Shareholder Disputes

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Shareholder Disputes

Shareholder disputes can arise in a number of ways, with common reasons being a fall out over the management and direction of the company, shareholders not pulling their weight or no longer working with the business, personal problems affecting business relationships, conflicts of interest, no dividend distributions or concern over possible illegal or fraudulent activities by some or all members of the board.

Disputes often escalate because the parties don’t get advice early on about their rights and don’t understand the best options and strategies to follow..

Norrie & Daughters has worked on many shareholder disputes that have produced favourable outcomes for our clients and in some cases for all shareholders.

Each dispute has its own peculiarities and there are multiple options for resolving disputes, but the common element to obtaining a successful outcome to a dispute is:

  • Ideally having shareholder agreements and a company constitution that provide the mechanisms for dispute resolution and share sales and buy-backs process in place provides a good framework to resolving disputes.
  • Get good advice early on and ideally before correspondence between the parties in dispute occurs.
  • Do not destroy or misplace documents, preservation of documents is not only an obligation but will assist in getting a just resolution.
  • Be honest and be prepared to compromise.

Shareholder disputes or shareholder claims against directors that are unable to be resolved will become a significant distraction to the running of the business and will be expensive and may end up in court where if the shareholder positions are so entrenched the court may put the company into liquidation on just and equitable grounds.

The Benefits of Using Norrie & Daughters

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  • In acting for a party we have successfully resolved disputes involving directors and shareholders of small and medium companies.
  • We have the experience to carryout forensic investigation and uncover fraudulent behaviour.
  • We have the experience to identify the ways disputes may be resolved in non-litigious forum thus avoiding expensive court action.
  • We have a long track record of negotiating successful outcomes for aggrieved shareholders.


  • As a boutique accounting firm, Norrie & Daughters has a unique, holistic approach to how we deliver our services that allows us to provide a bespoke service to business owners, managers, individuals, and decision-makers in many industry sectors. We know that one size certainly does not fit all in New Zealand’s dynamic business landscape.
  • At Norrie & Daughters all of our team’s experiences and credentials blend to create a wealth of knowledge, understanding and personality. We work as a team to achieve our goal of providing our clients with an entrepreneurial style and practical approach to delivering what you require.
  • Our client-centered approach is instilled in every aspect of our own firm’s culture at every level, from directors to the administrative support staff.
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