Shareholder Rights and Remedies  

A company shareholder is a person that owns shares in a company but has no direct influence over how a business is run. Disputes between shareholders and directors will occur when a shareholder disagrees with activity within a company and believes formal intervention is necessary.

The usual remedies available to a shareholder are an unfair prejudice petition, derivative action or a winding up petition on just and equitable grounds.

Common reasons for shareholders to bring an action against a company includes;

  • Director negligence which prejudices the interests of a shareholder
  • Mismanagement resulting in financial loss
  • Failure to pay dividends
  • Excessive remuneration for directors
  • Inequitable conduct by the directors
  • Breach of director’s statutory duties
  • Breach of trust by a director or shadow director

We advise both shareholders and company directors in the management of shareholders disputes. Whether you are seeking to raise a claim or your company is defending a claim from a shareholder we have the expertise and knowledge to help you.

To understand more about shareholder disputes, read our blog on Shareholder rights and Remedies: How can I resolve a shareholder dispute?

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Our team at Lincoln & Rowe are highly experienced negotiators with extensive understanding in mediation, arbitration and adjudication. We understand that clients want a straightforward and practical approach from a legal team they trust, to find a swift and cost-effective solution to their legal dispute.

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Who we can help

Our commercial solicitors at Lincoln & Rowe possess significant experience in dispute resolution, gained from years advising on high-value and complex litigation. We act for individuals, owner managed enterprises, national and international businesses based in the UK and abroad, in a range of jurisdictions. We advise both claimants and defendants on issues relating to disputes between or with shareholders and their directors.

Where can you find us?

Lincoln & Rowe Solicitors are based in the heart of London and just a few minutes’ walk from the Royal Courts of Justice. Our full address is 81 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1DD.



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Dipesh Dosani Partner
Dipesh advises clients on a wide range of commercial disputes including breach of contract, directors’ disputes, shareholder remedies, partnership issues, professional negligence and intellectual property. He is also able to provide clients with advice on all aspects of insolvency as well as investigations including misfeasance, undervalue transactions, preferences, transactions to defraud creditors and wrongful trading.