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Specialist Business Coaching from ASM Plus – Team Relationship Coaching drives improvement in team dynamics enabling a family to work more effectively together to generate greater business success in their niche family business

Specialist Business Coaching from ASM Plus – Team Relationship Coaching drives improvement in team dynamics enabling a family to work more effectively together to generate greater business success in their niche family business

Contact us Claire Jarvis is a specialist coach, trainer and mediator member in the ASM Plus Workplace, Employment and Investigation, and Civil and Commercial teams. This is Claire’s inaugural ASM Plus blog. Situation Family businesses often have interesting team...

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ASM Plus Associate – Claire Jarvis

ASM Plus Associate – Claire Jarvis

ASM Plus is delighted to announce that the workplace and employment mediator, team coach and communications expert Claire Jarvis has joined us as an associate.  The combination of her lengthy and distinguished commercial background and her considerable dispute...

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Family mediation from ASM Plus – Elaine and Peter, a case where notwithstanding a history of domestic violence and a housing problem, ASM Plus’ new associate family mediator, Joanne Phillips, successfully facilitated a viable and mutually acceptable child contact agreement. Here she explains what she achieved.

Family mediation from ASM Plus – Elaine and Peter, a case where notwithstanding a history of domestic violence and a housing problem, ASM Plus’ new associate family mediator, Joanne Phillips, successfully facilitated a viable and mutually acceptable child contact agreement. Here she explains what she achieved.

Contact us The Situation: We see this all too often; a marriage breakdown following domestic violence in the context of which an estranged mother is denied contact with her children by her husband. Outcome: As a result of a sequence of mediation sessions facilitated...

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Menahem (Chuck) Kanafi

Menahem (Chuck) Kanafi

Contact us ASM Plus is delighted to announce that the accomplished Germany based mediator, former distinguished diplomat and US and New York attorney, Menahem (Chuck) Kanafi, has joined us as an associate.  Chuck specialises in civil, commercial, international and...

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ASM Plus’s domestic and neighbour dispute and reconciliation service – an account of a 90-minute facilitated meeting by our Director, Paul Sandford, which shows just how effective a little talking and listening can be.

ASM Plus’s domestic and neighbour dispute and reconciliation service – an account of a 90-minute facilitated meeting by our Director, Paul Sandford, which shows just how effective a little talking and listening can be.

Contact us The case outlined below is one in which I facilitated an online discussion in March 2020, two weeks or so after the UK’s first lockdown started.  The parties to the discussion were a disabled householder, Thomas, and James who was both his lodger and...

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Family mediation from ASM Plus – a few thoughts on the transcript of the address given by the Hon. Mr. Justice MacDonald at the Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference that took place in 2020. (1)

Family mediation from ASM Plus – a few thoughts on the transcript of the address given by the Hon. Mr. Justice MacDonald at the Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference that took place in 2020. (1)

Contact us There can be little doubt that, not least in the United Kingdom, family mediation is a very effective medium for resolving disputes that arise as a result of marriage and relationship break and family disputes.  There are people who when finding themselves...

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The hidden costs of overseeing disputes and the benefits of an ASM facilitated meeting involving neighbours who were in dispute – an actual case handled by the ASM Plus director, Paul Sandford

The hidden costs of overseeing disputes and the benefits of an ASM facilitated meeting involving neighbours who were in dispute – an actual case handled by the ASM Plus director, Paul Sandford

Contact us A few months ago, I successfully facilitated a discussion in connection with a neighbour dispute involving two adjacent tenants. The process was instigated by their landlord, a small, publicly funded Housing Association. In essence one party had made...

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Is Your Soon-To-Be Ex an Idiot?

Is Your Soon-To-Be Ex an Idiot?

Contact us   I’m going to bust a divorce mediation myth. It is the one called: “My husband/wife won’t use mediation.” https://www.youtube.com/embed/iBgwxYbzZgQ?rel=0 Now stay with me - you don’t want to be making a mistake believing a myth that could cost you...

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Psychodynamic Literacies

Psychodynamic Literacies

Instead of considering ourselves the hero of our own story, and those we are in conflict with as villains, Brendan Schutte encourages people in troubled relationships to ‘rewrite the script’. HIDDEN agendas. Unconscious desires. Unspoken assumptions. This column is...

