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Benefits of Starting Up a Scottish Limited Partnership

Short guidance from Coddan about the benefits of starting up a Scottish limited partnership: although both business start-up models serve a somewhat similar purpose, there are some fundamental differences between a limited partnership and a limited liability partnership or LLP. Limited partnerships typically consist of at least one limited partner and one general partner. LLP's on the other hand require no general partner, as each partner in the LLP is provided with the ability to take part in all management aspects of the LLP.



Scottish LP start-up for UK residents

£92.00

NO HIDDEN CHARGES

1
option

This Scottish limited partnership start up is for customers, who have an address in Scotland, & want to keep it simple and paper free, within few days.

The following document will be dispatch by regular post upon the starting up of a Scottish limited partnership:

    • The certificate of registration;
    • The free & fast-track banking account with RBS, Lloyds, Barclays or NatWest (which is optional);
    • Same day limited partnership formation service is available.
£116.00

NO HIDDEN COSTS

2
option

This Scottish limited partnership start-up is for people who already have a registered address in Scotland & require the basic limited partnership setting-up plus additional documents provided by e-mail & send by post

This Scottish LP partnership start-up offer includes all services mentioned in the first option, plus:

  • The Coddan tailor-made partnership agreement; the meeting of the board of members & membership certificates;
  • The laminated certificate of partnership registration.
£159.00

NO HIDDEN FEES

3
option

This package is for customers who want all the traditional trappings of limited partnership startup with impressive bound documents.

This offer includes all limited partnership start up benefits mentioned in the first & the second options, plus free delivery of:

  • Two printed & laminated certificates of registration;
  • Two printed & hard bound copies of the partnership agreement;
  • Two elegant printed membership' certificates; one bound copy of the meeting of the board of members, etc.
£165.99

ANNUAL FEES FROM £125.00

4
option

This Scottish limited partnership starting up package is especially for expatriates & UK residents, who are requiring setting-up a partnership with registered office address in Edinburgh.

This Scottish LP partnership start up offer includes all limited partnership creation benefits mentioned in the first two options, with the addition of:

  • The registered office address in Edinburgh;
  • The government mail forwarding; & the certificate of the registered office address;
  • Additional services are available.



Scottish LP setting-up for international clients

£195.99

ANNUAL FEES FROM £130.00

1
option

This Scottish limited partnership set-up is exclusively for non-UK customers, who are requiring starting a Scottish limited partnership with registered address in Edinburgh.

The following items are included into this limited partnership set-up offer:

  • The certificate of registration, the partnership agreement;
  • Two membership' certificates & meeting of the board of members;
  • The registered office address, mail forwarding & certificate of the registered office address.
£495.99

ANNUAL FEES FROM £430.00

2
option

This limited partnership set-up package is especially for non-UK customers, who are requiring opening a limited partnership with registered address in Edinburgh & nominee limited member.

This Scottish limited partnership start-up offer includes everything in the first option, together with the advantages of:

  • The provision of a nominee limited partner; signed power of attorney;
  • The signed, undated resignation letters from nominee member;
  • The agreement for the provision of the nominee service.
£935.99

ANNUAL FEES FROM £720.00

3
option

This is one of the most common limited partnership start-up packages, which comes with a nominee general partner, as an option for the nominee limited partner, & registered address in Edinburgh.

This Scottish limited partnership start-up offer includes everything in the second option, plus the following enhancements:

  • The provision of a nominee general partner & the signed power of attorney;
  • The signed & undated resignation letters from nominee members;
  • The agreement for the provision of the nominee service.
£1,095

ANNUAL FEES FROM £720.00

4
option

This is our most comprehensive Scottish limited partnership creation package with all partnership start-up documents verified by a notary public in & certified by the Apostille stamp.

This limited partnership set-up in Edinburgh offer includes everything in the third option, plus:

  • The certification of all partnership documents including the power of attorney by a notary public;
  • The final verification of documents by the Apostille;
  • Additional services are available.



The differences between a limited partnership & a limited liability partnership

The differences between a limited partnership & a limited liability partnership: limited partnerships gained popularity throughout the UK during the '70s and '80s. Nowadays, business owners often form limited partnerships for temporary projects, or jobs that are only guaranteed to last for a finite length of time (such as creative arts projects like movie productions or exhibitions). LLP's are relatively new when compared to limited partnerships, and became popular during the 1990s amongst small-medium sized business owners.

Structurally, there are some important differences to take into consideration. In a limited partnership, it is the responsibility of the general partner to manage the day-to-day activities of the business. The limited partner in a limited partnership holds a non-participatory position in terms of making managerial decisions within the business. Essentially, the role of the limited partner is akin to a silent partner who has invested in the firm. In an LLP however, all registered partners are allowed to make managerial decisions within the limited liability partnership businesses. General partners in limited partnerships can be limited liability companies or corporations, whereas the opposite is true for LLP's.

In a limited partnership, the general partner holds unlimited liability for any losses or debts incurred by the business, whereas the limited partner has protection against any losses/debts. This means that the burden of responsibility largely rests with the general partner, who may risk losing their personal assets as a result of any losses which occur in the day-to-day running of the business, as opposed to limited partners, who are afforded asset protection against any partnership debts or obligations. In an LLP, each partner is afforded limited liability protection against any debts, losses or lawsuits as a result of malpractice.

