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Shareholder dispute resolution

Some of the key members of the dispute team who will contact you

Bermans is one of the leading legal shareholder dispute teams in the Northwest of England. With corporate, employment, insolvency and litigation specialists all providing a focussed service that is aimed at concluding your dispute at the earliest opportunity without the need for court intervention.

Shareholder dispute resolution – Barney Leaf

With over 20 years of corporate law and shareholder disputes experience, Barney Leaf heads our Shareholder Dispute Team.

He has worked for companies small and large (£80m t/o) and in all sectors. He also works with partnerships and professional services. His preferred method of resolution is always one without the need for court intervention.

Corporate shareholder dispute resolution. Contact BERMANS on 0333 032 7260 or email us on enquiry@shareholderdispute.uk

Shareholder dispute resolution – Andrew Koffman

Andrew joined Bermans in January 2017 as a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in Manchester.

Andrew studied law at University College, Oxford and The College of Law, Guildford, before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1987.

Andrew advises owner-managed businesses and their directors, professional practices, insolvency practitioners, property investors and developers, finance houses and individuals.

Shareholder/director disputes form a large part of Andrew’s practice, including unfair prejudice petitions and related types of litigation. He advises companies and their outgoing directors on securing the most favourable exit terms. Andrew also regularly deals with partnership disputes. He also handles property litigation; contested litigation for finance houses and secured lenders; contract disputes; professional negligence; and insolvency.

Andrew gives practical, commercial and cost-effective advice to clients to help them solve complex problems. He is a tenacious litigator but he never loses sight of a client’s commercial objectives. He regularly takes part in mediation and other forms of ADR.

Corporate shareholder dispute resolution. Contact BERMANS on 0333 032 7260 or email us on enquiry@shareholderdispute.uk

Shareholder dispute resolution – Mike Smeaton

Michael is a Senior Associate who joined Bermans as a trainee solicitor in 2008. Following his degree in law and qualification in September 2010, he joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in the firm’s Liverpool office.

Michael’s focus is commercial litigation and he provides specialist advice to clients in relation to a wide range of disputes, including shareholder and partnership matters, warranty and covenant claims, property litigation and complex, high-value contractual disputes.

Michael prides himself on his approachable and positive attitude, and clients appreciate his ability to explain complex legal issues in simple, understandable terms. Always keen to keep matters firmly in a commercial focus, Michael works with clients to resolve disputes and meet objectives in the most cost-effective way possible.

Corporate shareholder dispute resolution. Contact BERMANS on 0333 032 7260 or email us on enquiry@shareholderdispute.uk

Shareholder dispute resolution – Robert Maddocks

Robert qualified as Solicitor in 2008 and joined Bermans in July 2019 as a Senior Associate in the Employment team. He has previously worked for leading employment law companies, including a law firm which was recognised by the Manchester Legal Awards for its specialism in employment law services.

He is known for delivering strategic and commercial advice to clients and advises clients in different sectors. He has also contributed to industry journals and national press with articles on employment law issues.

Robert has acted for a wide range of clients ranging from OMB’s to large national and international companies, however he has a particular focus on owner managed SME’s.

Robert regularly advises on complex internal HR and employment law issues as well as business re-organisations, restructures and TUPE transactions. He is particularly experienced at representing clients in the Employment Tribunal and regularly appears as an advocate.

Corporate shareholder dispute resolution. Contact BERMANS on 0333 032 7260 or email us on enquiry@shareholderdispute.uk