Farming Disputes

Typical challenges:

  • The failure to record partnership arrangements in a formal agreement can lead to unexpected consequences, particularly with reference to ownership and beneficial use of property. (Note: costly and divisive battle in Wild v Wild 2018)
  • Passing the business to the next generation can create real tensions within the family
  • Next generation may have different appetites for involvement in the business, but how to treat all fairly?
  • Passage of time or illness in family leaves next generation in conflict over farm management decision-making
  • Disagreements are threatening value already created, and hampering creation of future livelihood.


A mediated conversation will cut through communication barriers and introduce a realism to enable family dialogue to focus on:

  • Achieving fair outcomes and moving on
  • Preserving relations
  • Understanding the true cost and divisiveness of a legal battle (Wild v Wild 2018)
  • Enabling farm management changes that allow a return to building a successful future.


Other areas where mediation can help

  • A dispute over breach of contract, either with customer or supplier

David Fatkin

David Fatkin ACA

Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator
Registered Civil Mediation Council
Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Member of Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Associate Ampios Management Partners Limited

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