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Working side by side: spouses in partnership
  1. Nick Openshaw

    Nick Openshaw is a specialist business and commercial lawyer with a long-standing interest in the veterinary profession. He is a sole practitioner in a firm of solicitors, based in Bideford, Devon.

  2. Ian Downing

    Ian Downing is a sole practitioner in a firm of solicitors based in Plymouth. He specialises in matrimonial matters.


SINCE the Royal College's announcement that it would no longer be opposed to non-veterinary surgeons becoming partners in veterinary practices, the scope for the spouses of vets to become involved in practices has increased. In this article, Nick Openshaw and Ian Downing examine a number of issues which should be considered before a spouse becomes formally involved in the business - whether as a partner or an employee.

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