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Shareholder Dispute Lawyers in Sydney

Disputes between shareholders, directors or partners can be both unsettling and expensive. If you are experiencing a shareholder dispute, you should seek advice from our shareholder dispute lawyer in Sydney as soon as possible. Shareholder disputes pose a difficulty to the everyday functioning of your business, as quite often, you must work closely with those with whom you are in dispute.

Disputes between shareholders and directors include matters relating to:

  • Breach of director’s duties
  • Breach of shareholder agreement
  • Withholding of dividends
  • Managing the company
  • Failing to produce records
  • Being excluded from company meetings
  • Fraud
  • Oppressive Conduct
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As dispute lawyers, we seek to keep disputes out of the courtroom. Mediation is a useful tool to resolve a matter in a fast and cost-effective manner. Our lawyers in Sydney will explore the complexities of your dispute to find the best outcome.

Shareholder Litigation

In some instances, litigation cannot be avoided. For example, if you require the recovery of a certain document, an urgent application to the court may be the best way to get this.

If litigation is required, you can be sure that our litigation lawyers will be able advocate your case. Our lawyers have experience dealing with disputes relating to shareholders, directors, and partners of all types of business.

The types of claims that regularly come up are:

  • Oppression applications
  • Appointment of a receiver or manager
  • Proceedings in relation to other types of disputes.

What is shareholder oppression?

Oppressive shareholder conduct occurs when there is evidence of conduct or proposed conduct or omission which is:

  • contrary to the interests of the members as a whole; or
  • oppressive to, unfairly prejudicial to, or unfairly discriminatory against, another shareholder.

When there is oppressive shareholder conduct, the Court may make the following orders relating to, or resulting in any of the following:

  • The winding up of the company
  • Modification of the company’s constitution
  • Regulation the conduct of the company’s future affairs
  • The purchase of share by other shareholders
  • The company being given leave of the court to initiate proceedings
  • Authorising of a shareholder to prosecute, defend or discontinue legal proceedings
  • Appointing of a receiver or a receiver and manager of any part of the company
  • Restraining of a person from engaging in specific conduct (also known as an injunction)
  • Requiring a person to do a specified act (also known as specific performance).

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