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The VSBC is your first port of call for independent guidance on business disputes. We provide quick, effective, neutral and low cost mediation services – so you can get on with the job of running your business.

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Real-life examples

Retail Tenants and Landlords

Repairing the relationship between tenant and landlord

The situation: The tenant has leased premises to produce cakes and bakery products, and has done so for a number of years. The…

Farmers and farm creditors

Mediating a farm debt

The situation: A family farm had got into substantial debt with their lender. Following the procedures outlined in the Farm Debt Mediation…

Retail Tenants and Landlords

Make-good after a long term month-to-month tenancy ends

The situation: Two adjoining premises (Suite A and Suite B) are owned by the same landlord. The tenants were on a month-to-month…

Retail Tenants and Landlords

Fixing a problem with the air conditioning 

The situation: The tenants run a business involving the operation of expensive equipment that they said was being affected by the lack…

Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors

Seeking a claim on a terminated contract

The situation: An owner driver’s contract was terminated by the hirer on the grounds of breach of contract and serious and willful…

Small business

Resolving a trade breach

The situation: The applicant bought an importing business from the respondent’s company. The contract of sale provided that the respondent was not allowed to…

Retail Tenants and Landlords

Thinking outside the square when negotiating rent

Read how a tenant running an accounting firm and her landlord avoided a stalemate and agreed on a new rent. A tenant…

Small business

Mediating a shareholder dispute

The situation: There was a major falling out between one of the shareholders of a private company (the shareholder) and the other…

Retail Tenants and Landlords

Refusing to consent to an assignment of a lease

The situation: The current tenant, a private company, sells its business on the condition that the lease is transferred to the purchaser…