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Partnership

We act for individual partners in dealings with the firms, whether that is advice upon joining a partnership, to include the review and negotiation of terms; or in more contentious situations, resolving workplace disputes and progressing these through litigation and arbitration.


In a workplace dispute, a partner may find themselves in conflict with the firm, and in a difficult predicament. While on the one hand, more senior than the employees, with greater status, recognition and reward, there may be greater pressures, liabilities and less certain workplace rights available than for staff, as well as more restrictive processes for resolving disputes, and far greater reputational risk.

Shine Lawyers are familiar with the dynamics of partnership, and the challenges faced by partners in these situations. We can work with you to enhance your position and negotiate effectively on your behalf; or guiding you in the background, if this operates more to your advantage.

In times of market change, and facing economic pressure, changes to the firm’s structure may be proposed, which could have implications for you and your career progression at the firm. Where this is the case, we can help work out your entitlements and alternative strategies to determine your best course.

We recommend taking early advice if you are considering exiting a partnership, in order to manage your move most effectively, exercising caution to avoid unnecessary risks and mitigate others. Where there is a split in the partnership, increasingly the firm may threaten proceedings to make an example and deter other partners from following suit. We have experience in injunctive proceedings and will help navigate these challenges with you, alive to the reputational and regulatory issues that may arise.

We also act for partners facing difficult situations, such as discrimination and disciplinary investigation. We are ready to take action against the firm on your behalf and to defend your position and financial interests, always with a clear focus on the future and the next steps in your career.

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