Best practice in resolving Board disputes

Our final seminar for 2021 in our popular Not for Profit series will focus on resolving and managing board disputes, outlining practical mediation and conciliation techniques to deal with conflicts early in the piece.  

Our guest speakers are Partner, Sarah Hooper, Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Wallmans Lawyers, who will cover off the common disputes that arise, good governance tips, and risk minimisation strategies in Board management. Director, Stephen Dickinson from Ansr. Dispute Resolution, will outline what options are available for resolving disputes without recourse to Court action, prevention strategies and conciliatory techniques you can adopt to steer disputes towards resolution. 

Issues covered include: 

  • Common disputes that arise
  • Good governance practices to help avoid and manage disputes such as the board charter, record keeping, induction processes, training and facilitation
  • The importance of a Code of Conduct
  • What is procedural fairness
  • Board member evaluations and reviews
  • Options to resolve a dispute without recourse to a Court action
  • Mediation, Conciliation and Facilitation – same/same but different
  • Tips and techniques for resolving disputes before the ‘point of no return’

Who should attend:

  • Governance Managers
  • Risk Managers
  • CEOs
  • Staff who oversee Board management
  • Board Chairs

The seminar is complimentary for those working in a not for profit sector, please register to secure your place.

About the Speakers

Sarah Hooper, Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution:  Key areas of Sarah's practice include business succession,  general corporation, governance and partnership matters, especially across family business and the non-for-profit sector as well as disputes in relation to Wills and estates. Using her broad experience as a commercial litigator along with a business degree, Sarah’s focus is to find commercial, innovative and practical solutions for her clients in order to minimise costs and optimise results.

Stephen Dickinson, Director, Ansr. Dispute Resolution: As the founder and principal of Ansr. Dispute Resolution, Stephen Dickinson can attest to the importance and growing prevalence of alternative dispute resolution and mediation after nearly twenty years as a specialist commercial litigator in South Australia.  Stephen assists organisations resolve a range of disputes before costly formal action or litigation is required.  He has worked with many boards and businesses across the corporate, community and not-for profit sector.


Wallmans are located at Level 5, 400 King William Street, Adelaide (Corner of Gilles Street).  Please note that 2 hour paid street parking is limited but available on Gilles, Gilbert and King William Streets.  Additionally there is a paid undercover car park adjacent to the building, with entry from Gilles Street (subject to availability).

The seminar is complimentary for those working in a not for profit, please register to secure your place.

If you are not currently on our NFP database and would like to be, please email

Event Details

Date: November 17 2021

Location: Wallmans Lawyers Boardroom, Level 5, 400 King William Street, Adelaide

Time: 9.30am - 11.30am

Sarah Hooper

Stephen Dickinson

Cost: 0.00


Contact us if you would like to make a large (10+) group booking.