doing at all times', leads the practice, with extensive knowledge of non-contentious matters ranging from constitutional document drafting to business-critical firm mergers and acquisitions. Andrew Peterkin is also noted for non-contentious work, particularly in regards to the regulation of LLP and LP vehicles.
Other key lawyers:
Anna Birtwistle; Eleanor Rowswell; Kathleen Heycock; Andrew Peterkin
‘Farrer & Co. is one of the top specialist partnership teams. They have a serious depth of knowledge and are also able to draw on their expertise in corporate and employment matters to add to their offering. In addition, they are one of the few firms truly able to marry up their private client and partnership practice to assist those high-net-worth individuals with partnerships forming part of their estates.‘
‘Jonathan Haley’s knowledge of partnership and LLP law is second to none. He is hugely experienced across the range of non-contentious partnership transactions.‘
‘Savvy litigators with good commercial nous.‘
‘It is an excellent team – highly professional and great with clients. It ties in well to the wider services offered by the firm.‘
‘Jonathan Haley is a really good leader. He is superb with big commercial clients, inspires huge confidence and knows what he is doing at all times.‘
‘Anna Birtwistle is an excellent partnership lawyer who is great with people and client focused.‘
‘Eleanor Rowswell brings great skill to her work. A highly effective adviser.‘
Partner of Palatine LLP
Senior Equity Partner of a Big 4 Accountancy firm
Tellsons Investors LLP
Handelsbanken Wealth Management
Ex-senior partner of Bell Pottinger LLP
Somerset Capital LLP
Trustees of central London landed estate
Founding partner of fund management company
- Acting for Handelsbanken Wealth Management, one of the defendants in the Ingenious film finance scheme litigation, which involves a broad range of allegations – including negligence, breach of duty, fraud, breach of contract and misrepresentation – against dozens of defendants, arising out of investments in LLPs involved in film financing schemes.
- Advised a member of Palatine LLP on their negotiated exit from the firm.
- Advised Somerset Capital LLP, a boutique asset manager, on its well-publicised purchase of the £82m Asia Income Strategy fund from Liontrust Asset Management for £2m (with performance-related deferred consideration).
Fielding a bench stacked with leading partnerships lawyers across the contentious and non-contentious disciplines, Fox Williams LLP’ professional services group is a go-to outfit for domestic and global law firms. Practice head Daniel Sutherland and Douglas Preece are particularly sought out by US partnerships for advice on SRA regulation, LLP structuring, conversions and strategic management issues. The contentious bench recently provided representation in a large-scale contentious exit, filing claims for breaches of fiduciary duty and conspiracy on behalf of high-profile international law firms. Leaders on this side include Gavin Foggo and Aron Pope. Numerous LLPs in the financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors also instruct the team. In her role as a consultant, Tina Williams continues to provide strategic advice to some of the firm’s major clients.
Other key lawyers:
Douglas Preece; Gavin Foggo; Aron Pope; Tina Williams
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
IBB Law LLP
Asafo and Co.
King & Wood Mallesons
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C.
Steptoe & Johnson
Holland & Knight
- Advised pan-African law firm Asafo & Co. on its establishment of a London office.
- Advised a major US law firm on the expulsion of its former senior partner, including the complexity of the regulatory issues involved.
- Advised long-standing professional services client TranScrip Partners LLP on a substantial investment by private equity firm Palatine Private Equity.
Cited as 'the embodiment of gender diversity and empowerment', the professional practices group at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP works closely with colleagues in the private wealth practice on partnerships matters of succession and wealth planning. Large-scale, international LLPs across the breadth of professional services sectors retain the team for advice on international structuring, governance, regulatory issues (including SRA authorisation) and partner exits. In addition, the team recently advised on the incorporation of a specialist law firm into a publicly traded competitor. While esteemed practitioner Richard Turnor recently retired, the firm has retained a strong team. Praised as 'a complete star' and 'one of the best in the market', Corinne Staves heads the majority-female department, which also houses key senior associate Rebecca Waterhouse. Contentious instructions continue to grow in volume and generally pertain to dismissals and disputed partner exits; dispute resolution head Rupert Ticehurst is key here.
