FID Trust International

NAME OF YOUR LLP

THIS DEED is dated [AS YOU SIGN IT]

Parties

(1) The persons named in Part 1 of Schedule 1 as the initial members of the limited liability partnership (Initial Members).

(2) [The limited liability partnership incorporated under the name which the Members [will seek to register OR have registered] with the registrar of companies [with number [if your LLP already registered] under an incorporation document signed by the Initial Members (LLP).]

Background (If needed)

(A) [The Initial Members have carried on the Former Partnership [since [DATE]] and have agreed to transfer the Former Partnership under the Transfer Agreement to the LLP to continue the Business.]

OR

[The Initial Members are the persons who have signed their names on the incorporation document which [is intended to lead to OR has led to] the incorporation of the LLP under the Act.]

(B) The Initial Members have agreed to enter into this agreement with the LLP to set out the basis on which the LLP is to be organised and the rights and obligations of the Members of the LLP.

Agreed terms

1. Interpretation

1.1 The definitions and rules of interpretation in this clause apply in this agreement.

Accounting Reference Date: [DATE] or such other date as determined in accordance with this agreement.

Act: the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000 and any amendments to that Act.

Auditors: [Your Auditor Name] of [Your Auditor Address] or such other auditors as may be appointed in accordance with this agreement.

Bank: [Your Business Account Bank Holder Name] branch of [NAME] at [ADDRESS] or such other bank as may be appointed in accordance with this agreement.

Business: the profession, trade or business of [NATURE OF BUSINESS] to be carried on by the LLP or any such other business determined in accordance with this agreement.

Business Day: any day which is not a Saturday, a Sunday or a bank \ public holiday in England and Wales.

Companies Act 2006: the relevant provisions of the Companies Act 2006 (as amended), as are applied to LLPs in accordance with regulations made under the Act.

Designated Members: [all the Members OR those Members whose names and addresses appear in Part 2 of Schedule 1] or such of the Members as are designated in accordance with this agreement.

Insolvency Act 1986: the relevant provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986 (as amended), as are applied to LLPs in accordance with regulations made under the Act.

Intellectual Property: all patents, trade marks, service marks, goodwill, registered designs, utility models, design right, copyright (including copyright in computer software), semiconductor topography rights, inventions, trade secrets and other confidential information, know-how, and all other intellectual and industrial property and rights of a similar or corresponding nature in any part of the world, whether registered or not or capable of registration or not and including the right to apply for and all applications for any of the foregoing rights and the right to sue for past infringements of any of the foregoing rights.

Leaving Date: a date on which an Outgoing Member ceases or is deemed to cease to be a Member of the LLP under this agreement. LLP: the limited liability partnership [to be] incorporated under the name which the Designated Members [will seek to register OR have registered] with the registrar of companies with number [NUMBER] under an incorporation document signed by the Initial Members.

Members: the Initial Members and such other or additional persons as are admitted as members of the LLP in accordance with this agreement and whose membership of the LLP has not ceased in accordance with this agreement.

Name: the name of the LLP which the Designated Members [will seek to register OR have registered] with the registrar of companies.

Outgoing Member: any person who ceases to be a Member of the LLP for any reason.

Registered Office: the registered office of the LLP which the Designated Members [will seek to register OR have registered] with the registrar of companies (is... YOUR LLP ADDRESS).

Trading Name: (if needed) the name of [NAME] under which the LLP trades.

1.2 Clause and schedule headings do not affect the interpretation of this agreement.

1.3 Except where a contrary intention appears, a reference to the Background, a clause or Schedule is a reference to the Background, a clause of, or Schedule to this agreement, and a reference in a Schedule to a paragraph is to a paragraph of that Schedule.

1.4 Person includes a corporate or unincorporated body or association (whether or not having separate legal personality).

1.5 Words in the singular include the plural and in the plural include the singular.

1.6 A reference to any gender includes a reference to each of the other genders.

1.7 A reference to a statute or statutory provision is a reference to it as it is in force for the time being taking account of any amendment, extension, or re-enactment and includes any subordinate legislation for the time being in force made under it.

1.8 A reference to laws in general is to all local, national and directly applicable supra-national laws in force for the time being, taking account of any amendment, extension, application or re-enactment and includes any sub-ordinate laws for the time being in force made under them and all orders, notices, codes of practice and guidance made under them.

