Due to the ongoing pandemic, shareholders and investors in business are finding challenges in maintaining value and control over their investments. As the situation develops, this could lead to an increase in disputes amongst shareholders.
Partnership, company and shareholder disputes can arise from a variety of circumstances: you may be a private company shareholder facing attack by a minority, a minority shareholder unhappy with treatment by other shareholders, a director uncomfortable with specific decisions or a board of directors facing a claim or a listed company concerned about activism and disruption. We can help you resolve any of these shareholder disputes. Should you have concerns regarding shareholder activism, we have strong relationships with financial PR agencies and an expert corporate governance team who can assist you.
The breakdown of relations within a partnership or between the directors and shareholders of a company can be as acrimonious as going through a bitter divorce, particularly in the case of informal ‘quasi-partnerships’ or family run companies. Breakdowns can sometimes lead to a harmful impact on your company’s reputation, so we work closely with our reputation management team to help you avoid any unwanted publicity.
Whatever the situation, we can assist you with our bespoke and personal approach. We have over 25 years’ experience expertly dealing with these types of disputes in a strategic, commercial and practical manner.
Rather than treating all claims in the ordinary course of commercial litigation, we understand the personal and often sensitive nature of shareholder disputes. We will work with you to resolve these conflicts by providing carefully considered, proportionate, and cost-effective options.
Meet the team
Be careful what you reference: when witness evidence waives privilege
Gabrielle looks at the recent decision in Scipharm Sarl v Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its impact on privilege
Weighing in on the importance of attention to detail in service cases
Rory looks at recent judgments that have emphasised the need to follow correct procedure when serving documents in court cases
Obtaining documents in the US for proceedings in the UK
Stewart and Simon look at the three potential routes for obtaining documents from third parties located in the US
Adding claimants pre-service and amending outside the limitation period: pitfalls for the unwary
Sonia looks at a recent High Court judgment and its important guidance on the ability of claimants to be added to a claim before service
Damages-based agreements: an island of clarity in changing seas
Simon, Joe and Lauren look at a recent judgment which is a welcome island of clarity in the damages-based agreement sea of uncertainty.
Warranties on an indemnity basis: a question of damages
John and Simon take an in-depth look at warranties on an indemnity basis
Disclosure and documents referenced in expert reports: a level playing field?
Sonia looks at the impact of the recent High Court decision in Zverev v Ace Group International Ltd
Durra Al Ali
“Subject to contract” wording in settlement negotiations: a label that sticks
Durra looks at the term “subject to contract” and how it was put to the test in Joanne Properties Ltd v Moneything Capital Ltd and another.
Removing directors – what are my options?
Safeguarding search orders and the role of public interest: lessons to be learned from recent case law
Caroline looks at lessons to be learned from the recent decision in Calor Gas Ltd v Chorley Bottle Gas Ltd and others
French reform on provisional enforcement by Law and why it matters to civil and commercial disputes strategy in France
Simone looks at the French reform on provisional enforcement by Law and why it matters to civil and commercial disputes strategy in France.
COVID-19: security for costs in an economic downturn
Caroline looks at a recent case where a party seeks to use COVID-19's economic consequences to support their security for costs application.
Claiming privilege in investigations: whose decision is it?
Abigail looks at the recent decision of A v B and another
Remote hearings in the COVID-19 era: another new normal?
Charlotte and Simon look at remote hearings in the COVID-19 era
Search and deploy? Search orders and electronic data
Stewart, Rhys and Simon take an in-depth look at search orders and analyse recent developments.
Patrick Gearon FCIArb
The costs of conflict
Patrick Gearon provides insight on disputes funding options and the changing landscape of costs and dispute resolution in the Middle East.
Frustration under English law – Key issues in a global pandemic
Claudine looks at Frustration and the key issues it has in a global pandemic.
Judgment in default - better late than never?
Hannah Kent looks at a significant update to the rules regarding default judgments.
COVID-19: procedural rules on deadlines relaxed but how far do they go?
Simon Heatley looks at the recent relaxation of procedural rules on deadlines