HomeCase studiesSMEs, directors & shareholdersCommercial litigationSettling a shareholder dispute with an offer which exceeded our clients’ expectations

Why the client needed our help

Our clients were two former shareholders (and directors) of a business which had been acquired and disposed of by a larger company. They had made an agreement with a third shareholder (also a director) to dispose of the business and repay sums owed. That shareholder had got rid of our clients’ interest, sold the company to the larger company, removed all assets, failed to pay our clients as creditors, and dissolved the business. Our clients were keen to seek repayment of their indebtedness and an account of their interest in the former business.

How we helped

We immediately threatened reinstatement of the company dissolved for the purpose of pursuing the wrongdoing former directors of the company and personal proceedings against them for breaches of their fiduciary duties and for misrepresentation in their dealings.

We issued pre-action protocol correspondence and had ongoing negotiations resulting in an offer made to attempt settlement of the dispute.

The outcome

Following negotiations, offers were made under the threat of proceedings but, on advice, were rejected and eventually an offer made by our clients well in excess of their initial expectations was accepted.

Francis Wilks & Jones were responsive, available at all times to deal with any of my queries and very reassuring. I would definitely recommend them to deal with proceedings brought on behalf of shareholders – they understood our practical needs.

A shareholder we helped bring unfair prejudice proceedings against a fellow shareholder who had been interfering with the management of the company and damaging its value

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