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Re your article on calculation of profit shares (Pulse features, April 23). The principle of reviewing the fairness of any system is sensible, but can I ask that you review the example you give?

You show a 65 per cent partner who, with the loss of out-of-hours, should now move to 75 per cent, thus gaining £10,000 on the partners who get £100,000.

If this example is actually to be realistic you need a full calculation.

Hence partner A gets £65,000, their six partners get £100,000 ­ total pot = £665,000.

Out-of-hours is dropped, hence partner A now gets 75 per cent, but the pot is now £665,000 less out-of-hours deductions, ie about £72,000 = £593,000.

To recalculate: 593/6.75 partner shares = full share = £878,000, 75 per cent share, ie partner A = £658,000, ie a difference of £8,000 not £10,000 (any other increases are all proportionate).

Superannuation calculations will be fun as well, won't they!

Dr Martin Lockyer



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