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THE PARTNERSHIP ACT, 1932

(IX OF 1932)
CONTENTS
CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
1.Short title, extent and commencement
2. Definitions
3. Application of Provisions of Act, IX of 1872
CHAPTER II
THE NATURE OF PARTNERSHIP
4. Definition of “Partnership”, “Partner” Firm and “firm name”
5. Partnership not created by status
6. Mode of determining existence of partnership
6A Act not to apply certain relationship
7. Partnership-at-wil l
8. Particular Partnership
CHAPTER III
RELATIONS OF PARTNERS TO ONE ANOTHER
9. General duties of Partners
10. Duty to indemnify for loss caused by Fraud
11. Determination of rights and duties of Partner by contract between the Partners
12. The conduct of the business
13. Mutual rights and liabilities
14. The property of the firm
15. Application of the property of the firm
16. Personal profits earned by Partners
Rights and duties of Partners after a change in the firm, after the expiry of the term of
the firm, and where additional undertakings are carried out
CHAPTER IV
RELATIONS OF PARTNERS TO THIRD PARTIES
18. Partner to be agent of the firm
19. Implied authority of Partner as agent of the firm
20. Extension and restriction of Partner’s implied authority
21. Partner authority in an emergency
22. Mode of doing act to bind firm
23. Effect of admissions by a partner
24. Effect of notice to acting partner
25. Liability of a partner for acts of the firm
26. Liability of the firm for wrongful act of a partner
27. Liability of a firm for misapplication by partner
28. Holding out
29. Right of transferee of a partner’s interest
30. Minors admitted to the benefits of partnership
CHAPTER V
INCOMING AND OUTGOING PARTNERS
31. Introduction of a partner
32. Retirement of a partner
33. Expulsion of a partner
34. Insolvency of a partner
35. Liability of estate of deceased partner
36. Rights of outgoing partner to carry on competing business
37. Rights of outgoing partner in certain cases to share subsequent profits
38. Revocation of continue guarantee by change in firm
CHAPTER VI
DISSOLUTION OF A FIRM
39. Dissolution of a firm
40. Dissolution by agreement
41. Compulsory dissolution
42.Dissolution on the happening of certain contingencies
43. Dissolution by notice of partnership-at-will
44. Dissolution by the Court
45. Liability for acts of partners done after dissolution
46. Rights of partners to have business wound up after dissolution
47. Continuing authority of partners for purpose of winding up
48. Mode of settlement of accounts between partners
49. Payment of firm’s debts and of separate debts
50. Personal profits earned after dissolution
51. Return of premium on premature dissolution
53. Rights where partnership contract is rescinded for fraud or misrepresentation
53 . Rights to restrain from use of firm name or firm property
54. Agreements in restraint of trade
55. Sale of goodwill after dissolution
Rights of buyer and seller of goodwill
Agreement in restraint of trade
CHAPTER VII
REGISTRATION OF FIRMS
56. Power to exempt from application of this Chapter
57. Appointment of Registrars
58. Application for registration
59. Registration
60. Recording of alterations in firm name and principal place of business
61. Noting of closing and opening of branches
62. Noting of changes in names and addresses of partners
63. Recording of changes in and dissolution of a firm recording of withdrawal of a minor
64. Rectification of mistakes
65. Amendment of Register by order of Court
66. Inspection of Register and filed documents
67. Grant of copies
68. Rules of evidence
69. Effect of non-registration
70. Penalty for furnishing false particulars
71. Power to make rules
CHAPTER VIII
SUPPLEMENTAL
72. Mode of giving public notice
73. Repeals
74. Savings
TEXT
THE PARTNERSHIP ACT, 1932
(IX OF 1932)
[8th April 1932]
An
Act
to define and amend the law relating to partnership
Whereas it is expedient to define and amend the law relating to partnership;
It is hereby enacted as follows:-
CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
1. Short title, extent and commencement.— (1) This Act may be called the Partnership Act,
1932.
[(2) It extends to the whole of Pakistan.]
(3) It shall come into force on the 1st day of October, 1932, except section 69, which
shall come into force on the 1st day of October, 1933.
2. Definitions.— In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-
(a) an "act of a firm" means any act or omission by all the partners or by any partner or
agent of the firm which gives rise to a right enforceable by or against the firm,
(b) "business" includes every trade, occupation and profession;
(c) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
(d) "third party" used in relation to a firm or to a partner therein means any person who
is not a partner in the firm; and
(e) expressions used but not defined in this Act and defined in the Contract Act (IX of
1872) shall have the meanings assigned to them in that Act.
3. Application of provisions of Act IX of 1872.— The un repealed provisions of the
Contract Act, 1872, saves in so far as they are inconsistent with the express provisions of this
Acts, shall continue to apply to firms.
CHAPTER II
THE NATURE OF PARTNERSHIP
4. Definition of "partnership", "partner", "firm" and "firm name".— “Partnership" is the
relation between persons who have agreed to share the profits of a business carried on by all or
any of them acting for all.
