Roderick I"Anson Banks > Partnership Counsel > London, United Kingdom: England and Wales > Lawyer Profile

Partnership Counsel
16 High Holborn
United Kingdom: England and Wales


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).


Called in 1974. Co-editor of ‘Lindley on Partnership’ since 1979; sole editor of retitled ‘Lindley & Banks on Partnership’ since 1990 (20th edition 2017 and supplements 2018-2020, 21st edition in preparation); author of ‘Encyclopedia of Professional Partnerships’; contributor ‘Private Fund Dispute Resolution’ (2014). CEDR-accredited mediator (1993).


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


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


Reading, films, reluctant gardener

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Partnership

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Roderick I’Anson BanksPartnership CounselRoderick is often instructed directly by law firms on partnership disputes – solicitors use him for their most technical partnership cases.

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.