Shareholder Disputes

We cut through the problems to deliver clear, decisive solutions.

At Thomas Harvey Solicitors, we are well-equipped to handle the most complete of shareholder disputes. We fight for your corner with an approach that is both professional and compassionate. Our aim is to resolve shareholder disputes in a manner that is fair and beneficial for our clients.

Understanding Shareholder Disputes

Shareholder disputes occur when there is a disagreement between the shareholders of a company. These disputes can have a significant impact on the operation of a company and can be stressful for the individuals involved.

Shareholder disputes can arise due to a variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes of shareholder disputes include:

Differences in Vision

Disagreements over the future direction or strategy of the business can often lead to disputes between shareholders.

Dividend Disputes

Disputes can arise when shareholders disagree over the distribution of dividends, especially when all profits have been exhausted by the drawing of excess remuneration.

Mismanagment Allegations

Serious and repeated mismanagement leading to significant financial loss to the company can trigger disputes.

Breach of Director's Duties

If a director is heavily influenced by their appointing shareholder and fails to exercise independent judgement at board meetings, it can lead to disputes.

Share Dilution

If shares are allotted to dilute a minority member’s interests, it can cause disputes.

Types of Shareholder Disputes

Shareholder disputes can take various forms, including:

Unfair Prejudice Petitions

Shareholders may present a petition to court for relief where the affairs of the company are being conducted in a manner that is ‘unfairly prejudicial’ to the shareholder’s interests.

Winding Up Petitions

Shareholders may petition for the company’s winding up on a ‘just and equitable’ basis.

Claims Against Directors

Shareholders can bring a claim on the company’s behalf, known as a ‘derivative action’ in respect of an actual or proposed act or omission involving negligence, default, breach of duty or breach of trust by a director of the company.

How Thomas Harvey Solicitors Can Help

At Thomas Harvey Solicitors, we use a variety of dispute resolution methods, including litigation, expert determination, mediation, and negotiation, to provide a tailored strategy and the best outcome for our clients.

We understand that shareholder disputes can be complex and stressful. Our approach is to provide clear and commercial advice to guide you through the process with the aim of achieving a swift and efficient resolution.

We work with trusted and reliable experts to ensure that we have a thorough understanding of your company’s financial situation. This enables us to provide accurate and effective advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

Our team is experienced and highly regarded in the field of shareholder disputes. We’re tough and uncompromising when it comes to fighting for our clients’ interests. But we’re also compassionate and understanding, recognising the emotional toll that such disputes can take on individuals.

Get in Touch with Thomas Harvey Solicitors

If you're currently dealing with a shareholder dispute and need expert legal advice, we encourage you to get in touch with us. Our team is ready to fight your corner and achieve the best possible outcome for you and your business.

We pride ourselves on being client-focused and approachable. We understand that every client and every case is unique, and we’re committed to providing personalised, effective solutions. Contact us today on 0113 5127737, or email us to discuss your case and find out how we can help you navigate your shareholder dispute.
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Thomas Harvey Solicitors is a commercial dispute resolution specialist law firm. We are committed to achieving client-focused outcomes and satisfaction. Our solicitors have over 30 years of experience in handling complex commercial disputes. We provide a premium service that is client-focused, uncompromising, and backed by years of experience and expertise.

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