Partnership and shareholder agreements

The company law team at Talbots Law understand the importance of partnership and shareholder agreements.  With our expertise in drafting agreements that truly reflect the spirit and values of your business, you can have the confidence that our legal advice in this area is second-to-none.

Partnership and shareholder agreements provide a pre-agreed structure as to how a business will be run.  If disputes do arise, they can be dealt with quicker, cleaner and more effectively if a proper agreement is in place. Talbots Law has been trusted by hundreds of organisations across the West Midlands to create and draft partnership and shareholder agreements tailored to their business and reflective of their commercial ambitions.

Why chose Talbots Law for your partnership and shareholder agreements?

One of our core values is listening, and this quality is vital for creating and drafting shareholder and partnership agreements.  We know that every business is different and we will collaborate with you to ensure your vision and goals for the company are incorporated into your agreements.  But more importantly perhaps, we will ensure that the partnership or shareholder agreement does not hinder your ability to execute those ambitions. Drafting legal documents is all about feedback.  We value our clients’ input and work with them to develop agreements that benefit their business and provide opportunities for shareholders to offer value to the organisation they invest in.

Partnership agreements

It will almost always be advisable for partners to enter into a partnership agreement in order to avoid application of any inappropriate default provisions in the Partnership Act 1890 or to supplement the statutory provisions where they are insufficient. For example, under the Partnership Act 1890, all partners are to share equally in the capital and profits and contribute uniformly to losses.  This may be inappropriate for your partnership set-up, as some partners may have contributed significantly more capital than others.  By drafting a partnership agreement, you can decide how profits and liabilities will be shared.

Shareholder agreements

Our company solicitors will draft a clear, comprehensive shareholders’ agreement for your company.  We will ensure that there is a clear dispute resolution clause so disagreements do not result in deadlock.  We will also include details of a transparent dividend policy, details of how directors can be appointed, levels of borrowing and all other relevant clauses.

Partnership and shareholder agreements FAQs

What happens if a written partnership agreement is not put in place?
Failing to prepare a partnership agreement increases the likelihood of disputes between the partners, and can make it more difficult to resolve them.

Also, without a partnership agreement, under the Partnership Act 1890, a partnership ends when one partner gives notice of his express will to leave the partnership.  This could result in the end of a profitable, thriving business.  Having a formal contract in place prevents such an event occurring.

What are pre-emption rights in a shareholder agreement and do I need them?
Pre-emption is a right of first refusal in favour of existing shareholders in relation to the allotment of new shares or the transfer of shares from one shareholder to another.  It allows shareholders to preserve their percentage shareholding in a company, provided they have sufficient funds available to acquire such shares when they are offered. Let us draft a partnership or shareholders’ agreement bespoke to your business needs.

To talk to one of the company law experts at Talbots Law, please phone us today on 0800 118 1500.


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