The latest development in the sorry saga of the Jane family dispute is that Bob Jane's home has been ordered to be sold to repay a debt of almost $1 million to his son Rodney. This dispute which has seen multiple litigation over the past 5 years is one of the more extraordinary examples of how a breakdown in family trust can impact on a family business. A number of questions could be asked...was this preventable? What could this family have done to avoid what has been a costly a damaging sequence of events, both financially and personally? Could an experienced family business consultant have been able to make a difference, if engaged early enough? Many family business disputes could be avoided by employing some sensible preventative maintenance, including laying down ground rules for resolving disagreements, and ensuring there are effective forums for communication when problems arise. The process of developing a Family Charter is a very effective method of achieving these goals.
Bob Jane owes his son more than $850,000, and Rodney Jane has previously argued his dad should be jailed for being in contempt of court orders.The pair fell out after Rodney took over the T-Mart business, and Bob accused him of swiping the firm he ran for 40 years and sending him broke.They have been locked in legal battles since 2011. Bob Jane says he has lost almost all of a $100 million empire.In November 2013, the Federal Court banned Bob Jane from using his name to sell tyres after Rodney argued his trademark was being infringed.Bob Jane was ordered to change the name of companies including Bob Jane Global and Jane Tyres.