What we do: Solicitors to resolve partnership disputes
Partners have a unique business relationship. It’s based on mutual trust and respect – a shared outlook on how to run the business. When the relationship goes wrong it can be difficult to prevent the dispute becoming personalised. We work with partnerships and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) of all sizes across a wide range of business sectors to resolve disputes. Our priority is to forcefully defend the position of the partner or partners we represent and to minimise any impact on the business resulting from the dispute.
We handle all types of partnership dispute including disputes that arise relating to division of assets after a partnership is dissolved or following the death of a partner. Our advice covers:
- Breaches of partnership agreements
- Enforceability of clauses in partnership agreements (members’ agreements in LLPs), including restrictive covenants, compulsory retirement and partner expulsion provisions.
- Disputes over partnership accounts and business valuation mechanisms
- Ownership disputes
- Alleged breaches of fiduciary duties by partners
- Partnership winding up and dissolution issues
- Discrimination issues, including enforceability of rights specified in a partnership agreement
- Partner status issues, including advice on employed/self-employed status for tax and employment law purposes
We also help businesses avoid the disruption caused by partnership disputes through periodic reviews of partnership agreements and partnership processes and working practices.
We encourage existing partnership clients and those approaching us for the first time to get in touch as soon as a disagreement – or the possibility of one – arises. The personal nature of many disputes between partners means they can escalate quickly making partnership dispute resolution more complex and costly than it needs to be.
Who we help: Partnerships and LLPs of all sizes
Partners and members of LLPs facing a partnership dispute approach us from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are a full-service law firm so have the capacity and expertise to advise on partnership disputes in all sectors. Our clients come from traditional sectors including the professions and manufacturing. But we also represent partnerships operating in the emerging, and disruptive industry sectors like technology and energy.
Why use our partnership dispute solicitors?
We’re a modern firm with a fresh approach. Our emphasis on ADR to resolve partnership disputes helps businesses move forward efficiently and reduces the internal upheaval associated with disputes between partners.
Our focus on remote working allows you to get City-quality legal advice affordably. We never compromise on the quality of our advice. Expect to be guided by partner-level solicitors trained at Top 100 UK law firms and lawyers with extensive experience working for national and international commercial organisations.
Find out more about our partnership dispute lawyers:
Commercial and Operations Director
Ashley is a litigator, arbitrator and mediator who joined Harper James from DLA Piper where he spent 28 years, 22 as a partner. He is now the Commercial and Operations Director at Harper James.View profile
Dispute Resolution Partner
A former partner in a leading north-west law firm, Michael is one of our business disputes partners specialising in alternative dispute resolution & litigation for complex claims.View profile
Dispute Resolution Solicitor
Simon is a very experienced dispute resolution solicitor and has worked in private litigation practice for over 20 years.View profile
Dispute Resolution Partner
Ian joined our dispute resolution team in 2016 and has over 20 years of experience in handling a broad range of commercial disputes.View profile
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £99 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
For businesses requiring 60+ hours of support a year, with prices equivalent to £99 per hour.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.