Other key lawyers:
Rebecca Waterhouse; Rupert Ticehurst
‘The firm has a strong presence in the market on the partnership advisory side and a growing reputation for partnership litigation. They have a total star in Corinne Staves at the head of this team.‘
‘Corinne Staves is a complete star and one of the best in the market. She is unsurpassed in terms of client and interpersonal skills, hugely efficient and capable, fantastic to work with and hugely knowledgeable.‘
‘Rupert Ticehurst brings good litigation skills.‘
‘Corinne Staves is a wonderful ambassador for partnership law and practice. She has a limitless energy and passion for partnership law, and a deeply collaborative approach.‘
‘The Maurice Turnor Gardner partnership practice, led by Corinne Staves, is one of the premier partnership practices in the UK, working with clients and peers in a collaborative and statesmanlike way. They are extremely knowledgeable technically and supremely commercial in their approach. The firm itself is the embodiment of gender diversity and empowerment.‘
Fox & Partners is a ‘genuinely outstanding‘ name for partner-side litigation and arbitration, with ‘razor-sharp and strategically gifted‘ joint team heads Catriona Watt and Caroline Field receiving instructions from senior individuals in global LLPs. As well as acting for high-profile professional services clients, the team is retained by a suite of financial services institutions, for which Dean Fuller provides robust regulatory and corporate governance advice. Ivor Adair and senior associate Shoshana Bacall advise on matters of restrictive covenants, whistleblowing and compulsory retirement. While he has retired from the equity partnership, founding partner Ronnie Fox continues to contribute his market-leading knowledge.
Catriona Watt; Caroline Field
Other key lawyers:
Dean Fuller; Ivor Adair; Shoshana Bacall; Ronnie Fox; Eleanor Diamond
‘Catriona Watt and Eleanor Diamond were helpful, calm and reassuring in a difficult and stressful situation.‘
‘Catriona Watt is superb. When we worked together on the case she showed that she was a very strong and capable lawyer with a full and impressive knowledge of the legal issues and an ability not only to understand them but also to apply the law in an effective way to secure a satisfactory outcome. So impressive.‘
‘Genuinely outstanding. Technically at the top of their game with exceptional strategic nous.‘
‘Caroline Field and Catriona Watt are both outstanding. They have built an exceptional practice and an exceptional relationship in the marketplace. Both are razor sharp, strategically gifted, and a true pleasure to work with.‘
‘Catriona Watt is highly impressive in an understated way and has the ability to condense large quantities of wisdom into a few words. She is particularly good at dealing with demanding clients.‘
‘They can mobilise resources at short notice to assist with urgent issues. The team is knowledgeable both of the law and of the niche regulatory aspects that could impact different sectors, which means they can highlight issues that may not have been considered elsewhere. This gives them a particular advantage with complex knotty cases.‘
‘Dean Fuller is an exceptionally experienced solicitor who guides his clients through difficult matters to achieve exceptional outcomes. He is one of the few partnership solicitors able to give advice on the corporate governance aspects of financial services firms, which is invaluable to his clients.‘
‘All of their partners are incredibly knowledgeable and practical. They marry up their partnership and employment law expertise to provide a complete service to clients.‘
Hempsons’ practice is primarily focused on medical partnerships, with GPs from across the UK retaining the team for the full spectrum of advice. Recent mandates showed a considerable uptick in work relating to primary care networks and associated incorporation and governance issues. Team co-heads Ross Clark, who is 'very thorough, understanding, creative and tenacious', and Ian Hempseed, and the 'professional, highly responsive' Alison Oliver and Justin Cumberlege routinely draft partnership deeds, joint venture agreements and subsequent dispute resolution strategies. Cumberlege also advises on complex GP federation reorganisations. Bryn Morgan’s real estate expertise is applied to partnership-owned site acquisitions and disposals.
