Partnership in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Ebrahimi v Westbourne Galleries Ltd; Re Westbourne Galleries Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 03 May 1972

    The words are a recognition of the fact that a limited company is more than a mere judicial entity, with a personality in law of its own: that there is room in company law for recognition of the fact that behind it, or amongst it, there are individuals, with rights, expectations and obligations inter se which are not necessarily submerged in the company structure.

    It is these, and analogous, factors which may bring into play the just and equitable clause, and they do so directly, through the force of the words themselves. A company, however small, however domestic, is a company not a partnership or even a quasi-partnership and it is through the just and equitable clause that obligations, common to partnership relations, may come in.

  • Ebrahimi v Westbourne Galleries Ltd; Re Westbourne Galleries Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 03 May 1972

    The superimposition of equitable considerations requires something more, which typically may include one, or probably more, of the following elements—(i) an association formed or continued on the basis of a personal relationship, involving mutual confidence—this element will often be found where a pre-existing partnership has been converted into a limited company; (ii) an agreement, or understanding, that all, or some (for there may be "sleeping" members), of the shareholders shall participate in the conduct of the business; (iii) restriction upon the transfer of the members' interest in the company—so that if confidence is lost, or one member is removed from management, he cannot take out his stake and go elsewhere.

  • MacKinlay v Arthur Young McClelland Moores & Company
    • House of Lords
    • 23 November 1989

    What he receives out of the partnership funds falls to be brought into account in ascertaining his share of the profits of the firm except in so far he can demonstrate that it represents a payment to him in reimbursement of sums expended by him on partnership purposes in the carrying on of the partnership business or practice — the example was given in the course of argument of the partner travelling to and staying in Edinburgh on the business of the firm — or a payment entirely collateral made to him otherwise than in his capacity as a partner (as in Heastie v. Veitch & Co.

  • Ensign Tankers (Leasing) Ltd v Stokes
    • House of Lords
    • 12 March 1992

    Victory Partnership expended capital of $3,250,000.00 for the purpose of producing and exploiting a commercial film. The production and exploitation of a film is a trading activity. The expenditure of capital for the purpose of producing and exploiting a commercial film is a trading purpose. The section is not concerned with the purpose of the transaction but with the purpose of the expenditure.

  • Popat v Shonchhatra
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 25 June 1997

    While each partner has a proprietary interest in each and every asset, he has no entitlement to any specific asset and, in consequence, no right, without the consent of the other partners or partner, to require the whole or even a share of any particular asset to be vested in him.

  • Joseph Golstein v Colin Bishop
    • Chancery Division
    • 02 May 2013

    If an employer is squeezing out an employee, or a partner is conducting himself in such a way as to make it impracticable to carry on in business with him, this may well be enough even if it is not easy to point to a specific act.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Sample Partnership/LLP Agreement
    • Appendix
    • Partnership and LLP Law - 2nd edition
    • Elspeth Berry
    • 221-234
  • Partnership in Practice
    • No. 38-3, September 1991
    • Probation Journal
    As Probation Committees anticipate their new scope under the Criminal Justice Act 1991 to grant-aid voluntary projects, Harriet Bretherton, an Inner London probation officer seconded as a team lead...
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership
    • No. 5-2, December 2016
    • British Journal of American Legal Studies
    • Tania Voon, Elizabeth Sheargold
    • Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne; PhD (Cambridge); LLM (Harvard); Grad Dip Intl L, LLB (Hons), BSc (Melbourne)/PhD Candidate and Research Fellow, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, LLM (Columbia); LLB (Hons), BA (Melbourne)
    • 341-370
    This article provides an overview of the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), a treaty the parties have described as comprehensive and ambitious, yet also representing a ba...
  • The Foundations of Social Partnership
    • No. 54-2, June 2016
    • British Journal of Industrial Relations
    ‘Social partnership’ between capital and labour is a distinctive characteristic of German industrial relations. Based on a survey of 142 German employers’ associations, we investigate differences i...
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