In a fiercely competitive global marketplace with complicated supply chains it is unavoidable that businesses will encounter disputes with their suppliers, competitors and customers. Disputes also frequently arise following the sale of a business over the extent of warranties provided. Our dedicated team has a proven track-record of delivering cost effective advice to address such issues on both a single and multi-jurisdictional basis.
We will not just give you advice and a list of options; we will also give you our recommendation around a particular direction that is aligned with your objectives. In most cases we view litigation as a last resort and our aim is to find an efficient resolution which is in the best interests of the business.
We act for a variety of businesses – from large multi-nationals to regional family companies – across a wide range of sectors. We have particular expertise in advising on contractual claims, data protection, product liability, debt recovery, confidentiality breaches (see also our Civil Fraud page) and Intellectual Property Disputes.
Disputes within a business arise for a multitude of reasons. Often they come completely out of the blue after many years of harmony and success. They can arise because of a breakdown in personal relationships between directors, because one party disagrees with a proposed new direction for the business during difficult economic conditions or because of concern over the conduct of a specific officer or shareholder.
Whilst the reasons are numerous, the one constant is that all such disputes have the potential to be highly charged and disruptive to the business moving forward. In all cases we strive to offer sensible commercial advice throughout with a view to getting the business back on track and, where possible, avoiding protracted litigation.
Our team has wide experience in this field and advises regularly on issues such as unfair prejudice and minority shareholder claims, breaches of restrictive covenants (see Team Moves and Confidential Information), the removal of shareholders and directors, deadlocked boards and directors acting in breach of their fiduciary duties.
Our team also advises on partnerships disputes (including in the context of LLPs) and has substantive expertise dealing with allegations regarding breaches of partnership duties, asset disputes, termination and expulsion issues, and winding up.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US
"On the occasion Foot Anstey provided us with legal advice we were pleased with the results. What impressed us was the way in which the lawyers advising us listened carefully to understand exactly what we needed from them and then advised us quickly and without fuss. The willingness to work around our timeframe and the reasonable level of fees charged were also very impressive."
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