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Partnership Counsel

London Bar > Partnership Tier 1

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

Leading Juniors

Roderick I’Anson BanksPartnership Counsel 'Roderick is often instructed directly by law firms on partnership disputes - solicitors use him for their most technical partnership cases.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon JelfPartnership Counsel 'Focussed, expert and hugely experienced in partnership and LLP matters. A go-to adviser in this area.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Chambers specialises exclusively in all aspects of partnership and LLP law.

The set: The set was established in 1991 by Roderick I’Anson Banks, who perceived a growing need for a higher level of specialisation than could be provided from a traditional generalist set. Simon Jelf joined him in 1999.

Appreciating the volatility of partnership and LLP disputes, the philosophy of the chambers is to adopt a hands-on approach, working in close and constant contact with clients and their advisers, both in the embryonic stages and throughout the litigation or negotiation process.

Chambers regularly deals with high-profile cases, many of which attract media attention. However, the nature of the work necessarily precludes any public acknowledgment of its involvement.

Types of work undertaken: Chambers deals with all aspects of partnership law, with a particular emphasis on professional partnerships, LLPs and limited/corporate partnerships. A large proportion of chambers’ work relates to advice given to solicitors’ partnerships and LLPs.

On the dispute side, chambers has extensive experience in cases involving expulsions and compulsory retirements, as well as ‘lock-ins’ and ‘extractions’. Other areas in which chambers has particular expertise include dissolution, Syers v Syers orders, garden leave and restrictive covenants.

On the non-contentious side, chambers is, in addition to more routine drafting work, used to devising novel and tailor-made solutions when structuring new or revised partnership or LLP agreements and related documentation, and advising on ways to avoid partnership status in large commercial ventures.

Roderick I’Anson Banks is the editor of Lindley & Banks on Partnership, author of the Encyclopedia of Professional Partnerships and acted as a consultant to the Law Commission in its review of partnership and limited partnership law (1999-2003).

Practice manager Tyroon 7430 2005
Members of Chambers BANKS, Roderick I'Anson (1974)
Members of Chambers JELF, Simon (1996)
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