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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 believes that the requisite level of confidentiality and individual service can only be provided by a small and focused set.

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, 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.

Simon Jelf is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Professional Partnerships.

Above material supplied by Partnership Counsel.

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