Partnership Disputes

Resolving Partnership Disputes

Partnership disputes can disrupt your cash flow, staff and clients. We help clients resolve partnership disputes with fast & affordable solutions. Our lawyers and mediators are among the “best litigators in the country“.

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Expert Partnership & Shareholder Dispute Lawyers in London

We are a leading City of London law firm dedicated to providing fast and affordable solutions to clients involved in partnership disputes and disagreements. We help clients to resolve partnership disagreements quickly and cost-effectively to ensure minimum disruption to business operations.

Our expert partnership dispute lawyers understand that partnership disputes can be complex (and sometimes emotional), involving nuanced interpretations of partnership agreements, and understanding commercial interests, and the personal interests of the partners. Our approach to partnership disputes is tailored to the specific needs of each partnership, recognising that every business relationship and outcome is unique. 

Whether you are facing a dispute over financial matters, management decisions, or contractual obligations, our partnership dispute lawyers are here to guide you through the complexities of partnership law and achieve a resolution that protects your interests.

Our partnership dispute lawyers specialise exclusively in commercial litigation and dispute resolution and are advisers of choice for many clients in England & Wales with partnership disputes. We frequently act in complex partnership disputes, including disputes related to:

  • Diverting Business from the Partnership
  • Breach of Partnership Agreement
  • Dissolution
  • Misappropriation of Funds
  • Disputes Over Profit Share
  • Disputes Over Business Direction
  • Management Style Conflicts
  • Personal Disputes Affecting Business Operations
  • Withdrawal or Addition of Partners to the Business
  • Managing Allegations of Financial Mismanagement
  • Fraud
  • Quasi Partnership Disputes

Case Example – Successful Resolution of Partnership Dispute

Our expert partnership lawyers have successfully acted for many clients with partnership disputes including where there is no formal partnership agreement. Our aim is always to resolve matters quickly so that there is minimum disruption to the business and its clients and find an amicable solution (or to agree favourable settlement terms) but sometimes Court action is necessary.

Our lawyers recently represented a partner in a dispute with his co-partner involving allegations of misappropriation of funds, diverting business and breach of the partnership agreement. 

Our expert lawyers were able to negotiate a successful outcome within 3 months of instruction. In this case, the partners could no longer work together as the trust had been broken. There was an agreed settlement as to the separation of clients and finances (including taking into account the funds that had been misappropriated by the other partner).

Winning Approach to Resolving Partnership Disputes

We pride ourselves on our client-centric and results-driven approach, tailoring our litigation strategies and funding solutions to meet the unique commercial needs of each client.

Our partnership dispute lawyers are recognised among the best lawyers in England & Wales, and have regularly been asked and featured to write authoritative articles in the Financial Times, Law Society and LexisNexis and have been quoted in City AM, the New Law Journal, Law Society Gazette and Litigation Futures.

Our specialist litigation team is Partner-led to provide straightforward, honest and strategic advice. We also have a strong legal network of solicitors, barristers and forensic accountant experts to call upon and advise you throughout to ensure you get the best result.

Our unique approach to partnership and shareholder disputes means that we will:

  • Arrange a Free Consultation with you & a qualified lawyer to discuss your partnership dispute
  • Arrange a WhatsApp group with you & your legal team
  • Free Asset Tracer & Due Diligence Report
  • Investigate the merits of your claim & create a strategy for success
  • Work with our in-house accountants to report any financial losses
  • Send documents easily through our secure client portal, Go Transfer
  • Advise you on any judgments & tactics that have proved successful in other partnership disputes
  • Assess the amount you may be able to recover
  • 24/7 chat feature with a qualified lawyer
  • Fixed fees & “no win no fees” are available
  • Work hard to get the best outcome

Our partnership dispute lawyers offer regulated, independent & confidential legal advice and are dedicated members of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association, the London Solicitors’ Litigation Association, the Association of Cost Lawyers, the Insolvency Lawyers Association and the Commercial Litigation Association.

Mediation in Business Partnership Disputes

Mediation plays a crucial role in resolving partnership disputes and disagreements. Alternative dispute resolution, where suitable, provides many advantages for parties in partnership disputes. It offers the parties control over the process and a more collaborative and less adversarial approach than litigation, focusing on finding mutually agreeable and flexible solutions. 