Ross Clark; Ian Hempseed
Other key lawyers:
Alison Oliver; Justin Cumberlege; Bryn Morgan
‘Respected and capable practice with many helpful and amiable staff.‘
‘What makes Hempsons’ team stand out is their focus on the client’s business problem rather than just the legal solution. It’s a rounded, client-centric approach that results in better outcomes.‘
‘Ross Clark and his team are exceptional in understanding the legal issues. They have an amazing ability to pull the facts together in short order to produce a highly trusted outcome. The team is completely dedicated to getting the right result. They are a highly qualified, creative team that has excellent technical and legal capabilities in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution.‘
‘Ross Clark is very thorough, understanding, creative and tenacious. He understands the emotional and human element to the litigation and the stress it can cause. He has guided and advised us in way which gives the best outcome and he is exceptional.‘
‘I have found Alison Oliver professional, highly responsive and thorough.‘
‘Justin Cumberlege has depth of knowledge and the ability to understand the issues and the wider implications of those issues, and the experience to offer solutions.‘
‘I was pleased with the detailed and long-term support and advice from Bryn Morgan.‘
Islington GP Group Limited
Camden Health Evolution Limited
East End Health Network Limited
Cleveland Local Medical Committee
Integrated Care 24
One Ellesmere Port PCN
Lincolnshire and District Medical Services Limited
Our Health Partnership
Primary Care Sheffield Ltd
Pennine GP Alliance Limited (PGPA)
NHS East Lancashire CCG
- Advised Cleveland Local Medical Committee on suggested amendments to a template collaboration agreement for NHS general medical practices collaborating to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination programme to be circulated to practice members of the committee.
- Advising East End Health Limited (a PCN-incorporated company comprising four GP practices) on contractual matters, the sharing of staff and a workshop to consider the future development of the company and the development of the board.
- Assisting Pennine GP Alliance Limited with identifying conflict of interest issues and advising on how the governance of the Alliance could be changed to address conflict issues.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
With large-scale, international LLPs and high-profile individuals comprising the bulk of its client roster, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s 'first-class' partnerships practice maintains a strong reputation for handling contentious and non-contentious matters. Team co-head Alan Watts has a strong track record of handling contentious partner exits and Chris Bushell is a go-to litigator for breach of fiduciary duty disputes and damages claims. Team co-head Malcolm Lombers advises law and professional services firms (including Big Four names) on LLP structuring, M&A transactions and joint ventures. Financial institutions instruct the 'brilliant, tough and clever' Tim Leaver and senior associate Nick Wright to advise on restrictive covenants and deed drafting.
Malcolm Lombers; Alan Watts
Other key lawyers:
Chris Bushell; Tim Leaver; Nick Wright
‘First-class litigators whose instruction on the other side is a point of real concern. They are tactically astute and at the top of the Premier League when it comes to partnership disputes.‘
‘Tim Leaver is brilliant, tough and clever. A man to have on your side.‘
‘The team is excellent and amongst the strongest I have ever encountered in the industry.‘
‘Malcolm Lombers stands out for his expertise, manner and ability. He always goes above and beyond.‘
‘A cohesive, diverse and open team.‘
‘Tim Leaver and Nick Wright were incredibly responsive and strong technically. Their straight-talking approach puts everyone at ease and creates a very positive environment for true collaboration.‘
Willis Towers Watson
- Advised KPMG on the carve out, set up and disposal of its UK restructuring and insolvency advisory business.
- Advised Willis Towers Watson on the sale of specialist insurance and reinsurance broker Miller to Cinven, the international private equity firm, and GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.
Kingsley Napley LLP is well equipped to take on contentious partnerships mandates — including those with regulatory and criminal elements — with a cross-departmental approach spearheaded by employment expert Adrian Crawford, who is praised for providing 'clear, tactically focused advice', and go-to regulatory specialist Iain Miller. Acting for individual partners and firms in the professional services sectors, the group is instructed on a high volume of SRA misconduct proceedings; the 'composed and intellectual' Julie Norris and Corinne Aldridge are active in this field. Senior associate Jessica Clay also stands out for her strength in regulatory matters.
