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Restructuring Your Business

BPE provides sound commercial legal advice throughout each lifestage of a business, whether it's changing the structure of the business from sole trader to a limited company or partnership or appointing sales agents, building or taking on a franchise or valuing your business for investment.

Disputes

Disputes between shareholders/partners/directors

Disputes between shareholders, partners, stakeholders or directors can have a massive impact on the day to day running of your business and need to be acted upon quickly and sensitively.

Our litigation team offer advice and guidance on matters ranging from shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice claims, differences over the internal management of a company, interpretation of shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, breach of directors’ contracts,  director’s duties, interpretation and application of memorandum of articles of association, and disqualification of directors.

Should you find yourself in such a situation, our litigation lawyers can help you reach a satisfactory conclusion.

Dispute advice relating building work on new or refurbished premises

Every project is unique, and there are a myriad of reasons why a dispute might take place during building work or refurbishment. We know how to move a dispute forward to resolution. The three areas that most often lead to disputes are time, cost and quality. We identify the problems and quickly explain how we can help resolve them.

You can count on us to carry out professional negligence claims on your behalf. We have acted on both sides for the employer and contractor.

Mediation
If you are negotiating in a dispute, an independent professional mediator can help to break the stalemate. Mediation can be invaluable as it is subject to confidentiality and is a particularly cost-effective way of dealing with multi-party disputes. We are experts in unravelling the mindset of the other parties and have achieved a number of very successful high-profile cases.

Insurance disputes

Business need insurance and regularly businesses enter into insurance contracts without fully appreciating the obligations of the business and or the insurer. As a consequence when a claim is made by an insured party problems can arise with both the liability of the insurer as well as the value of the claim that will be paid. We can assist in resolving such disputes and where appropriate dealing with them in arbitration proceedings.

Changes to insurance contracts for business are being introduced in 2016 which will govern misrepresentation, non-disclosure and warranties.

We are here to support your business, directors or officers in claims against your insurers whether it be alongside existing litigation or as an independent claim.

Franchising

Franchising can be a key area of growth for business as it is a cost effective and efficient method of expansion.

With rapid expansion your business faces challenges and disputes can arise and we can support you as a franchisor or franchisee.

We understand the associated issues that franchisor's experience in disputes with passing off and brand protection being paramount and have a team that can assist you with all associated claims.

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