Shareholder disputes

Shareholder disputes

A professionally drafted shareholder agreement will often help to address and resolve disputes clearly and quickly. However, shareholder disputes can still unfortunately arise between the owners of a business when relationships and plans go wrong. Disputes can also occur when there is not a shareholder agreement in place. These disputes might arise as different parties seek to pursue commercial objectives, or when one or more shareholders feel dissatisfied with the management of a company because they have been excluded from decision making and being involved in corporate actions according to the shareholder agreement.

When relationships break down in these circumstances it can have devastating consequences.  At Taylor Hampton, we understand the impact which such disputes can have on a business, and the concerns you might have about the financial and reputational consequences of being involved in a dispute. Shareholder disputes can be complex, stressful, and time consuming to pursue. Whether you are seeking guidance on your legal rights and obligations or support as part of a dispute resolution procedure, experienced representation is critical. Our solicitors have extensive experience in resolving shareholder disputes professionally and commercially. We will work with you to advise on commercial solutions to resolve these disputes quickly and effectively.

Our services

Our solicitors can provide you with invaluable advice and assistance in a wide range of disputes. Our services include:

  • Breaches of shareholder and/or investment agreements
  • Breaches of director’s duties, including breach of fiduciary duties and for failing to act in the best interests of the company
  • Bringing and defending claims by minority shareholders
  • Bringing and defending unfair prejudice petitions
  • Acting on behalf of shareholders to enforce their rights to purchase or sell shares
  • Representing clients at mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution
  • Derivative actions
  • Winding up petitions
  • Injunctions

Why choose Taylor Hampton?

At Taylor Hampton it is our aim to help you avoid the court process completely. We have the expertise necessary to settle disputes to the satisfaction of both parties, whether that be a negotiated agreement between the shareholders and restructuring the ownership agreements. Where appropriate, however, our highly experienced solicitors also have the skills to litigate and support you through the process to protect you and your company.

We understand the importance of resolving disputes quickly and effectively to protect not just your interests and reputation, but the company’s stability and performance. Our solicitors have significant experience in acting for both claimants and defendants in shareholder disputes, and are committed to providing you with pragmatic and commercially focused advice to guide you through the legal journey and to work with you to strategise and implement the right solution to your dispute.

Who can we help?

We help individuals, private companies, partnerships, entrepreneurs and family businesses alike across a wide array of sectors. If you have an existing business and require legal advice about your rights and entitlements in disputes, our expertise is invaluable. Whether your business is facing allegations from a minority shareholder, or you are shareholder excluded from management and believe that your rights are being oppressed. It is our aim to help minimise expense and disruption for your business. We are committed to helping you achieve the most favourable result from negotiations and to provide you with clear options as to what remedies might be available to you and what you can do moving forwards.

Contact us today

If you would like to find out more about our director and shareholder dispute resolution services, contact us today on +4420 7427 5970 or email us at [email protected]


If you would like to speak to one of our experienced professional negligence solicitors in relation to your matter, please call us on 0207 427 5970.