By Christian Davison

A shareholders’ agreement is a contract entered into between some or all of the shareholders in a company. A shareholders’ agreement regulates the relationship between the shareholders – they are most often used to give protection to the shareholders’ investments in the event that something were to go wrong, and to establish a fair relationship between the shareholders.

Unlike a company’s articles of association or special resolutions, shareholders’ agreements are private documents, and cannot be accessed by members of the public on Companies House. This means that is a useful document in which to include confidential information about the operation of the company.