‘A Practical Guide to Shareholder Disputes in Family Businesses’ by Ed Weeks


Paperback: 978-1-913715-47-2
Published: March 2021
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A Practical Guide to Shareholder Disputes in Family Businesses is a collation of key legal principles and practical advice for those tasked with resolving such disputes. Whilst many of the issues faced are typical of all shareholder disputes, family businesses are different and the approach taken needs to reflect that difference.


Ed Weeks is a solicitor and head of the commercial dispute resolution team at Cripps LLP. He has been resolving shareholder disputes for over 20 years and is recognised as an expert in this field. Family businesses are particularly susceptible to such disputes and he has gained particular expertise and insight in how to approach such disputes and the specific issues that arise.

Ed is ranked as a leading individual for dispute resolution in the Legal 500 directory and won the Dispute Resolution, Individual (outside of London) award in the 2020 Legal 500 Awards. He is also ranked in band 1 for litigation in Chambers Directory.


“It is particularly good in its references to reported cases, not just as authorities, but as illustrations of typical disputes and the issues that arise, and of how they can be dealt with by the parties and the court.”
Law Society Gazette


Chapter One – Introduction
Chapter Two – Corporate Governance – The Documentation
Chapter Three – Corporate Governance – Rights and Duties
Chapter Four – Gathering the Evidence
Chapter Five – Unfair Prejudice
Chapter Six – Winding Up
Chapter Seven – Other Claims Under the Companies Act
Chapter Eight – Alternative Dispute Resolution and Settlement
Chapter Nine – Advising Majority Shareholders
Chapter Ten – Advising Minority Shareholders
Chapter Eleven – Deceased Shareholders and Bankrupt Shareholders
Chapter Twelve – Valuing the Company / Shareholding
Chapter Thirteen – The Litigation Process
Chapter Fourteen – Case Studies
Chapter Fifteen – Conclusions