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Stuart has mediated the following corporate and shareholder disputes:

Dispute as to entitlements under various option agreements between shareholders in businesses in the soft drinks industry including allegations of forgery.

Dispute between extended family shareholders regarding the running and ownership of a farm business held in the family for several generations.

Dispute between accountancy firm shareholder and minority shareholder in tax consultancy business.

Dispute between founding shareholders in IT services business.

Dispute between liquidator trustee of shareholding and other shareholders in commercial property investment company.

Dispute between shareholder partners in an IP legal business.

Financial warranty claims against vendors of home delivery and storage logistics business and cross-claims for unpaid consideration.

Financial warranty claims against vendors of regulated medical waste management company, including claims of fictitious invoices.

Dispute between accountants in an incorporated practice as to performance and post-termination covenants contained in a shareholders’ agreement, and as to entitlements on retirement.

Claims for deferred consideration against purchaser of IFA business.

Dispute between extended family members of shareholder in car hire and related businesses including allegations of forgery of underlying documents asserted by other shareholders.

Breach of warranty claims against vendor partners of insolvency consultancy business.

Claims between shareholders previously engaged to be married including ancillary TOLATA claims, employment claims and restitutionary claims in respect of monies paid out of the company.

Post-acquisition claims by logistics group against customer defended on the grounds of non-assignment.

Restrictive covenant, constructive trust and conspiracy claims arising out of share sale agreement in respect of a silage film business, following settlement of injunctive relief application.

Claim for unfair prejudice by minority shareholder of an airfield and farming business.

Dispute between original shareholders and new investor-manager over terms of departure and agreed formula for setting the price of the investor's shares on departure. The mediation followed interim injunction and strike-out applications.

Dispute between shareholders of specialist sport tyre distribution company following expansion into manufacture and distribution of full tyre range worldwide.

Dispute in respect of post-completion accounts and for return of escrow monies following sale and purchase of IFA network.

Dispute between shareholders of incorporated solicitors' practice.

Dispute as to entitlements to equalization payments under the terms of a shareholders' agreement and deed of contribution, including issues of accounting treatment of contributions in kind.

Dispute between franchisor and franchisee of driver-hire business regarding the rate of growth of the franchise and obligations aimed at producing further growth in the business.

Dispute between existing and exiting shareholders of a resin-flooring company following allegations of accounting malpractice.

Dispute between remaining shareholders and outgoing chairman/shareholder of a pre-profit audio technology business valued at 20m+ by funding.

Dispute between founding and incoming shareholders of marine dredging, ferry-operating and property investment businesses, including issues of accounting practices, omissions and valuation.

Dispute between brother and sister, and associated families, regarding the running of substantial manufacturing company and its portfolio of investment properties, including issues of entitlement to family residence, rights of way and valuation of shareholdings and properties.

Dispute between 40% managing shareholder brothers and uncle's 60% family shareholder group with respect to the ownership and operation of a substantial commercial vehicle body manufacturing and rental business.

Dispute between shareholders, including a petition for unfair prejudice, in respect of a company which developed technology for hostile environments.

Shareholder and valuation dispute between friends who created a successful car-leasing business.

Dispute between shareholders of travel agency.

Dispute between founder and new shareholder of escalator and lift-manufacturing company.

Numerous disputes involving claims of breach of directors’ duties.

Dispute between three generations of family shareholders of clothing manufacturing business.

Dispute between owners of business owning a Landrover Experience franchise.

Dispute between shareholders in corporate investment vehicle.

Breach of warranty and indemnity claims following acquisition of insurance broking business.

Dispute between sibling shareholders of inherited care-homes business.

Dispute between parents and son shareholders in glove manufacturing company.

Shareholder dispute relating to operation and ownership of sleep-research company.

Dispute between successor in title and other shareholders in property company.

Family shareholder dispute in construction company.

As a litigator in large corporate law firms, Stuart was involved in advising colleagues on aspects of corporate transactions. He handled shareholder and company valuation disputes and claims arising out of company acquisitions such as warranty claims and completion accounts disputes, including the following examples:

Belgian arbitration of warranty claims against listed company following acquisition of European division of printing businesses.

Claim against construction-machinery manufacturer by former founding shareholder for unfair prejudice.

Post-acquisition dispute between individual founding shareholder and listed buyer over management control and valuations during earn-out period.

Acting for defendant chief executive in giving evidence to DTI Inspectors and subsequent prosecution for insider-dealing.

Warranty claims brought against vendor by acquirer of Dutch engineering subsidiary.

Acting for listed company in advising on obligations to consider competing take-over bids in the context of a lock-out agreement.

Acting for solicitor in giving evidence to DTI Inspectors relating to transactions preceding collapse of listed client.

Dispute between majority shareholders and management of telecoms company over control and management responsibiity.

Dispute between specialist software provider and venture capital investor over management control terms of exit.

Warranty claims between listed companies following sale of plant hire business.

Unfair prejudice claim by minority shareholder against majority and incorporated solicitors’ practice.

Completion accounts dispute between vendor and buyer following sale of paper business.

Dispute between shareholders of football club regarding financing obligations.

Dispute between shareholders of property development company regarding opportunities and conflicts of interest.

Advising director on proposed shareholders’ agreement to be completed on merger of businesses.

Claims against venture capitalist for share of investments following representations and advice offered “in kind.

Completion accounts dispute and threatened warranty claims against individual vendor of knitwear business.

Advising listed company on various liability mechanisms and limitations in share purchase agreement prior to sale of division.

Claim against food company for minority shareholder rights based on informal agreements and representations.

Warranty claim by listed acquirer of legal services business against vendor solicitors’ practice over value of WIP.

Advising listed building products group on liability mechanisms and limitations in sale and purchase agreement on proposed acquisition.

Dispute between shareholders of international IT services group.

Minority shareholder claim against vehicle-tracking devices manufacturer.

Advising floor-coverings manufacturer on application of dissenting shareholders’ fund.

References are available from instructing solicitor regarding these mediations.

   
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