2. Lack of legal personality.

2.     Lack of legal personality.

Under English common law it has long been established that a partnership or firm is not a 'person' or legal entity1, although the firm may sue and be sued in the firm name2. However, the Interpretation Act 1978 provides that, in legislation, unless the contrary appears, 'person' includes a body of persons unincorporated, and various legislative provisions have been construed in a way that treat partnerships as having legal personality3. Under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, a partnership is guilty of corporate manslaughter if the way in which its