High Quality Advice
Our experience of working with the team at Hudson McKenzie means you will consistently receive high quality advice, which is delivered quickly and succinctly. As well as speedy responses by email, there is always someone you can speak to on the phone. We’ve built a great relationship and collaboration with the team from day one. The team have also gone above and beyond to help and enable us to improve our global mobility processes and service to our business, which is something our previous provider had overlooked.Kaisa
You have provided us an excellent service so far. The response time is exceptionally quick and you are fully in control when it comes to the visa process. Your services have enriched our company in providing our employees guidance in visa-matters.Overall, very happy with you personally. A nice service-oriented person whom I can always count on.
It was crisis time and you ladies stepped up to the plate
Just a quick note to thank you for helping out! It was crisis time and you ladies stepped up to the plate (baseball term). I appreciate your help and apologies for all the phone calls.Professional Golfer
Vaida has done a wonderful job and has been very responsive with the daily crises of submitting our Tier 1 application. She has been extremely patient with us as well so we are very grateful to both Rahul and Vaida. Honestly we were shocked but overjoyed that the visa was approved so readily and without an interview or additional documentation. We wish you the best and thank you so much for your help and support.Kevin and Jane
Happy to recommend
A good friend had recommended Amisha from Hudson McKenzie. I needed help with my application for British Citizenship and was looking for a competent lawyer to help with the process. I was not disappointed: Amisha and her colleague Vaida were very competent and personable at the same time. Very approachable and friendly and happy to help, advise and reassure all the way through the process. Thank you very much, both of you, you made a stressful time just that bit easier. Happy to recommend!Gabriella Z
Very grateful for your service
It was great experience working with you, Amisha. You are one of the finest immigration consultants I have ever met, your patience in answering several of my questions left me amazed. You are an example of how client service should be delivered. Thank you once again for your incredible service.Harish
I would like to personally thank you for helping me in this matter, you have been absolutely amazing!Ms. Frew
A million thanks!
A million or more thanks for bringing this matter to an end. I do not know how to thank you. I am happy now and agree with it. Once again thank you for your top professional work you have done for me and other clients.Amir Afshar
The Legal PA was extremely helpful and knowledgeable on reception and I was very satisfied by the advice given by the employment solicitor.Paul Doyle
A big thank you!
Just don’t know what to say other than a BIG THANK YOU for all your support and guidance for making this happen on such short notice.Your service and the way you guys dealt with my work is absolutely brilliant and awesome.Top stars and once again Thank You.Piyush Desai
Thank you Hudson McKenzie for being so brilliant by navigating the the process for me with such patience and ease. It’s really very much appreciated.K. Mueller
Thank you Hudson McKenzie for sorting out my paperwork so promptly and efficiently, as well as for your advice and assistance.L. Hutson
Wholehearted cooperation and transparency
"I am writing this review overjoyed and filled with happiness and gratitude. I take this opportunity to thank you Rahul, for your whole hearted cooperation and transparency kept by you all the time. Frankly speaking, when I approached Rahul on 21-May-2012, I was in a very tough situation. My company had applied for Sponsorship license which was still pending and I was about to finish my PSW visa by June 15th. I was really in a dilemma whether I will get my visa or not, but by God’s grace and by the sincere effort by Rahul in updating all the documents needed we have been finally rewarded.I really liked your approach all throughout the process and I assure you that I will recommend all my friends and relatives who are looking for immigration help in UK to your firm. My special wishes to all your team for the support."Kalyan Chakravarthy
Attention to Detail and Responsiveness
We have been very pleased with their advice, attention to detail and responsiveness which has sped us through the immigration process in a very short time frame. If you are thinking “why do I need to pay someone else to help me through the process” I can only say that without Rahul’s support and advice throughout, we would have been a lot more stressed and possibly would have fallen at several hurdles along the way. We are both used to dealing with forms and bureaucracy but we found ourselves going round in circles at times trying to work out the UKBA paperwork. Whenever we had a query, Rahul was always able to e-mail us back straight away with the advice we needed. His experience enables him to cut through all the reams of guidance notes, forms and lists of requirements which eases the path considerably. Rahul takes a keen interest in his clients and will always do his best to get a positive and swift outcome. We are really pleased with the service we received and would recommend Hudson McKenzie to anyone looking for Immigration Lawyers.Daryl Pollock
We approached Hudson McKenzie to seek assistance in relation to our spouse application. They have been extremely courteous and have always been prompt in answering our calls. Our application was approved within a very short time scale- thanks to the team at Hudson McKenzie who made this possible. We are happy to recommend them to everyone we know.Gary Bates
Shareholder Dispute Lawyers London
The ability for shareholders to operate together to progress a business is vital. However, when trust between these individuals breaks down, the dispute can have significant adverse effects on the success of the business. In order to appreciate the technical nature of shareholder disputes, it is necessary to understand the legal concepts and remedies available.
What is the Legal Position of Shareholders?
Although directors are responsible for the day-to-day running of the company, shareholders control the decisions. By instructing the board of directors, shareholders are able to steer a company in the desired direction.
However, this power operates on a majority basis and does not assist a minority shareholder who disagrees with the majority. In this case, a shareholder has some remedies available through law depending on their circumstances.
Guidance for resolving disputes should be set out within the company’s articles of association or a shareholders’ agreement. Anticipating possible and typical disputes may save shareholders time, money and effort.
Articles or agreements normally call for dispute mediation in the first instance. This involves discussions through an independent and neutral party to negotiate towards a solution that protects business interests.
Should mediation provide unsuccessful, the articles or agreement may provide guidance for the shareholders to dissolve their relationship. Normally, these legal mechanisms include the option to require others to buy a shareholder out at a fair price or each party making offers for the others shares, the highest price winning the right to purchase.
Statutory Rights of Shareholders
Statutory rights are regulations provided by law and apply regardless of individual circumstances or agreements. Shareholders may use these in the context of a dispute. They include the right to inspect the company register and to require the company to call general meetings. Disputes may be addressed and mitigated if brought into a public forum and discussed at a shareholders meeting.
Personal rights of shareholders
Shareholders also have personal rights they may enforce. These include:
- The right to enforce rights within the articles or agreement,
- The right to object to an improper amendment to the articles,
- The right to bring an action to prevent a transaction that is outwith the power conferred by the articles.
Additionally, a shareholders agreement may also have remedies that are enforceable. Should these mechanisms not resolve a dispute then a minority shareholder has the following options:
- Evaluate whether they may be entitled to bring a claim on behalf of the company (for example, due to director impropriety),
- Seek to enforce statutory protection afforded to minority shareholders. Under s.994 of the Companies Act 2006, a shareholder may petition the court where the affairs of the company are being conducted in a manner that is unfairly prejudicial to all or part of its members.
The appropriate remedy is highly dependant on the facts of the individual dispute.
Reason for disputes
Disputes escalate because parties don’t understand their shareholder’s rights and how to use these to reach a solution to conflict. Receiving legal advice from an early stage may save significant time, energy and resources and, ultimately, may rescue the collapse of the enterprise.
As has been discussed, the law relating to shareholder disputes is a highly technical and complex area. Boardroom disputes revolve around individual facts, and they can be won or lost depending on whether experienced legal advice has been sought at the earliest opportunity. Hudson McKenzie offers a personal and responsive service for navigating this complex area of law. With significant experience in company law and a reputation for swift and approachable expertise, Hudson McKenzie is well equipped to help resolve boardroom battles.
Contact our Shareholder Dispute Solicitors London, UK
For further information, please contact our shareholder dispute lawyers in London – click here or call us on +44 (0)20 3318 5794.