Zahid v M Young Legal Associates Ltd and others: CA 16 May 2006

Is it possible for a person to be a partner in a firm, and thus liable jointly with the other partners to creditors of the firm, even if his agreement with them is not that he should be entitled to participate in its profits but that he should be paid by the firm a specified sum, irrespective of profits, for work to be done by him on its behalf?
Held: There is no minimum threshold that has to be reached in relation to a person’s rights to (a) profits or (b) involvement in management before he can be regarded as a partner. The question is simply whether, by their actions, the parties intended to create a partnership. A partner need not be remunerated by reference to profit and it is no bar to being a partner that he does not make any capital contribution, although that may be a factor pointing against finding that a partnership has been created.
Hughes LJ said: ‘the partners are free under the [1890] Act to arrange for the remuneration of themselves in any manner they choose, including by agreement that one or more shall receive specific sums, or that one or more receive nothing, in either case irrespective of profits’.
Wilson LJ cited a passage from a book in which there was reference to a partner who ‘receives all or most of his remuneration in the form of a salary rather than a simple share of profits’.
Tuckey, Wilson, Hughes LJJ
[2006] EWCA Civ 613, [2006] 1 WLR 2562
Bailii
Partnership Act 1890
England and Wales
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Updated: 29 January 2021; Ref: scu.241722