We understand the sensitive nature of disputes that can occur within companies or partnerships. With the reputations and careers of directors, partners or members in professional partnerships often at stake, our specialist company and partnership disputes team are well placed to provide advice on a range of contentious matters that can arise.

Our team have vast experience in advising current and departing directors, partners and members in companies, professional partnerships and LLPs.  Common disputes which our team deal with include the rights and liabilities of the parties subsequent to a director, partner or member retiring or being expelled from the company or partnership, or with the dissolution of the organisation itself.  Other frequent issues can include:

  • diversion of corporate opportunities
  • exclusion of minority shareholders
  • dividend policies
  • disagreements between majority and minority shareholders

Recent examples of cases:

  • acting for a minority shareholder of a healthcare company in a dispute relating to directors’ remuneration
  • bringing an action against a company’s former director in respect of a fraud on the company
  • representing a company in its defence of an action to force the sale of company assets
  • advising on a large scale shareholder dispute in relation to banking merger
  • acting for the minority shareholder of a transport company in an unfair prejudice petition (s.994 Companies Act 1996)

Naturally we also work closely with our Commercial and Corporate team when drafting and updating shareholders and partnership agreements as well as settlement agreements, and with our Employment team on Employment related issues.

Related areas:

Commercial and Corporate
Restructuring and insolvency
Intellectual Property
Claims under the Commercial Agents Regulations
Negligence actions against professional advisers