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Partners in dispute

Q: We are four GPs who went into partnership in 2006. The senior partner offered us a written agreement which is basically the same as the BMA template. Although this covers the essentials, it does not mention areas that are now the subject of dispute with the senior partner. The agreement has also not been updated to reflect verbally agreed changes. The senior partner is also acting as if she is in charge, taking more holiday and working fewer hours than agreed verbally. What are our options? We would be willing to sign an up-to-date partnership deed but the senior partner is resisting. We feel she is in breach of the contract she has with us.

A: You have not indicated that the partners ever signed a partnership agreement, but say merely that the senior partner offered you a written agreement.

Assuming that a partnership agreement has not been signed, you are basically running as a partnership 'at will', governed by the Partnership Act 1890, and by the way in which you have all conducted your partnership.

As an accountant I can give you some basic guidance on partnership agreements but you need specific advice from a solicitor as to your rights in your particular circumstances.

You would have a tough time trying to prove breach of contract if you do not have a signed agreement.

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