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Association of Partnership Practitioners

Committee Members

Mark Briegal - Bennett Briegal LLP

Mark Briegal is a founding partner at Bennett Briegal LLP, a specialist legal practice advising other lawyers and professionals on the business of law, partnership matters, mergers and acquisitions, business structures,professional regulation and employment.
Mark was on the Executive Board of a Top 200 law firm during a period of sustained growth. He originally worked in banking, running a range of banking operations for Chase Manhattan Bank, and then in management consulting, before qualifying as a solicitor. Mark aims to bring a very practical approach to business law.

Mark set up Association of Partnership Practitioners in the North West and has been ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers legal directories. Mark has an MBA from Manchester Business School and a Classics degree from Cambridge University.

Outside of work, Mark is involved in sports. He is currently Chair of Archery GB, the national governing body for Archery in the UK and, as a former quite-competitive rower, is now a qualified rowing coach and multi-lane endorsed umpire. He chairs the British Rowing North West Umpire Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Rowing Foundation, a charity which promotes the participation in rowing of young people and the disabled of all
Mark is married with adult children (and a cat) and lives in Cheshire.


Bennett Briegal LLP
07973 283678

Sarah Chilton - CM Murray LLP

Sarah Chilton is a Partner at CM Murray LLP specialising in partnership and employment law.

She is dual qualified to practice in England & Wales and Scotland and has represented clients in both the English and Scottish Courts.

Sarah advises partners, partnerships, LLP members and LLPs on a wide range of issues including: termination provisions and senior partner exits, protection of confidential information, remuneration structures and issues arising in relation to deferred remuneration and incentive plans, business reorganisation and redundancy, conduct and performance issues, whistleblowing and discrimination. 

Sarah regularly advises on cross-border issues involving multiple jurisdictions including the US, Russia, the Middle East and Europe and the Scottish law implications relating to funds using Scottish partnerships structures.

CM Murray LLP
First Floor 
36 – 38 Cornhill 
020 7933 9125

Aster Crawshaw, Honorary Secretary - Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Aster is a Partner in Addleshaw Goddard's Professional Practices Group. He is recognised as a leading adviser to professional services firms on transactions, advisory matters and partner disputes.

The Legal 500 cites Aster as a "leading individual" and has said that he has "great technical expertise", "clearly knows his stuff, is friendly, responsive and solution-oriented". Chambers ranks him in Band 1 for non-contentious partnership work and quoted a client as saying: "He is superb, everything that a trusted adviser should be: commercial, responsive and a pleasure to work with." Aster was included in The Lawyer's Hot 100 for 2017.

Aster's transactional work includes mergers, acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and LLP conversions. His advisory practice encompasses partnership agreements, governance, risk management and structuring issues. He has a particular interest in international structuring, including the establishment and operation of network structures (such as the Swiss Verein). On the contentious side, he assists firms and individuals with partner disputes, including team moves.

As well as professional services firms, Aster works with businesses in the financial services sector, including hedge funds and private equity houses, on the use of LLPs and partnerships.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP
60 Chiswell Street
020 7880 5926

Caroline Field - Fox & Partners

Caroline is head of Fox & Partners' litigation practice. Caroline frequently acts in high-value and sensitive City disputes arising from a fall-out between (i) employers or professional firms (LLPs and traditional partnerships) on the one hand and (ii) employees, shareholders and directors or LLP members/partners on the other, and in senior executive and partner moves.
Advising professional partners, typically in the professional services and financial services sector, such as complex hedge fund and private equity structures, and senior executives is the cornerstone of Fox & Partners' practice.

A great deal of Caroline's time is spent acting on disputes
arising out of breaches of partnership agreements, including relating to actual or threatened expulsion of partners, changes to partners' remuneration or other rights (including good leaver and bad leaver provisions and carried interest), unfairly prejudicial conduct, alleged discrimination and whistleblowing.

Caroline regularly advises on business protection cases, providing strategic advice in relation to team moves, restrictive covenants, fiduciary obligations and duties of confidentiality. She has significant experience defending and enforcing such provisions, including by obtaining and defending interim injunctions. With experience acting for employers/firms
(former and recruiting employers) and moving employees or partners, she offers a unique perspective and understanding of the pressures on both sides.

