Roderick I’Anson Banks > Partnership Counsel > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Partnership Counsel
Partnership Counsel
9 KING'S BENCH WALK
TEMPLE
EC4Y 7DX
England

Position

Barrister heading up the only chambers specialising exclusively in partnership and LLP law, which he founded in 1991. Although he deals primarily with disputes and problems affecting solicitors’ and other professional firms and LLPs, he also regularly advises in other areas, e.g. hedge fund and farming partnerships.  He has a long track record as a draftsman of all forms of bespoke partnership and LLP-related documentation and extensive experience in contentious matters involving expulsions and compulsory retirements, ‘lock-ins’ and ‘extractions’, firm-wide downsizing operations, dissolutions, Syers v. Syers applications, garden leave and restrictive covenant disputes. He has assisted numerous firms with the process of LLP conversion, including resolving pre-conversion disputes, and the drafting, review and updating of LLP agreements.  At the same time, he continues to draft traditional partnership agreements, retirement and dissolution agreements and other documents in the more traditional partnership field. He is used to providing complex drafts at very short notice.

He is known for his hands-on approach to partnership disputes, yet advocates a subtle and, where possible, preventative approach in the embryonic stages, utilising mediation where appropriate. Advice can be given outside office hours and away from chambers, where confidentiality is at a premium. Most of his litigation work is conducted in arbitrations.

He acted as a consultant to the Law Commission in its review of Partnership and Limited Partnership Law (1999-2003).

Career

Called in 1974. Co-editor of ‘Lindley on Partnership’ since 1979; sole editor of retitled ‘Lindley & Banks on Partnership’ since 1990 (20th edition 2017, first supplement 2018, second supplement 2019, third supplement 2020); author of ‘Encyclopedia of Professional Partnerships’; contributor ‘Private Fund Dispute Resolution’ (2014). CEDR-accredited mediator (1993).

Memberships

Founder member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners; member of the Country Land and Business Association.

Education

Westminster; University College, London (1973 LLB (Hons)).

Leisure

Reading, films, reluctant gardener