Looking After Family Business: Rights and Responsibilities
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About the event
From full time employees to minority shareholders, there are rights and responsibilities to be considered and upheld within family businesses.
Although family businesses are neither legally nor practically different from any other business, family dynamics can present unique challenges so there are pitfalls to be avoided.
Employees, be they family members or not, have a right to formalities such as written terms and equal treatment. Minority shareholders have a right to be treated fairly by other shareholders who also hold management positions. Wills should make good any promises about future ownership. And directors are responsible for the ongoing success and survival of a family-owned business so it can be passed to the next generation.
During this event, our solicitors will talk about the legal tools and governance practices you can put in place to help avoid arguments, claims and tribunals.
Delegates are encouraged to ask the panel questions after the presentation.
Partner and Head of Company Commercial
Michael is a corporate specialist advising on a broad spectrum of matters, including acquisitions and disposals, restructurings, management buy-ins/outs, joint ventures and corporate finance. Michael has successfully assisted a range of clients from SMEs to large corporations and global businesses. His team is ranked in The Legal 500.
Head of trust and Estate Administration
Alastair helps individuals and families to plan for the future and manages and advises on the administration of estates. He takes a highly personalised approach to help clients define what they need to achieve making sure they have all the options and information to make the right decisions. Alastair is recommended by The Legal 500 for his expertise in Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate. He is also a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Law Society’s Private Client Section.
Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution
John has had a distinguished legal career dealing with all manner of commercial disputes. He specialises in shareholder and partnership disputes, theft and misuse of commercially confidential information, copyright and trademark infringement, and matters relating to the recruitment industry. He is a Solicitor-Advocate with the right to appear in any court in England and Wales and a qualified Arbitrator and Mediator. John is also individually ranked in Chambers UK and his team is ranked in The Legal 500.
Joint Senior Partner, Head of Commercial and Head of Employment
Richard specialises in employment law and regularly helps businesses and individuals with a broad spectrum of staffing issues, including company restructures and redundancy, disciplinary and grievance processes, TUPE and other employment aspects of commercial contracts and all types of employment dispute, including unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. His team is ranked in The Legal 500 and he is personally ranked in Chambers UK.
We are co-hosting this event with the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and it is free to attend.