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Company Disputes

All too often companies can find themselves the subject of a dispute between shareholders/investors and/or directors.

The consequences of such disputes can be extremely damaging to the business, reputation and assets of both the individuals and companies involved, not to mention the impact they can have upon the personal relationships of those involved.

The Charles Russell Speechlys team has extensive experience in dealing with disputes relating to the rights and obligations of companies, shareholders, investors and directors.

We have particular experience in dealing with unfair prejudice claims brought by minority shareholders against the majority shareholders (often including the directors) and disputes between owner/managers and institutional investors. We also advise on partnership disputes.

Where corporate and partnership disputes are concerned, we consider dispute avoidance to be particularly important. The team uses a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution techniques to achieve settlement. The team has an impressive track record of resolving disputes via mediation.

We are also regularly called upon by our Financial Services colleagues to provide advice to directors and shareholders at the time of a transaction, with a view to avoiding disputes between shareholders and/or directors in the future.

Our clients include shareholders, directors and boards of both private and quoted companies, high net worth individuals, private equity houses and venture capitalists.


  • Acting for the Respondent shareholder in the important case of Irvine v Irvine [2007] 1 BCLC 445; identifying the appropriate minority discount to be applied on a buy-out order when the Company is not a quasi-partnership
  • Advising a minority shareholder who discovered that his co-directors were taking money from the company in order to fund their excessive lifestyles; we resolved this dispute via mediation successfully arguing that the value of the misappropriated funds should be taking into consideration in the size of the settlement