Persons who have entered into partnership with one another are called individually
"partners" and collectively "a firm" and the name under which their business is carried on is called
the "firm name".
5. Partnership not created by status.— The relation of partnership arises from contract and
not from status;
And in particular the members of a Hindu undivided family carrying on a family business as
such, or a Burmese Buddhist husband and wife carrying on business as such are not partners in
such business.
6. Mode of determining existence of partnership.— In determining whether a group of
persons is or is not a firm, or whether a person is or is not a partner in a firm, regard shall be had
to the real relation between the parties as shown by all relevant facts taken together.
Explanation 1.- The sharing of profits or of gross returns arising from property by persons
holding a joint or common interest in that property does not of itself make such persons partners.
Explanation 2.- The receipt by a person of a share of the profits of a business or of a
payment contingent upon the earning of profits or varying with the profits earned by a business,
does not of itself make him a partner with the persons carrying on the business;
And in particular, the receipt of such share of payment -
(a) by a lender of money to persons engaged or about to engage in any business,
(b) by a servant or agent as remuneration,
(c) by the widow or child of a deceased partner as annuity, or
(d) by a previous owner or part owner of the business, as consideration for the sale of
the goodwill or share thereof, does not of itself make the receiver a partner with the
persons carrying on the business.
6A. Act not apply to certain relationships.— Nothing contained in this act shall apply to a
relationship created by any agreement between Banking company and a person or group of
persons providing for sharing of profits and losses arising from or relating to the provision by the
Banking company of finance to such person or group of persons.
Explanation.- for the purpose of this section, “Banking Company” and finance “shall have
the same meanings as in the Banking tribunals ordinance, 1981.
7. Partnership at will.— Where no provision is made by contract between the partners for
the duration of their partnership, or for the determination of their partnership the partnership is
"partnership at will".
8. Particular partnership.— A person may become a partner with another person in
particular adventures or undertakings.
CHAPTER III
RELATIONS OF PARTNERS TO ONE ANOTHER
9. General duties of partners.— Partners are bound to carry on the business of the firm to
the greatest common advantage, to be just and faithful to each other, and to render true accounts
and full information of all things affecting the firm to any partner or his legal representative.
10. Duty to indemnify for loss caused by fraud.— Every partner shall indemnify the firm for
any loss caused to it by his fraud in the conduct of the business of the firm.
11. Determination of rights and duties of partners by contract between the partners.—
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the mutual rights and duties of the partners of a firm may
be determined by contract between the partners, and such contract may be expressed or may be
implied by a course of dealing.
Such contract may be varied by consent of all the partners, and such consent may be
express or may be implied by a course of dealing.
(2) Agreements in restraint of trade. Notwithstanding anything contained in section
27 of the Contract Act, 1872 such contracts may provide that a partner shall not carry on any
business other than that of the firm while he is a partner.
12. The conduct of the business.— Subject to contract between the partners -
(a) every partner has a right to take part in the conduct of the business;
(b) every partner is bound to attend diligently to his duties in the conduct of the
business;
(c) any difference arising as to ordinary matters connected with the business may be
decided by a majority of the partners, and every partner shall have the right to
express his opinion before the matter is decided, but no change may be made in the
nature of the business without the consent of all the partners; and
(d) every partner has a right to have access and to inspect and copy any of the books
of the firm.
13. Mutual rights and liabilities.— Subject to contract between the partners -
(a) a partner is not entitled to receive remuneration for taking part in the conduct of the
business;
(b) the partners are entitled to share equally in the profits earned, and shall contribute
equally to the losses sustained by the firm;
(c) where a partner is entitled to interest on the capital subscribed by him, such interest
shall be payable only out of profits;
(d) a partner making, for the purposes of the business, any payment or advance beyond
the amount of capital he has agreed to subscribe, is entitled to interest thereon at
the rate of six per cent per annum;
(e) the firm shall indemnify a partner in respect of payments made and liabilities
incurred by him -
(i) in the ordinary and proper conduct of the business, and
(ii) in doing such act, in an emergency, for the purpose of protecting the firm
from loss, as would be done by a person of ordinary prudence, in his own
case, under similar circumstances; and
(f) a partner shall indemnify the firm for any loss caused to it by his wilful neglect in the
conduct of the business of the firm.
14. The property of the firm.— Subject to contract between the partners, the property of the
firm includes all property and rights and interests in property originally brought into the stock of the
firm, or acquired by purchase or otherwise, by, or for the firm or for the purposes and in the
course of the business of the firm, and includes also the goodwill of the business.
Unless the contrary intention appears, property, rights and interests in property acquired
with money belonging to the firm are deemed to have been acquired for the firm.
15. Application of the property of the firm.— Subject to contract between the partners the
property of the firm shall be held and used by the partners exclusively for the purposes of the
business.
16. Personal profits earned by partners. — Subject to contract between the partners-
(a) if a partner derives any profit for himself from any transaction of the firm, or from the
use of the property or business connection of the firm or the firm name he shall
account for that profit and pay it to the firm;
(b) if a partner carries on any business of the same nature as and competing with that
of the firm, he shall account for and pay to the firm all profits made by him in that
business.
