There can be a lot at stake in a partnership dispute. As well as posing a risk to the business itself, a disagreement may also threaten the careers and reputations of the partners and members involved. This means it’s vital to prevent, manage and resolve any partnership dispute as effectively and efficiently as possible. This can seem difficult when a lot of time, emotion and money has been invested in the business, particularly if the dispute escalates and becomes acrimonious.
At Lewis Nedas Law, when it comes to protecting a partnership or the rights of individual partners, we understand that clear, practical and commercially-minded legal advice can make all the difference. If you need assistance preventing or resolving a dispute, we can help.
We continuously work with partnerships across various sectors and pride ourselves on providing advice and representation aimed at putting our clients in the strongest possible position, whether in negotiations or litigation. We take a cross-departmental approach tailored to your circumstances, so you know you have the best possible legal team working for you. For more information, please contact us.
Our Partnership Dispute Expertise
We have a deep understanding of the legal, commercial and regulatory context partnerships operate in, and vast experience working with partnerships and individual departing or remaining partners from many different sectors and professions, including medical practitioners, accountants, architects, surveyors and solicitors. Our expertise in partnership law includes the following areas:
- Rights and responsibilities of partners and members
- Breaches of statutory duties
- Breaches of fiduciary duties
- Breaches of partnership agreement terms
- Disputes over interpretation of partnership agreements
- Disputes over governance
- Disputes over share of profits or losses
- Partner liability
- Partner misconduct
- Suspension, removal or expulsion of a partner
- Leaving or retiring from a partnership
- Dissolution or winding up a partnership
Whether you are seeking relief or defending against unfounded allegations, our specialist partnership law solicitors are ready to help.
Our Approach to Partnership Dispute Resolution
Our approach is based on taking timely action to achieve early dispute settlement. We always aim to end the dispute swiftly and in a mutually acceptable way that avoids expensive and complex litigation. To that end, we regularly assist clients to resolve partnership disputes through negotiation, mediation and arbitration. These are particularly effective, confidential and low-cost methods of dispute resolution and our specialist partnership dispute solicitors are ready to guide you through the entire process.
If court action is unavoidable, our highly experienced and effective litigators are ready to fight your corner. Our specialist team of civil litigators (all of whom are City firm trained) have strong, highly honed advocacy skills, lengthy experience, commercial acumen and a successful track record acting for individuals and companies both in the UK and abroad. Our fees are also highly competitive.
Partnership Dispute Litigation
If a partnership dispute cannot be settled through alternative dispute resolution, the matter will be determined by the court. Whether a partnership dispute will proceed in the county courts or High Court, and the length of time litigation will take, depends on the size and complexity of the case. Every claim must go through certain stages and meet procedural requirements and deadlines. This requires a pro-active, strategic approach, both when preparing a case and when arguing in court.
The first stage of a partnership dispute claim requires the parties to make a reasonable attempt to settle. If this isn’t possible, proceedings are issued. This next stage requires the claimant to issue a claim form detailing their case, which is then served on the defendant. The defendant must then indicate whether they intend to defend against the claim. If they decide to do so, they must serve their defence and any counterclaim. This stage involves the payment of fees and is subject to strict deadlines. Any failure to meet these requirements is unlikely to attract the sympathy of the court, and can result in the case being struck out or a summary judgment made against the defendant.
Once case management decisions have been made and relevant documents and evidence have been disclosed to the other party, the trial will be held at a predetermined date. This primarily involves oral hearings where each party’s advocate puts forward their client’s case on the basis of evidence and law. Once the trial ends, the judge will make a decision. In some situations, it may be possible to appeal the decision. If the unsuccessful party fails to adhere to the judgment, enforcement measures are available.
If you are involved in a partnership dispute or have been threatened with legal action, you need expert advice from experienced litigators. Our specialist partnership law advocates are ready to guide your claim or defence throughout the entire process.
Lewis Nedas Law – Award-Winning Partnership Dispute Solicitors
If you are involved in a dispute or have been threatened with legal action, you need expert advice. Our solicitors have decades of experience advising and representing clients across the full spectrum of legal areas. We have been particularly successful assisting clients to resolve disputes concerning the rights and liabilities of parties following a partner’s retirement or removal, or if the partnership is being dissolved or wound-up.
With offices in Camden and Mayfair, we represent and advise clients in Central London, West London, North London and across the UK. For more information on how our specialist partnership dispute lawyers can help you, please contact us.