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Limited partnership registration


1. What is a limited partnership?

A limited partnership consists of:

one or more persons called general partners, who are liable for all debts and obligations of the firm; and
one or more persons called limited partners, who contribute a sum or sums of money as capital, or property valued at a stated amount. Limited partners are not liable for the debts and obligations of the firm beyond the amount contributed.
2. What restrictions are there on the limited partners?

Limited partners may not:

draw out or receive back any part of their contribution to the partnership during its lifetime;
take part in the management of the business or
have power to bind the firm.
If they do, they become liable for all the debts and obligations of the firm up to the amount drawn out, received back or incurred, as the case may be, while taking part in the management of the company.

3. Who can be a partner?

Generally speaking, an individual or a legal body such as a company may be a partner in a limited partnership, either as a general or as a limited partner. A person cannot be both a general and a limited partner at the same time.

4. Must limited partnerships register?

Yes. Until your partnership is registered, all partners will be equally responsible for any debts and obligations incurred.

5. How do I register my limited partnership?

A limited partnership must be registered under the Limited Partnerships Act 1907. To register, you must deliver an application for registration (Form LP5), signed by all the partners, to the Registrar. The limited partnership will come into existence on registration of an acceptable LP5.

Partnerships whose principal place of business is situated or proposed to be situated in England and Wales should send their forms to the Cardiff office; those whose principal place of business is situated or proposed to be situated in Scotland to the Edinburgh office; and those whose principal place of business is situated or proposed to be situated in Northern Ireland to the Belfast office.

The information supplied on the form must include the following:

the firm's name, including the appropriate name ending – Limited Partnership, LP ;(or a Limited Partnership registered in Wales, with it’s principal place of business in Wales may use Partneriaeth Cyfyngedig or PC;
the general nature of the business;
the address of the principal place of business;
the full name of each partner, listing general and limited partners separately;
the term (if any) for which the partnership is entered into (this begins with the date of registration);
a statement that the partnership is limited and the description of every partner as such; and
the sum contributed by each limited partner, and whether it is paid in cash or otherwise.
If all these particulars are in order, the Registrar will issue a certificate of registration, subject to the acceptability of the name.

6. How much does it cost?

The general registration fee is £20. The fee for a same day registration is £50. Cheques should be made payable to 'Companies House'.

7. Can an oversea limited partnership register?

Not usually. The Limited Partnership Act requires partnerships to register in that part of the United Kingdom where their principal place of business is situated or is proposed to be situated. An oversea partnership usually has its principal place of business overseas, and would not be registered for that reason.

8. What if some of my partnership details change?

If any alteration is made to any of the details previously registered, the Registrar must be notified of the change on Form LP6 within seven days.

9. Does a limited partnership need to send accounts to Companies House?

Not usually. There is no requirement for a limited partnership to send accounts to Companies House unless the Partnership and Unlimited (Accounts) Regulations 1993 (SI 1993/1820) apply. In these circumstances, if the General Partner is a limited company, a copy of the partnership accounts must be appended to, and filed with, the limited company accounts.

10. Can a limited partnership be dissolved?

Yes. In the event of the dissolution of a limited partnership, the general partners must wind up its affairs unless the court orders otherwise.

Subject to any agreement between the partners, a limited partner is not entitled to dissolve the partnership by notice, and the other partners are not entitled to dissolve the partnership merely by reason of any limited partner suffering his share to be charged for his separate debt.

The death or bankruptcy of a limited partner is not a ground for dissolution. The fact that a limited partner is a 'person of unsound mind' is not a ground for dissolution of the partnership by a court, unless the person's share in the partnership cannot be otherwise ascertained and realised.

11 Can a limited partnership name be removed from the Registrar’s index of names?

Although a limited partnership can be dissolved as explained above, the 1907 Act does not make it a requirement to notify Companies House. If you do send Companies House notification of dissolution on a form LP6 it will be accepted in good faith but the limited partnership name will remain on the live index of names.

12. Who must deliver these particulars?

The general partners are responsible for the delivery of Forms LP5 and LP6 whether or not the preparation of the documents was delegated to accountants or to anyone else.

The Limited Partnerships Act 1907 provides for the imposition of penalties for various defaults in carrying out the requirements of the Act and for failing to send to the Registrar the required forms.

Notice of any arrangement or transaction under which a general partner will become a limited partner in the firm must be advertised in the London, Edinburgh or Belfast Gazette, as the case may be. Notice must also be advertised in the Gazette of any arrangement or transaction under which a limited partner's share in the firm will be assigned to somebody else. Until this is done these arrangements or transactions have no effect.