17. Rights and duties of partners after a change in the firm, after the expiry of the term
of the firm and where additional undertakings are carried out. — Subject to contract between
the partners-
(a) where a change occurs in the constitutions of a firm, the mutual rights and duties of
the partners in the reconstituted firm remain the same as they were immediately
before the change as far as may be;
(b) where a firm constituted for a fixed term continues to carry on business after the
expiry of that term, the mutual rights and duties of the partners remain the same as
they were before the expiry, so far as they may be consistent with the incidents of
partnership-at-will; and
(c) where a firm constituted to carry out one or more adventures or undertakings carries
out other adventures or undertakings, the mutual rights and duties of the partners in
respect of the other adventures or undertakings are the same as those in respect of
the original adventures or undertakings.
CHAPTER IV
RELATIONS OF PARTNERS TO THIRD PARTIES
18. Partner to be agent of the firm.— Subject to the provisions of this Act a partner is the
agent of the firm for the purposes of the business of the firm.
19. Implied authority of partner as agent of the firm.— (1) Subject to the provisions of
section 22,³ the act of a partner which is done to carry on, in the usual way, business of the kind
carried on by the firm, binds the firm.
The authority of a partner to bind the firm conferred by this section is called his "implied
authority".
(2) In the absence of any usage or custom of trade to the contrary, the implied authority
of a partner does not empower him to -
(a) submit a dispute relating to the business of the firm to arbitration.
(b) Open a banking account on behalf of the firm in his own name,
(c) Compromise or relinquish any claim or portion of a claim by the firm,
(d) Withdraw a suit or proceeding filed on behalf of the firm,
(e) Admit any liability in a suit or proceeding against the firm,
(f) Acquire immovable property on behalf of the firm,
(g) Transfer immovable property belonging to the firm, or
(h) Enter into partnership on behalf of the firm.
20. Extension and restriction of partner's implied authority.— The partners in a firm may,
by contract between the partners, extend or restrict the implied authority of any partner.
Notwithstanding any such restriction, any act done by a partner on behalf of the firm which falls
within his implied authority binds the firm, unless the person with whom he is, dealing knows of
the restriction or does not know or believe that partner to be a partner.
21. Partner's authority in an emergency.— A partner has authority, in an emergency, to do
all such acts for the purpose of protecting the firm from loss as would be done by a person of
ordinary prudence, in his own case, acting under similar circumstances, and such acts bind the
firm.
22. Mode of doing act to bind firm.— In order to bind a firm, an act or instrument done or
executed by a partner or other person on behalf of the firm shall be done or executed in the firm
name, or in any other manner expressing or implying an intention to bind the firm.
23. Effect of admissions by a partner.— An admission or representation made by a partner
concerning the affairs of the firm is evidence against the firm, if it is made in the ordinary course of
business.
24. Effect of notice to acting partner.— Notice to a partner who habitually acts in the
business of the firm or any matter relating to the affairs of the firm operates as notice to the firm,
except in the case of a fraud on the firm committed by or with the consent of that partner.
25. Liability of a partner for acts of the firm.— Every partner is liable, jointly with all the
other partners and also severally, for all acts of the firm done while he is a partner.
26. Liability of the firm for wrongful acts of a partner.— Where by the wrongful act or
omission of a partner acting in the ordinary course of the business of a firm or with the authority of
his partners, loss or injury is caused to any third party, or any penalty is incurred, the firm is liable
therefore to the same extent as the partner.
27. Liability of firm for misapplication by partners.— Where
(a) A partner acting within his apparent authority receives money or property from a
third party and misapplies it, or
(b) A firm in the course of its business receives money or property from a third party,
and the money or property is misapplied by any of the partners while it is in the
custody of the firm, the firm is liable to make good the loss.
28. Holding out.— (1) Any one who by words spoken or written or by conduct represents
himself, or knowingly permits himself to be represented, to be a partner in a firm, is liable as a
partner in that firm to any one who has on the faith of any such representation given credit to the
firm, whether the person representing himself or represented to be a partner does or does not
know that the representation has reached the person so giving credit.
(2) Where after a partner's death the business is continued in the old firm name, the
continued use of that name or of the deceased partner's name as a part thereof shall not of itself
make his legal representative or his estate liable for any act of the firm done after his death.
29. Rights of transferee of a partner's interest.— (1) A transfer by a partner of his interest in
the firm, either absolute or by mortgage, or by the creation by him of a charge on such interest,
does not entitle the transferee, during the continuance of the firm, to interfere in the conduct of the
business, or to require accounts, or to inspect the books of the firm, but entitles the transferee
only to receive the share of profits of the transferring partner, and the transferee shall accept the
account of profits agreed to by the partners.
(2) If the firm is dissolved or if the transferring partner ceases to be a partner, the
transferee is entitled as against the remaining partners to receive the share of the assets of the
firm to which the transferring partner is entitled, and, for the purpose of ascertaining that share, to
an account as from the date of the dissolution.
