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VIC Breakfast 03/04/2012

Mock Mediation Breakfast

Franchisee disputes – how to get the most out of a mediation

Mediation is often the final opportunity for a franchisor and franchisee to resolve a dispute before it turns into litigation.  If you are involved in a mediation, whether as a franchisor or franchisee, your goal must be to reach a mutual resolution of the dispute and, where possible, avoid escalating the disagreement to the next level.
A number of experienced legal practitioners and senior franchise participants will take part in a 'mock mediation' involving a fictitious (but common- place franchise dispute). 

Participants include
Dean Salomone, Franchisor, Hairhouse Warehouse
Ben Dodgshun, Minter Ellison Solicitor for the Franchisor
Justin Mereine, Barrister for the Franchisor
Anthony Smith, Franchisee, Mortgage Choice
Nick Rimington, Hall & Wilcox Solicitor for the Franchisee
Robert Craig, Barrister for the Franchisee

The participants will take you through a typical franchise dispute mediation and demonstrate:

• The 'Dos and don'ts' of mediations; and
• How a mediator will attempt to guide the parties to a negotiated solution of the dispute.

In addition to the legal practitioners who will be participating in the mediation, professional mediator Mr Alan Wein will act as mediator and provide his unique insight as someone whose job it is to resolve franchise disputes on a regular basis.

Alan Wein

Alan Wein of Wein Mediation, is a lawyer, expert mediator and business entrepreneur.

Alan is a senior panel mediator with the Office of the Victorian Small Business Commissioner and has been involved and active on a pro bono basis with the 2009 Victorian Bush Fire mediation and facilitations acknowledged by Commission.

In 2010 Alan was appointed to the Mediators Advisory Committee by the Small Business Commissioner, to assist and advise on legislation, legal issues, mediation practice process and standards.

Alan was the co-founder and 50% owner in the House franchise concept of homeware stores that operated throughout Australia, which he sold his interest in the company in 2000.

Prior to the Mock Mediation there will be a special address from the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Geoff Browne.

Mr Browne has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors in senior management roles. He joined Consumer Affairs Victoria in 2005 as Deputy Director, and has had a wide variety of responsibilities including leading organisational change, providing strategic direction and advice, ensuring the effective delivery of Consumer Affairs' services to Victorians, implementing program management and overseeing numerous major projects.
Mr Browne has been a Trustee of the Travel Compensation Fund, a member of the Australian Business Register Advisory Board and Chair of the Legal and Governance Working Group for the Business Names National Reform Council of Australian Governments (COAG) project.

This event will be held at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, 489 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong, VIC 3144

Venue: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Kooyong
Phone Enquiries: 1300 669 030


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