What is a Shareholders’ Agreement/do I need One?

25th October 2011
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What is a Shareholders’ Agreement?

A Shareholders’ Agreement is an agreement between the shareholders (members) of a company with the intention of helping the smooth running of a company and to prevent disputes between the shareholders about the management of the company.  Shareholders’ Agreements will often seek to protect the shareholders’ interests in the company, establish and record an agreed relationship between the shareholders and record the shareholders’ intentions for the company.

There are usually a number of key provisions in the Shareholders’ Agreement which often include the following:-

  1. Sale of Shares

The Shareholders’ Agreement will regulate the sale of shares in the company, including provision as to how to value the shares and for preventing the shares being sold to undesirable third parties.

  1. Veto Rights

The Shareholders’ Agreement will often protect the minority shareholders (who hold less than 50% of the shares in the company), giving them more input in fundamental decisions.

  1. Protecting the Company

The shareholders will agree, if they sell their shares, to protect the company by not setting up rival businesses within a defined area for a period of time and by not poaching staff, customers or interfering with suppliers for a period of time.  The shareholders usually also agree to abide by duties of confidentiality.

  1. The Business of the Company

The shareholders will agree the scope of the business that the company can carry on, determine the business plan and select the directors etc.

  1. The Financing of the Company

The shareholders will agree how the company is to be financed, including provisions on the control of the company’s bank accounts and the preparation of management accounts and reports for the shareholders.

If you need further advice about a Shareholders’ Agreement then please contact Daven Naghen on 01775 722261, daven.naghen@maplessolicitors.com or at 23 New Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 1DH or Gemma Mayer on 01775 722261, gemma.mayer@maplessolicitors.com or at 23 New Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 1DH.


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How Banks are Cashing in on Wills

Recent headlines have reported how banks are now cashing in on Wills.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, banks offered customers low cost Wills (or sometimes even free Wills) but the small print allowed the bank to charge extortionate rates to act as Executors. It is reported that banks are expecting billions of pounds of revenue from their Will writing services and administering estates and in some cases their fees have been over £12,000 to administer an estate as they look to charge a fixed fee PLUS a percentage of the deceased’s wealth.

If you or a loved one has made a Will through a bank we would urge you to check who you have appointed as Executors and check any small print which you may have signed. If you are unsure then please speak with one of our lawyers in the Wills and Probate team who can look at your existing Will with you. It may be appropriate to make a new Will which revokes any previous Will you have made which could save your family thousands of pounds when your estate needs to be administered.

In the majority of cases, when someone has passed away we can provide the family with a quote of how much the legal fees will be so that there are no nasty surprises once the administration is complete.

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