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Partnerships and LLPs

A Partnership or limited liability partnership (LLP) is so much more than a vehicle through which to conduct business - more than just a Partnership Agreement or LLP Deed, it is an identity, a culture and a melting pot of ideas and energy, often combined with politics and tensions. Working in a Partnership or LLP can be as challenging as it is exhilarating; with a myriad of practical and legal issues to consider throughout the lifecycle of the business.

Lifecycle - key areas of advice


  • Partnership and LLP Agreements - drafting, interpreting, amending - and running the process to get support.
  • Capital Investment - tax and employment status
  • Governance, authority, restrictions and member duties


  • Leadership / coaching support
  • Dispute resolution, mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
  • Employment / HR services – including contract and policy documents, immigration and reorganisations
  • Investigations / disciplinary processes - conduct or training
  • Reputation management
  • Intellectual property (IP) / website


  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
  • Departure arrangement, enforcement of restrictive covenants and consultancy arrangements and IR35 issues
  • Closure and insolvency processes and closing account disputes

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Why choose Browne Jacobson solicitors?

Our team not only understands the legal issues around partnerships and LLPs but who also have experience of how to manage the impact these issues can have on the conduct and culture of your business.

Iain Blatherwick leads the team, bringing his experience of 11 years as managing partner at Browne Jacobson - a period which saw the firm grow beyond all recognition, but which also had more than its fair share of challenges. Throughout his career Iain has advised partnership and LLP clients. He is now also a qualified executive coach and keen to work with people in leadership positions, fully understanding the pressure and sometimes loneliness of the role and the responsibilities which go with it.

Partners Ian Deakin and Paul Kirkpatrick and Legal Director Dawn Lobley bring a wealth of experience to the lead team around topics such as partner status, capital needs, disputes, restrictive covenants, conduct issues and investigations. We are backed up by the firm’s specialists on areas such as real estate, taxation, intellectual property, commercial contracts, banking, regulatory -meaning we really can provide all the advice you need for your business from inception to day to day trading challenges right through to exit.

What our clients say....

Whilst the legal understanding is as you would expect from a leading firm of advisors, the ability to relate to the cultural and operational challenges that exist within an LLP is where the true value is added. Empathetic, pragmatic advice based on knowledge, listening and experience.

Andrew Bridge, Managing Partner, Fisher German LLP

Response times were quick and documentation and correspondence was clear. The matter was resolved swiftly and with a very positive outcome. I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul and Browne Jacobson as their understanding of the profession was excellent.

Simon Atkins, Partner - Head of Risk, Cooper Parry