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Authors

Dirk Feinauer

Abstract

Extract:

Feinauer Commercial Lawyers was invited by the Family Business Association to participate in their annual seminar weekend. An essential factor, and also a problem, in family run businesses is maintaining open and effective communication, particularly when a dispute arises. To illustrate this point Feinauer presented a mock mediation. The attendees ranged from new small business owners, to very large well established corporations. The intent of the mock mediation was to provide a general background to mediation as an alternative to litigation, while establishing substantive legal responses to common issues. A slide show shown in the background (some slides of which are used to illustrate points in this article) acted as a humourous counterpoint, highlighting the issues as they arose.

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