Company disputes are an unwelcome distraction from the efficient operation of an otherwise successful enterprise. The doctrine of separate legal personality means that the company will often need its own legal advice, separate from its owners and those in control of the business.
Breach of directors’ duties | Boardroom disputes | Shareholder disputes | Derivative claims | Unfair prejudice petitions | Winding up petitions | Issuing and setting aside statutory demands
We are regularly instructed to advise companies, company directors and shareholders in respect of boardroom and shareholder disputes, limitation of personal liability in respect of breach of directors’ duties and the protection of shareholders’ rights by way of derivative claims and unfair prejudice petitions.
Recent and current cases include
- Acting for the shareholders of a limited company aginst a fraudulent director who had misappropriated company assets and removed them to an off-shore jurisdiction.
- Obtaining injunctive relief on behalf of a company director to restrain former directors and employees from setting up a competing business.
- Restoring a company which had been struck off the register to recover assets for its creditors.
- Acting for director accused of breaching their fiduciary duties to the company.
- Advising an insolvent company on the duties of its directors.
- Disputes concerning the authority of directors
- Shareholder approval of management decisions
- Challenging management decisions
- Shareholders’ rights and directors’ obligations
- Protection of minority shareholders’ rights
- Personal claims by shareholders
- Articles of association and memorandum of association
- Boardroom disputes
- Removal of directors
- Disputes between shareholders
- Compliance with the Companies Act 2006
- Company insolvency