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What is a shareholder or partnership dispute?

A shareholder or partnership dispute most commonly arises when the terms of a partnership agreement are breached, or simply when two partners disagree on an issue. The impacts of such a disagreement can range from the tiny, to bringing down the entire business and its management, depending on the severity.

Examples of shareholder and partnership disputes include:

  • Breaches of a business’ partnership agreement
  • Issues surrounding the status of partners and or employees
  • The expulsion of an existing partner, or enforcing compulsory retirement upon them
  • Enforcement of restrictive covenants within the partnership agreement
  • Disagreements over the valuation, financial position or accounts of a business
  • Breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Dissolution of a partnership
How can I resolve a shareholder or partnership dispute?

If you’re looking to enlist the help of a solicitor to resolve a partnership dispute, it’s likely you’ve been unable to do so yourself.

We employ dispute resolution and negotiation tactics such as mediation and arbitration to try to resolve partnership disputes amicably in the first instance.

Should there still be no agreement, we will assist in launching a full litigation process to ensure your business and any other business partners are protected.

How much will it cost to resolve a shareholder or partnership dispute?

Each case is different, which is why we offer an untimed initial consultation priced at £108 including VAT at which stage your solicitor will offer an estimate of:

  • How long they expect it will take to achieve your desired outcome
  • How much you can expect to pay
  • The work that is involved, for example drafting and sending a letter before action, going through mediation or filing the case at court

Should you choose to instruct our firm, we will write to you confirming our fee estimate.

If your case needs to be referred to a court, there may be additional administration fees (printing, bundle assembly and postage), as well as any relevant court fees payable to the court.

Should your matter be settled after a letter before action is sent, it may cost as little as £400 plus VAT. However, a partnership dispute that proceeds to court could cost in excess of £3,000 plus VAT.

How long does it normally take to resolve a shareholder or partnership dispute?

Again, this will depend on the complexity of your matter. For extremely simple cases that settle after the initial negotiation, this could be as short as 1-2 weeks.

For cases that proceed to the County or High Court, this will depend on the court’s availability and could be anything from 6 months to 2 years from start to end.

Key stages involved in a shareholder or partnership dispute

Depending on your matter, a typical case would involve:

  1. Initial consultation to understand your matter
  2. Review of the terms of the contract and calculating any losses
  3. Advising on the contract, the breaches, your dispute and evidence needed regarding your claim
  4. Drafting and sending a letter before action to the other side outlining your claim and position
  5. Dealing with the response, if any
  6. Drafting and finalising your particulars of claim
  7. Issuing your claim at the court
  8. Dealing with the defence from the other side
  9. Progressing through the standard litigation court process
  10. Settling the claim out of court or going to trial if no settlement can be reached
  11. Enforcing the judgement if it’s in your favour or appealing any decision if unsuccessful, if there is reason to believe this would be successful

Not not every case will go through all of these stages. Many cases will be resolved after stage 4 if the evidence is compelling and the breach is clear.

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Shareholder and Partnership Dispute Solicitors

Britton and Time is proudly regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and our solicitors believe in offering no nonsense, common sense advice with up-front pricing. We do this through our 6-point service guarantee:


We will offer fixed fees where possible, and if not, we will state clearly what your case is estimated to cost, alongside hourly rate options so you can judge what works for you


We will inform you when we know there will be third party costs to be paid. If additional third party payments are required, we will always seek your approval first


We will let you know how long your case will take, what delays you can expect, and our solicitors will always reply to you in a timely manner


We bill every month, with detailed accounts of what you are being charged for. Our solicitors are happy to discuss if you have any questions about your bill.


Before work starts, we will tell you what work needs to be done to reach the best outcome for you, and what your options are once you reach that point


We never take on cases we do not feel we can do justice and if your case does not need a solicitor, we will tell you just that and advise you what your options are

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