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Partnership is like marriage, they say. Like a marriage, a partnership can be a sham, without outsiders being any the wiser. Does it matter if appearance is at odds with reality? True partner-ship is hard enough to define. And in solicitors’ partnerships it has long been accepted that non-partners may be held out as partners. This raises the question of how much involvement in the firm a non-partner who is held out as a partner must share, to avoid the partnership being labelled a sham?

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