Boardroom disputes

Disputes can arise between the directors of a company for many reasons. For example, the directors may disagree over the direction the company should be going in, there could be problems with the performance of one of the directors or removing a director from the board. Importantly, claims against directors who are acting wrongfully can only be brought by the company itself and not shareholders or other directors. However,  shareholders do have some options, such as derivative actions and a minority shareholder petition.
The articles of association will usually detail how disputes will be dealt with. alternative dispute resolution such as mediation is often used as it can prevent the dispute from escalating unnecessarily and is often more cost and time effective.

Partnership disputes

The most common disputes that arise regarding a partnership are liability and departure. Partners are financially liable for the partnership and so a third party can make a claim against both the partnership and the partners themselves. A dispute may arise about how liability is proportioned. Partnership disputes also occur when one or more of the partners want to leave the partnership. Disagreements may arise over the terms of their departure. For example, they may want to withdraw any money that they invested in the partnership, which could cause a problem for the business and the remaining partners.

The way that partnership disputes will be dealt with depends on whether there is a partnership agreement. Most partnerships will have such an agreement, however there may be some circumstances where two or more people informally enter into business together but may still be considered to be in a partnership. This may make any dispute that arises more difficult to resolve as there will be no guidance from the partnership agreement.

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