30. Minors admitted to the benefits of partnership.— (1) a person who is a minor according
to the law to which he is subject may not be a partner in a firm but with the consent of all the
partners for the time being, he may be admitted to the benefits of partnership.
(2) Such minor has a right to such share of the property and of the profits of the firm as
may be agreed upon, and he may have access to inspect and copy any of the accounts of the
firm.
(3) Such minor's share is liable for the acts of the firm, but the minor is not personally
liable for any such act.
(4) Such minor may not sue the partners for an account or payment of his share of the
property or profits of the firm, save when severing his connection with the firm, and in such case
the amount of his share shall be determined by a valuation made as far as possible in accordance
with the rules contained in section 48:
Provided that all the partners acting together or any partner entitled to dissolve the firm
upon notice to other partners may elect in such suit to dissolve the firm and thereupon the court
shall proceed with the suit as one for dissolution and for settling accounts between the partners,
and the amount of the share of the minor shall be determined along with the shares of the
partners.
(5) At any time within six months of his attaining majority, or of his obtaining knowledge
that he had been admitted to the benefits of partnership, whichever date is later, such person may
give public notice that he has elected to become or that he has elected not to become a partner in
the firm, and such notice shall determine his position as regards the firm:
Provided that, if he fails to give such notice, he shall become a partner in the firm, on the
expiry of the said six months.
(6) where any person has been admitted as a minor to the benefits of partnership in a
firm, the burden of proving the fact that such person had no knowledge of such admission until a
particular date after the expiry of six months of his attaining majority shall lie on the persons
asserting that fact.
(7) where such person becomes a partner, -
(a) his rights and liabilities as a minor continue up to the date on which he becomes a
partner, but he also becomes personally liable to third parties for all acts of the firm
done since he was admitted to the benefits of partnership, and
(b) his share in the property and profits of the firm shall be the share to which he was
entitled as a minor.
(8) Where such person elects not to become a partner,-
(a) his rights and liabilities as a miner continue up to the date on which he becomes a
partner but he also becomes personally liable to third parties for all acts of the firm
done since he was admitted to the benefits of Partnership, and
(b) his share shall not be liable for any acts of the firm done after the date of the notice,
and
(c) he shall be entitled to sue the partners for his share of the property and profits in
accordance with subsection (4).
(9) Nothing in subsections (7) and (8) shall affect the provisions of section 28.
CHAPTER V
INCOMING AND OUTGOING PARTNERS
31. Introduction of a partner.— (1) Subject to contract between the partners and to the
provisions of section 30, no person shall be introduced as a partner into a firm without the consent
of all the existing partners.
(2) Subject to the provisions of section 30, a person who is introduced as a partner into
a firm does not thereby become liable for any act of the firm done before he became a partner.
32. Retirement of a partner.— (1) A partner may retire -
(a) with the consent of all the other partners,
(b) in accordance with an express agreement by the partners, or
(c) where the partnership is at will, by giving notice in writing to all the other partners of
his intention to retire.
(2) A retiring partner may be discharged from any liability to any third party for acts of
the firm done before his retirement by an agreement made by him with such third party and
partners of the reconstituted firm, and such agreement may be implied by a course of dealing
between such third party and the reconstituted firm after he had knowledge of the retirement.
(3) Notwithstanding the retirement of a partner from a firm, he and the partners continue
to be liable as partners to third parties of any act done by any of them which would have been an
act of the firm if done before the retirement, until public notice is given of the retirement:
Provided that a retired partner is not liable to any third party who deals with the firm without
knowing that he was a partner.
(4) Notices under subsections (3) may be given by the retired partner or by any partner
of the reconstituted firm.
33. Exclusion of a partner.— (1) A partner may not be expelled from a firm by any majority of
the partners, saves in the exercise in good faith of powers conferred by contract between the
partners.
(2) The provisions of subsections (2), (3) and (4) of section 32 shall apply to an expelled
partner as if he were a retired partner.
34. Insolvency of a partner.— (1) Where a partner in a firm is adjudicated an insolvent he
ceases to be a partner on the date on which the order of adjudication is made, whether or not the
firm is thereby dissolved.
(2) Where under a contract between the partners the firm is not dissolved by the
adjudication of a partner as an insolvent the estate of a partner so adjudicated is not liable for any
act of the firm and the firm is not liable for any act of the insolvent, done after the date on which
the order of adjudication is made.
35. Liability of estate of deceased partner.— Where under a contract between the partners
the firm is not dissolved by the death of a partner, the estate of a deceased partner is not liable for
any act of the firm done after his death.
36. Rights of outgoing partner to carry on competing business.— (1) An outgoing partner
may carry on a business competing with that of the firm and he may advertise such business, but,
subject to contract to the contrary, he may not -
(a) use the firm name,
(b) represent himself as carrying on the business of the firm, or
(c) solicit the custom of persons who were dealing with the firm before the ceased to be
a partner.