Adrian Crawford; Iain Miller
Other key lawyers:
Julie Norris; Corinne Aldridge; Jessica Clay
‘I worked with Julie Norris and Jessica Clay. I have worked in the legal industry for 19 years and I would rate them as the best team I have worked with in terms of human intelligence and strategy. Compassion and emotional intelligence are a much under-used quality in the profession and they both have it in abundance.‘
‘Jessica Clay combines industry know-how with excellent judgement and a superb all-round knowledge of the law.‘
‘Julie Norris is composed and intellectual.‘
‘Adrian Crawford has the knack of digesting detailed and complex information and then providing clear, tactically focused advice.‘
Lewis Silkin LLP fields a 360-degree partnerships practice under the dual leadership of non-contentious expert Fergus Payne and 'absolutely top-notch' litigator Clive Greenwood. An impressive roster of international law firms and a growing list of financial services clients instruct the team on disciplinary matters and sensitive misconduct investigations, with Karen Baxter being the lead partner for the latter. Greenwood's expertise covers disputes concerning compulsory retirements, contentious team moves, expulsions and performance issues, while ongoing transactional highlights include LLP conversions, constitutional drafting and M&A deals. Managing associate Frances Simm also has a contentious focus, including handling disputes arising from restrictive covenants.
Fergus Payne; Clive Greenwood
Other key lawyers:
Karen Baxter; Frances Simm
‘Huge wealth of knowledge and expertise in partnership law.‘
‘Clive Greenwood is absolutely top notch, and always delivers wise, pragmatic advice. A great practical problem-solver who knows the law inside out.‘
‘The partnership team are superb to work with. They are hugely knowledgeable and sensible, achieve results for their clients and really know their stuff. The tie in with a top employment team gives breadth too.‘
‘I regard Clive Greenwood as one of the total stars of the partnership world. I often recommend him and always know people will be delighted with what he does for them. Stellar! And always a total pleasure to work with.‘
‘Fergus Payne is a highly knowledgeable and experienced non-contentious partnership specialist. Great at drafting agreements and sorting out deals.‘
‘Frances Simm is a fantastic associate. She is really bright and great with clients, hugely efficient and wonderful to have on the team.‘
‘The Lewis Silkin team combine a serious level of knowledge about partnerships and LLPs with a hugely practical approach which achieves great outcomes for their clients. They can handle both contentious and non-contentious matters and excel at steering firms through difficult situations.‘
‘Karen Baxter is a real star. An excellent investigator with amazing EQ which really helps her get to the bottom of what has happens in very charged and sensitive situations.‘
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Hickman & Rose
Irwin Mitchell LLP
United Agents LLP
CWM Retail Property Advisors LLP
- Conducting an investigation for an international law firm in response to a complaint about historic abuse of power, sexual harassment and misogyny.
- Advising a leading accountancy firm on a wholesale review and update of its existing LLP membership agreement.
- Advising CWM Retail Property Advisors on refreshing its LLP members’ agreement in connection with the admission of new partners and setting up a new retail consultancy division structured through a new LLP.
With a client roster equally comprising individual members and LLPs, Mishcon de Reya LLP maintains a busy contentious partnerships practice in the financial services and legal sectors. The 'hugely experienced and hugely bright' Joanna Blackburn, Jennifer Millins, who is described as a 'great combination of forensic and commercial', and Greg Campbell lead on litigation and arbitration proceedings concerning contested restrictive covenants and termination provisions. Of note is the team’s involvement in high-profile, precedent-setting whistleblowing claims, as well as complex partnership disputes concerning carried interest entitlement. On the advisory side, the team assists with senior partner hires, constitutional drafting and incentive structuring.
