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Limited Partnerships Act 1907

1907 CHAPTER 24 7 Edw 7

An Act to establish Limited Partnerships.

[28th August 1907]

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C1Act modified (3.1.1995) by 1994 c. 40, ss. 76, 82(2), Sch. 16 para. 1(1)

C2This Act is not necessarily in the form in which it has effect in Northern Ireland

C3Act excluded by S.I. 1990/1580, reg. 2(1)

Act excluded (22.3.2002) by S.I. 2002/376, art. 2(1)

C4Act excluded (E.W.S.) by Companies Act 1985 (c. 6, SIF 27), s. 717(1)

C5Act excluded (E.W.S.) (30.4.1992) by S.I. 1992/1027, reg. 2

1 Short title.E+W+S+N.I.

This Act may be cited for all purposes as the Limited Partnerships Act 1907.

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3 Interpretation of terms.E+W+S+N.I.

In the construction of this Act the following words and expressions shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in this section, unless there be something in the subject or context repugnant to such construction:—

  • “Firm,” “firm name,” and “business” have the same meanings as in the M1Partnership Act 1890:

  • General partner” shall mean any partner who is not a limited partner as defined by this Act.

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4 Definition and constitution of limited partnership.E+W+S+N.I.

(1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F2 limited partnerships may be formed in the manner and subject to the conditions by this Act provided.

(2)A limited partnership F3. . ., . . . F4, F3. . . must consist of one or more persons called general partners, who shall be liable for all debts and obligations of the firm, and one or more persons to be called limited partners, who shall at the time of entering into such partnership contribute thereto a sum or sums as capital or property valued at a stated amount, and who shall not be liable for the debts or obligations of the firm beyond the amount so contributed.

(3)A limited partner shall not during the continuance of the partnership, either directly or indirectly, draw out or receive back any part of his contribution, and if he does so draw out or receive back any such part shall be liable for the debts and obligations of the firm up to the amount so drawn out or received back.

(4)A body corporate may be a limited partner.

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F3Words in s. 4(2) omitted (21.12.2002) by S.I. 2002/3203, art. 3

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C6S. 4(2) excluded by S.I. 1971/782

5 Registration of limited partnership required.E+W+S+N.I.

Every limited partnership must be registered as such in accordance with the provisions of this Act, or in default thereof it shall be deemed to be a general partnership, and every limited partner shall be deemed to be a general partner.

6 Modifications of general law in case of limited partnerships.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A limited partner shall not take part in the management of the partnership business, and shall not have power to bind the firm:

Provided that a limited partner may by himself or his agent at any time inspect the books of the firm and examine into the state and prospects of the partnership business, and may advise with the partners thereon.

If a limited partner takes part in the management of the partnership business he shall be liable for all debts and obligations of the firm incurred while he so takes part in the management as though he were a general partner.

(2)A limited partnership shall not be dissolved by the death or bankruptcy of a limited partner, and the lunacy of a limited partner shall not be a ground for dissolution of the partnership by the court unless the lunatic’s share cannot be otherwise ascertained and realised.

(3)In the event of the dissolution of a limited partnership its affairs shall be wound up by the general partners unless the court otherwise orders.

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(5)Subject to any agreement expressed or implied between the partners—

(a)Any difference arising as to ordinary matters connected with the partnership business may be decided by a majority of the general partners;

(b)A limited partner may, with the consent of the general partners, assign his share in the partnership, and upon such an assignment the assignee shall become a limited partner with all the rights of the assignor;

(c)The other partners shall not be entitled to dissolve the partnership by reason of any limited partner suffering his share to be charged for his separate debt;

(d)A person may be introduced as a partner without the consent of the existing limited partners;

(e)A limited partner shall not be entitled to dissolve the partnership by notice.

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C7Reference to “person of unsound mind” to be substituted for reference to “lunatic” in s. 6(2): Mental Treatment Act 1930 (c. 23), s. 20(5)

7 Law as to private partnerships to apply where not excluded by this Act.E+W+S+N.I.

Subject to the provisions of this Act, the M2Partnership Act 1890, and the rules of equity and of common law applicable to partnerships, except so far as they are inconsistent with the express provisions of the last-mentioned Act, shall apply to limited partnerships.

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8 Manner and particulars of registration.E+W+S+N.I.

The registration of a limited partnership shall be effected by sending by post or delivering to the registrar at the register office in that part of the United Kingdom in which the principal place of business of the limited partnership is situated or proposed to be situated a statement signed by the partners containing the following particulars:—

(a)The firm name;

(b)The general nature of the business;

(c)The principal place of business;

(d)The full name of each of the partners;

(e)The term, if any, for which the partnership is entered into, and the date of its commencement;

(f)A statement that the partnership is limited, and the description of every limited partner as such;

(g)The sum contributed by each limited partner, and whether paid in cash or how otherwise.

