Rachael Bicknell, Founder of Squaring Circles, did some research when deciding to sponsor the Goat Category at this year’s Agricultural Show.
“I looked up what goats symbolise,” says Rachael “The goat is a warrior who wins victory through diplomacy, which is the perfect description for Squaring Circles, as we specialise in resolving conflict and disputes through mediation and negotiation.”
Rachael also has a strong personal connection to farming and rural life.
“I’m from a farming background; my grandfather had a dairy farm,” she says.
“I spent the first 8 years of my life immersed in farming and I don’t think that ever leaves you. Getting involved in the Agricultural Show allows me to reach a really important audience in the rural and agriculture sector.”
Squaring Circles provides mediation, negotiation consultancy and online dispute resolution services, which are convenient and cost-effective alternatives to lengthy and expensive court action.
“Mediation brings together the different parties in a dispute or conflict and helps them solve it themselves,” says Rachael.
“As an independent third party the mediator helps the parties negotiate an agreed way forward that they can all be happy with.
“In court you normally win or lose, and even if you win you’ll probably spend a significant amount of money, often ending up with fractured relationships or an outcome that doesn’t actually resolve the issues.
“With mediation those involved in the conflict can play a part in sorting things out without handing everything over to a judge and losing control.”
Squaring Circles has the experience and skills needed to help rural businesses thrive, accepting that conflict is inevitable but doesn’t have to tear relationships and businesses apart.
“How we deal with conflict has a huge impact on our welfare, businesses, communities and environment,” says Rachael.
“Some situations are very common in farming, such as disputes over succession planning, who’s taking over a farm and what that means to other members of the family, and issues around wills and executors.
“Coming together with a mediator helps get to the heart of the matter, unlock the dispute and reach an agreement that can work for everyone.”
Family disputes can be very emotional, but community and business conflicts can cause similar upheaval and are best resolved early.
Squaring Circles gives farmers, landowners, rural businesses and communities the chance to resolve conflict efficiently, conveniently and cost-effectively.
Parties in dispute often turn to professional advisers such as solicitors, accountants and land agents who will then come to Squaring Circles, but it’s as easy for those involved to go direct to Squaring Circles.
“We’re experienced in resolving disputes relating to agriculture; access; building defects and construction; community and neighbour; commercial and business; compulsory purchase; director, shareholder and partnership; family and owner managed businesses; land and property and telecommunications,” says Rachael.
“I’m also on the Scottish Land Commission mediation panel for the tenant farming sector and feel a real affinity with farming and agricultural clients. Please get in touch and see how we can help you.”
To find out more about Squaring Circles and what the firm can do for you, visit the website here.