1.9 Writing or written includes faxes but not e-mail or any other form of electronic communication.

1.10 A reference in this agreement to other documents referred to in the agreement is a reference to the following documents [SPECIFY ANY RELEVANT DOCUMENTS, SUCH AS A TRANSFER AGREEMENT, OR OTHERWISE DELETE THIS SUBCLAUSE].

1.11 Where the words include(s) or including are used in this agreement, they are deemed to have the words ’without limitation’ following them.

1.12 Any obligation in this agreement on a person not to do something includes an obligation not to agree or allow that thing to be done and an obligation to use best endeavours to prevent that thing being done by another person.

1.13 Any reference to the death of any Member, in the case of any Member being a body corporate, includes reference to the winding up, dissolution or striking off the register of that Member.

2. Incorporation

2.1 [The Members shall complete and deliver to the registrar of companies all necessary documents and fees to incorporate the LLP in accordance with the Act.]

OR

[The LLP was incorporated under the Act on [DATE].]

2.2 The LLP shall keep the certificate of registration of the LLP issued by the registrar of companies at the Registered Office.

3. Commencement, business and duration

3.1 The provisions of this agreement are deemed to have taken effect on incorporation of the LLP.

3.2 The LLP shall carry on the Business.

4. Name and registered office

4.1 The LLP [is OR shall be] incorporated with the Name and Registered Office.

4.2 The Designated Members may change the Name and the Registered Office at any time.

4.3 The Designated Members shall notify any change in the Name or the Registered Office to the registrar of companies in accordance with the Act.

4.4 The LLP shall trade under the Trading Name and comply with the Companies Act 2006 in the use of that name.

5. Place of business

The LLP shall carry on the Business at [INSERT ADDRESS] or such other additional or alternative place(s) of business as the Members may determine.

6. LLP property and intellectual property

6.1 The property of the LLP includes the property listed in Part 1 of Schedule 2, the Intellectual Property of the LLP listed in Part 2 of Schedule 2 and all property owned or occupied by the LLP for the purposes of the Business.

6.2 All property held or created by the LLP, or occupied or employed by the LLP for the purposes of carrying on the Business and which has been paid for by the LLP or contributed to the LLP by any Member or has otherwise accrued to the LLP, is owned by the LLP absolutely and the Members have no individual rights in that property other than by their entitlement to such capital distributions as may be due to them under this agreement or following liquidation of the LLP.

6.3 Where it is necessary for property used for the purposes of the LLP to be held on behalf of the LLP by one or more Members, the Members concerned shall, at the LLP’s request and in the manner specified by the LLP, document the LLP’s interest in that property by executing a declaration of trust or similar acknowledgement.

6.4 The Intellectual Property of the LLP includes the Intellectual Property transferred under the intellectual property listed in Part 2 of Schedule 2.

6.5 Any Intellectual Property created or discovered by a person while a Member which is connected with or in any way affects or relates to the Business or is capable of being used or adapted for use by the LLP (Relevant Intellectual Property), shall be disclosed to the LLP immediately and shall belong to and be the absolute property of the LLP. This does not affect any rights of a Member, who is also an employee of the LLP, under the Patents Act 1977.

6.6 Any copyright in any literary or artistic work or design right made by a person while a Member which is connected with or in any way affects or relates to the Business shall belong to the LLP. To that end all Members assign (by way of future assignment) all such copyright or design right as mentioned above to the LLP. Each Member also waives absolutely all their moral rights, as granted by the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, in any Relevant Intellectual Property.

6.7 To the extent that the legal title in any Relevant Intellectual Property fails to vest in the LLP, the relevant Members agree to hold such rights on trust for the LLP. Each Member further agrees to use their best endeavours to do all such acts and execute all such documents as may be reasonably required of them by the LLP (the LLP paying any reasonable expenses incurred by doing so) in order to vest the legal title in the LLP.

6.8 If requested by the LLP (and at its expense), each Member shall give all necessary assistance to the LLP to enable it to enforce its Intellectual Property against third parties and apply for registration of the rights, where appropriate throughout the world, for the full term of those rights.

7. Banking

7.1 The LLP’s bank [is OR shall be] the Bank.

7.2 All money belonging to the LLP shall be paid promptly into the LLP’s account at the Bank for the credit of the LLP.

7.3 All money and securities received by the LLP or any Member on behalf of any client or third party shall be paid and delivered promptly to the client or third party into an appropriate client account in accordance with the rules or regulations of any professional or regulatory body, which may exercise relevant jurisdiction over the LLP.

