Slater and Gordon Lawyers are highly proficient and experienced in helping Partners resolve all types of disputes. We provide pragmatic and effective advice in all areas of partnership or LLP disputes. These include advising on the rights and liabilities of the parties following a partner’s or member’s retirement or expulsion from the partnership or LLP as well as the dissolution or winding-up of the organisation. Call our Partnership and LLP Dispute Resolution Solicitors on freephone 0800 223 0772 or contact us online.
These types of disputes can often lead to significant disruption in the day to day running of the business if they are not managed properly and are invariably highly personal, with reputations and careers as well as significant capital often at stake. We are experts in resolving these disputes decisively, pragmatically and sensitively.
Our approach to helping partners and LLP members
In all situations, we are able to offer practical advice from a commercial point of view, seeking to resolve disputes by negotiation and using alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation or arbitration. These are particularly effective tools to achieve sensible and cost effective resolutions as early as possible. They also have the added benefit of being a confidential process.
If this is not a possible route then we can help if court action is needed. We take swift and decisive action and have represented countless partners and members across a variety of industries and have a wealth of litigation and trial experience in dealing with partnership and LLP disputes.
Great relationship with expert accountants
We use specialist and highly experienced forensic accountants to carry out share, goodwill and other valuation work in relation to partnership and LLP disputes. Our longstanding relationships with forensic accountants mean we have immediate and direct access to the right experts.
We regularly advise both remaining and departing partners and members in professional partnerships and LLPs including accountants, surveyors, solicitors, dentists and GPs.
Examples of some of our more recent work includes:
- Acting for a partner in the winding up of a partnership including issues of breach of fiduciary duties and failure to account to partnership and diversion of assets.
- Acting for a partner in a contentious winding up of partnership and distribution of assets.
- Acting for a partner in a dispute regarding enforceability of an agreement to dissolve the partnership.
Another area of potential dispute as between partners is unlawful discrimination. Partners are not employees, and consequently do not have the protection of the Employment Rights Legislation. However, they are protected against unlawful discrimination on the grounds of:
- Marital Status
- Civil Partnership
- Gender Re-assignment
- Pregnancy or Maternity
- Sexual Orientation
- Religion and Belief
The partners may agree as between themselves in the partnership agreement to provide further rights - for example the right to maternity leave, and to paternity and parental leave.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers is one of the UK's largest and well known law firms with offices throughout England, Scotland and Wales including London, Watford, Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Preston and Wakefield.