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To clarify - you were never married?
but partners in business? was anything written or agreed that you can evidence?
and he uses your land for this business?
Stowe are a very well respected and competent firm of family lawyers and I am amazed that they do not have someone in the firm who can deal with the business asset element of a divorce because divorcing couples very often have a business.
I would ask why he can’t refer it to anybody else in the firm.
However you refer to a business claim. This isn’t so much a business claim is a claim over an asset.
What kind of glory do you need? Surprising that may seem, a divorce lawyer that actually knows what they are doing with regard to business. You have the right kind of lawyer, you just have one doesn’t know what he is doing.
I’m sorry to be so blunt.
If you weren’t married, then it doesn’t become a family matter and you need someone who is familiar with partnership law because you are dealing with the breakup of the partnership (or a limited company) rather than the breakup of a relationship.
Under the 1890 partnership act there is no provision for one person to retire or die and if they want out, the partnership is dissolved.
That is if there is no agreement.
It gets worse.
If one partner stays home drinks tea and watches Jeremy Kyle and does nothing and the other one does all the work, the profits are split 50-50 if there is no agreement to the contrary. Many pseudo-partnerships fall foul of that when they break up