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James Ayliffe QC

Call: 1987    QC: 2008

+44 (0)20 7306


James has experience of a wide range of company law matters such as:

  • disputes arising from share/asset sale agreements;
  • claims for breach of directors’ duties;
  • interpretation and enforcement of shareholder agreements;
  • unfair prejudice and just and equitable winding up disputes;
  • issues as to validity and enforcement of company charges;
  • miscellaneous Companies Act issues;
  • corporate insolvency issues.

Some representative cases include:

  • acting for defendants to a derivative claim under Part 11 of Companies Act 2006 for an account of $50m profits from the development of valuable land (Wilton Estates v Shuttleworth  [2018] 1 WLR 4677)
  • acting for major property group on project for resurrection of numerous dissolved English and foreign companies for purposes of pursuing £100m claims against their former bankers
  • acting for a firm of solicitors alleged to be liable pursuant to s 36C Companies Act 2006 for a £20m property contract entered into by company which had not yet been incorporated (Royal Mail Estates v Maples Teesdale [2016] 1 WLR 942);
  • advising regarding restoration to register of dissolved company holding £15m property asset;
  • 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 of property investment company accused of complicity in setting up “‘poison pill” 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).