Shareholder and partner dispute solicitors

It takes time to build strong relationships with your partners or shareholders, and building that relationship is important in growing the success of the business, but we know sometimes business relationships can break down and undermine value generated for shareholders.

Birkett Long’s partnership dispute solicitors are well placed to act quickly when needed, to provide practical advice to companies and individuals on the best way forward in these situations.

If professional disputes are not acted upon quickly, this can affect management, employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders and directors. Such disputes have the potential to destroy the company and rapidly diminish the goodwill the business has built up. Our dispute team will help you consider your options in trying to resolve a dispute with shareholders, partners or fellow directors.

Sadly, Birkett Long is often not contacted until after the professional relationship has broken down. Disputes can be acrimonious and costly, despite our best efforts to settle them. Much of the acrimony and cost could be avoided by a properly drafted shareholders’ agreement. Speak to us early about putting in place an agreement to avoid unnecessary worry and expense at a later date.

Our dispute solicitors will help you with the following issues you may come across:

  • Are you facing a breach of your statutory duty?
  • Is a partner or shareholder not pulling their weight?
  • Is another partner or shareholder taking an unfair share of profits?
  • Is a partner serving notice to expel you?

If you would like further information about resolving disputes with partners and shareholders, please contact our teams in Basildon, Colchester or Chelmsford today.

funding options
There are many ways to fund a dispute. Take a look at our 'funding litigation' page to view your options. 


Birkett Long’s team is able to advise on all types of professional or commercial dispute. Our experience covers all types of commercial work, including cross border litigation. We deal with commercial contract disputes, professional negligence claims, landlord and tenant matters and disputes arising from the breakdown of business relations such as shareholder and partnership disputes.

Staff re-order for disputes with partners or shareholders

  • Peter Allen 
  • Keith Songhurst
  • Kevin Sullivan