(2) Agreements in restraint of trade - a partner may make an agreement with his
partners that on ceasing to be a partner he will not carry on any business similar to that of the firm
within a specified period or within specified local limits; and, notwithstanding anything contained in
section 27, of the Contract Act 1872, such agreement shall be valid if the restrictions imposed are
reasonable.
37. Right of outgoing partner in certain cases to share subsequent profits.— Where any
member of a firm has died or otherwise ceased to be a partner, and the surviving or continuing
partners carry on the business of the firm with the property of the firm without any final settlement
of accounts as between them and the outgoing partner of his estate, then, in the absence of a
contract to the contrary, the outgoing partner or his estate is entitled at the option of himself or his
representatives to such share of the profits made since he ceased to be a partner as may be
attributable to the use of his share of the property of the firm or to interest at the rate of six per
cent per annum on the amount of his share in the property of the firm:
Provided that where by contract between the partners an option is given to surviving or
continuing partners to purchase the interest of a deceased or outgoing partner, and that option is
duly exercised, the estate of the deceased partner, or the outgoing partner or his estate, as the
case may be, is not entitled to any further or other share of profits; but if any partner assuming to
act in exercise of the option does not in all material respects comply with the terms thereof, he is
liable to account under the foregoing provisions of this section.
38. Revocation of continuing guarantee by change in firm.— A continuing guarantee given
to a firm, or to a third party in respect of the transaction of a firm, is in the absence of agreement
to the contrary, revoked as to future transactions from the date of any change in the constitution of
the firm.
CHAPTER VI
DISSOLUTION OF A FIRM
39. Dissolution of a firm.— The dissolution of partnership between all the partners of a firm is
called the "dissolution of the firm".
40. Dissolution by agreement.— A firm may be dissolved with the consent of all the partners
or in accordance with a contract between the partners.
41. Compulsory dissolution.— A firm is dissolved -
(a) by the adjudication of all the partners or of all the partners but one as insolvent or
(b) by the happening of any event which makes it unlawful for the business of the firm to
be carried on or for the partners to carry it on in partnership:
Provided that, where more than one separate adventure or undertaking is carried on by the
firm, the illegality of one or more shall not of itself cause the dissolution of the firm in respect of its
lawful adventures and undertakings.
42. Dissolution on the happening of certain contingencies.— Subject to contract between
the partners a firm is dissolved-
(a) if constituted for a fixed term, by the expiry of that term;
(b) if constituted to carry out one or more adventures or undertakings, by the completion
thereof;
(c) by the death of a partner; and
(d) by the adjudication of a partner as an insolvent.
43. Dissolution by notice of partnership-at-will.— (1) Where the partnership is at will, the
firm may be dissolved by any partner giving notice in writing to all the other partners of his
intention to dissolve the firm.
(2) The firm is dissolved as from the date mentioned in the notice as the date of
dissolution or, if no date is so mentioned, as from the date of the communication of the notice.
44. Dissolution by the Court.— At the suit of a partner, the Court may dissolve a firm on any
of the following grounds, namely:-
(a) that a partner has become of unsound mind, in which case the suit may be brought
as well by the next friend of the partner who has become of unsound mind as by any
other partner;
(b) that a partner, other than the partner suing, has become in any way permanently
incapable of performing his duties as partner;
(c) that a partner, other than the partner suing, is guilty of conduct which is likely to
affect prejudicially the carrying on of the business, regard being had to the nature of
the business;
(d) that a partner, other than the partner suing, willfully, or persistently, commits breach
of agreements relating to the management of the affairs of the firm or the conduct of
its business, or otherwise so conducts himself in matters relating to the business
that it is not reasonably practicable for the other partners to carry on the business in
partnership with him;
(e) that a partner, other than the partner suing, has in any way transferred the whole of
his interest in the firm to a third party, or has allowed his share to be charged under
the provisions of rule 49 of Order XXI of the First Schedule to the Code of Civil
Procedure, 1908, or has allowed it to be sold in the recovery of arrears of landrevenue
or of any dues recoverable as arrears of land-revenue due by the partner;
(f) That the business of the firm cannot be carried on save at a loss; or
(g) On any other ground which renders it just and equitable that the firm should be
dissolved.
45. Liability for acts of partners done after dissolution.— (1) Notwithstanding the
dissolution of a firm, the partners continue to be liable as such to third parties for any act done by
any of them which would have been an act of the firm if done before the dissolution, until public
notice is given of the dissolution:
Provided that the estate of a partner who dies, or who if adjudicated an insolvent, or of a
partner who, not having been known to the person dealing with the firm to be a partner, retires
from the firm, is not liable under this section for acts done after the date on which he ceases to be
a partner.
(2) Notices under subsection (1) may be given by any partner.
46. Right of partners to have business wound up after dissolution.— On the dissolution of
a firm every partner or his representative is entitled, as against all the other partners or their
representatives, to have the property of the firm applied in payment of the debts and liabilities of
the firm, and to have the surplus distributed among the partners or their representatives according
to their rights.