7.4 All cheques drawn on or instructions for the transfer of money from any account mentioned in clause 7 shall be drawn in the Name and shall be signed by [two] of the Designated Members but not by any other person.

8. Accounts, auditors and audit

8.1 The Members shall ensure that proper books of account give a true and fair view of the Business, the state of affairs and profit or loss of the LLP are properly kept and preserved and are open to inspection by the Members at all times.

8.2 The LLP’s books of account shall be kept at the Registered Office or at such other place as the Designated Members determine.

8.3 The LLP’s accounting reference period ends on the Accounting Reference Date or such other date as the Designated Members may determine.

8.4 The Designated Members shall notify any change in the Accounting Reference Date to the registrar of companies in accordance with the Companies Act 2006.

8.5 The LLP shall prepare annual accounts as at the Accounting Reference Date in accordance with the Companies Act 2006.

8.6 Unless the LLP is exempt from audit under the Companies Act 2006, the Designated Members may:

  1. appoint the Auditors of the LLP;
  2. reappoint the Auditors in accordance with the Companies Act 2006;
  3. fix the remuneration of the Auditors; and
  4. remove the Auditors from office.

8.7 Unless the LLP is exempt from audit under the Companies Act 2006, the LLP annual accounts shall be audited and settled each year by the Auditors as at the Accounting Reference Date.

8.8 The LLP annual accounts together with a report by the Auditors shall be:

  1. laid before a meeting of the Members for consideration and if thought fit, approved subject only to any approved variation; and
  2. distributed to all Members as required by the Companies Act 2006.

8.9 The Designated Members shall sign the annual accounts of the LLP and file them with the registrar of companies in accordance with the Companies Act 2006.

9. Capital

9.1 The Initial Members [shall contribute OR have contributed] the total sum of capital in the proportions specified in Part 1 of Schedule 3 [within [28] days of OR on] incorporation of the LLP].

9.2 At incorporation of the LLP, each of the Initial Members acquires a share in the LLP in accordance with the amount or value of their contribution to the LLP on incorporation.

9.3 The Designated Members may not call for the Members to contribute any further capital on the insolvency of the LLP.

9.4 Subject to clause 9.3, the Members shall contribute any further capital which the Designated Members determine as being required for the purposes of the LLP in accordance with:

  1. instructions from the Designated Members; and
  2. the proportions in which the Members are entitled to share in the profits and losses of the LLP as set out in Part 2 of Schedule 3.

9.5 Where, in accordance with instructions from the Designated Members, a Member contributes capital to the LLP at any time after incorporation of the LLP, that Member acquires a share in the LLP in accordance with the amount or value of that contribution.

9.6 The Members shall share any profits or losses of a capital nature, as certified by the Auditors, in the same proportions in which they share capital contributions as set out in Part 1 of Schedule

3. 9.7 [No Member is entitled to receive interest on the amount of their proportion of the capital contributions to the LLP.]

OR

[The Members are entitled to receive interest on their proportion of the capital contributions as set out in Part 1 of Schedule 3 at an interest rate of [two] per cent above the base lending rate from time to time of [Barclays Bank Plc], as paid in accordance with clause 10.2.]

9.8 Where, in addition to their contribution to the capital of the LLP, a Member has made a loan to the LLP, the LLP shall pay that Member interest on the sum loaned at an interest rate of [two] per cent above the base lending rate from time to time of [Barclays Bank Plc].

10. Profits and losses

10.1 The profits and losses of the LLP shall be divided between the Members in the proportions set out in Part 2 of Schedule 3 and credited or debited to the Members’ current accounts with the LLP as soon as the annual accounts for the relevant accounting year of the LLP are approved by the Members in accordance with clause 8.8(a).

10.2 Before the division of the profits and losses of the LLP under clause 10.1, the LLP shall pay interest under clause 9.7 on the amount of each Member's proportion of the capital contributions, as stated in Part 1 of Schedule 3, provided that if the aggregate amount of interest payable to the Members exceeds the profits of the LLP for the year in question, then the amounts of interest payable abate in proportion to each Member’s share of the capital contributions as set out in Part 1 of Schedule 3; and where the accounts of the LLP for any accounting year show a loss then no interest is payable or to be credited to any Member in accordance with clause 9.7.

