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Shareholder Disputes & Unfair Prejudice

Maitland is and has for a number of years been recommended in Chambers UK Bar Guide and The Legal 500 in this area.

Our barristers regularly advise on and appear in:

  • section 994/unfair prejudice petitions
  • claims for just and equitable winding up
  • claims arising out of joint venture agreements
  • valuations for tax purposes under UK capital gains tax legislation

We have been involved in the most important and complex shareholder disputes in recent years, including those with an international/offshore element. These have involved businesses operating in a wide variety of industries, including hedge funds, Premier League football clubs, property development and energy companies.

In connection with the above, we advise and appear in Courts and Tribunals on unquoted share valuation disputes across a wide range of business areas.  Cases often require an understanding of relevant stock exchange principles, especially where detailed arguments as to the use of comparable quoted companies and sector indices are concerned, and an ability to deal with arguments as to the relevance and impact of accounting principles. We are familiar with these and the range of the different methodologies which may be considered applicable by expert valuers (including valuations based on net asset values, earnings multiples, and discounted cash flows). We are experienced at handling the challenges presented by cross-examining experts.