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Resolving Conflicts in Family Business – Lessons from the Janes

Written by: Jon Kenfield on Friday, May 27th, 2016

Bob Jane’s Family Feud “For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Matthew 16:26-28)  Bob Jane was an Australian icon – a revered racing driver, entrepreneur  businessman and multi-millionaire – a classic self-made success story. But where is he now?  After 5 years of litigation he’s potentially homeless after a court has ordered him to pay debts of almost $1M to his son Rodney – the very … Read More…

Case Appraisals: an effective dispute resolution tool

Written by: Jon Kenfield on Friday, June 28th, 2013
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“Case appraisal” means many things to many people in many jurisdictions.  Appraisals range from institutional, legislated processes (as in the US) through facilities offered or mandated by the rules of court (eg: Queensland), to being a consensual, private process that parties simply agree to use amongst themselves, however they want it to work.  As part of our continuing effort to make dispute resolution more responsive, efficient and cost effective, we’ve developed the style of process covered by this article:  the … Read More…

Conflict Managed Organisations

Written by: admin on Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Article and photograph by Jon Kenfield

Article and photograph by Jon Kenfield

Conflict Management Systems are processes and procedures used by businesses and organisations to prevent, manage and resolve complaints, disputes and conflicts. The problems range from internal workplace disputes between: (a) employees and employees; (b) employees and management and (c) management and management, to external problems with customers, clients and other stakeholders (eg: suppliers, contractors, shareholders and financiers). Modern, best practice risk management requires all organisations, irrespective of type and size, to have appropriate and effective conflict management systems in place … Read More…

Use Mediation for better Wills, Estate and Succession Planning

Written by: admin on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Photography by Jon Kenfield

Photography by Jon Kenfield

Introduction Succession planning for the family business and estate planning for family continuity are closely related – both in the interests they address and the problems they have to overcome.  Modern businesses, like modern families, are increasingly complex, making effective planning a daunting and mind-boggling challenge, even for the most incisive individuals.  This article explains how mediation, a process of assisted negotiation using an independent expert, can be used to develop practical, comprehensive plans for family business succession and estate … Read More…