11. Drawings

11.1 On the [DAY] of each month or the next Business Day where that date is not a Business Day, each Member [shall be paid OR may draw] on account of their share of profits such sum as the Designated Members may determine.

11.2 If any Member withdraws funds in excess of their profit share for an accounting year, that Member shall repay the excess drawings to the LLP immediately together with interest on the excess at an interest rate of [four] per cent above the base lending rate from time to time of [BANK NAME].

12. Admission of members

12.1 The Members may resolve to admit as a Member to the LLP any person who wishes to become a Member.

12.2 No person may become a Member until they have agreed in writing, in a form approved by the Members, to become a party to this agreement (as amended) and be bound by its terms.

12.3 The Designated Members shall notify the appointment of a Member to the registrar of companies in accordance with the Act.

13. Meetings and decision-making

13.1 Meetings of each of the Designated Members and Members shall be held at least [NUMBER] times per annual accounting period.

13.2 Every meeting of the Designated Members or Members, as the case may be, shall be governed by the following provisions:

  1. a meeting of the Designated Members may be called by [NUMBER] of the Designated Members and a meeting of the Members may be called by [NUMBER] of the Designated Members or those Members holding [50] per cent of the voting rights of Members. A meeting may also be called by any liquidator of the LLP appointed under the Insolvency Act 1986;
  2. a meeting may be held at such time and place as the Designated Members, Members or liquidator calling the meeting think fit;
  3. a notice of meeting shall be served on all those entitled to attend the meeting and such notice shall specify the place, day and time of the meeting and a statement of the matters to be discussed at the meeting;
  4. not less than [10] clear days' notice is to be given of a meeting to all those entitled to attend, provided that valid shorter notice is deemed to have been given if it is ratified by a majority of those attending the meeting itself;
  5. at commencement of any meeting, those in attendance shall elect the chairman of the meeting, who shall have a casting vote;
  6. the quorum for a meeting of the Designated Members is [NUMBER] Designated Members present in person or by proxy and the quorum for a meeting of the Members is [NUMBER] Members present in person or by proxy;
  7. where the appropriate quorum is not present within [30] minutes of the start time stated in the notice of the meeting, any resolution passed at the inquorate meeting is deemed to have been passed if it is ratified later by the required majority in attendance at a duly convened quorate meeting; and
  8. minutes shall be prepared of all meetings and shall be approved and signed by the chairman of the meeting as evidence of the proceedings.

13.3 Any matters which are reserved for the decision of the Designated Members either under the Act or under this agreement shall be determined by the Designated Members by [a simple majority] at a duly convened meeting.

13.4 Subject to clause 13.3, all other matters considered at any meeting of the Members are decided by simple majority vote except that the following matters require the [unanimous] approval of at least three-quarters of the Members:

  1. any alterations to this agreement;
  2. any change in the nature of the Business;
  3. changing the place of Business or opening a new place of Business;
  4. the admission of a new Member to the LLP;
  5. the appointment or removal of a person as a Designated Member;
  6. giving notice to a Member under clause 19 to expel that person from membership of the LLP;
  7. any purchase of a capital item by the LLP costing in excess of £[AMOUNT];
  8. the borrowing or lending by the LLP or the giving of any guarantee or undertaking of the LLP in respect of sums in aggregate exceeding £[AMOUNT];
  9. any decision to place the LLP into voluntary liquidation under the Insolvency Act 1986;
  10. any decision for the LLP to make a proposal for a voluntary arrangement, scheme of compromise or arrangement with its creditors under the Insolvency Act 1986;
  11. any decision for the LLP to apply for an administration order under the Insolvency Act 1986;
  12. any decision for the LLP to appoint a liquidator under the Insolvency Act 1986; and
  13. any decision for the LLP to apply to the court to wind up the LLP under the Insolvency Act 1986.

13.5 The Designated Members or Members may give effect to any decision regarding the LLP for any purpose by way of written resolution signed by all the Designated Members or Members, as the case may be.

13.6 The Designated Members or Members may delegate (or revoke the delegation of) any of their powers of managing or conducting the affairs of the LLP to a committee or committees consisting of such Designated Members and Members and employees of the LLP as are appointed in the appropriate resolution.

