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Resolve Family Business Disputes

5th June 2024

How Mann Roberts Solicitors Can Help Resolve Family Business Disputes

Frances Mann

Frances Mann

Family businesses are the backbone of our economy, blending personal relationships with professional responsibilities. While these businesses can be highly successful, they are also prone to disputes due to the close-knit nature of the relationships involved. When conflicts arise, it is often challenging to resolve them without external assistance. This is where Mann Roberts can be invaluable.

Our team of legal professionals specialise in providing advice and representation in various legal matters, including commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, and partnership disputes.

In the context of family business disputes, our role is particularly crucial. This article explores in detail how Mann Roberts Solicitors can help resolve family business disputes, ensuring that both the business and personal relationships are preserved.

Understanding the Roots of Family Business Disputes

It’s essential to understand the common sources of family business disputes. These disputes often stem from a variety of issues, including:

  1. Ownership and Succession: Disagreements over who should own and control the business, especially when transitioning from one generation to the next.
  2. Roles and Responsibilities: Conflicts about the roles each family member should play in the business, including differences in opinions on management and operational strategies.
  3. Financial Issues: Disputes over profit distribution, compensation, and financial management.
  4. Personal Conflicts: Personal issues between family members that spill over into the business, causing tension and disagreements. This is particularly prevalent as the third generation enters the business.
  5. Strategic Direction: Differences in vision and strategy for the future of the business.

Understanding these roots can help Mann Roberts Solicitors tailor our approach to resolving the specific issues at hand.

The Role of Mann Roberts Solicitors in Resolving Disputes

Mann Roberts Solicitors brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, providing several key services that can help resolve family business disputes.

  1. Legal Advice and Clarification

One of the primary roles of Mann Roberts Solicitors is to offer expert legal advice. In the context of a family business dispute, this involves:

  • Clarifying Legal Rights and Obligations of Shareholders, Partners, and Directors: Our solicitors help family members understand their legal rights and obligations concerning the business. This is crucial in preventing misunderstandings and ensuring that everyone is on the same page.
  • Interpreting Legal Documents: Family businesses often have complex legal documents such as shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, and wills. Our solicitors can interpret these documents, explaining their implications and how they affect the dispute.
  • More commonly, Family Businesses end up in dispute because no shareholders agreement or partnership deed exists. In such a situation, a full understanding of the underlying law is pre-requisite to understanding your options.
  1. Negotiation and Settlement

Mann Roberts Solicitors are highly effective at representing clients in negotiations. We understand that the psychology of the dispute and negotiation is often more important than the strict legal interpretation.  Our services involve:

  • Negotiating for Clients: Our solicitors negotiate for our clients’ interests, ensuring that any settlement reached is the best that can reasonably be obtained.
  • Drafting Settlement Agreements: Once an agreement is reached, our solicitors can draft legally binding settlement agreements. These documents formalise the resolution, making it enforceable by law.
  1. Legal Representation in Litigation

In some cases, disputes cannot be resolved through mediation or negotiation and may require litigation. In such scenarios, Mann Roberts Solicitors’ role includes:

  • Representing Clients in Court: Our solicitors represent clients in court, presenting the case and advocating for a favourable outcome.
  • Managing Legal Proceedings: We handle all aspects of the legal proceedings, including filing documents, gathering evidence, and preparing legal arguments.
  • Putting together the most effective team: We will organise the team to work with you. It is often more than just a firm of solicitors you will need. We will organise the most appropriate barristers and expert witnesses for you.

The Benefits of Involving Mann Roberts Solicitors

Involving Mann Roberts Solicitors in resolving family business disputes offers numerous benefits:

  • Objective Perspective: We provide an objective perspective, helping family members see the bigger picture and consider solutions they might not have thought of.
  • Legal Expertise: Our legal expertise ensures that any agreements reached are legally sound and enforceable, reducing the risk of future disputes.
  • Conflict Resolution Skills: Our solicitors are trained in conflict resolution and negotiation, skills that are crucial in resolving disputes amicably.
  • Preserving Relationships: By facilitating constructive communication and fair agreements, we help preserve personal relationships, which is vital in a family business context.
  • Efficient Resolution: Our solicitors can expedite the resolution process, helping to avoid prolonged conflicts that can harm the business.


Family business disputes can be highly complex, involving both emotional and financial stakes. The role of Mann Roberts Solicitors in these situations is invaluable. We provide expert legal advice, facilitate mediation, negotiate settlements, and represent clients in litigation if necessary. By offering a balanced and professional approach, we help resolve disputes efficiently and amicably, ensuring the long-term success of the business and the preservation of family relationships. If you are facing a family business dispute, commercial litigation, shareholder dispute, or partnership dispute, seeking the assistance of Mann Roberts Solicitors could be the key to finding a resolution that works for everyone involved.