9 Registration of changes in partnerships.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)If during the continuance of a limited partnership any change is made or occurs in—

(a)the firm name,

(b)the general nature of the business,

(c)the principal place of business,

(d)the partners or the name of any partner,

(e)the term or character of the partnership,

(f)the sum contributed by any limited partner,

(g)the liability of any partner by reason of his becoming a limited instead of a general partner or a general instead of a limited partner,

a statement, signed by the firm, specifying the nature of the change, shall within seven days be sent by post or delivered to the registrar at the register office in that part of the United Kingdom in which the partnership is registered.

(2)If default is made in compliance with the requirements of this section each of the general partners shall, on conviction under [F6the ]M3Magistrates’ Courts Act 1952, be liable to a fine not exceeding one pound for each day during which the default continues.

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F6Words substituted by virtue of Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30), s. 17(2)(a)

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10 Advertisement in Gazette of statement of general partner becoming a limited partner and of assignment of share of limited partner.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Notice of any arrangement or transaction under which any person will cease to be a general partner in any firm, and will become a limited partner in that firm, or under which the share of a limited partner in a firm will be assigned to any person, shall be forthwith advertised in the Gazette, and until notice of the arrangement or transaction is so advertised the arrangement or transaction shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be of no effect.

(2)For the purposes of this section, the expression “the Gazette” means—

  • In the case of a limited partnership registered in England, the London Gazette;

  • In the case of a limited partnership registered in Scotland, the Edinburgh Gazette;

  • In the case of a limited partnership registered in Ireland, [F7the Belfast Gazette].

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F7Words substituted by virtue of S.R. & O. 1921/1804 (Rev. XVI, p. 967; 1921, p. 422), art. 7(a)

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C8Reference to Ireland to be construed as exclusive of Republic of Ireland: S.R. & O. 1923/405 (Rev. X p. 298: 1923, p. 400), art. 2

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13 Registrar to file statement and issue certificate of registration.E+W+S+N.I.

On receiving any statement made in pursuance of this Act the registrar shall cause the same to be filed, and he shall send by post to the firm from whom such statement shall have been received a certificate of the registration thereof.

14 Register and index to be kept.E+W+S+N.I.

At each of the register offices herein-after referred to the registrar shall keep, in proper books to be provided for the purpose, a register and an index of all the limited partnerships registered as aforesaid, and of all the statements registered in relation to such partnerships.

15 Registrar of joint stock companies to be registrar under Act.E+W+S+N.I.

The registrar of joint stock companies shall be the registrar of limited partnerships, and the several offices for the registration of joint stock companies in London, Edinburgh, and [F10Belfast] shall be the offices for the registration of limited partnerships carrying on business within those parts of the United Kingdom in which they are respectively situated.

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F10Word substituted by virtue of S.R. & O. 1921/1804 (Rev. XVI, p. 967; 1921, p. 422), art. 7(b)

16 Inspection of statements registered.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Any person may inspect the statements filed by the registrar in the register offices aforesaid, and there shall be paid for such inspection such fees as may be appointed by the Board of Trade, not exceeding [F115p] for each inspection; and any person may require a certificate of the registration of any limited partnership, or a copy of or extract from any registered statement, to be certified by the registrar, and there shall be paid for such certificate of registration, certified copy, or extract such fees as the Board of Trade may appoint, not exceeding [F1110p] for the certificate of registration, and not exceeding [F112p] for each folio of seventy-two words, or in Scotland for each sheet of two hundred words.

(2)A certificate of registration, or a copy of or extract from any statement registered under this Act, if duly certified to be a true copy under the hand of the registrar or one of the assistant registrars (whom it shall not be necessary to prove to be the registrar or assistant registrar) shall, in all legal proceedings, civil or criminal, and in all cases whatsoever be received in evidence.

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F11Words substituted by virtue of Decimal Currency Act 1969 (c. 19), s. 10(1)

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C9Functions of Board of Trade now exercisable concurrently by Secretary of State: S.I. 1970/1537, art. 2(1)(a)

17 Power to Board of Trade to make rules. E+W+S+N.I.

The Board of Trade may make rules (but as to fees with the concurrence of the Treasury) concerning any of the following matters:—

(a)The fees to be paid to the registrar under this Act, so that they do not exceed in the case of the original registration of a limited partnership the sum of two pounds, and in any other case the sum of [F1225p];

(b)The duties or additional duties to be performed by the registrar for the purposes of this Act;

(c)The performance by assistant registrars and other officers of acts by this Act required to be done by the registrar;

(d)The forms to be used for the purposes of this Act;

(e)Generally the conduct and regulation of registration under this Act and any matters incidental thereto.

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F12Words substituted by virtue of Decimal Currency Act 1969 (c. 19), s. 10(1)

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C10Functions of Board of Trade now exercisable concurrently by Secretary of State: S.I. 1970/1537, art. 2(1)(a)

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