Shareholder disputes can engage a wide range of legal issues including: company law, employment law and property law. Early advice is always cost effective and may result in a swift and successful conclusion. The costs of a fully litigated shareholder dispute can be quite high and therefore we always advise our clients to attempt to resolve the dispute by negotiation or mediation first. If an agreement cannot be reached and litigation is unavoidable then, if our client’s case is a just one, we may be prepared to help them by offering a funding arrangement where our payment depends on their success and where payment can be deferred. Such arrangements are, in our experience, often necessary to give a minority shareholder equality of arms.
At the outset, even before a dispute develops, we are happy to talk to dis-satisfied shareholders free of charge.