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Companies & Partnership


We have expertise in all forms of business structures, particularly companies and we regularly receive instructions in relation to all features of corporate life from incorporation to dissolution and in relation to disputes that arise in between.

Our members have been instructed in relation to matters arising out of the amendment and consolidation of Company law set out in the Companies Act 2006.

Hardwicke barristers are also well placed to provide advice on non-contentious issues such as share sales, business sales and drafting documents such as memoranda, articles of association and shareholder agreements.

We have specialist practitioners who deal with corporate insolvency and restructuring matters and our experience in that field complements our company expertise.

Some of our members also specialise in insurance issues and are experts in areas where there is a cross-over between insurance and company law, such as insurer demutualisation.


We act and advise in relation to all forms of partnership disputes, whether via litigation, arbitration or mediation.

We are often called upon to deal with the technical financial impact of partnership disputes and our barristers are always happy to work in teams with accountants and auditors.

Our barristers also assist in non-contentious matters and advise upon and draft the key documents such as partnership agreements and agreements to cover retirement, dissolution, profit share and other agreements required for the smooth running of any partnership.

In aiming to bring flexibility and commercial common sense to any dispute, we ensure that it is resolved quickly and efficiently, and where appropriate, through alternative dispute resolution. Many of our barristers are qualified mediators.

Our areas of work include: 

  • Business sales
  • Corporate finance
  • Derivative actions
  • Directors’ disqualification
  • Directors’ duties
  • Dissolution
  • Drafting documents (including memoranda, articles of association and shareholder agreements)
  • Expulsions
  • Good faith
  • Incorporation of LLPs
  • Insolvency and restructuring
  • Insurance Schemes
  • Reductions of capital
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Retirement
  • Schemes of arrangement
  • Shareholders’ disputes
  • Share sales
  • Takeovers

Contact us

If you need any assistance in any of these areas, please contact a member of our Practice Management Team on +44 20 7242 2523 or e-mail practicemanagementteam@hardwicke.co.uk.