13.7 The procedure for the conduct of any committee formed in accordance with clause 13.6 is as prescribed by the resolution establishing it or, if the resolution does not so provide, as determined by a majority of that committee.

14. Members' entitlements

14.1 In addition to normal public holidays in England and Wales, each Member is entitled to [25] working days’ holiday in aggregate in each calendar year (or pro rata for any shorter period) to be taken at such times as are agreed between the Members.

14.2 [DETAILS OF OTHER LLP' BENEFITS].

15. Members' duties and restrictions

15.1 Each Member shall at all times:

  1. except as may be agreed by the Members, devote their whole time and attention to the Business (except during holidays or other leave under clause 14);
  2. diligently employ himself in the Business and conduct himself in a proper and responsible manner and use their best skill and endeavour to promote the Business to the greatest advantage of the LLP;
  3. comply with all legislation, regulations, professional standards and other provisions as may govern the conduct of the Business;
  4. show the utmost good faith to the LLP and the other Members in all transactions relating to the Business and affairs of the LLP and give the LLP a true account of all such dealings;
  5. if required to do so by the Members, serve as a Designated Member of the LLP for the purposes of section 8 of the Act for such period as the Members may require;
  6. promptly give details to the Designated Members of any changes to their personal particulars, which shall be notified to the registrar of companies under the Act;
  7. keep securely at their office, in legible form, proper accounts, diaries and records as the Designated Members may reasonably require and ensure that all Members have free access to them and may take copies of them as may be required;
  8. inform the Designated Members without delay on becoming party to any legal proceedings;
  9. indemnify and keep indemnified the other Members, their estates and successors from and against all losses, liabilities, expenses and payments resulting from their material breach of this agreement, without prejudice to any other right or remedy of other Members; and
  10. account to the LLP for any profit derived from a business, office or appointment accepted by them in breach of this agreement, or any personal benefit derived by them from the Business, the use of the Name or Trading Name, or property of the LLP in breach of this agreement.

15.2 Without the prior written consent of all the Designated Members, no Member may:

  1. engage or be concerned directly or indirectly in any business other than the Business or accept (otherwise than in a voluntary or honorary capacity) any office or appointment;
  2. derive any benefit from the use of the Name, Trading Name, the property of the LLP, or the business connection of the LLP;
  3. engage in any contract or commitment on behalf of the LLP, except in the Name or Trading Name;
  4. except in the ordinary course of the Business of the LLP and for its benefit, enter into any engagement as a result of which the LLP may risk the loss of or be made liable for any sum or sums in respect of that transaction in aggregate exceeding [£AMOUNT];
  5. give any guarantee or undertaking on behalf of the LLP in respect of any sum or sums in aggregate exceeding [£AMOUNT];
  6. compromise, compound, release or discharge (except on payment in full) any debt or connected debts due to the LLP in aggregate exceeding [£AMOUNT];
  7. except in the ordinary course of the Business, dispose by loan, pledge, sale or otherwise any part of the LLP’s property;
  8. assign or charge their rights or interest in the LLP or any other interest in the LLP or make any other person a partner with the LLP;
  9. have any dealings with any person, partnership, limited liability partnership or limited company with whom or which the Members have previously resolved not to deal; or
  10. engage or dismiss any employee of the LLP.

16. Indemnity and expenses

16.1 If a Member incurs personal liability under any contract entered into by them prior to incorporation of the LLP, provided that the contract was for the benefit of the LLP and entered into with the express or implied consent of the other Members, on incorporation, the LLP is deemed to ratify that contract and shall indemnify the Member concerned from and against all claims, liabilities and costs in connection with it.

16.2 The LLP shall indemnify any Member in respect of payments made and personal liabilities incurred by them in the performance by them of their duties as a Member in the ordinary and proper conduct of the Business or in respect of anything necessarily done by them for the preservation of the Business or property of the LLP.

16.3 A Member may charge and be refunded all out-of-pocket expenses properly incurred by them in connection with the Business provided that:

  1. the Member provides an appropriate receipt and VAT invoice where appropriate; and
  2. where the LLP provides a credit card for the use of a Member for such expenses, the Member provides to the LLP the original vouchers for all expenditure charged to that credit card.

16.4 The Members may place upper limits on any category or categories of expenses for which Members may claim reimbursement.

