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Business Dispute Solicitors
If your company is experiencing some form of company dispute involving directors, shareholders or partners, the business dispute solicitors at JMW provide the expert advice you need to help resolve them.
Our commercial litigation team has considerable experience in working with organisations of all sizes, and we understand that company disputes over business strategy or conflicts between directors or shareholders can lead to damaging and costly outcomes. As such, our business dispute solicitors will explain your options and create a strategy that protects your personal and corporate interests.
How JMW Can Help
We provide expert legal services and advice to deal with a broad range of company disputes, including:
- Breach of director duties
- Director disputes
- Director disqualifications
- Insolvency disputes
- LLP and partnership disputes
- Shareholder duties
- Breach of shareholder agreements
- Conflicts of interest
- Minority shareholder protection
- Unfair prejudice petitions
We are also able to assist businesses with the following:
- Breach of warranty claims
- Contract disputes
- Professional negligence claims
Our business dispute solicitors have years of experience in resolving disputes, and will work with you to formulate the best strategy possible, with the aim of minimising the impact on the day-to-day running of the business.
We have worked with directors, shareholders and partners from businesses of all sizes across a wide range of industry sectors, from sole traders and SMEs through to national and international organisations. Our solicitors provide legally and commercially sound advice on how to resolve disputes and, if necessary, negotiate the exit of a party from the business.
Shareholder disputes can arise because of several factors. For example, disputes may arise over the management and running of the company (or a shareholders exclusion from the management of the company), a breach of a shareholder’s agreement, a conflict of interests, or concerns over potentially fraudulent activities by one or more of the shareholders.
Obtaining legal advice at an early stage for advice on a shareholder’s rights, and the best options and strategies to follow, can be extremely valuable. JMW Solicitors is highly experienced in acting for both Claimants and Defendants in shareholder disputes and can advise you on any tactical considerations along with the remedies which may be available in any particular situation.
Our team have experience working with shareholder’s dispute including:
- Advising on potential breaches of a shareholder’s agreement.
- Acting for either the majority or minority shareholder in unfair prejudice proceedings.
- Obtaining expert evidence in support of the claim or defence. For example, in areas such as a company valuation or investigations into unauthorised transactions.
How should shareholder and partner disputes be resolved?
Business partnership disputes can arise regardless of who you are working with, including friends, family or long-time colleagues.
These can sometimes be resolved by examining the statutory and contractual rights of each party and asserting them if they have been breached or contravened. Other cases may require a mediation or negotiation process to find a mutually agreeable compromise, which can be achieved through legal channels or through corporate mechanisms, such as proposing a resolution at a general meeting or appointing new directors and advisors.
In some instances, it may be necessary to arrange for one of the parties to leave the business, by buying them out or voting for their removal. If an exit is required, we can help to arrange for valuations to be prepared through contacts with qualified accountants.
When a disagreement of this kind arises, it is vital to seek legal advice as soon as possible to minimise the potential disruption to the business.
How do shareholder and partnership agreements prevent disputes?
Future disputes can potentially be averted proactively by asking solicitors to prepare a shareholder and partnership agreement.
These agreements can be drafted in order to regulate proceedings in the event of a dispute, and can include detailed procedures and resolution methods. This includes mechanisms for valuing the business and compulsory provisions to acquire another shareholder or partner’s share in the company if the dispute cannot be resolved.
Talk to Us
If your company is involved in a dispute or someone disagrees with how you run your business, it is important you speak to a solicitor. Contact us today by calling 0345 872 6666 or complete our online enquiry form and let us know a suitable time to get back to you.