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Shareholder Disputes

Effective management of problems between shareholders

What does it involve?

Shareholder disputes are commercial divorce: often bitter and hard fought battles. Effective management from an early stage of such disputes can have a significant impact on the damage they may cause.

Whilst most shareholders enjoy a long and happy relationship, others suffer with a number of problems. These disputes are often complex and our expert team will provide pragmatic and commercial advice, alongside first class legal advice.

Shareholders will often have little or no opportunity to be involved in the decision making process in the company in which they hold shares. Yet, from time to time they find themselves involved in a dispute with their fellow shareholders and directors.

Why choose Freeths?

Our lawyers have settled such cases by negotiation – but sometimes only decisive strong action will do. In those circumstances, we pride ourselves on our ability to be trial ready and quicker, better and cheaper than our competitors in getting there. We act for majority shareholders, minority shareholders, directors, and specialist boutique corporate firms as a counsel.

We will provide you with first class client service, whether we are advising on complex international matters or smaller local matters. Freeths have experience of dealing with disputes involving founding directors removed a company they have founded, minority shareholders blocking growth, or fellow directors setting up competing businesses.

Meet the team

Shareholder Disputes Lawyers

Emma Anderson, Director

Emma Anderson

0845 272 5712

James Berry

0114 263 9483

Richard Coates, Partner

Richard Coates

0845 128 7972

Tristan Duncan - Commercial Dispute Resolution Lawyer

Tristan Duncan
Senior Associate

0845 166 6301

Stephen Hadley-Commercial Dispute Resolution Lawyer

Stephen Hadley

0845 077 9609

James Hartley, Partner & National Head of Dispute Resolution

James Hartley

0845 077 9581

Notable Work
  • Acting for multiple claimants in a shareholders’ dispute in relation to 40% of the equity (with an estimated value of circa £20 million) in a maritime engineering and naval architecture company in the High Court’s Chancery Division.
  • Acting for Several defendants (including corporate and individuals) in relation to a multi-million pound, multi-jurisdictional shareholder dispute.
  • Acting for a finance director summarily removed from his position and the consequential dispute arising over his shares.
  • Defending claims brought against directors by a company’s former managers and shareholders for breach of fiduciary duty and unfairly prejudicial conduct.
  • Acting for a substantial owner managed business, which had recently been taken back into family control following a £500,000 fraud by its former managing director. A variety of claims arose apart from those against the director himself including a claim to recover the shares from the defaulting director.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Talk to us

Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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