For more information on the differences between limited partnerships and LLP's and advice on which business model might best suit your needs, contact Coddan today.

LLP's vs. limited partnerships

LLP's vs. limited partnerships: when it comes to starting a business, choosing the right structural model can be the key to achieving success, dependent on the requirements of the business owners. Limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships are two of the most popular structural methods for business owners in the UK, and both offer their own benefits, which we will explain below.

What is a limited partnership? A limited partnership consists of a general partner and at least one limited partner. These partnerships became a popular business formation choice throughout the 1970's and remained so into the 1980's. The model is often used nowadays for finite, one-off business ventures such as the organisation of an event, or the production of a movie.

The general partner in a limited partnership is responsible for managing all of the day-to-day activities of the business, whereas the limited partner does not participate in any managerial decision making, acting instead as a silent partner or investor. The general partner in a limited partnership may also be a limited company or a public limited company.

In terms of liability, the general partner in a limited partnership is responsible for any debts or losses incurred by the business, and risks losing personal assets as a result. The limited partner is protected against any such losses or debts, either as a result of poor business performance or lawsuits due to malpractice.

What is a limited liability partnership? As an extension of the general partnership structural model,LLP's offer many of the same benefits as limited partnerships, and are generally more popular among business owners today. LLP's require no general partner, and each partner is allowed to make managerial decisions regarding the daily running of the business. Each partner in an LLP is also protected (to a degree) against any losses or debts incurred by the LLP.

Which is the best option? There are no definitive right or wrong answers, as each model can be preferable dependent on the type of business. For guidance on which business model might best suit your needs, it's best to contact an LLP formation specialist such as Coddan.

Limited partnerships in Scotland vs. limited partnerships in England and Wales, what are the differences?

Limited partnerships in Scotland vs. limited partnerships in England and Wales: there are a number of fundamental distinctions between limited partnerships in Scotland and their counterparts south of the border. Although a joint review of partnership law was instigated back in 2003 by the Law Commissions of both Scotland and England/Wales with a view to establishing specific legal personalities to English and Welsh partnerships (as is the case in Scotland), it remains unlikely that any such change will be forthcoming in the near future.

Scottish limited partnerships are regarded as efficient, effective methods for holding property investments, although there are some peculiarities which those not particularly versed in Scottish law may not be aware of, which we'll take a look at below.

As is the case in England and Wales, the Partnership Act of 1890 still applies with regard to the administration of partnerships. However, Scottish partnerships have distinct legal personalities, allowing for some significant benefits to the trading partners in a Scottish limited partnership, in terms of both responsibility and liability. The Limited Partnership Act of 1907 requires all UK LP's to be registered with the appropriate office – Edinburgh, Belfast or London, dependent on the partnership's principal place of business. What remains unclear, however, is whether the legality of the term "principal" applies to the partnership's place of business, or simply where they intend to accept documentation and notices for administrative purposes.

By interpreting the Act in this way, it could be implied that a limited partnership could operate in England, whilst having its principal place of business north of the border. As a distinct legal entity, any contracts with a Scottish limited partnership are entered into with the partnership, as opposed to the individual partners. It is therefore possible to register a limited partnership in Scotland for private investment by utilising this interpretation of the Limited Partnership Act, whilst continuing to conduct business throughout the rest of the UK.

With a plethora of experience in assisting clients in setting up limited partnerships in Scotland, Coddan's partnership incorporation team of experts are available to provide an efficient, professional service relating to all aspects of Scottish limited partnership formation.

Annual obligations of limited partnerships in Scotland

Benefits of Scottish Limited Partnership

Annual obligations of limited partnerships in Scotland: limited partnerships of all kinds have various types of legal obligations and requirements if they are not to be subjected to fines and other penalties. The basic annual obligations of companies are to file their annual accounts and annual returns with the relevant authorities, notably Companies House and HM Revenue & Customs. However, for limited partnerships in Scotland, while they must file these documents with HMRC, there is no requirement for them to file them with Companies House.

The only exception is when Partnership Accounts (Regulations) 2008 is applied. In cases where these regulations apply, the general partners that are UK limited companies are obliged to send a copy of the partnership's accounts to Companies House together with their own limited partnership's accounts.

Limited partnerships in Scotland are also obliged to notify Companies House if there are changes in the partnership. This can be where a general partner, who has overall responsibility for the enterprise, becomes a limited partner, and they will have responsibility only for the assets, including, capital, that they contribute.

At Coddan, we not only establish limited partnerships for our clients, but we also have a range of follow-on services, and these assist with the statutory annual obligations of the business. Our services include bookkeeping and preparing and filing annual tax returns with the authorities, thereby relieving you of a time-consuming and often difficult annual administration process.

If you're not based in Scotland or are a foreigner and wish to have a limited partnership in Scotland, we can provide an official registered address in Edinburgh. It will be used for correspondence to and from the authorities in terms of your ongoing annual obligations, and again, Coddan can prepare and file these documents for you.

Partnership and Company law is different in Scotland to other parts of the UK, and it pays to have expert guidance so that you're fully compliant with the law at all times. That's why many firms turn to Coddan to get the help and advice they need. If you would like assistance with your limited partnership startup in Scotland to ensure it meets its annual obligations, talk to our business consultants today.