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Shareholder and Partnership Disputes

Litigation Expertise in Surrey Shareholder & Partnership Disputes

Robert Doran is a shareholder and partnership dispute lawyer working in Surrey who has been in practice for over 35 years. He assists business owners caught in disputes with their business partners. When an amicable working relationship with you co-owner fails, Robert Doran can help enforce your legal rights and resolve disputes in your favour.

Whether you are a shareholder in a private Surrey company, or a partner in a Surrey business partnership, Robert Doran has the litigation experience to represent you at all stages of a dispute, from a filing a case and discoveries to arbitration hearing, trial court, or appeals court.

Disagreements Among Business Co-Owners

Not all co-owner disagreements end up in court; many can be settled through negotiations, mediation, or alternative dispute resolution. But when the financial stakes are high or negotiations have failed, seeking legal representation from a Surrey business law firm can help to ensure that your rights as a business owner are protected.


Do You Have a Surrey Company Shareholder Dispute?

If you are a Surrey shareholder in a private B.C. company, you may have a serious dispute with your fellow shareholders on matters such as:

  • misuse of company assets
  • buyout or purchase of shares
  • valuation of shares
  • conflict of interest
  • misappropriation of funds
  • breach of fiduciary duty
  • financial benefit to a shareholder to the detriment of other shareholders
  • oppression by majority shareholders
  • winding up proceedings

Do You Have a Surrey Partnership Dispute?

If you are a Surrey partner in a general or limited partnership, you might have a difficult issue with your fellow partners regarding any of the following:

  • hiring of staff
  • financial structure
  • change in leadership or management
  • direction of the business
  • inability of the partners to cooperate
  • conflict of interest
  • misuse of partnership assets
  • misappropriation of funds
  • unfair ownership share of the partnership

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Going to court is not the only legal way to settle a dispute. Our client pay us to end, not prolong, disputes. Through our many years with our clients we know that alternative dispute resolution such mediation or arbitration can save our clients time and money we sometimes recommend alternative dispute resolution where appropriate because.

  • We understand the emotional and private nature of  disputes.
  • Litigation can be expensive and often results in increased conflict.
  • Negotiating resolutions is our mandate and we are expert negotiators..

Where it makes sense mediation, arbitration or a private settlement can work before beginning formal litigation proceedings or during the litigation process. Wherever possible, we are committed to pursuing practical and confidential resolutions to minimize the length and cost of shareholder or parnership disputes.

What Remedies Can You Obtain Through Court?

Where alternative dispute resolution isn’t appropriate, you may obtain remedies in court. Whether you are a shareholder in private company or a business partner, starting an ownership lawsuit in Surrey may provide you with various court orders or remedies. Some of these remedies include:

  • monetary damage awards
  • buyout (or sale) of business ownership among co-owners
  • control of the business
  • sale of assets
  • appointment of a receiver
  • entity dissolution
  • tracing of assets
  • order for the direction or management of the business

What Should You Do Before Going To Court?

If you are caught in a dispute, and are unable to settle your disagreements, don’t delay in seeking legal advice from company dispute lawyer Robert Doran in Surrey. If you wait too long, certain transactions or steps your business co-owners may take (with or without your knowledge) may be irreversible.
Prior to meeting with legal counsel, there are a few things you should do:

  • locate your company minute book and, if applicable, your shareholders agreement (if you have a shareholder dispute)
  • locate your partnership agreement, if you have one
  • obtain all accounting and financial records
  • find bank account records, and identify who has bank signing authority
  • prepare a list of business assets

No Payment Obligations At First Meeting

There is no charge or fee for your first consultation with Surrey corporate dispute lawyer Robert Doran. This meeting will be to determine whether you have a case that can be taken to court. If there are other means to resolve your dispute, they will certainly be raised at this meeting.

Time is of the essence. If you have an irresolvable disagreement with your co-owners, contact company litigation lawyer Robert Doran. Get in touch with us today!

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  • Surrey Office
    302, 15252 - 32nd Avenue
    Surrey, British Columbia V3Z 0R7
    Phone: 604-542-9455
    Fax: 604-542-9493
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