47. Continuing authority of partners for purposes of winding up.— After the dissolution of
a firm the authority of each partner to bind the firm, and the other mutual rights and obligations of
the partners, continue notwithstanding the dissolution, so far as may be necessary to wind up the
affairs of the firm and to complete transactions begun unfinished at the time of the dissolution, but
not otherwise:
Provided that the firm is in no case bound by the acts of a partner who has been
adjudicated insolvent; but this proviso does not affect the liability of any person who has after the
adjudication represented himself or knowingly permitted himself to be represented as a partner of
the insolvent.
48. Mode of settlement of accounts between partners.— In settling the accounts of a firm
after dissolution, the following rules shall, subject to agreement by the partners, be observed:-
(a) Losses, including deficiencies of capital, shall be paid first out of profits, next out of
capital, and, lastly, if necessary, by the partners individually in the proportions in
which they were entitled to share profits.
(b) The assets of the firm, including any sums contributed by the partners to make up
deficiencies of capital, shall be applied in the following manner and order-
(i) in paying the debts of the firm to third parties;
(ii) in paying to each partner ratably what is due to him from the firm for
advances as distinguished from capital;
(iii) in paying to each partner ratably what is due to him on account of capital; and
(iv) the residue, if any, shall be divided among the partners in the proportions in
which they were entitled to share profits.
49. Payment of firm's debts and of separate debts.— Where there are joint debts due from
the firm, and also separate debts due from any partner, the property of the firm shall be applied in
the first instance in payment of the debts of the firm, and, if there is any surplus, then the share of
each partner shall be applied in payment of his separate debts or paid to him. The separate
property of any partner shall be applied first in the payment of his separate debts, and the surplus
(if any) in the payment of the debts of the firm.
50. Personal profits earned after dissolution.— Subject to contract between the partners
the provisions of clause (a) of section 16³ shall apply to transactions by any surviving partner or
by the representatives of a deceased partner, undertaken after the firm is dissolved on account of
the death of a partner and before its affairs have been completely wound up:
Provided that where any partner or his representative has brought the goodwill of the firm,
nothing in this section shall affect his right to use the firm name.
51. Return of premium on premature dissolution.— Where a partner has paid a premium
on entering into partnership for a fixed term, and the firm is dissolved before the expiration of that
term otherwise than by the death of a partner, he shall be entitled to repayment of the premium or
of such part thereof as may be reasonable, regard being had to the terms upon which he became
a partner and to the length of time during which he was a partner, unless -
(a) the dissolution is mainly due to his own mis-conduct, or
(b) the dissolution is in pursuance of an agreement containing no provision for the
return of the premium or any part of it.
52. Rights where partnership contract is rescinded for fraud or misrepresentation.—
Where a contract creating partnership is rescinded on the ground of the fraud or
misrepresentation of any of the parties thereto, the party entitled to rescind is, without prejudice to
any other right, entitled-
(a) to a lien on, or a right of retention of, the surplus or the assets of the firm remaining
after the debts of the firm have been paid, for any sum paid by him for the purchase
of a share in the firm and for any capital contributed by him;
(b) to rank as a creditor of the firm in respect of any payment made by him towards the
debts of the firm; and
(c) to be indemnified by the partner or partners guilty of the fraud or misrepresentation
against all the debts of the firm.
53. Right to restrain from use of firm name or firm property.— After a firm is dissolved,
every partner or his representative may, in the absence of a contract between the partners to the
contrary, restrain any other partner or his representative from carrying on a similar business in the
firm name or from using any of the property of the firm for his own benefit, until the affairs of the
firm have been completely wound up:
Provided that where any partner or his representative has brought the goodwill of the firm,
nothing in this section shall affect his right to use the firm name.
54. Agreements in restraint of trade.— Partners may, upon or in anticipation of the
dissolution of the firm, make an agreement that some or all of them will not carry on a business
similar to that of the firm within a specified period or within specified local limits: and
notwithstanding anything contained in section 27 of the Contract Act, 1872, such agreement shall
be valid if the restrictions imposed are reasonable.
55. Sale of goodwill after dissolution.— (1) in settling the accounts of a firm after dissolution,
the goodwill shall, subject to contract between the partners, be included in the assets, and it may
be sold either separately or along with other property of the firm.
(2) Rights of buyer and seller of goodwill - Where the goodwill of a firm is sold after
dissolution, a partner may carry on a business competing with that of the buyer and he may
advertise such business, but, subject to agreement between him and the buyer he may not -
(a) use the firm name,
(b) represent himself as carrying on the business of the firm or
(c) solicit the custom of persons who were dealing with the firm before its dissolution.
(3) Agreements in restraint of trade - Any partner may, upon the sale of the goodwill
of a firm make an agreement with the buyer that such partner will not carry on any business
similar to that of the firm within a specified period or within specified local limits, and,
notwithstanding anything contained in section 27 of the Contract Act, 1872, such agreement shall
be valid if the restrictions imposed are reasonable.
CHAPTER VII
REGISTRATION OF FIRMS
56. Power to exempt from application of this Chapter.— The [Provincial Government of any
Province may, by notification in the [official Gazette], direct that the provisions of this Chapter
shall not apply to [that Province] or to any part thereof specified in the notification.
