Partnership Act 1890

A partnership is formed whenever two or more people set up in business together with a view to share profits and losses and they do not incorporate, either as a limited company or an LLP.

The issue with partnerships under the Partnership Act 1890 is that the act is rather vague and not helpful at all to running a business.

There are some aspects of the Partnership Act 1890 which many of those in a partnership do not realise, for example:

  • A partner is not required actually to do anything towards running the business; i.e. they do not have to turn up to work
  • A partner shares equally in the profits of the business irrespective of the amount of time or effort he or she has put into the business
  • There are no set number of days holiday
  • A partner cannot retire. If one partner decides to leave or dies, the partnership has to be dissolved, the assets divided up and a new partnership (or other business) formed. This can be time-consuming, complicated, and expensive
  • A partner cannot be expelled

For these reasons we always recommend that all partners enter into a Partnership Agreement or Deed to regulate these matters and to allow the partnership to continue on the exit of one partner.

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