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Association of Partnership Practitioners

Committee Members

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

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
St. Bride's House
10 Salisbury Square
London EC4Y 8EH
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 - 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

Martin Prentice MIoD, FCIB

Martin has over 40 years’ experience within Lloyds Banking Group, 30 years in management, 20 years in Corporate and Commercial Banking and over 15 years working in a number of Senior Management positions within a Professional Practices environment.

Until the end of 2016 Martin was a specialist Corporate Relationship Director in the London Professional Practices marketplace, with a high concentration in the Legal sector in the Mid Cap £100M turnover space.

In addition to being an APP Committee Member, Martin is a fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB), and a member of both the Institute of Directors (MIoD) and the Non-Executive Directors’ Association.

Martin is currently a Business Advisory Board Member of the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership - as well as an Ambassador, Professional and Financial Services for the Kent Branch of the Institute of Directors - IoD Kent.
07850 652794

Corinne Staves, Chair - Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP

Corinne Staves is a Partner at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP.

Corinne advises on partnerships, limited partnerships and LLPs in relation to their use as professional practices, funds, fund managers, joint ventures and family wealth planning vehicles.  She also advises on UK and international estate planning.

As well as being a member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners, she is secretary of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, City Branch. She has been part of working parties on the reform of limited partnerships and the application of the Companies Act 2006 to LLPs. Corinne has contributed to the Professional Practices Handbook published by Bloomsbury Professional, as well as the Ark report on Evolving Business Structures for Law Firms and the Globe/IBA publication on the Business of Law: Strategies for Success.

15th Floor,
Milton House,
Milton Street,
London EC2Y 9BH
020 7786 8710

Daniel Sutherland - Fox Williams LLP

Daniel is a partner in Fox Williams LLP's highly regarded Professional Practices Group.

Daniel specialises in advising businesses in the professional services sector, with a focus on the formation and running of limited liability partnerships, partnerships and mergers and acquisitions. Daniel also advises individuals and teams of professionals on issues relating to their partnership, such as their recruitment, retirement and treatment while a partner or member. Daniel has particular expertise in providing legal and regulatory advice to law firms and has been at the cutting edge of advising on the establishment of ABS structures.

Fox Williams LLP
10 Finsbury Square
020 7614 2624


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