Other key lawyers:
Joanna Blackburn; Jennifer Millins; Greg Campbell
‘Mishcon de Reya have a really experienced team who give excellent advice in this growing area.‘
‘They are excellent lawyers and also very commercially astute and provide an outstanding service to their clients.‘
‘Really excellent at the intersection between partnership and employment litigation.‘
‘Joanna Blackburn is hugely experienced and hugely bright. Great on the tactics, all over the detail and great with clients.‘
‘Jennifer Millins is a great combination of forensic and commercial.‘
‘Jennifer Millins, Joanna Blackburn and Daniel Naftalin are all standout partners who show huge commitment to their clients and are a joy to work with.‘
Millennium Capital Partners LLP
Vista Equity Partners LLP
Apax Partners LLP
Finnegan Europe LLP
Capeview Capital LLP
Fried Frank LLP
Dave White and Clark Coffee, Partners at Tyndaris LLP
The highly experienced dispute resolution bench at Weightmans LLP houses practice head Andrew Cromby, described as 'an extremely able adviser and litigator with real experience and expertise in dealing with partnership disputes', and Manchester-based Richard Corran. The group regularly represents individuals and professional services firms in contentious partnership matters, with current instructions concerning highly contentious exits involving high-value claims. Investigations work is carried out by Manchester-based Michelle Garlick, whose regulatory and compliance knowledge assists with SRA interactions. Edwina Farrell's practice focuses on advising medical practitioners on partnership formations and contentious exits.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Corran; Michelle Garlick; Edwina Farrell
‘Andrew Cromby is a great partnership litigator – robust and knowledgeable.‘
‘I have dealt with Andrew Cromby for many years. He is an extremely able adviser and litigator with real experience and expertise in dealing with partnership disputes. He is down-to-earth, bright and will fight his client’s corner with skill and determination. He is a good negotiator and always keeps focused on the commercial element to any case. Clients adore him because he is approachable and sensible.‘
The partnerships practice at Winckworth Sherwood LLP is active in a diverse range of sectors. Practice head Jo Keddie, who has 'fantastic strategic insight and a real instinct for negotiation', and Bettina Bender act for groups and individual members across the financial services and accounting industries, and in John Hiscock the team has an expert in partnership matters in the residential property sector, both on the investor and developer side. The team has a marked reputation for handling partner-side contentious exits, including forced retirements, while also providing representation in a steady stream of whistleblowing, discrimination and misconduct claims.
Other key lawyers:
Bettina Bender; John Hiscock
‘Highly collaborative. Open and transparent approach to everything.’
‘Jo Keddie is an outstanding professional who always goes the extra mile for her clients.’
‘Extremely focused on this area of law, showing great depth of expertise and experience, accompanied by a very practical and applied approach.’
‘Jo Keddie is a top niche specialist in her area but in addition and unusually she shows compassion paired with intuition.’
‘The team are experts in their field. They are quick to answer queries and questions and provide solutions to issues as they arise, and very collaborative.’
‘The whole team are hugely knowledgeable and collaborative.’
‘Jo Keddie has fantastic strategic insight and a real instinct for negotiation. She is also a great team player – happy to roll up her sleeves and get stuck into the detail. She really goes the extra mile for the client.’
An efficient, well-organised team. Jo Keddie and Bettina Bender were very responsive to the needs of the case as it developed.’
Sovereign Housing Association
BNP Paribas Real Estate/Strutt & Parker LLP
Bennett Briegal LLP
Boutique firm Bennett Briegal LLP is ‘highly knowledgeable and respected‘ in partnership law, having built a strong reputation since its establishment in 2019. Practice co-head Paul Bennett’s regulatory knowledge is applied to complex partnership disputes involving discrimination claims, while fellow co-head Mark Briegal leads on transactional matters. Their recent advice on the market-first merger of a solicitors’ and a PATMA firm is particularly impressive. Numerous IFAs are noted on the client book.
Paul Bennett; Mark Briegal
‘Mark Briegal and Paul Bennett are both fiercely intelligent, outcome-driven, and good-humoured.‘
‘Highly specialised and incredibly user friendly.‘
‘Mark Briegal is extremely knowledgeable and has exceptional interpersonal skills, both with clients and opponents alike. He is very commercial and gets the job done.‘
‘Paul Bennett was professional and knowledgeable but also easy to talk to and approachable.‘
‘Clearly highly knowledgeable and respected.‘
‘Mark Briegel is a pleasure to work with; he is very bright and he is also is highly practical, has good commercial sense and is an excellent communicator. He progresses matters quickly and gets to the essentials.‘
‘Mark Briegal and Paul Bennett are very experienced in their specialisms and well regarded within the legal profession. They do not undertake work outside of their specialist areas which makes them a strong boutique offering.‘
‘Both Mark Briegal and Paul Bennett are exceptional and know their stuff.‘
Kempner & Partners
Russell & Russell
Parrott & Coales
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors
DRE & Co
Lee Bolton Monier Williams
- Advised on the merger between Kempner & Partners and Haseltine Lake in the first merger of its kind, bringing together a firm regulated by the SRA with one regulated by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board.