17. Insurance

17.1 The LLP shall at its own expense maintain insurance policies (for the benefit of the Members or the LLP as appropriate) in such amounts as the Designated Members determine in respect of:

  1. property of the LLP;
  2. private medical insurance for Members [and employees];
  3. life assurance for the Members;
  4. employer’s liability;
  5. public liability;
  6. professional negligence; and
  7. [OTHER POLICIES OF INSURANCES].

17.2 The Members shall co-operate with the LLP in obtaining the insurance policies in clause 17.1 and undergo any medical examination regarded as reasonably necessary for the procurement of any such insurance policy.

18. Retirement and death

18.1 Any Member may retire from the LLP by giving not less than [three] months' written notice to the LLP of their intention to retire from the LLP and the date of expiration of that notice is their Leaving Date.

18.2 A Member is deemed to retire from the LLP:

  1. on the Accounting Reference Date next following the birthday on which they attain the age of [65] [(or if before that birthday the LLP has agreed with the Member in question to substitute a later birthday, then on the last day of the Accounting Reference Date next following that birthday); and
  2. immediately if the LLP serves written notice on them requiring them to retire as a Member after the court has made an order or appointed a deputy under section 16 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

18.3 A Designated Member may resign their designation by giving [three] months' written notice to the LLP and on expiration of that notice they continue as a Member of the LLP but their designation as a Designated Member terminates, except that, where their resignation would reduce the number of Designated Members of the LLP to one, their notice does not take effect until the Members appoint a new Designated Member.

18.4 Where a person dies whilst they are a Member of the LLP, their Leaving Date is the date of their death.

19. Expulsion

The LLP may by written notice to the Member concerned, expiring [28] days from service of the notice], expel that person from membership of the LLP where the Member concerned:

  1. commits any serious breach or persistent breaches of this agreement; or
  2. has a bankruptcy order made against them or enters into any composition or arrangement with or for the benefit of their creditors; or
  3. fails to pay any money owing by them to the LLP within [21] days of a written request for payment from the LLP; or
  4. fails to account for or pay over or refund any money received and belonging to the LLP within [21] days after being so required by notice from the Designated Members; or
  5. is guilty of any conduct likely to have a serious adverse effect on the Business; or
  6. ceases to hold any professional qualification or certification required for the normal performance of their duties as a Member; or
  7. is convicted of any criminal offence involving dishonesty; or
  8. is required to resign by the Designated Members and fails to do so within the required time period; or
  9. becomes, in the reasonable opinion of the Designated Members, physically or mentally unfit (whether or not certified as such by a medical practitioner) to carry on their duties and obligations as a Member under this agreement for a continuous period of [60] days (excluding any periods of holiday, maternity leave, parental leave or family leave) immediately preceding the service of the notice.

20. Entitlements of outgoing members

20.1 An Outgoing Member is not entitled to any share or interest in the property of the LLP arising after their Leaving Date.

20.2 After their Leaving Date, the LLP shall:

  1. indemnify and keep indemnified the Outgoing Member, or their estate and their personal representatives, as appropriate, against all guarantees and obligations in relation to the LLP except in relation to income or capital gains tax payable by the Outgoing Member; and
  2. in accordance with clause 20.4, pay the Outgoing Member:
  1. the amount of any capital which they are entitled to be credited by the LLP to their capital account;
  2. any undrawn balance of their profit share and such sums to which they are entitled to be credited by the LLP to their current account less any proportion of income tax as the Auditors advise is applicable to the period ending on their Leaving Date;
  3. any sums due to them in respect of loans, loan interest and interest on capital in the LLP; and
  4. any sums, as in the opinion of the Auditors, acting as experts and not as arbitrators, are required to be paid to the Outgoing Member to represent the value of their share in the LLP at their Leaving Date.

20.3 The LLP shall calculate the sums under clause 20.2(b) by reference to the annual accounts of the LLP apportioned, as appropriate, in respect of the annual accounting period in which the Outgoing Member’s Leaving Date occurred.

20.4 The LLP shall pay the sums under clause 20.2(b) to the Outgoing Member or their estate, in four equal instalments at six monthly intervals commencing on a date [three] months after their Leaving Date unless the LLP determines in its absolute discretion to make the payments at an earlier date.

20.5 The LLP may (but is not bound to) make such provision out of the profits of the LLP for the benefit of an Outgoing Member in respect of pensions as the Designated Members consider fair and reasonable.

