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Partnership

We have specialist partnership practitioners, who are leaders in the field of partnership litigation and advice.

Ten Old Square is ranked Band 1 in Partnership in Chambers UK Bar 2020: “A market-leading set of highly regarded partnership practitioners who have a strong focus on contentious partnership work, but also handle non-contentious matters. Members are involved in partnership disputes and dissolutions for a wide range of clients, including those from the financial services, accounting and legal industry sectors. Farming and medical partnership disputes are also undertaken. All manner of issues are handled including partner exits, team moves, duties within partnership, restrictive covenants and discrimination claims, to name but a few.”

Ten Old Square is ranked as a Teir 1 Leading Set in Partnership in Legal 500 2020: “Ten Old Square’s members are veritable partnership and LLP law experts, instructed by both partnerships and individuals across a wide variety of sectors in disputes and advisory matters relating to sensitive internal issues. In a particular highlight, Gideon Roseman successfully acted for the claimant and first Part 20 defendant in Shah v Shah, the third trial in a partnership dispute between brothers who operated businesses in England and India, and involving the interaction of various debts with a non-partner and the ability of the debtor partner to seek a contribution from other partners. Also of note, Jeremy Callman regularly acts for managing partners of major law firms and accountancy firms in highly-sensitive internal issues, and has substantial experience in non-contentious matters including drafting and updating LLP agreements.”

 

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Our members deliver high quality legal expertise combined with a down-to- earth and collaborative approach.

If you would like to discuss a specific case, arrange a meeting or receive further information about any of our members, areas of expertise or about the way we work in general, please contact our clerks who will be happy to provide further guidance.

Call +44 (0)20 7405 0758
Email clerks@tenoldsquare.com

"Very user-friendly, incredibly approachable and very sensible"

Chambers UK 2020

"Top of the game for partnership and LLP work"

Legal 500 2020

"Just excellent for partnership work and is involved in most of the leading cases."

Legal 500 2018

"Astonishingly bright and possessed of knowledge which is second to none in this area."

Chambers UK 2018

"Very careful in a positive sense: you know you'll get the highest level of analysis - which is what wins cases."

Chambers UK 2018

"This set has a fine pedigree in partnership matters, and contains a number practitioners skilled in the field. Contentious matters are a forte for the set, with counsel often being instructed on the highest-profile cases around."

Chambers UK 2017

“Excellent set for partnership and Chancery work, very userfriendly, can-do approach. Members combine expertise with an empathetic approach."

Legal 500 2016

"One of the standout sets for partnership law."

Chambers UK 2016

“It is hard to imagine how chambers could improve its service; individuals go the extra mile and are very easy to deal with."

Legal 500 2016

“This dynamic Chancery set has a fine reputation for partnership work, and is led by partnership colossus Jeremy Callman."

Chambers UK 2015

“It is particularly well-regarded for its work in contentious partnership disputes, and its barristers receive praise across the board for their exceptional strength in advocacy, drafting and client service."

Chambers UK 2015

The partnership team provides experienced barristers ranked in both legal journals and variously described as “highest service level I have ever experienced… thoroughness, intellectual rigour and sheer determination”, “like gold dust”, “clever and approachable”, ”authoritative, thorough and reliable”, “absolutely fantastic” and “extremely bright, with a deep and detailed knowledge of all things partnership and LLP”.

Our barristers deal with partnerships, LLPs and LPs of all types: from professional services, hedge funds and private equity to agricultural, medical and family property partnerships. Members regularly appear in court, arbitration and mediation as well advising management on internal issues and dealing with non-contentious advisory work.

Notable cases include:

  • Castledine v RSM Bentley Jennison [2011] EWHC 2363 (Ch);
  • Eaton v Caulfield [2013] EWHC 2214 (Ch); [2015] 1 BCLC 634;
  • Khawaja v Popat [2016] EWCA Civ 362;
  • Muhammad v ARY Properties Ltd [2016] EWHC 1698 (Ch);
  • Otuo v Brierley [2015] EWHC 1938 (Ch); [2015] EWCA Civ 1143; [2016] EMLR 6
  • Patley Wood Farm LLP v Brake
  • Popat v Khawaja [2015] EWHC 2481 (Ch)
  • Re Stay in Style [2016] EWHC 1041 (Ch)
  • Reinhard v Ondra LLP [2015] EWHC 26 (Ch); [2015] EWHC 1869 (Ch); [2015] EWHC 2943 (Ch)

Examples of areas which members regularly deal with include:

  • Partner and member exits: expulsion and compulsory retirement
  • Team moves and lateral hires
  • Partnership property and assets (including goodwill)
  • LLP and partnership agreements: drafting and construing key clauses
  • Status of partners/members (employee versus partner/member)
  • Duties within partnerships and LLPs
  • Unfair prejudice in LLPs
  • Restrictive covenants and garden leave in partnership disputes
  • Dissolution and termination of partnerships and taking accounts
  • Partnership and LLP insolvency
  • Discrimination issues in partnerships
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