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Partnerships and LLPs for Professional Services

Ranked by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 in the top tier of advisors in this area, our multi-disciplinary team advises on every aspect of partnership and LLP law, practice and regulation.

Our team’s experience is second to none, with clients in all professional sectors, including lawyers, accountants, surveyors, architects, actuaries, doctors, dentists, management consultants and financial services firms.  The commercial solutions to many of the issues faced by partnerships and LLPs cannot be found in textbooks. Experience in handling these issues is essential. The depth of experience of our partnership law group is unrivalled.

 Our Expertise

  • Structuring, including the formation of multinational and regulated entities
  • Mergers
  • Joint ventures
  • Restructurings
  • Alternative business structures for law firms.
  • Partner and team moves, for both firms and individuals
  • Discrimination
  • Litigation
  • Regulation and compliance, including FSA and SRA regulation
  • Strategic management advice
  • Sponsor licence applications

 Our experience

  • Advising on the merger of a top 100 law firm, including advising on the management of the merger process technical advice as to its   implementation and the merged entity’s constitution.  Our market knowledge and experience meant we could quickly identify areas where issues may arise.
  • Carrying out an LLP conversion for a firm of accountants with over 50 partners, dealing with all aspects of the conversion.
  • Advising on the establishment and structuring of over 25 US law firms, including several ‘white shoe’ firms, including advice on critical English regulatory issues.
  • Restructuring a management consultancy into an LLP and associated corporate entities, working with tax advisers to achieve the optimal solution.
  • Restructuring a pharmaceutical consultancy to enhance staff incentivisation options and to implement the firm’s international growth strategy.  We have advised this client from inception to its current level of 25 partners.
  • Advising a major specialist personal injury firm on the opportunities presented by the Legal Services Act and on the preparatory steps necessary to introduce non-lawyer investment.
  • Advising both firms and individuals on contentious team moves in the legal and accounting sectors, helping groups of partners and the firms to which they are seeking to move overcome significant legal obstacles.


Recent news, articles and deals:

Reminder: Check if your LLP Members will be taxed as Employees from 6 Aprilmore
Criminal Finances Act 2017 - failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasionmore
The Taylor Review more
Tina Williams writes in the Solicitors Journal more
Daniel Sutherland featured in the Global Legal Postmore
Daniel Sutherland writes in Accountancy Age on how the PSC register will affect LLPs. more
What are the key growth drivers for law firms in 2016? Fox Williams and Byfield Consultancy launch major new research into alternatives to mergermore
Divide and prosper: Selling part of a law firmmore
Fox Williams strengthens key practice areas with appointments from Pinsent Masons and Allen & Overy more
Forthcoming Changes to Tax Treatment of LLPs and Membersmore
Has partners\' tax status been turned upside down in the Budget?more
SRA Seeking to Extend Regulation to International Law Firmsmore
5 Lessons Learned on Alternative Business Structuresmore
A Legal World of Opportunity more
ABSolutely Fabulous - A study of Alternative Business Structures and their role in a changing legal marketmore

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Who should I contact?


Gavin Foggo
Direct dial: +44 (0)7967 593 601


Douglas Preece
Direct dial: +44 (0)7752 613 717


Daniel Sutherland
Direct dial: +44 (0)7568 101 753


Tina Williams
Strategic Consultant
Direct dial: +44 (0)7725 670 830


  • Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe 2013 - Leading Individual
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 - Leading Firm
  • The Lawyer UK 200 - Listed Firm
  • The Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 - Shortlisted
  • Investors in People - Bronze