20.6 The Designated Members shall notify details of any Outgoing Member to the registrar of companies in accordance with the Act.

21. Obligations of outgoing members

21.1 On or within a reasonable time of their Leaving Date, the Outgoing Member or their personal representatives shall sign and execute all documents and perform all acts that the LLP reasonably requires for the purpose of enabling the LLP to recover any outstanding interest or right of the LLP in or for the purpose of transferring to the LLP, or as it may direct, any property of the LLP which on their Leaving Date is held by the Outgoing Member on behalf of the LLP.

21.2 An Outgoing Member shall not do any of the following, without the written consent of the Members, during the period of [12] months following their Leaving Date:

  1. canvass, solicit or endeavour to attract away from the LLP to any firm, company or business in which they may be involved, any person known by them to be a client of the LLP at the time of their Leaving Date;
  2. act for or deal with, whether directly or indirectly, any person known by them to be a client of the LLP as at their Leaving Date;
  3. compete with the LLP or engage in any business of a similar nature or similar Name or Trading Name to that of the LLP, on their own account or by a firm or company in which they are involved, within [10] miles from any business premises of the LLP; and
  4. canvass, solicit, employ or otherwise engage anyone who is an employee or Member of the LLP at the time of their Leaving Date.

22. Liquidation

22.1 In accordance with clause 13 and the Insolvency Act 1986, the Members may resolve to:

  1. place the LLP into voluntary liquidation;
  2. make a proposal for a voluntary arrangement, scheme of compromise or arrangement with its creditors;
  3. apply for an administration order;
  4. appoint a liquidator; and
  5. apply to the court to wind up the LLP.

22.2 For the purposes of section 74 of the Insolvency Act 1986, no Member is liable to contribute any amount to the assets of the LLP on liquidation to cover any of the matters set out in that section.

22.3 If the LLP is wound up, and a surplus sum remains at the conclusion of the winding up, after payment of all money due to the creditors of the LLP and all expenses of the winding up, the liquidator shall pay that surplus sum to the Members in accordance with the respective proportions to which the Members share capital under Part 1 of Schedule 3.

23. Confidentiality

23.1 Each Member and Outgoing Member undertakes that they shall not at any time use, divulge or communicate to any person, except to their professional representatives or advisers or as may be required by law or any legal or regulatory authority, any confidential information concerning the Business or affairs of the LLP or the other Members which may have or may in future come to their knowledge and each of the Members and Outgoing Members shall use their reasonable endeavours to prevent the publication or disclosure of any confidential information concerning such matters.

23.2 For the purposes of clause 23.1, confidential information does not include information which:

  1. is or becomes generally available to the public other than as a result of disclosure by a Member, an Outgoing Member or their representatives or advisers contrary to their respective obligations of confidentiality; or
  2. is or becomes available to a Member or an Outgoing Member otherwise than pursuant to this agreement and free of any restriction as to its use or disclosure.

24. Unfair prejudice

Any rights conferred on the Members by section 994 of the Companies Act 2006 are excluded indefinitely.

25. Entire agreement

25.1 This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes all previous discussions, correspondence, negotiations, arrangements, understandings and agreements between them, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.

25.2 Each party acknowledges that in entering into this agreement it does not rely on, and shall have no remedies in respect of, any representation or warranty (whether made innocently or negligently) that is not set out in this agreement.

25.3 Each party agrees that its only liability in respect of those representations and warranties that are set out in this agreement (whether made innocently or negligently) shall be for breach of contract.

25.4 Nothing in this clause shall limit or exclude any liability for fraud.

26. Notices

26.1 For the purposes of this clause, but subject to clause 26.7, notice includes any other communication.

26.2 A notice given to a party under or in connection with this agreement:

  1. shall be in writing and in English or accompanied by an accurate translation into English;
  2. shall be signed by or on behalf of the party giving it;
  3. shall be sent to the party for the attention of the contact and at the address, or fax listed in clause 26.3;
  4. shall be sent by a method listed in clause 26.5; and
  5. unless proved otherwise, is deemed received as set out in clause 26.5 if prepared and sent in accordance with this clause.

