Book review: Elspeth Berry, Partnership and LLP Law (2nd edn)

Partnership and LLP Law, Berry (2nd edn, Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing), pp.248, ISBN: 9780854900602

This book provides a clear and concise introduction to the law relating to each of the three types of partnership contained in UK law (namely general partnership, limited partnership and LLP), providing helpful comparative explanation along the way. It highlights the peculiar nature of the LLP, which is discussed in an equal level of detail as the other two forms of partnership, thereby marking a break with traditional texts in the area that, whilst acknowledging the existence of LLPs, tend to focus on general partnerships, governed by the Partnership Act 1890, and limited partnerships formed under the Limited Partnerships Act 1907.

The new edition covers includes coverage of recent cases such as: Campbell v Campbell [2017] EWHC 182 (Ch); Flanagan v Liontrust Investment Partners [2015] EWHC 2172; Clyde and Co LLP v Bates and Van Winkelhof [2014] UKSC 32; Inversiones Frieira SL v Colyzeo Investors II LLP [2011] EWHC 1762 (Ch) and Lie v Mohile [2015] EWHC 200 (Ch). It also includes the new Legislative Reform (Private Fund Limited Partnerships) Order 2017 (SI 2017/514), which provided for another niche partnership variant.

The chapters are sensibly ordered so as to broadly track the life cycle of a partnership from formation, through management and disputes, to dissolution. It includes chapters on separate legal personality, property ownership, management and decision making in partnerships, finance and insolvency. The book can also be applauded for venturing into the (difficult) tax treatment of these business forms. The appendix contains a sample partnership/LLP agreement, with the inclusion of the LLP sample agreement further distinguishing the text from others.

The book, which states the law as at 31 December 2017, will no doubt serve as an invaluable text for those looking for an introduction into partnership and LLP law, or for others who seek to refresh and update their existing knowledge.  

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