The Deed of Partnership: A Crucial Document for Your Business’s Success!

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Starting a business is like embarking on a journey with fellow travellers. Just as a journey requires a planning and a map, every business venture needs a clear roadmap and guidelines for its partners.

This is where a Deed of Partnership comes into play. In this blog, we’ll dive deep into what a Deed of Partnership is, why it’s essential for your business, and what key elements it should encompass.

What is a Deed of Partnership?

A ‘Deed of Partnership’, also known as a partnership agreement, is a legal document signed by two or more partners to establish and govern a business for profit. It outlines key terms such as profit/loss sharing, salary, interest on capital, and admission of new partners, promoting clarity and resolving conflicts within the partnership. This agreement ensures a clear understanding of roles, facilitating the smooth operation of the partnership firm.

A Deed of Partnership serves as the foundational agreement that sets the framework for how the business will be managed and operated, whether you’re running a small partnership firm or a large-scale venture.

Why is a Deed of Partnership essential?

  • When great minds collaborate, disagreements are inevitable. A well-drafted Deed of Partnership can pre-emptively address potential areas of conflict, clearly defining each partner’s roles, contributions, and decision-making authority. This clarity reduces the likelihood of disputes arising in the future.
  • A Deed of Partnership provides legal protection to all parties involved. It outlines the rights and responsibilities of each partner, protecting their interests and ensuring they’re treated fairly. If any disputes arise, the Deed serves as evidence of the agreed-upon terms.
  • Asset Protection: The Deed of Partnership outlines how the assets, profits, and losses of the business are distributed among partners. This ensures transparency and prevents any unfair appropriation of resources.
  • Business Continuity: In the event of a partner’s death, retirement, or departure, the Deed of Partnership can detail how the business will continue and how the departing partner’s share will be managed. This provision ensures business continuity and minimizes disruption.
  • Exit Strategy: Every business journey has an endpoint, and partners might decide to move on for various reasons. A Deed of Partnership should outline the process for a partner’s exit, including the valuation of their share and how the remaining partners can acquire it.

The key elements a Deed of Partnership

  • Clearly state the name of the business and its primary objectives.
  • List the names, addresses, and contributions of each partner. Define their roles and responsibilities within the business.
  • Detail the initial investment made by each partner and how additional capital will be introduced if required.
  • Explain how profits and losses will be distributed among partners. This can be based on the capital contribution, effort, or a combination of factors.
  • Define how decisions will be made within the business. Will it be unanimous, based on majority vote, or according to a specific partner’s expertise?
  • Outline the day-to-day responsibilities of each partner. Who will handle operations, finances, marketing, etc.?
  • Specify the process for resolving disputes, whether through mediation, arbitration, or other means.
  • Describe how new partners can join and how existing partners can exit the business.
  • Detail what happens if a partner decides to retire or passes away, including the valuation of their share.
  • Explain the process for dissolving the partnership and distributing assets in case the business needs to be wound up.

Do I need to involve a solicitor or legal advice?

Glow Accounts would alway recommend consulting with a legal professional. They can help ensure that the document complies with local laws and covers all necessary aspects of your business relationship.

Deed of Partnership


In conclusion, a well-drafted Deed of Partnership can be the cornerstone of a successful and harmonious business venture. It provides clarity, protection, and a structured framework for partners to work effectively. 

Glow Accounts does not specialise in Partnership accounting, but we believe is important to cover such an important subject when you are setting up a business as this may very well be the right option for you.

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