26.3 The parties' addresses and contacts are as set out in this table:

Party Contact Address Telephone Mobile E-Mail Address
[YOUR LLP NAME] [POSITION OF CONTACT] [REGISTERED OFFICE ADDRESS] [NUMBER] [NUMBER]  
[LLP MEMBER] [POSITION OF CONTACT] [RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS REGISTERED WITH THE REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES] [NUMBER] [NUMBER]  
[LLP MEMBER] [POSITION OF CONTACT] [RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS REGISTERED WITH THE REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES]STRAR OF COMPANIES] [NUMBER] [NUMBER]  
[LLP MEMBER] [POSITION OF CONTACT] [RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS REGISTERED WITH THE REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES] [NUMBER] [NUMBER]  
[LLP MEMBER] [POSITION OF CONTACT] [RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS REGISTERED WITH THE REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES] [NUMBER] [NUMBER]  

26.4 A party may change its details given in the table in clause 26.3 by giving notice, the change taking effect for the party notified of the change at 9.00 am, no later than:

  1. the date, if any, specified in the notice as the effective date for the change; or
  2. the date five Business Days after deemed receipt of the notice.

26.5 This table sets out:

  1. delivery methods for sending a notice to a party under this agreement; and
  2. for each delivery method, the corresponding delivery date and time when delivery of the notice is deemed to have taken place provided that all other requirements in this clause have been satisfied and subject to the provisions in clause 26.6:
Delivery method Deemed delivery date and time
Delivery by hand. On signature of a delivery receipt or at the time the notice is left at the address.
Pre-paid first class recorded delivery post or other next working day delivery service providing proof of postage. 9.00 am on the second Business Day after posting.
Pre-paid airmail providing proof of postage. 9.00 am on the fifth Business Day after posting.
Fax. At the time of transmission.

26.6 For the purpose of clause 26.5 and calculating deemed receipt:

  1. all references to time are to local time in the place of deemed receipt; and
  2. if deemed receipt would occur in the place of deemed receipt on a Saturday or Sunday or a public holiday when banks are not open for business, deemed receipt is deemed to take place at 9.00 am on the day when business next starts in the place of receipt.

26.7 This clause does not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action or, where applicable, any arbitration or other method of dispute resolution.

26.8 A notice given under or in connection with this agreement is not valid if sent by e-mail.

27. Severance

27.1 If any court or competent authority finds that any provision of this agreement (or part of any provision) is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that provision or part-provision shall, to the extent required, be deemed to be deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of this agreement shall not be affected.

27.2 If any invalid, unenforceable or illegal provision of this agreement would be valid, enforceable and legal if some part of it were deleted, the parties shall negotiate in good faith to amend such provision such that, as amended, it is legal, valid and enforceable, and, to the greatest extent possible, achieves the parties' original commercial intention.

28. Governing law and jurisdiction

28.1 This agreement and any disputes or claims arising out of or in connection with its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales.

28.2 The parties irrevocably agree that the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with this agreement, its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).

29. Dispute resolution

29.1 Except as otherwise provided, any dispute arising out of or in connection with this agreement, including any question regarding its existence, validity or termination, or the legal relationships established by this agreement, shall be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration under the Rules of the London Court of International Arbitration, which Rules are deemed to be incorporated by reference into this clause.

29.2 This clause shall be without prejudice to the rights of any party to seek any injunctive or similar relief from the courts to protect its intellectual property rights, confidentiality obligations, restrictions on the activities of any Member or Outgoing Member or other rights of any description.

This deed has been entered into on the date stated at the beginning of it.

Schedule 1 Members:

Designated Members

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Members of the LLP

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Schedule 2 Property of the LLP

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Part 1. Property

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Part 2. Intellectual Property

[INSERT DETAILS]

Schedule 3 Treatment of profits and losses

[INSERT DETAILS]

Part 1. Capital contributions and division of capital profits and losses

[INSERT DETAILS]

Part 2. Division of profits and losses

[INSERT DETAILS]

Signed as a deed by

[FULL NAME OF INITIAL MEMBER]...................................................

in the presence of: ..................................... SIGNATURE OF WITNESS, NAME, ADDRESS, OCCUPATION

Signed as a deed by

[FULL NAME OF INITIAL MEMBER]..................................................

in the presence of: ..................................... SIGNATURE OF WITNESS, NAME, ADDRESS, OCCUPATION

Signed as a deed by

[FULL NAME OF INITIAL MEMBER]...................................................

in the presence of: ..................................... SIGNATURE OF WITNESS, NAME, ADDRESS, OCCUPATION