Mediation can often be cheaper and can be particularly useful when negotiating outcomes that the Court will not be able to order such as a split of the clients, assets and intellectual property.

Our lawyers are strong advocates for mediation, which can often lead to favourable settlements in partnership and business disputes. Several of our lawyers are trained mediators and expert negotiators who are registered members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the International Mediation Institute. 

Our expertise in mediation gives our partnership dispute lawyers a significant and unique advantage when navigating settlement discussions on your behalf.

Fixed Fees & Flexible Funding Options 

We provide flexible funding options including fixed fees and “no win no fee” arrangements to achieve a resolution in your partnership and shareholder dispute.

We provide exceptional legal services to get you the best outcome quickly and cost-effectively: this is our promise. 

If you have a partnership dispute or are concerned about a disagreement within your business, please book a Free Consultation with our expert partnership and shareholder dispute lawyers. You can call us on 0207 459 4037 or use our booking form below.

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Our Mission

Our partnership dispute lawyers have a proven track record of delivering successful outcomes for clients who are in disagreement. Go Legal was founded to make exceptional lawyers accessible and solutions affordable.

Our lawyers and mediators have decades of experience and specialise exclusively in commercial litigation. Our lawyers have been described as “the best litigators in the country” & provide solutions to clients in the following areas of law:

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Our Story

Having worked more than a decade in law and fuelled by his passion for access to justice, Karim envisaged a different law firm – one that stood as a symbol of hope, fairness, and an unwavering dedication to justice. By providing legal services through a partnership with Go Legal and Spencer West, Karim has been able to create this vision.

Karim did not have a storybook beginning. His childhood echoed with challenges, where he witnessed his family and friends struggle with legal issues. It made him realise that there are individuals and businesses caught up in the complexities of the UK legal system who need reliable, affordable and technically astute lawyers to get results.

Our lawyers make a promise – we will work hard to achieve the best outcome for you. We are here to help!

Our Values

Our firm’s values ensure that we consistently exceed client expectations. We are:

  • Honest: Our lawyers are trusted by many clients
  • Generous: We are technically astute lawyers with compassion, & a genuine desire to help
  • Dedication: Our lawyers tackle each case with relentless dedication & work tirelessly to achieve a successful outcome
  • Innovative: We have access to technology & strategies not used by other law firms
  • Guardians: Our lawyers will guide you through every legal step, ensuring clarity & understanding at all stages







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Our team of award-winning legal experts are renowned for their technical expertise, honesty and dependability. We prioritise customer satisfaction by providing personalised attention and ensuring that we consistently exceed client expectations throughout.

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Rapid Response​

We understand the urgency of legal matters and offer 24/7 support to clients. Whether you require immediate assistance with legal advice or representation, our team is always available to provide prompt and reliable support. We will create a Whatsapp group with you and your legal team once instructed if you have any out of hours questions throughout your partnership and shareholder dispute.

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Fair and Transparent pricing

We provide honest estimates for our legal services at the very outset. We are often instructed on an hourly rate basis, but we can offer discounted fixed fee packages, and no-win no fee agreements. For further information, please see our Funding page which sets out some of the packages we may be able to offer clients.

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Fast & Reliable

Efficiency and dedication to our clients’ needs are the cornerstones of our practice. We have earned the appreciation and praise of clients and even our opponents by consistently meeting high standards and delivering exceptional results.

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Qualified and Regulated

Our partnership and shareholder disputes team consists of highly qualified and regulated legal professionals who possess extensive knowledge and experience in dispute resolution. You can trust that your legal matter will be handled by specialist and experienced lawyers who provide the highest level of service to achieve the best result for your case.

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Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

We are so confident in our ability that we give our clients a service level guarantee. If you are not happy with the service we provide on your case, you can request a 10% discount on our invoice(s) no questions asked.

Free Partnership Disputes Assessment

Complete the short 2 minute questionnaire below to receive a tailored report to your email, summarising the assessment and providing further guidance on your partnership dispute.

Disclaimer: Please note that this questionnaire is for initial assessment purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information provided in this questionnaire and subsequent report will be used solely for evaluating the potential partnership dispute. By submitting this form, you agree to our privacy policy and terms of service. Please do not hesitate to call us or complete our booking form below to schedule a Free Consultation with our lawyers.

