Business Owners Disputes and Exit Strategies

Business owners disputes are naturally going to be disruptive. Resolving them is essential to minimise the impact on your business.

Whether you are faced with a succession issue, an internal disagreement, an unexpected death or split opinions within the business, you are going to have a time-consuming and expensive distraction that can impact on your whole company’s performance and productivity – but where exactly do you start?

Business advice from expert legal advisors

Our business dispute specialists have the commerciality of your business at the forefront of their minds and can assist you to achieve your desired outcome whilst minimising the disruption to the business. 

The legal industry bible Chambers describes us as a ‘dominant force’ in the marketplace, we feature in The Lawyer magazine’s prestigious Top 200 rankings, and Legal 500 (2020) has ranked us Tier One. So rest assured, we understand how business works and we’re ideally qualified to address any disputes that pose a risk to your success.

Some of the most common disputed situations that we advise on include:

  • Dividends payments
  • Board disputes around control
  • Shareholder disputes/exits
  • Partnership termination and winding up
  • Company Rescue/Restructure
  • Breakdown in communication
  • Business’ sales

Legal advice to suit your needs

Whatever the size of your business or scale of the dispute, we’re committed to delivering the greatest degree of support. We can offer our services across three legal packages, starting at £800 + VAT available for directors, partners, business owners and/or shareholders, where appropriate. These packages have been specially created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the increase in boardroom , partner and shareholder disputes by offering fixed fees to investigate, advise and agree a strategy to best resolve your matter.   

All of the packages include an initial review of the shareholder or partners agreement (where appropriate), Articles of Association, Companies House entries to assess your position, answers to FAQs and an alternative dispute resolution guide. 

Early Mediation 

We can also offer a business mediation service to resolve business owners disputes. We would remain neutral and if the mediation does not resolve matters we would cease to be involved in the dispute.

Our dedicated team of business disputes specialists can help you review your options and decide on the best course of action for you and your business. We are commercially minded, so you can talk to us plainly and get straightforward answers.

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