Conducting business thorough private companies is a complex and challenging enterprise and one which is increasingly subject to scrutiny by regulators and Parliamentary Committees.
The effective and efficient investigation, identification and resolution of disputes which could be detrimental to wellbeing of the company, the people it employs and with whom it trades is a part of conducting business in a competitive and fast moving commercial world.
Our team of talented dispute resolution solicitors has a wealth of experience in advising boards of directors, groups of shareholders and individuals on the whole range of disputes and disagreements that arise in the corporate world and our expertise spans compromise through mediation to resolution by litigation and arbitration, providing exceptional levels of advice and service in a range of disputes including:
- commercial fraud
- corporate governance
- deadlocked boards
- director disputes
- directors duties and liabilities
- internal investigations
- removal of directors
- shareholder disputes
- shareholder agreements
Insolvency - Issues for directors16 March 2017
All directors owe duties to their companies. When a company is solvent, those duties are owed to the company personified by its shareholders. But when insolvency is pending, directors must act in the company’s creditors’ best interests. That difference means that the nature of the directors’ duties undergoes a significant shift when insolvency threatens.
Expert Witnesses16 March 2017
This guide provides a general introduction to the use of experts in court proceedings. The rules governing expert evidence are found in Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Direction 35, the Court Guides and the Guidance for Instruction of Experts in Civil Claims published by the Civil Justice Council. This guidance will highlight the main points you need to know, consider issues often encountered and offer some practical tips.
Court considers service of a defendant’s notice to force claimant to serve proceedings or discontinue a claim14 February 2017
A recent decision not only reminds practitioners of a defendant’s ability to force a claimant to either serve proceedings or discontinue a claim by using a CPR 7.7(1) notice, but also considers for the first time the date for compliance with such a notice.
Legal advice privilege: Not as wide as you think?08 February 2017
Who is a lawyer’s client and what type of communications are protected for the purposes of legal advice privilege have been the subject of two recent important High Court decisions. These cases make it clear that not all communications between lawyers and a client’s employees will be protected by legal advice privilege, even if the communication took place to allow legal advice to be given.
No duty of loyalty owed by directors to shareholders26 November 2015
On 12 November 2015, in Sharp & Others v Blank & Others  EWHC 3220 (Ch), Mr Justice Nugee handed down his latest judgment in litigation between the directors and shareholders of Lloyds Bank. His decision is of interest to directors and shareholders alike. It re-affirms the scope of duties owed by directors to shareholders, as well as the approach to be adopted when assessing them.