Dominic Roberts > Chambers of Richard Atkins KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
55 TEMPLE ROW
BIRMINGHAM
B2 5LS
England

Position

Dominic advises on all aspects of company law, directors’ duties, corporate governance and statutory compliance and general commercial disputes. He has advised on, and acted in, disputes on shareholders’ agreements and articles of association as well as advising on unfair prejudice proceedings and on class consent and statutory squeeze-outs. He regularly advises major corporations and accountants on legal issues relating to dividends, other income and capital distributions and the presentation and preparation of financial accounts. His work includes advice on reductions of capital on both court-confirmed and solvency statement schemes; book and fair values in relation to non-cash distributions; net asset tests; establishment of merger and group reconstruction reserves; and the recognition of group assets at fair value via intra-group reconstructions. His practice also includes advice on the legal classification of equity and debt instruments for financial reporting and other purposes and on equity structures including the utilisation of B and C share schemes and the use of cash-box structures. Dominic was awarded The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers’ Award in relation to his work on the concept of a contractual profit reserve. He also advises on general corporate transactions including acquisition agreements and takeover schemes as well as group reconstructions, re-organisations and simplifications. Dominic has significant experience of director disqualification proceedings and in carrying out internal investigations for major corporates as well as acting for companies in relation to statutory investigations initiated by the Secretary of State. He advises on the creation of joint ventures, general partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships on both national and cross-jurisdictional bases, including acting on disputes arising out of such arrangements. Dominic was previously an equity partner at a leading national law firm. He is regularly instructed by law firms to advise on their internal constitutional issues and by the legal departments of major corporates on acquisition structures.

Career

Called 2011; Middle Temple. Admitted to Roll of Solicitors 1997.

Education

Worcester College, University of Oxford (MA, Lit Hum).