- Acted in the acquisition of Reynolds Parry Jones Solicitors by Blaser Mills Law, a law firm with six offices across London and various counties.
- Acted for London-based law firm Lee Bolton Monier Williams on its transfer from an 1890 partnership to an LLP.
Based in Bristol and headed by 'particularly astute litigator' Sian Edmunds, Burges Salmon LLP’s partnerships practice works closely with colleagues in the private wealth and corporate departments when advising on non-contentious matters. On the contentious side, expertise in farming partnerships disputes is provided by Edmunds, Kevin Kennedy and senior associate Maddie Dunn, while Chris Seaton and Adrian Martin deal with contentious exits and misconduct allegations. Chris Godfrey provides input at the LLP agreement drafting stages.
Other key lawyers:
Kevin Kennedy; Maddie Dunn; Chris Seaton; Adrian Martin; Chris Godfrey; Justine Reid
‘Kevin Kennedy is realistic, with excellent client focus and impeccable preparation.‘
‘A strong team where partners are closely involved. Real legal expertise coupled with excellent engagement.‘
‘Sian Edmunds is a particularly astute litigator, who understands how to get the best result for her clients even without court action.‘
‘They clearly care for their clients’ interests.‘
‘Justine Reid is excellent. A real pleasure to work with and very supportive, providing information and updates when required.‘
Swiss private bank owned by a Brazil-headquartered group
James Russell Gray
- Advising an international bank on the implications of the adoption by the LLP of a new remuneration policy involving the deferral of bonuses and reinvestment of bonuses into the LLP and its investment products.
- Advising an activist investment professional on a dispute concerning the ownership of an investment fund in the activist shareholder space.
Howard Kennedy LLP’s partnerships practice is highly active in the financial services sector, with instructions being received from groups and individual partners. Assisting predominantly with non-contentious issues, team co-head Robert Craig’s practice covers LLP formations and regulatory advice. Fellow co-head Jane Amphlett’s broad expertise encompasses senior partner appointments and departures, restrictive covenant enforcement actions, and disputes concerning misconduct and discrimination claims. Further contentious expertise is brought by 'brilliant tactician' James Townsend.
Robert Craig; Jane Amphlett
Other key lawyers:
‘A good firm with wide-ranging skills. Very commercial.‘
‘James Townsend is an incredibly good solicitor to have on your side. He is astute, commercial and a brilliant tactician. Completely unflappable and with excellent client care qualities.‘
TCI Advisory Services LLP
TCI Fund Services LLP
- Advising TCI Advisory Services LLP on a wide range of partnership and employment matters.
- Advising TCI Fund Services LLP on partnership and employment matters.
Active across the contentious and non-contentious spheres, RPC advises international professional services firms on LLP structuring and transactional matters, as well as subsequent terminations and reorganisations. Patrick Brodie leads the practice, while Geraldine Elliott brings further contentious expertise to the team, acting on breach of covenant disputes, discrimination claims and dissolutions. Legal director Graham Reid is singled out as the go-to regulatory expert for clients in the legal services sector facing SRA investigations.
Other key lawyers:
Geraldine Elliot; Graham Reid
‘High-calibre partners and associates within a cost-effective firm.‘
Operating out of Bristol, VWV’s 'really strong' partnerships and LLPs group sources a high volume of instructions from nationwide GP partnerships, though law and accountancy firms are also featured on the client list. Oliver Pool, Ben Willis and 'first-rate' practice head Jos Moule provide advice on partnership mergers, GP surgery developments, profit-sharing mechanisms and the enforceability of restrictive covenants. The team recently assisted with property acquisitions via a GP joint venture structure.
