The importance if a well drafted shareholder or partnership agreement in any business cannot be underestimated. It will provide clarity for all concerned and help avoid potentially damaging and expensive disputes if the shareholders or partners later fall out. Our expert team can provide the bespoke agreement your business needs. Let us help get your business on a sound legal footing.

We cannot overestimate the importance of a well drafted shareholder agreement when it comes to the smooth running of a company and the ability to protect a shareholder’s position.

Whilst there are general rights and remedies available to shareholders in the absence of a shareholder agreement, everything is made much easier with a properly drafted shareholder agreement in place. A properly drafted agreement can help save huge amounts of time and legal costs in the event of a later dispute.

Our team can help draft a shareholder agreement to cover off the following key areas which often form the basis for shareholder disputes:

In addition to this, our expert team can also help you with regard to amendments to existing shareholder agreements and/or updating shareholder agreements in the event that shareholders may have left or new shareholders need to be introduced into the business.


At Francis Wilks & Jones we cannot manage all risks that you and your business may face, but we are very experienced in the most common problems arising, how to protect against them and how to resolve them before matters escalate to court proceedings or business failure.

“Supportive and friendly with partner-led involvement, I would recommend Francis Wilks & Jones to anyone facing a similar situation.”

A shareholder who turned to us after discovering that his co-shareholder was profiting well from their business while he was being paid a pittance. We helped him find a way out of the business by selling his shares

Key contacts

Maria Koureas-Jones

Maria Koureas-Jones

Partner

Stephen Downie

Stephen Downie

Partner

Tim Francis

Tim Francis

Partner

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Case studies

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FWJ takeaway

Guide

9 Jun 2021

4 minute read

Shareholder minority interests

Shevy Narendra

Guide

4 May 2021

3 minute read

Company action against directors

Carly Moore-Martin

Guide

4 May 2021

3 minute read

Directors duties

Stephen Downie

Guide

3 May 2021

3 minute read

Remedies available in company disputes

Maria Koureas-Jones

Guide

Stephen Downie

Guide

1 May 2021

4 minute read

Personal liability of directors

Michael Knights

FAQ

30 Apr 2021

3 minute read

What decisions can directors make?

Carly Moore-Martin
Tom Serafin

Guide

12 Apr 2021

2 minute read

Dividends

Michael Knights

Guide

12 Apr 2021

3 minute read

Non-fiduciary & public interest duties

Sue Brumby

Guide

9 Apr 2021

3 minute read

Claims against tax advisers

Stephen Downie

Guide

6 Apr 2021

3 minute read

Risks to shareholders

Stephen Downie

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