57. Appointment of Registrars.— (1) The [Provincial Government] may appoint Registrars of
Firms for the purposes of this Act, and may define the areas within which they shall exercise their
powers and perform their duties.
(2) Every Registrar shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of
section 21 of the Pakistan Penal code.
58. Application for Registration.— (1) The registration of a firm may be effected at any time
by sending by post or delivering to the Registrar of area in which any place of business of the firm
is situated or proposed to be situated, a statement in the prescribed form and accompanied by the
prescribed fee, stating -
(a) the firm name,
(b) the place or principal place of business of the firm,
(c) the names of any other places where the firm carries on business,
(d) the date when each partner joined the firm,
(e) the names in full and permanent addresses of the partners, and,
(f) duration of the firm.
The statement shall be signed by all the partners, or by their agents specially authorized in
this behalf.
(2) Each person signing the statement shall also verify it in the manner prescribed.
(3) A firm name shall not contain any of the following words, namely:-
Government "Jinnah", "Quaid-e-Azam", or words expressing or implying the sanction, approval or
patronage of the "Federal" Government or any Provincial Government or of the "Quaid-e-Azam",
except when the Provincial Government signifies its consent to the use of such words as part of
the firm name by order in writing.
(3A) A firm name shall not contain the name of the "United Nations" or its abbreviations
through the use of its initial letters or of any subsidiary body set up by that body unless it has
obtained the previous authorization of the Secretary General of the United Nations in writing.
(3B) A firm name shall not contain the name of the "World Health Organization" or its
abbreviations through the use of its initial letters unless it has obtained the previous authorization
of the Director-General in writing.
(3C) A firm name shall not contain any word which may be declared by the Provincial
Government, by notification in the official Gazette to be undesirable:
Provided that a firm which has as part of its name any word declared by the Provincial
Government to be undesirable shall, within one month of such declaration, alter its name and
send a statement to this effect to the Registrar.
59. Registration.— when the Registrar is satisfied that the provisions of section 58 have been
duly complied with, he shall record an entry of the statement in a register called Register of Firms
and shall file the statement.
60. Recording of alterations in firm name and principal place of business.— (1) When an
alteration is made in the firm name or in the location of the principal place of business of
registered firm a statement may be sent to the Registrar accompanied by the prescribed fee,
specifying the alteration and signed and verified in the manner required under section 58.
(2) When the Registrar is satisfied that the provisions of subsection (1) have been duly
complied with he shall amend the entry relating to the firm in the Register of Firms in accordance
with the statement, and shall file it along with the statement relating to the firm filed under section
59.
61. Noting of closing and opening of branches.— When a registered firm discontinues
business at any place or begins to carry on business at any place, such place not being its
principal place of business, any partner or agent of the firm may send intimation thereof to the
Registrar, who shall make a note of such intimation in the entry relating to the firm in the Register
of Firms, and shall file the intimation along with the statement relating to the firm filed under
section 59.
62. Noting of change in names and addresses of partners.— When any partner in a
registered firm alters his name or permanent address, an intimation of the alteration may be sent
by any partner or agent of the firm to the Registrar, who shall deal with it in the manner provided
in section 61.
63. Recording of changes in and dissolution of a firm.— (1) When a change occurs in the
constitution of a registered firm any incoming, continuing or outgoing partner, and when a
registered firm is dissolved any person who was a partner immediately before the dissolution, or
the agent of any such partner or person specially authorized in this behalf, may give notice to the
Registrar of such change or dissolution, specifying the date thereof; and the Registrar shall, make
a record of the notice in the entry relating to the firm in the Register of Firms, and shall file the
notice along with the statement relating to the firm filed under section 59.
(2) Recording of withdrawal of a minor - When a minor who has been admitted to the
benefits of partnership in a firm attains majority and elects to become or not to become a partner,
and the firm is then a registered firm, he, or his agent specially authorized in this behalf, may give
notice to the Registrar that he has or has not become a partner, and the Registrar shall deal with
the notice in the manner provided in subsection (1).
64. Rectification of mistake.— (1) The Registrar shall have power at all times to rectify any
mistake in order to bring the entry in the Register of Firms relating to any firm into conformity with
the documents relating to that firm filed under this chapter.
(2) On application made by all the parties who have signed any document relating to
the firm filed under this chapter, the Registrar may rectify any mistake in such document or in the
record or note thereof made in the Register of Firms.
65. Amendment of Register by order of Court.— A court deciding any matter relating to a
registered firm may direct that the Registrar shall make any amendment in the entry in the
Register of Firms relating to such firm which is consequential upon its decision, and the Registrar
shall amend the entry accordingly.
66. Inspection of Register and filed documents.— (1) The Register of Firms shall be open
to inspection by any person on payment of such fee as may be prescribed.
(2) All statements, notices and intimations filed under this Chapter shall be open to
inspection, subject to such conditions and on payment of such fee as may be prescribed.
67. Grant of copies.— The Registrar shall on application furnish to any person on payment of
such fee as may be prescribed, a copy, certified under his hand, of any entry or portion thereof in
the Register of Firms.