Other key lawyers:
Oliver Pool; Ben Willis; Nick Martindale
‘A very good team with excellent partnership knowledge and also a strong presence in medical partnerships.‘
‘Jos Moule is always in demand. He is a great lawyer – wise and knows it all. He is fantastic with clients, and very commercial and sensible. I regularly recommend him.‘
‘Nick Martindale is an excellent member of the team. Very good at partnership work.‘
‘Oliver Pool is a really excellent lawyer and very good with people. He is especially strong on medical partnership matters.‘
‘A really strong team for all shareholder and partnership disputes. An excellent sense of commercial acumen means that costs are never incurred unnecessarily, with mediation and other ADR always promoted to clients appropriately. A strong technical base supports a forceful approach when needed, balanced with one of collaboration when appropriate to deliver the best possible result for the client.‘
‘I work with Jos Moule who is first rate – he has a thorough understanding of the area in which he practises but has also made sure that he understands us as an organisation, including our culture.‘
‘I have worked with VWV for a number of years and found them to be excellent in providing non-contentious advice as well as concise and clear advice on how to navigate those thorny issues I have referred to them.‘
King Edward Street Medical Practice, 27 Beaumont Street Medical Practice and 28 Beaumont Street
Stevens Hewlett & Perkins
Hope House Surgery
Anthony D Bates LLP
Meadowcroft Surgery and BK Health Limited
Atherton Brooks LLP
- Assisted Victoria Medical Centre with drafting a new partnership and merger deed which brought three GP practices together.
- Advising Lakeside Health, one of the largest GP practices in the country with around 70 GP partners, on the terms of a new partnership agreement.
- Advising two GP practices on the joint acquisition of development land from Tesco and the establishment of a joint venture between the two practices of a major new GP surgery in Devon.
In innovative highlights for Bates Wells’ partnerships practice, Luke Fletcher and senior associate Oliver Hunt work closely with Certified B Corporations structured as LLPs with a core focus on social and environmental causes. Practice head William Garnett advises on the structuring of modern partnership agreements and associated exit entitlements as well as contentious discrimination claims.
Other key lawyers:
Luke Fletcher; Oliver Hunt
‘William Garnett is highly proactive and looks for solutions.‘
‘Unique expertise to be able to deal with any partnership issue, particularly those in the charities, social enterprises and now the increasingly important and legally complex B Corp sectors, where they have preeminent expertise.‘
‘Luke Fletcher is just the dominant lawyer in the B Corp/Impact Assessment organisation space and he combines that knowledge with superb legal skills. A very smooth operator in every area.‘
Eos Deal Advisory
Carter Backer Winter
Trustees Unlimited LLP
Hughes Fowler Carruthers
Project X Global
- Advised Carter Backer Winter LLP on the review, amendment and updating of the firm’s LLP agreement.
Acting primarily for financial services partnerships, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises on LLP agreements, profit-sharing negotiations and transactional matters. David Hicks leads the practice, with numerous corporate partners, including James Carter, and private client and tax partner Sophie Dworetzsky also acting on key mandates.
Other key lawyers:
James Carter; Sophie Dworetzsky; Charlie Ring
‘Pragmatic and very good to work with. Good personalities who you’re confident will go the extra mile. The team deserve an excellent reputation and confidence.‘
‘Charlie Ring is a credit to the firm. He consistently goes above and beyond and showed unrelenting dedication to a major transaction for our firm.‘
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Sterling Healthcare Group Ltd
Dalton Strategic Partnership LLP
- Advised Dalton Capital Limited, the parent company of Dalton Strategic Partnership, on its sale to specialist active asset management group Polar Capital Holdings.
- Advised Wimbledon NeuroCare and Ascot Rehabilitation on the acquisition of a healthcare diagnostic centre in New Malden from Harley Street Clinic at The Groves LLP (backed by HCA Healthcare) and related joint venture arrangements with a team of GPs.
- Advised the owners of specialist cyber and tech insurance broker Safeonline LLP on its sale to Howden Broking Group Limited.
Clyde & Co LLP’s professional practices group has a strong contentious offering under practice co-head Chris Holme, whose expertise centres around professional liability and regulatory disputes. Instructions predominantly come from law firms and accountancy companies. Also leading the practice, Simon Vere Nicoll advises on partnership agreements and LLP conversions, while Richard Harrison heads the lawyers’ liability, regulatory, investigations and disciplinary sub-group.
