Expert corporate and shareholder disputes lawyers

Blake Morgan’s expert shareholder disputes lawyers provide a first-class service in complex matters concerning the affairs of companies.

Shareholder disputes can be very damaging to a business and carry financial and reputational risk. We seek to manage risk and avoid litigation where possible. Our corporate and shareholder disputes lawyers provide practical and commercial advice to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

The breadth of experience and sector expertise of our specialist Corporate and Shareholder Disputes teams allows us to provide solutions to complex corporate issues.

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Main Areas Of Practice


Our corporate and shareholder disputes lawyers provide commercial solutions in the following areas:

Shareholder Agreements

Our teams have significant experience in preparing shareholder agreements for a variety of stakeholders, including the board of directors, founder shareholders, management teams and private and professional investors, together with all associated documents to ensure that the terms governing the relationship between the parties are clearly documented.

Unfair Prejudice Petitions and Derivative Claims

We have a wealth of experience in acting for shareholders and companies where it is alleged that the company's affairs have been conducted in a manner which is unfairly prejudicial to the interests of an individual shareholder or shareholders.

Directors Duties, Claims for Misfeasance

We are regularly instructed in both bringing and defending claims for misfeasance. On a regular basis we provide advice to directors with a focus on their statutory duties, in particular when businesses are not performing as would be hoped.

Restrictive Covenant and Injunctive Proceedings

We have a wealth of experience in acting on an urgent basis in both bringing and defending proceedings. We can draw on experts from a variety of fields of law to provide urgent technical advice to get you the best commercial result.

Partnership Disputes

Our teams also have significant experience in drafting and preparing partnership agreements for respective partners in order to avoid and settle any disputes in the most appropriate manner. We also have a strong offering in acting for individual partners in respect of disputes that they might be involved in.

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We act for shareholders and directors of companies.

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Highlights


"A go-to team for difficult and complex shareholder and stakeholder disputes, especially those involving trusts and asset tracing." - Legal 500, 2020


We are currently instructed on behalf of two petitioners in relation to three linked unfair prejudice petitions concerning companies which owned and operated hotels in Central London. The value of the assets in dispute exceeds £100m.


We acted for a director/shareholder in an unfair prejudice case. The case culminated in a two-week trial in the High Court in summer 2018. The case had a complex background history and involved four shareholders and the Company, each of whom were represented by separate lawyers.


We act for the controlling shareholder in a dispute with another shareholder relating to a substantial business (worth c£50 million). The case involves substantial contractual documents, a complex background and a number of interlocking claims/proceedings.


Our Experts


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Potts
Partner

Oxford

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Sarah
Rees
Partner

London

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Paul
Caldicott
Partner

Cardiff

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Nicola
Diggle
Legal Director

Oxford

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Justin
Weare
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London

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James
Williams
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Cardiff

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James
Hawkeswood
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Southampton

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Dan
Geddes
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BM Insights


Training

Legal Director Dan Geddes and Senior Associate Heather Welham will be conducting one-hour training sessions on shareholder and company disputes at a location to suit you, close to one of...

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Articles

The recent case of Rogachev v Goryainov [2019] EWHC 1529 (QB) illustrates the importance of full and frank disclosure by an applicant when applying for a freezing injunction without notice....

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Articles

When the Court will sort out a mistake in corporate acquisition legal documentation: Recent Court of Appeal Judgment in Persimmon Homes Limited v Hillier & Creed [2019] EWCA Civ 800....

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Case Studies

Blake Morgan acted in the recent Court of Appeal case of Potamianos.  In its judgment, the Court of Appeal provided guidance as to the circumstances in which, in the context...

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Case Studies

When a director/shareholder's exclusion from management is NOT unfair prejudice: Recent High Court Judgment in Cool Seas (Seafoods) Limited v Interfish Limited & Ors [2018] EWHC 2038 (Ch). Background Not...

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Case Studies

On conclusion of the trial of a petition under section 994 of the Companies Act 2006 (Goodchild (petitioner) v (1) Taylor (first respondent) & (2) Taylor Goodchild Limited (second respondent,...

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