68. Rules of evidence.— (1) Any statement, intimation or notice recorded or noted in the
Register of Firms shall, as against any person by whom or on whose behalf such statement,
intimation or notice was signed, be conclusive proof of any fact therein stated.
(2) A certified copy of an entry relating to a firm in the Register of Firms may be
produced in proof of the fact of the registration of such firm, and of the contents of any statement,
intimation or notice recorded or noted therein.
69. Effect of non-registration.— (1) No suit to enforce a right arising from a contract or
conferred by this Act shall be instituted in any Court by or on behalf of any person suing as a
partner in a firm against the firm or any person alleged to be or to have been a partner in the firm
unless the firm is registered and the person suing is or has been shown in the Register of Firms
as a partner in the firm.
(2) No suit to enforce a right arising from a contract shall be instituted in any Court by or
on behalf of a firm against any third party unless the firm is registered and the persons suing are
or have been shown in the Register of Firms as partners in the firm.
(3) The provisions of subsections (1) and (2) shall apply also to a claim of set-off or
other proceeding to enforce a right arising from a contract, but shall not affect -
(a) the enforcement of any right to use for the dissolution of a firm or for accounts of a
dissolved firm, or any right or power to realise the property of a dissolved firm, or
(b) the powers of an official assignee, receiver or court under the 1[Insolvency (Karachi
Division 2 * *Act,] or the Provincial Insolvency Act, 1920 to realize the property of an
insolvent partner.
(4) This section shall not apply -
(a) to firms or to partners in firms which have no place of business in [Pakistan] or
whose places for business in [Pakistan] are situated in areas to which by notification
under [section 56] this Chapter does not apply or
(b) to any suit or claim of set-off not exceeding one hundred rupees in value which, ³***
is not of a kind specified in the Second Schedule to the Provincial Small Cause
Courts Act, 1887 or to any proceeding in execution or other proceeding incidental to
or arising from any such suit or claim.
70. Penalty for furnishing false particulars.— Any person who signs any statement,
amending statement, notice or intimation under this Chapter containing any particular which he
knows to be false or does not believe to be true, or containing particulars which he knows to be
incomplete or does not believe to be complete, shall be punishable with imprisonment which may
extend to three months, or with fine, or with both.
71. Power to make rules.— (1) [Provincial Government] may make rules prescribing the fees
which shall accompany documents sent to the Registrar of Firms, or which shall be payable for
the inspection of documents in the custody of the Registrar of Firms, or which shall be payable for
the inspection of documents in the custody of the Registrar of Firms or for copies from the
Register of Firms:
Provided that such fees shall not exceed the maximum fees specified in Schedule.
Provided further that the fees payable for any service desired on the same way on which
an application for the same is made may be double the aforesaid maximum fees.
(2) The [Provincial Government] may [also] make rules -
(a) prescribing the form of statement submitted under section 58, and of the verification
thereof;
(b) requiring statements, intimations and notices under sections 60,61,62 and 63 to be
in prescribed form, and prescribing the form, thereof;
(c) prescribing the form of the Register of Firms and the mode in which entries relating
to firms are to be made therein, and the mode in which such entries are to be
amended or notes made therein;
(d) regulating the procedure of the Registrar when disputes arise;
(e) regulating the filing of documents received by the Registrar;
(f) prescribing conditions for the inspection of original documents;
(g) regulating the grant of copies;
(h) regulating the elimination of registers and documents;
(i) providing for the maintenance and form of an index to the Register of Firms; and
(j) generally, to carry out the purposes of this Chapter.
(3) All rules made under this section shall be subject to the condition of previous
publication.
CHAPTER VIII
SUPPLEMENTAL
72. Mode of giving public notice.— A public notice under this Act is given -
(a) where it relates to the retirement or expulsion of a partner from a registered firm, or
to the dissolution of a registered firm, or to the election to become or not to become
a partner in a registered firm by a person attaining majority who was admitted as a
minor to the benefits of partnership, by notice to the Registrar of Firms under section
63, and by publication in the local [official Gazette] and in at least one vernacular
newspaper circulating in the district where the firm to which it relates has its place or
principal place of business, and
(b) in any other case, by publication in the local [official Gazette] and in at least one
vernacular newspaper circulating in the district where the firm to which it relates has
its place or principal place of business.
73. [Repeals.] .— Rep. by the Repealing Act, 1938 (I of 1938), S.2 and Schedule.
74. Savings.— Nothing in this Act or any repeal effected thereby shall affect or be deemed to
affect-
(a) any right, title, interest, obligation or liability already acquired, accrued or incurred
before the commencement of this Act, or
(b) any legal proceeding or remedy in respect of any such right, title, interest, obligation
or liability, or anything done or suffered before the commencement of this Act, or
(c) anything done or suffered before the commencement of this Act, or
(d) any enactment relating to partnership not expressly repealed by this Act, or
(e) any rule of insolvency relating to partnership, or
(f) any rule of law not inconsistent with this Act.

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