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Fixed Fee Packages

Our funding solutions have been designed by our partnership dispute lawyers to alleviate the financial burden and enable you to focus on your business.

Consultation & Strategy

This includes:
  • Considering your case papers in advance of conference (including partnership agreement)
  • Detailed investigation & due diligence of your partnership dispute
  • Up to 2 hour consultation with our expert lawyers
  • External counsel advising in conference with our expert partnership lawyers
  • Letter of advice setting out merits of your dispute and the next steps (and strategy)

Case Preparation

This includes:
  • All Consultation & Strategy package
  • Preparing a detailed letter before claim to the other partner(s)
  • Liaising with forensic accountants if necessary to determine the financial loss
  • Considering any early Part 36 or protective offers to resolve your case early
  • Considering any urgent applications such as injunctions to prevent ongoing issues
  • Considering the Letter of Response from the other partner(s)


This includes:
  • All Case Preparation package
  • Preparing Claim Form and Particulars of Claim to be filed at Court & served
  • Engaging in correspondence
  • Considering & advising you on any Defence filed
  • Further advice conferences
  • Considering any early Part 36 offer and/or mediation


Karim Oualnan handled a contractual case to a successful resolution. Karim was very diligent, always providing great, honest advice in which Karim always put my best interests at the forefront of his suggestions during the case. He is very reliable, trustworthy and always on hand to help. I would highly recommend Karim.
I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Karim and his team. I had been banging my head against a brick wall after my bank forced the closure of my accounts and froze a substantial amount of my cash assets. Karim quickly reviewed all of the documentation relating to the matter and issued a letter before claim and formal...
We hired Karim for a commercial dispute, with a UK based entity that breached our P.O. terms. The difficulty with the case was that we have paid a down payment without much leverage to recover it. The supplier misled us forever 2 years and finally decided not to pay our down payment. However, with the support of the lead lawyer...
Very satisfied with the way that Karim Oualnan and his team took hold of a messy conveyancing professional negligence claim, and progressed it all the way through to an amicable settlement in just over 6 months. Professional, courteous, knowledgeable and also pragmatic with advice and strategy. I would not hesitate to recommend.
Karim offered me some advice regarding a lease issue. He was kind , courteous, knowledgable and above all really generous with his time and support . I would recommend Karim in a heartbeat for explaining things so clearly without patronising and for making me feel so at ease.
Karim is wonderful to work with, attentive, calmed and a knowledgeable professional. I appreciate his help a lot, he guided me in a way that not a lot of people does. Reliable and a great motivator.

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Partnership & Shareholder Disputes FAQs

A partnership dispute can arise when disagreements or conflicts exist between partners in a business. These disputes can cover a wide array of issues, such as disagreements over the interpretation of the partnership agreement, conflicts regarding the direction or management of the business, disputes over the distribution of profits and losses, or challenges involving the conduct or contribution of individual partners.

The complexity of these disputes often lies in the blend of legal, financial, and dynamics within the partnership. Since partnerships typically involve closely-knit relationships and shared responsibilities, disagreements can quickly escalate and impact the overall functioning of the business.

Our expert dispute resolution lawyers specialise in handling various aspects of partnership disputes. We provide comprehensive legal support, from interpreting partnership agreements to mediating conflicts and representing partners in legal proceedings. Our approach is to understand the nuances of each dispute and offer tailored solutions that protect our client interests.

Partners facing disputes can benefit from our expertise in navigating these complex issues. To discuss your partnership dispute and explore solutions for your business, you can book a Free Consultation at 0207 459 4037. You can also find out more information about Director and Shareholder business disputes on our dedicated page here.

Resolving a partnership dispute legally can take several forms depending on the nature of the dispute and the willingness of the parties to cooperate. Common methods include negotiation, where the partners try to reach an agreement through direct discussions; mediation, involving a neutral third party to facilitate a resolution; arbitration, where an arbitrator makes a binding decision; and litigation, which involves taking the dispute to court. The chosen method often depends on the severity of the dispute, the terms of the partnership agreement, and the partners’ relationship. Several of our lawyers are trained mediators, and this can be a significant advantage when negotiating an outcome on your behalf.

Litigation is generally considered a last resort due to its cost, time consumption, and potential to damage relationships. However, our lawyers have extensive experience in obtaining successful outcomes through litigation for clients involved in partnership disputes.

