We were involved in mediation for a case in which the husband owned a large number of shares in a private limited company ‒ the value of these depended upon the future performance of the company so they were therefore very difficult to value. Other assets included property, and the main income was from the husband’s work.
Our experienced mediator, Norman Hartnell was able to provide information about the range of options available to the couple and encouraged each of them to take their own legal advice on what they identified as their preferred solution.
A range of creative alternatives was devised so the husband and wife were able to agree on what would be a fair outcome for them both. This provided the wife with the security of the assets with a cash value and with a share of the potential value of the husband’s private shareholding in the future, meaning a balance of risk against potential benefit and an agreed sharing of income in the meantime.