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
New rules on witness statements in force from 6 April 202109 March 2021
The Civil Procedure Rule Committee has approved new rules on preparing trial witness statements of fact in the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales (i.e. the Chancery Division, the Commercial Court, Circuit Commercial Court, Financial List). The new rules apply to trial witness statements signed on or after 6 April 2021 (with certain exceptions) and will have a significant impact. Parties and their advisers need to become familiar with the changes now for any trial statements that may already be in progress.
Insolvency issues for directors09 December 2020
All directors owe duties to their companies. When a company is solvent, those duties are paramount but once insolvency is pending, directors must act in the creditors best interests. That difference means that the nature of the directors’ duties undergoes a significant shift when insolvency threatens.
Dispute Resolution Update - October 202016 October 2020
Welcome to our October 2020 Dispute Resolution Update which collates some of our recent insights. We will be hosting our next dispute resolution webinar on the 5th November 'Trading through the pandemic: insolvency issues, risk and contractual performance.' You can find registration instructions here. Thank you for reading the October Dispute Resolution Update.
Covert recordings – does use in court justify the risk?13 October 2020
With the ubiquity of smartphones, most people have the ability secretly to record a conversation or meeting, but in the context of proceedings before the court in England, key questions are: will the court allow covert recordings to be used as evidence? And will the maker of the recording risk liability to claims from the people recorded?
Dispute Resolution Update - July 202020 July 2020
Welcome to our July 2020 Dispute Resolution Update. We've included articles on a range of issues, including features on Covid-19, Professional Services and Sports Disputes. Since our last Update, Covid-19 and the enforced lockdown has turned life upside down for many businesses and individuals. As the world has adjusted, contentious issues have started to emerge. Not only can we help resolve such issues once they arise, we can also work with you to reduce the risk of litigation. If you have any feedback, comments or queries let us know by contacting Paula Barry.
Important new case on disclosure, but has anyone noticed?29 April 2020
Given the dominance of the coronavirus over all aspects of life, including the law, it would be easy to miss the appearance of a new case about one of the basics of litigation.
I didn’t sign up for this! Can parties escape obligations when the deal changes?28 April 2020
It is estimated that 20% of the world’s population is living under some form of lockdown as various governments roundly seek to combat the spread of Covid-19. The impact has seen businesses forced to adapt to a reality that they would never have envisaged. Measures in the UK have left a variety of sectors reeling as shops have shut, operations have been restricted and events have been cancelled.
Legal Professional Privilege Update22 April 2020
This guide is intended to provide a brief overview of legal professional privilege. It identifies some practical steps which will help to maintain privilege and concludes with a privilege “flowchart” and table of commonly used terms.