Caroline is recognized by the independent guides to the legal profession for her work representing employees and partners before the employment tribunal and courts. Restrictive covenants are a notable area of strength. One client
observed: "she is strategically astute and does not neglect any aspect of the case before her.she is also very supportive and empathetic, making her an ideal legal adviser to navigate uniquely complex legal situations"
(Chambers 2021 - Partnership/Senior Executive).

Fox & Partners
4 - 6 Throgmorton Avenue
020 7618 2400

Steve Gale, Honorary Treasurer - Crowe UK LLP

Steve Gale is lead audit and assurance partner in Crowe U.K. LLP's Professional Practices team.  He acts for a number of large firms in the accountancy, legal and consulting sectors and has a particular expertise in the financial and non-financial reporting requirements of limited liability partnerships. Steve sits on the working party responsible for the LLP SORP. He also has a portfolio of commercial clients and is one of the firms’ partners accredited to carry out listed company audits.

Having trained with Crowe U.K. LLP, Steve has been a partner for over 15 years and is Head of Professional Standards, leading the firm’s relationship with its regulators.

Crowe U.K. LLP
55 Ludgate Hill
020 7842 7262

Jonathan Gavaghan - Ten Old Square

Jonathan Gavaghan is a barrister at Ten Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn. 

He specialises in partnership and LLP law and is recommended in all the leading Legal Directories.  He acts for both firms and individual partners.  He has acted in disputes for solicitors, accountants, doctors, dentists, farmers, veterinary surgeons, property developers and stone masons to name a few.

Chambers & Partners say “He’s a very clever man much liked by clients extremely personable, easy to work with, technically excellent and a very good advocate.”, while the Legal 500 states he is “A superb and persuasive advocate as well as an excellent cross-examiner”.

He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and accepts appointments as an arbitrator.  He also sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court

Ten Old Square
Lincoln's Inn
020 7405 0758

Anna Jarrold - Chair - BDO LLP

Anna is a tax partner at BDO and leads BDO’s Professional Services Tax team in the UK and specialises in advising UK and International Professional Service firms and partnerships. Anna works closely with other specialist tax advisers in the UK and around the world to deliver commercially and tax effective structures for our clients. Anna has more than 20 years of experience and is a qualified accountant and tax advisor. Anna is used to working with partnerships, their partners and companies.Anna has advised on numerous partnership issues including mixed member rules, salaried members tests, carried interest and operating overseas as well on wider strategic matters. Anna has written for a number of partnership tax publications and is the chair of the Association of Partnership Practitioners Tax Committee. Anna has been named in the prestigious ‘40 under 40 ones to watch’ by a leading tax publication citing her interpersonal skills, ability to think strategically and for bringing fresh ideas to clients and the team. 

55 Baker Street
London W1U 7EU
020 7893 3987

Sue Mawdsley - Legal Risk LLP

Sue is a solicitor and partner in Legal Risk LLP with over 30 years’ experience. She advises law firms and property professionals on risk management, claims prevention and regulatory compliance.  She has particular expertise in anti-money laundering and financial crime; advising firms on AML problems and compliance strategies. Sue has extensive experience of developing bespoke policies, controls and procedures for law firms, as well as helping them undertake risk assessments and AML audits.

She is described as “excellent” and “brilliant”  in Legal 500 2018 and is a ranked lawyer in Chambers UK 2019.

Legal Risk LLP
28 Bixteth Street 
L3 9UH
0845 330 6791

Karen McNicholls ACA, CTA (Fellow) - Deloitte LLP

Karen has been a member of Deloitte LLP since 2006 and leads Deloitte’s Professional Practices tax group nationally and also the London Private Markets tax group. 

Karen has advised partnership structures of various sorts for most of her 23 year career and advises many of the leading international and domestic professional services partnerships, principally in the legal sector, on all aspects of their partnership and corporate structures in the UK and abroad. She has advised on many of the M&A transactions that have taken place in the legal sector in recent years. Karen is author of Ray: Partnership Taxation, is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (her thesis being on Property Investment Partnerships).

Deloitte LLP
2 New Street Square
020 7007 2713

Matthew Stanford - Barclays

Matthew has over 30 years' banking experience with Barclays and has been a Relationship Director with the Business & Professional Services team for the last 10 years, responsible for a portfolio of law firms, accountants and property services firms.

An experienced member of the team, with the greater part of his career to date focused on the corporate market in client facing roles.

Matthew has a particular focus on the legal market, enjoying working closely
with professional practices firms.

1 Churchill Place
E14 5HP
07775 555 930


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