Dismissal and partnerships
Dismissal and partnerships

The following Employment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dismissal and partnerships
  • Partnerships

In some situations, the ordinary rules relating to dismissals do not apply or additional rules need to be considered. Two of the most important of these are when a partnership dissolves (discussed below) and when an employee is also a director of a company (see Practice Note: Dismissing a senior executive).

See Precedent: Clauses—termination.


Partners in an unlimited partnership are not also employees of the partnership and do not enjoy the same statutory employment rights as employees on dismissal (Palumbo v Stylianou (1966) 1 ITR 407). A person who is employed by an unlimited partnership is employed by each of the partners acting together.