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Partnership/Shareholder Disputes

Monday, Jul-22, 2024

Partnership/Shareholder Disputes

It is a fact of business life that disputes will arise. Nine times out of ten such disputes occur between businesses, however, in a few cases these happen internally.

Partnership or shareholder disputes can damage a company. Whilst infighting is occurring the focus has shifted and competitors can take advantage.

The way to deal with such a dispute is quickly, effectively and with the minimum of disruption. McCormicks can help you choose the appropriate manner for resolving any dispute - from any form of mediation and arbitration to full-on litigation - and bring you through it successfully.


In the field of commercial litigation, McCormicks is ranked as one of the leading firms in the region with a growing and significant number of high profile instructions as well as retaining a very impressive client base.

McCormicks has continued to expand a growing reputation in advising on partnership issues in particular, having developed a niche of advising professional partnerships, especially accountancy firms, on their partnership structures and disputes.

Comments from McCormicks’ clients emphasise the firm's pragmatic skill in mediating an effective result to a dispute, whilst remaining always prepared if necessary to resort to the courts.

Recent work includes advice and mediation relating to breach of contract, committal proceedings, shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, insurance claims, debt recovery and employment advice.

At McCormicks, the group provides the full package, handling defamation, reputation management and all manner of litigation with aplomb. Its Lawyers are ‘aggressive when need be and have the ability to adopt the approach the clients want.'” Chambers UK

This Professional Discipline team impresses clients with ‘its cooperative work ethic. The lawyers make you feel important and they prioritise your work.” Chambers UK.

Clients dub Peter McCormick ‘an intellectually clever, commercially astute lawyer who is very good to have on your side in a time of crisis.’ He applies his great depth of experience and legal knowledge in a calm and efficient manner.” Chambers UK

McCormicks’ Peter McCormick has an excellent reputation for contentious and non-contentious work across broadcasting, IP rights and sponsorship and for defamation complaints relating to print and broadcast media.” UK Legal 500

Clients say the firm is ‘a very professional outfit with excellent credentials, contacts and knowledge.

Peter McCormick is known for his experience in sports law and has a reputation as being a powerful advocate of his client’s case. Clients say he is a ‘very commercial, straight-talking lawyer who is incredibly driven with a clear determination to succeed.” Chambers UK

The well-regarded Peter McCormick leads the team which handles both contentious and non-contentious work and acts for high-profile companies as well as individuals. The practice spans broadcasting, media, personal contracts, sponsorship, defamation and complaints relating to broadcasters and the press.” UK Legal 500

Clients say ‘They don’t just lay down the law. The advice we receive is pragmatic, common-sense and fits with the environment we are working within. Peter McCormick offers clients an authentic understanding of sports regulation and is applauded by sources for infusing his advice with commercial sense.” Chambers UK

McCormicks maintains a well-respected team. Practice head Peter McCormick is ‘knowledgeable, reliable, helpful and authoritative.” UK Legal 500

Harrogate-based McCormicks is highly influential in the football sector. Market observers say: ‘They have a really thorough knowledge of football, both the market and the law’. Clients say the firm is 'immensely responsive, very prompt, very quick, respond carefully to all the requests we’ve made.

Peter McCormick is a towering figure within football. Opponents, colleagues and clients alike are quick to attest to the value of the ‘practical common-sense advice’, provided by ‘a lawyer who not only understands football, but always sees the commercial realities as well.” Chambers UK.

McCormicks has ‘almost unparalleled experience in the sports world.’ Peter McCormick is a ‘first-class litigator.” UK Legal 500

McCormicks has established itself as one of the few English media firms outside London with a profile in the wider market.” Chambers UK

According to one source this team ‘does what is said on the tin.’ Peter McCormick is ‘thoroughly competent and absolutely responsive.” Chambers UK

"McCormicks’ ‘excellent’ team has ‘unrivalled knowledge of football.’ The ‘very commercial’ Peter McCormick is highlighted for his ‘expertise’ and ‘sound advice.” UK Legal 500

This Harrogate-based team plays an integral part in the region’s sports sector. However it is the team’s work for the Premier League which marks it out as one of the country’s elite sports practices.” Chambers UK

Peter McCormick is a prominent figure within sport, especially football. One client was highly impressed with his ‘very practical approach to commercial business – when I make big decisions, I run them past him. He’s so streetwise that while I know his expertise is in sports law, I feel confident asking him about anything!” Chambers UK

 "Although primarily known for its top-tier sports practice, McCormicks is 'also an excellent regional litigation firm that is able to deal with heavy High Court work', and is notable for 'outstanding service standards, value for money and success rate'. The 'irrepressible' Peter McCormick 'understands the economics and practicalities of cases.'" - Legal 500

“McCormicks is ‘a terrific regional firm providing exceptional client service’. The team ‘knows how to conduct litigation before a disciplinary body’ and also stands out for its debt recovery and insolvency litigation expertise. ‘Savvy and engaging’ Peter McCormick jointly head the department. Clients include professional indemnity insurers, private investors and high-net worth individuals, international corporates, family companies and sporting organisations including the Premier League and various football clubs. Edmondson is handling a portfolio recovery matter for longstanding client, the Solicitors Indemnity Fund.” - Legal 500