Chris Holme; Simon Vere Nicoll; Richard Harrison
Other key lawyers:
Fergal Cathie; Sarah Clover
‘The team thinks outside the box to understand the needs of your partnership rather than just applying the general law and really understands what is practical and what just doesn’t work in the real world.‘
‘Sarah Clover is superbly responsive and knows the market’s ins and outs, not just the legal advice.‘
‘Superb blend of all-round legal expertise. Strong partners supported by excellent associates.‘
‘Richard Harrison stands out for professional negligence and disciplinary matters, including investigations, especially as regards solicitors. Astute and wise.‘
‘Clyde & Co cover all the bases in being able to service the legal sector’s own legal problems, whether those be regulatory, a professional negligence claim or a partnership dispute. A number of individuals have experience of advising and representing law firms across all three of those areas and that enables them to take a holistic view, for example being aware of the potential regulatory reporting obligations that may arise if a partnership is facing a financial meltdown.‘
‘Sarah Clover brings a calm perspective and deep wisdom to the most fraught situations. Also noteworthy in this area are Fergal Cathie and Richard Harrison.‘
- Advising Rawlinson & Hunter on its conversion from a general partnership to an LLP structure.
Jason Butwick at Dechert LLP handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious partnerships work. Typical instructions for the latter include change of partnership terms and M&A deals. Ongoing disputes relate to breach of contract claims and contentious partner exits. Clients are primarily sourced from the asset management and broader financial services sector.
GSA Capital Partners LLP
Polar Capital LLP
- Represented GSA Capital Partners LLP and six other corporate and individual defendants in a High Court claim brought by Citadel Securities relating to alleged inducement to breach contract and the misuse of confidential information.
- Advising Polar Capital on its acquisition of Dalton Strategic Partnership LLP.
Acting primarily for individual partners, Keystone Law’s practice handles contentious exits in the legal and accountancy sectors. The 'highly knowledgeable' Peter Garry leads on high-stakes court proceedings, while Clive Howard, who joined the firm from Slater and Gordon in January 2021, represents individuals in whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Emma Clark assists with contract drafting and consultant Jonathan Greensmith advises on regulatory issues.
Other key lawyers:
Peter Garry; Clive Howard; Emma Clark; Jonathan Greensmith
‘Peter Garry is a standout partnership practitioner. Very efficient. Very numerate. Highly knowledgeable.‘
Simmons & Simmons LLP
- Defending Simmons & Simmons LLP in an employment tribunal claim brought by a former partner who resides outside the UK.
Macfarlanes LLP’s cross-departmental professional practices and LLPs group has a strong track record in handling legal and financial sector combinations and private equity investments, with additional tax expertise. Jessica Adam took over as head of the practice following John Dodsworth’s role change to a consultant.
Other key lawyers:
‘What impresses me about this firm is the quality and expertise of everyone your interact with. You always feel that the advice you are given is coming from someone who is an expert in a particular area, whether that is at partner level or more junior levels.‘
‘Excellent lawyers with the ability to be strategic as well as detailed.‘
‘Jessica Adam is a standout lawyer in the team. She is exceptionally commercial and experienced and puts the client first always. I trust her advice and consider her an extra member of our management team.‘
‘The unique issues surrounding professional partnership and LLP structures require specialist industry and market knowledge to negotiate most effectively. Jessica Adam’s market and commercial knowledge are very strong. These deals are incredibly complex, and Jessica’s ability to maintain sight of the entire structure allows in-house lawyers to focus on individual issues and rely on Jessica to pull the team back to the 1,000-foot plan when we start to go off-piste.‘
At Payne Hicks Beach LLP, Jonathan Gatward’s practice centres on farming partnerships and landed estates. Ongoing instructions concern limited partnership reorganisations and document drafting, typically in tandem with the firm’s private client and tax teams.
‘Well-resourced and knowledgeable department providing clear, practical advice.’
‘Jonathan Gatward is an approachable individual who provides clear, commercial advice at a reasonable cost.’
Rayner Essex LLP
One Heart Clinic LLP
- Advising a family farming partnership on a significant estate planning exercise, which involved the appointment of trustees to the partnership.
- Advised a landed estate on the creation of a new limited partnership with the objective of preventing the development of VAT inefficiencies in cross-charging between a trust-owned property management and letting business and an individual-owned property-letting business to be managed for the individual by the trustee.
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises fund managers and accountants on merger negotiations, LLP agreement amendments, remunerations systems and restrictive covenants. Practice head Barry Stimpson advises on LLP structures for property development projects in the public sector.