Moreover, depending on the nature of the partnership there may also be regulatory considerations particularly if there are allegations of fraud and misappropriation of funds. Criminal prosecution could also be pursued through private prosecution or CPS referral.

We can talk about the various options and strategies in consultation with you once we understand your legal issue. If you wish to arrange a Free Consultation with our expert partnership dispute lawyers, please do not hesitate to call us on 0207 459 4037 today.

It is important to have a written Partnership Agreement before starting on any new business.  It can serve as the foundational framework for your business, outlining the rights, responsibilities, and relationships of the partners. Not only does it provide clarity and structure, but it also helps in preventing and resolving disputes that may arise in business.

The key benefits of having a properly drafted Partnership Agreement can include:

  • Clear Definition of Roles and Responsibilities: It specifies each partner’s role, helping to prevent misunderstandings about who is responsible for what within the business.
  • Profit and Loss Distribution: The agreement details how profits and losses will be shared among the partners, which is essential for financial transparency and fairness.
  • Decision-Making Processes: It outlines how decisions are made, including voting rights and procedures, ensuring that each partner’s voice is heard and that decisions are made in an orderly manner.
  • Dispute Resolution Mechanisms: In case of disagreements, the agreement can provide a predefined method for resolution, which can be less costly and time-consuming than legal action.
  • Handling of Departure or Death of a Partner: The agreement can include provisions for what happens if a partner wants to leave, becomes incapacitated, or dies, thereby protecting the business’s continuity.
  • Investment and Capital Contributions: It specifies the financial contributions of each partner and the process for future investments or capital needs.
  • Protecting Intellectual Property and Confidential Information: The agreement can include clauses to protect the business’s intellectual property and confidential information.

Our lawyers can assist in drafting and analysing partnership agreements to ensure that they are robust, and in some cases, a properly drafted partnership agreement can serve to prevent disagreements and disputes. If you wish to arrange a Free Consultation with our expert partnership dispute lawyers, please call us on 0207 459 4037 or complete our online booking form.

Resolving disputes and disagreements in a 50/50 partnership can be challenging, but it is essential for maintaining the health and success of your business. In a partnership, disagreements are inevitable, but effective management of these disputes is crucial to prevent escalation, potential legal complications, and damage to your business.

Our experienced partnership dispute lawyers consider that the following tips can be useful in handling partnership and shareholder disputes:

  1. Open Communication: Initially, address the issue directly with your partner. Open and honest communication is often the most effective way to resolve disagreements. Discussing the problem may lead to a mutual understanding or reveal underlying issues that need attention.
  2. Review Partnership Agreement: Refer to your partnership agreement (if one exists). This document should outline procedures for handling disputes. If your agreement includes a dispute resolution clause, follow the specified process.
  3. Mediation and Negotiation: Consider mediation or negotiation, which involves a neutral third party. Mediators can facilitate discussions, helping partners find a mutually acceptable solution without going to court. Several of our lawyers are expert mediators and negotiators and can provide you with valuable insight and advantages when negotiating on your behalf.
  4. Legal Advice: If informal methods fail, seek legal advice. Our expert partnership dispute lawyers can advise and pursue legal remedies to obtain a successful outcome for you.
  5. Arbitration or Litigation: Arbitration is a private form of dispute resolution, while litigation involves going to court. This route may be guided by the partnership agreement. For example, it might have an exclusive arbitration clause. In any event, our lawyers have experience in both legal options. Both are more formal processes and can be costly and time-consuming.

If you have a partnership dispute or need advice on preventing future disagreements, our legal partnership dispute lawyers are here to assist.

Our lawyers have recently written an article on how to resolve partnership disputes within a deadlock company – Guide on how to get rid of a 50/50 Business Partnership in the UK

We specialise in partnership and shareholder disputes, offering tailored solutions to protect your interests and the health of your business.

Call us for a Free Consultation on 0207 459 4037.

A partnership agreement is crucial in shaping the course of a dispute within a partnership. It serves as a legally binding contract that outlines the roles, responsibilities, and procedures for resolving conflicts among partners.

When a dispute or disagreement arises, the first point of reference is usually the partnership agreement, which can provide clear guidelines on how to manage and resolve the conflict.

