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Successful resolution of corporate and shareholder disputes needs legal expertise grounded in business experience.

We work hard to ask the right questions so that you end up with the right answers. We understand that getting you the outcome you want relies on our working in partnership with colleagues from our leading corporate teams, as well as individual sector specialists.

We’re proud of our reputation for handling some of the most challenging corporate and shareholder disputes in the industry.  With experts delivering clear, practical, robust dispute resolution and management across the country, we have one of the largest specialist disputes teams outside of the City.

We understand that major disputes are disruptive, bringing with them reputational and financial risk, as well as distracting key executives from more positive tasks. That’s why we work hard to make you feel you have the right people for the job, standing alongside you.  Long-term relationships are important to us.  We listen to you, delivering a client experience that can’t be beaten.

Your dispute resolution team will always be structured to reflect your commercial considerations and the culture of your organisation. That means drawing together experts from across our niche sector teams, as well as corporate, commercial, employment and regulatory teams, as needed. 

We want you to be able to do business better and that means reaching the best outcome as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.  After all, that’s what we’re there for. That means being flexible enough to consider, at every stage, options such as mediation, expert determination and early neutral evaluation as well as going court.

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What we do

We have particular experience in the following areas:

  • Joint venture disputes
  • Unfair prejudice claims
  • Warranty and indemnity claims
  • Schemes of arrangement
  • Banking and finance litigation.

Examples of work

  • Advising a global bank on an ongoing basis with a complicated claim by/against two other banks, raising novel issues of law in relation to the doctrine of double proof and involving the proper construction of a contractual indemnity given by our client to the other bank(s).  Also involves the construction of tripartite repurchase and collateral management agreements.
  • Advising a major transport organisation in relation to rights and remedies regarding the outcome of a tender process run by one of the UK’s major airports for services between the airport and central London. Our client is one of the incumbent bus/coach operators at the airport but was unsuccessful in the tender process.
  • Acting for the founder of a group of successful engineering businesses operating in the offshore energy and oil & gas sectors. Our client sold his interest in one group company in 2011 to private equity investors.  He is now defending a High Court claim brought by a former co-director and co-shareholder concerning alleged breached duties owed through failing to disclose the true position of the business before the claimant sold his shares.
  • Acting for a renewable energy investment fund and two individuals in their defence of a multimillion pound claim brought by a renewable energy company, for alleged breaches of warranty and actionable misrepresentations under a Share Purchase Agreement, regarding an onshore wind farm in Scotland.
  • Acting for a multinational oil & gas company in its Joint Venture dispute concerning various Moroccan oil & gas licences, whereby our client is alleging that its JV partner is in breach of several of its obligations under a Share Purchase Agreement entered into in 2012 and a Joint Operating Agreement entered into in 2013.
  • Acting for the committee of a time share club in Tenerife. The club passed resolutions to change its constitution in order to survive in the future, given the downturn in the market. The changes are being challenged by a group of members. The challenge involves an arbitration under the laws of the Isle of Man, where the club was set up under a deed of trust. The matter involves the future of a 350 apartment time share complex in Tenerife.

Our clients include: B&Q Plc, LV=, E.on, Total, J Sainsbury Plc, Virgin, Babcock International Group Plc, Old Mutual Wealth, Carnival Plc, Post Office Limited, Renewable Energy Assurance Limited, (REAL), Pension Protection Fund, Screwfix Direct Limited, North Sea Energy UK Limited, Premier Telecoms Contracts Limited, Centrica Plc, Scottish Power Renewables Ltd, Arriva plc, Southern Railway Limited, UKAR/NRAM, SABIC, Lotte Chemicals, PX Limited, London & South Eastern Railway Limited and PD Teesport Limited.