Your Needs?

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Either: you’re a real person, couple, family, business or organisation with a dispute or conflict you want to resolve as sensibly and cost effectively as possible. This makes you our sort of folk.

Or: you’re primarily fighting for strategic or tactical reasons, and want to win and/or
destroy the other party, rather than resolve your differences. You’d be better off
going to an aggressive lawyer (we know plenty!) who’ll be delighted to fan your
flames and take your money.

Your Needs

You’re in a dispute or conflict that you want to resolve through some form of wise and experienced intervention, delivered by an independent third party. Your problem could be one of the following:

  • Disputes. These can be with anyone or anything, and may be personal, professional, commercial or principled. Your dispute is causing you, or your business, grief and is becoming a serious distraction, threat, or both.
  • Differences. You don’t quite have a crystallised dispute, and you’re not really in conflict with anyone, but you do have differences over a person, issue or point of principle that needs to be resolved so it doesn’t become a dispute or conflict. You need help because you can’t deal with it by yourself.
  • Conflicts. For whatever reason, a dispute or difference has morphed into a conflict – and now it’s almost impossible to communicate rationally and constructively with the other party(s). Everyone else is spoiling for a fight, and you want to chart a different course.
  • Family Conflict. Tensions between parents and children, siblings, or other relatives. Always hard to resolve from within once they’ve gone beyond the tipping point.
  • Family Business Conflict. It’s hard to run a family well, and just as hard to run a business profitably. Put them together and the mix can be explosive. Although family business conflict is an area where most professional angels fear to tread, it’s become one of our key specialisations. See our sister site at:
  • Matrimonial Conflict. Tensions within a marriage that need to be resolved constructively – either to restore and strengthen the relationship, or end it with dignity and practicality.
  • De Facto Conflict. Tensions within a long term relationship that need to be resolved constructively – either to restore and strengthen what you have, or end it with dignity and practicality.
  • Collaborative Law. It seems bizarre that lawyers need to classify and qualify themselves as “collaborative lawyers” to be able to act collaboratively, but that’s how it is in Family Law. We’ve done the training and are most useful when facilitating and mediating difficult collaborative law workouts.
  • Partnership Disputes. Business or professional partners aren’t getting on and things have reached a critical point where your differences have to be resolved – either to restore and strengthen what you have, or end it with dignity and practicality.
  • Commercial Disputes. You are in dispute with a customer, financier, supplier, investor, or other stakeholder. There could be a controlling contract in place, but it’s not helping.
  • Franchise Disputes. You could have problems upstream, downstream, or side stream. Despite what are usually very strict contracts, conflicts within franchises are common, and uncommonly difficult to resolve.
  • Workplace Conflicts. You’re having problems, or need to have difficult conversations with colleagues, staff, business partners, suppliers, financiers, family members, or others.
  • Professional Services. A professional adviser , or a client, has issues over services, fees, or something else. Somebody needs to get between them to hose the situation down and get things back on track.
  • Boards and Committees. There’s a level of dysfunction or conflict that’s gone beyond uncomfortable and wasteful. It’s seriously affecting both the people and the organisation and needs to be resolved.
  • Organisational Conflict. There’s a level of dysfunction or conflict in the broader organisation that’s become destructive. It needs to be resolved.
  • Stalactite 3Directors Disputes. Meetings are conflicted and dysfunctional. Members of the Board are not able to discharge their legal and moral responsibilities adequately. It needs to be resolved.
  • Shareholders Disputes. Meetings are conflicted and dysfunctional. The situation needs to be resolved.

How we can help

We treat every dispute or conflict as a problem to be solved. Whenever invited to do so we design, recommend and deliver practical and cost-effective ADR processes, often crossing conventional professional boundaries to address the full range of concerns, issues and challenges; rights, needs, wants and interests that have to be addressed in any conflict situation if the parties are to have any realistic chance of achieving optimal, lasting solutions.