Business Ownership Disputes

Fast and cost effective resolution.


No matter how long they may have known each other before going into business together and no matter how much the excitement and the commitment at the start, fellow business owners often end up falling out with each other.

Whether they are

  • Partners in a partnership
  • Members in an LLP
  • Shareholders in a limited company or plc
  • Individuals/companies involved in any other sort of joint venture

We are here to help resolve any partnership, LLP or shareholder dispute.

We have extensive experience of advising a number of partners, members and shareholders across a wide range of business sectors. We provide pragmatic, tactical and cost effective advice as to the best way of resolving your dispute, whether that involves the business coming to an end and being wound up, being sold to a third party or continuing as before but not with all the same people on board.

Our team includes trained mediators who are fully committed to alternative methods of dispute resolution, whether that be by mediation, a joint settlement meeting or good old fashioned negotiation.

To speak to a specialist commercial litigation solicitor about resolving your business ownership dispute, contact us now by calling, e-mailing or requesting a call back.

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Jane Crosby

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Jane Crosby

Jane is an employment and commercial litigation solicitor of more than 15 years' experience.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Jane was employed in the aviation industry. This experience is appreciated by many of Jane's clients who note that she is able to take a commercial and pragmatic approach to any legal issue that they face.

Jane acts for a wide range of individuals and businesses and her areas of specialism include aviation, property related industries and IT. Jane regularly advises on aspects of employment law, such as settlement agreements, employment contracts, policies and procedures, redundancies, equal pay, data protection, issues arising from TUPE and reorganisations, the calculation of holiday pay, bonus and commission payments, disciplinary and grievance issues, dismissal and termination issues, the protection of confidential information and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Jane gets involved in GDPR training for her clients and she is able to deliver tailored employment law training sessions upon request.

As a commercial litigation lawyer, Jane also deals in shareholder and directors disputes, commercial contract disputes and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Jane has been involved in successful high value commercial litigation for clients in the High Courts, she is an accredited mediator and she is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Jane is often asked to write for a number of well known publications, including The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Week and she has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4.

Here is small selection of the feedback that Jane has received:

“Jane, I cannot sincerely thank you enough for your wise counsel and am delighted to have made your acquaintance. If I am blessed with a new position somewhere I will hand over my contract in the first instance to you. Likewise, any of my friends, peers, romans and countrymen wanting advice, I will point them in your direction.”

“Jane, you have been most resilient on my behalf for which I sincerely thank you for all your endeavours. I have a tremendous working relationship with Hart Brown and you have undoubtedly compounded this further."

“I appreciated the clarity of advice given at a stressful time”.

“A sensitive and highly professional approach and efficient work in the interests of the client”.

“Your advice, conduct and assistance have been indeed outstanding and very professional but also – and most importantly – very humane”.

Simon Wood

Barrister, Dispute Resolution

Barrister, Dispute Resolution

Simon Wood

Simon is a barrister within the Dispute Resolution department having been called to the bar in 1987. He was a tenant in chambers in the Middle Temple for ten years where he had a broad practice in general commercial and civil litigation before increasingly specialising in property litigation. Before he joined Hart Brown in June 2012 he was in private practice in central London.

Simon has substantial expertise in all aspects of property disputes as well as property related professional negligence claims and insolvency.

Simon is a trained mediator and a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution as a way of resolving claims. He is also a member of the Property Litigation Association in the Middle Temple.

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