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James Ayliffe QC

Call: 1987    QC: 2008

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James has extensive experience of company law matters, including

  • interpretation and enforcement of articles of association and shareholder agreements;
  • claims for breach of directors’ duties;
  • shareholder disputes (including unfair prejudice petitions);
  • disputes arising from share/asset sale agreements;
  • issues as to validity and enforcement of company charges;
  • miscellaneous Companies Act issues;
  • corporate insolvency issues.

Some representative cases include:

  • advising regarding restoration to register of dissolved company holding £15m property asset;
  • acting for agent alleged to be liable under Companies Act for £20m contract entered into on behalf of company which had not yet been incorporated (Royal Mail Estates v Maples Teesdale [2016] 1 WLR 942);
  • acting for a 50% shareholder in dispute with US partner over control of vertical transportation services company;
  • acting for defendant to £200m claim arising out of the takeover of a listed company involving issues regarding stock exchange rules, the takeover code, and the duties of professionals involved in advising on takeovers;
  • acting for former chairman of Chestertons estate agency in multi-million pound shareholder dispute (Jafari-Fini v Skillglass);
  • acting for director accused of complicity in establishing of “‘poison pill” arrangements to deter company takeover (Criterion Properties plc v Stratford UK Properties LLC);
  • acting for purchaser of paint manufacturing company on multi-million pound claim for breach of warranty in share sale agreement;
  • advising directors of well-known healthcare company in administration;
  • acting for company providing support services to private equity industry in successful opposition to claim for rectification of its share register;
  • acting for creditors on successful application to restore company to register to enable pursuit of indemnity rights (Stanhope Pension Trust Ltd v Registrar of Companies).