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The hidden costs of overseeing disputes and the benefits of an ASM facilitated meeting involving neighbours who were in dispute – an actual case handled by the ASM Plus director, Paul Sandford.

The hidden costs of overseeing disputes and the benefits of an ASM facilitated meeting involving neighbours who were in dispute – an actual case handled by the ASM Plus director, Paul Sandford.

Contact us Recently I successfully facilitated a discussion in connection with a neighbour dispute involving two adjacent tenants. The process was instigated by their landlord, a small, publicly funded Housing Association. In essence one party had made significant...

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ASM Plus’s domestic and neighbour dispute and reconciliation service – Thomas and James – an account of a 90-minute facilitated meeting which shows just how effective a little talking and listening can be (1) – A domestic/house sharing conflict successfully resolved

ASM Plus’s domestic and neighbour dispute and reconciliation service – Thomas and James – an account of a 90-minute facilitated meeting which shows just how effective a little talking and listening can be (1) – A domestic/house sharing conflict successfully resolved

Contact us By Paul Sandford, the ASM Plus director A few months ago, I facilitated this particular case on line.  It very clearly demonstrates how effective mediation can be in a domestic setting. Additionally, it resonates very strongly in the context of the current...

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Civil and insurance mediation from ASM Plus – an appraisal of the recent High Court decision of Ohpen Operations UK Limited -v- Invesco Fund Managers Limited (1) and the importance attached therein to civil mediation.

Civil and insurance mediation from ASM Plus – an appraisal of the recent High Court decision of Ohpen Operations UK Limited -v- Invesco Fund Managers Limited (1) and the importance attached therein to civil mediation.

Contact us By Paul Sandford, Director, ASM Plus In a very recent blog, I considered the importance of the recently decided High Court judgment in the case of   DSN – v- Blackpool Football Club (the Blackpool case) (2) in which Mr Justice Griffiths strongly criticised...

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Family mediation from ASM Plus – an outline of a real case that demonstrates how the input and expertise of Henry Elliston, ASM Plus’s newly appointed financial adviser can help divorcing and separating couples to resolve their financial issues. This is Henry’s inaugural ASM Plus blog.

Family mediation from ASM Plus – an outline of a real case that demonstrates how the input and expertise of Henry Elliston, ASM Plus’s newly appointed financial adviser can help divorcing and separating couples to resolve their financial issues. This is Henry’s inaugural ASM Plus blog.

I recently met with a high earning couple who were in the process of divorcing and a divorce petition had been filed. Their joint finances were quite complicated and comprised substantial overseas property, a UK buy-to-let investment, complicated shareholding...

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Facilitated meetings for resolving small claims and workplace related disputes from ASM Plus – A case involving a poorly managed gym where a facilitated meeting resolves a number of issues very promptly and saves a great deal of time and money.

Facilitated meetings for resolving small claims and workplace related disputes from ASM Plus – A case involving a poorly managed gym where a facilitated meeting resolves a number of issues very promptly and saves a great deal of time and money.

Contact us By Paul Sandford, Director, ASM Plus Cummings is the customer relations director of Gymfit, a well-established chain of fitness centres with a number of elite gyms located in the wealthy districts of a number of UK cities. He notes that of late his staff...

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Facilitated meetings for resolving small claims disputes from ASM Plus – A scenario involving a publicly funded community project where poor management and communication results in non-payment of invoices and bad feelings are generated.

Facilitated meetings for resolving small claims disputes from ASM Plus – A scenario involving a publicly funded community project where poor management and communication results in non-payment of invoices and bad feelings are generated.

Contact us By Paul Sandford, director, ASM plus Harriet, a young entrepreneur, was invited to join a committee chaired by David to deliver a young person’s talent competition, an event that had been awarded quite generous lottery funding. Harriet put forward a number...

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Notes from a Mediators’ Retreat

Notes from a Mediators’ Retreat

Contact us “And catch the heart off guard and blow it open”  (from Postscript by Seamus Heaney)  Even mediators need a break. And that was before Covid-19. A ‘retreat’ has connotations of organised religion, but in Ireland there is a rich tradition of spirituality, of...

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