Shareholder and Director Disputes – Blog 1

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Welcome to Summit Law’s first Shareholder and Director Disputes, Blog.

Part 1: A corporate divorce?

It is said that January is a busy month for divorce lawyers, but it is also frequently a time when shareholders, decide that they need to make a break with each other and start afresh.

Clients naturally turn in the first instance to their accountants for guidance and advice as to how to achieve a “no fault” business divorce.

Over the next few weeks we hope to assist by informing you of some of the issues commonly encountered in dealing with the director/shareholder disputes raised by your clients, and their (and your!) potential involvement in unfair prejudice petitions under the Companies Act 2006.

We will be providing you with articles written by specialist litigation partner Jeremy Boyle and Hugo Groves a barrister who each have wide experience in litigating director/shareholder disputes. We will start today by mapping out what matters we aim to consider in the forthcoming articles so as to provide you with a logical and clear path through the thicket of this often fractious subject.

We hope that by the time the articles finish you will as an advising accountant have a better idea about how to respond to client questions such as:-

How do we avoid a director/shareholder dispute in the future?

Can you as our accountant help us or do we have to involve lawyers?

Who can complain and how?

What is unfair prejudice?

What tactical issues should we have to consider?

How will the court approach the valuation of our company?

What relief might be ordered and what will all this cost?

We will be starting off next week by considering the use and role of shareholder agreements and other ways of avoiding shareholder litigation. In later articles we will be dealing with diverse topics including the meaning of “unfair prejudice”, the accountant’s role as an expert witness and the valuation of shares.

We shall also be shortly announcing details of a seminar on Director and Shareholder Disputes to be held in central London and you will have the opportunity to hear more about the topic of director/shareholder disputes and to meet the team from Summit Law LLP.

Written by Hugo Groves of Enterprise Chambers and Senior Partner Jeremy Boyle of Summit Law LLP.

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