Overview

Whether a dispute arises from corporate acquisitions, shareholder arrangements or joint venture agreements, our team of highly experienced corporate dispute resolution lawyers provide comprehensive corporate disputes advice across a variety of sectors and in different markets around the world. We do this through the courts, arbitration and expert determination.

As well as advising shareholders and directors on their duties and potential liabilities, our team regularly assists clients with minority shareholder matters and claims as well as warranty, indemnity, earn out and completion account disputes. We also advise on escalation and QC resolution clauses and derivative actions by shareholders.

We have a strong reputation for effective corporate dispute resolution and are adept at handling difficult and challenging corporate cases. We do this by establishing exactly what our clients want to achieve and devising a compelling, efficient and cost-effective strategy to meet those objectives.

Areas of focus

Our expertise in corporate disputes includes the following:

  • Earn out/completion account disputes arising from Corporate sales or acquisitions.
  • Joint venture disputes.
  • Warranty and indemnity claims.
  • Minority Shareholder/unfair prejudice disputes.
  • Director’s duties.
  • Derivative claims.
  • Escalation and QC resolution clauses. 
Experience

Advising an Australian listed company on pursuing warranty and indemnity claims against vendor of a private UK company and successfully concluding two separate expert determinations over a completion account/earn out dispute in respect of the same deal.

Advising an English private company on pursuing a substantial warranty claim against the vendor following the acquisition of a retail business.

Advising a German private company on pursuing a warranty claim against the Scottish vendors of an English private company to recover costs incurred in defending unexpected third party litigation (including utilisation of a QC clause).

Advising an English private company on its claim against an expert valuer to recover losses incurred as a result of a negligent valuation of shares acquired by a majority shareholder following settlement of shareholder dispute.

Advising an English PLC on pursuing a warranty claim against the vendor of a group of companies to recover losses caused by the unexpectedly low value of the acquisition.

Advising an English private company on acting for family sellers in claiming earn out payments and defending claims for recovery under sale warranties and restrictive covenants following allegations of competing after a business sale.

Acting for buyers of an English private company in the expert determination of earn out payments based upon subsequent years' performance after sale.

Meet the team
Michael Ward

Michael Ward Partner

  • Shareholder disputes, partner disputes and LLP disputes
  • Director duty disputes
  • Material contract disputes
Andrew Burnette

Andrew Burnette Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
  • Banking Disputes
David Hall

David Hall Partner

  • Head of Dispute Resolution
  • Banking Disputes
  • Business Crime and Regulatory Investigations

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