Director Disputes

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Director disputes often arise from various factors within a company. In smaller businesses, the lack of day-to-day involvement by shareholder directors can lead to disputes, resulting in an imbalance in contributions. 

Control issues become apparent when one director attempts to dominate the decision-making process, sparking power struggles and disagreements among board members. 

Disputes may also surface in relation to dividends and financial matters, particularly when one shareholder director extracts an unfair share of the company's funds, causing financial imbalances and dissatisfaction among stakeholders. 

Additionally, breach of duties can trigger disputes if a director violates their fiduciary responsibilities, often due to conflicts of interest or actions that actively harm the company's interests.

How do you deal with director disputes?

Assessing the nature of the dispute is a critical first step in resolving director conflicts.

Understanding and dealing with director disputes involves some key steps. First, it's important to figure out what's causing the disagreement, whether it's because of different strategies or if someone is not following the rules. This helps in creating a plan to fix the real problem. If a director's actions are harming the company, it's worth looking into the legal steps for removing them.

If the directors in the dispute also own shares in the company, it's crucial to check if there's a 50:50 deadlock, where votes are evenly split. This can make resolving the dispute more complicated. 

Reviewing existing agreements, like director service agreements or shareholder agreements, is vital because these documents outline everyone's roles and the steps for solving disputes. Also, it's important to think about the potential problems the company might face if the disagreement goes to court. 

In deadlock situations, where votes are tied, solving the dispute can be really tough, and courts might decide to sell the company to the highest bidder to fix the issue. Ignoring director disputes can cause problems for the company, so it's essential to think carefully and find smart solutions for a better working environment.

How can GloverPriest help?

Dealing with director disputes can be a daunting prospect, but the good news is that there are alternatives to the long, expensive, and uncertain process of litigation. Our director dispute solicitors have extensive experience in all kinds of matters and aim to assist with a swift resolution finding the best course of action for your business

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Frequently Asked Questions

What action can be taken against a director?

The action you can take against a director depends on the situation. If the director has committed some type of misconduct, they may be asked to return property, pay compensation, put the company back in the position before a decision was made. A director of a company can also be removed. 

What are the rules for the removal of a director?

When considering the removal of a director from your company, the first port of call is the articles of association. This is a document that serves as your company's guidebook, outlining its structure and operations. 

For companies without bespoke articles, the default set of rules known as 'model articles' comes into play. This includes scenarios where a director resigns, a majority of company shareholders or members vote them out, they're legally disqualified, become bankrupt, or are deemed physically or mentally incapable by a medical professional.

If a director wants to leave via voluntary resignation, the process is relatively straightforward, provided the company's articles do not specify otherwise. A director can voluntarily resign by notifying the company and their co-directors of their decision. 

In some companies, especially big ones, directors might choose to step down from their role and let someone else take over. This can happen during a yearly meeting with the company's members. If the company's rules allow it, the director who stepped down can later be given the role again, adding some flexibility to how the leadership works.

In larger companies or those part of a big group, directors might be given the job for a set amount of time, as decided by the company's rules or the director's contract. When that set time is up, the director's job ends automatically, providing a structured way to make changes in the leadership.


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