Company & Partnership
“Widely respected for its solid company law practice, and houses a number of highly rated specialists who are well equipped to act in both transactional and litigious capacities."
Chambers UK Bar 2021
“‘A great set, stuffed to the gunnels with super bright individuals', New Square Chambers' members cover the gamut of contentious and non-contentious company law work, with a stand-out offshore practice.”
The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021
Modern company law is complex and exacting, requiring experience and expertise to chart a safe course in representing clients’ interests. New Square Chambers has extensive experience in all areas of company and partnership law, with a number of members recognised as leading barristers in this field, and is particularly noted for its breadth of expertise in contentious work. Our approach to both contentious and non-contentious work is commercial and practical and we recognise the importance of working as part of a team, whether with our clients and experts, or within Chambers.
As the home of Hollington on Shareholders’ Rights, Chambers has a particular focus on shareholder disputes and issues surrounding directors’ duties. We have unrivalled experience in cases concerning shareholders’ rights, including unfair prejudice petitions under section 994 of the Companies Act, just and equitable winding up petitions and derivative actions.
Our members have been instructed in some of the leading company cases, including O’Neill v Phillips and Neath Rugby. In recent years, members have acted in prominent cases such as Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd, Mattin v Domain Venture Partners PPC Ltd (in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar), Vald Nielsen Holding A/S Newwatch Ltd v Baldorino, Beppler & Jacobson Ltd, and Cream Holdings v Davenport.
“Split board” cases
We have acted for, and in relation to, numerous companies, from family run companies to private equity firms, in cases where a split in the board of a company, for example as to the meaning of the company’s constitutional documents, causes or risks deadlock. We recognise the need for urgent, practical advice in circumstances where any delay could be catastrophic for the company, and when discretion and confidentiality is paramount.
Directors’ rights and duties
We have extensive experience of all aspects of disputes connected with directors’ rights and duties. Recent examples include Goldtrail Travel Ltd v Aydin, Re Capitol Films Ltd, and Oxford Legal Group Ltd v Sibbasbridge Services.
Closely aligned with New Square Chambers’ company law practice is its involvement in partnership and LLP matters.
We act in many areas of non-contentious work including reductions of share capital, cross border mergers, schemes of arrangement, and share transactions and takeovers.