As litigators, often the first question we ask when instructed on a dispute between shareholders is whether there is a shareholders’ agreement in place. The answer to that question is rarely ‘yes’. But it should be. A shareholders’ agreement is a contract between a company’s shareholders that governs their rights and obligations. It sits alongside […]
When acting for any person or business in a claim against their professional advisors, be they solicitors, accountants, or architects for example, it is often the advisor’s insurer that runs the defence. It is the insurer who will instruct solicitors and, ultimately, it is the insurer who will pay any award or settlement and determine […]
On 2nd June 2021, the Criminal Prosecution Service (“CPS”) updated its prosecuting guidance in respect of section 330 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”). Section 330 of POCA concerns the offence of ‘failure to disclose’ by those within the regulated sector. An individual will be guilty of an offence under this section where […]
There have been a couple of recent but significant decisions that change the landscape of liabilities for professional services firms and their members, which every LLP should be aware of and take action in relation to. First up was the High Court case of The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy […]
The Sheffield dispute management team of Freeths LLP successfully represented Global Technologies Racing (GTR), a leading composite components manufacturer who build high performance parts, from F1 chassis to ballistic resistant vehicles, in a six-figure contractual claim against Alex Thomson Racing, one of the world’s foremost offshore racing teams, who took part in this year’s Vendée […]
Time and time again I get asked by senior management across a range of business sectors; “how real is the threat of class action litigation?” – and the answer I always give is “very real”. So, it struck me that it was worth exploring some of the reasons why that is and what businesses can […]
Freeths’ national litigation team, under Partner James Hartley, have been nominated for two prestigious legal awards. The first is as Litigation Firm of the Year in The Lawyer magazine’s annual legal awards. Of the hundreds of nominations submitted, Freeths have been shortlisted alongside other leading firms. The winners will be announced on 3rd November. The second […]
Answers to 10 key questions following the High Court test case What is the High Court test case? Following the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, many businesses called on their insurance to cover the consequential interruption to their business (“BI Insurance”). Given the significant number of potential claims, insurers were understandably reluctant to […]
As a UK business, you may be facing unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and you may face further disruption as Brexit takes effect, but, to coin a phrase, although we are all weathering the same storm, we are not all in the same boat… In this webinar Will Richmond-Coggan (Director, Dispute Resolution) will share […]
Last updated, 3rd July 2020 Coronavirus is impacting on the working practices of the judicial system massively. The situation in the courts has changed rapidly over the past few months and it is an uncertain time for both individuals and businesses who are already involved in, or might become involved in, litigation. Here we seek […]
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