For example, the partnership agreement may specify the decision-making process, steps for mediation, or conditions for arbitration.

In the absence of a partnership agreement, or if the agreement is silent on certain issues, partnership disputes can become more complex, often requiring intervention through legal channels and greater emphasis on evidence/conduct of the parties as to the terms of the partnership venture.

Our expert lawyers can assist in interpreting the partnership agreement, providing clarity on its implications for the current dispute. Our lawyers offer expert advice on the best course of action based on the terms of the agreement and ensure that all actions taken are legally compliant.

If the partnership agreement does not address the specific issues at hand, our lawyers can guide partners through alternative dispute resolution methods or represent you in court proceedings to achieve the best outcome for you.

To book a Free Consultation with our business partnership dispute lawyers, you can call us on 0207 459 4037 or you can use our booking form below.

In a partnership dispute, partners have both rights and obligations that must be respected and fulfilled.

These are often outlined in the partnership agreement and governed by relevant laws. Rights typically include the right to access partnership records, participate in decision-making, and receive an equitable share of profits. Obligations involve adhering to the terms of the partnership agreement, acting in the best interest of the partnership (fiduciary duty), and avoiding actions that would harm the partnership or other partners.

Expelling a partner from a partnership is a complex and often contentious process, governed by the partnership agreement and applicable laws.

Typically, expulsion is permissible under certain circumstances, such as a breach of the partnership agreement, conduct detrimental to the partnership, or legal issues like bankruptcy or criminal activity. The partnership agreement may outline specific procedures and grounds for expulsion, which must be followed to ensure the process is legal and fair.

Our lawyers have recently written an article that provides more information – Guide to How to Get Rid of a 50/50 Business Partnership in the UK.

Our partnership and shareholder dispute lawyers can guide you through the expulsion process, ensuring it complies with legal requirements and the terms of the partnership agreement.

We can assist in gathering evidence, conducting negotiations, and representing the partnership in legal proceedings if necessary. Our expertise is crucial in navigating these challenging situations while minimising potential legal risks.

If you are considering expelling a partner or facing expulsion, book a Free Consultation with our lawyers for expert advice on resolving partnership disagreements.

Partnership disputes can have significant financial implications, affecting not only the immediate cash flow but also the long-term financial health of the business.

When partners disagree, it often leads to disruption in daily operations, potentially causing a loss of revenue and harm to the business’s reputation. The cost of resolving a dispute, whether through negotiation, mediation, or litigation, can be substantial. Legal fees, court costs, and the time spent away from running the business can also contribute to the financial burden.

Our expert dispute resolution lawyers understand the complexities and financial stakes involved in partnership disputes. We work diligently to navigate our clients through the turbulent waters of legal disagreements, aiming to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively. Protecting your financial interests is our top priority, and we strive to minimise the impact on your business.

If you are facing a partnership dispute and are concerned about its financial implications, do not hesitate to reach out.

To book a Free Consultation with our expert partnership dispute lawyers, you can call us on 0207 459 4037 or use our booking form below.

To prevent disputes in a partnership, several proactive steps can be taken:

  • Comprehensive Partnership Agreement: A well-drafted partnership agreement is essential. This document should detail roles, responsibilities, profit-sharing ratios, and capital contributions of each partner.
  • Effective Communication: Regular and transparent communication helps in addressing issues before they escalate into disputes. Regular meetings to discuss business operations, finances, and future plans are beneficial.
  • Dispute Resolution Mechanisms: Including a dispute resolution clause in the partnership agreement, such as mediation or arbitration, can provide a structured way to resolve conflicts.
  • Financial Transparency: Regular financial reporting and audits ensure transparency and trust among partners. This practice helps in identifying and addressing financial issues early.
  • Regular Reviews of the Partnership Agreement: The business environment is dynamic, and the partnership agreement should be reviewed and updated regularly to reflect changes in the business, law, or the partners’ circumstances.

If you wish to find out some more information about how to prevent or resolve a partnership dispute, please do not hesitate to call us for a Free Consultation on 0207 459 4037.

There are various funding options that our expert partnership dispute lawyers will discuss with you in our Free Consultation. We are price transparent law firm and can provide flexible funding options or your partnership and shareholder dispute depending on your case, circumstances and timescales. You can find out more information on our funding options on our dedicated funding page here.

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