John Sturrock QC

Founder and CEO | Core Solutions Group

As the founder and CEO of the Core Solutions Group, I spend a great deal of time thinking and speaking about mediation, negotiation, conflict management, leadership and communication. I am told I should write some of these thoughts down... so, here goes...

A "Chance" Mediation Meeting
POSTED ON March 01, 2017 | Comments (0)

Where it is logistically possible (and that may only be in some cases), I have recently begun to suggest that I meet with parties and their lawyers on the evening before the full mediation day. I usually meet privately with each group for one hour...

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A Mediator's Pitch
POSTED ON February 27, 2017 | Comments (0)

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.” These words of Voltaire are as apt today as they were when he wrote them in the 18th century. I don’t know about you but this year seems to be a curious mixture...

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Game Theory and Mediation: Adding Real Value?
POSTED ON January 30, 2017 | Comments (0)

By John and David Sturrock 1. Introduction Several years ago, while travelling back with my son David to Oxford where he was studying as an undergraduate, we discussed my work as a mediator and his study of economics, particularly the learning for us both from...

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Challenging Assumptions in Mediation
POSTED ON January 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

I share examples from two very different mediations, each challenging some assumptions about what can be achieved – and how. Number one: a dispute about interpretation and application of a limitation clause in a commercial contract. No factual dispute at all. In a large construction...

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Alternative Routes to Effective Solutions
POSTED ON January 09, 2017 | Comments (0)

I was delighted to read my friend Angela Grahame QC’s article in these pages a couple of weeks ago. As the recently elected Vice Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Angela is bringing a freshness and agility of thought to her work in that role....

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Mediation Kindness in 2017?
POSTED ON December 30, 2016 | Comments (0)

“I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things … their lives frequently embody a truth expressed by Mother Teresa, from this year Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She once said: ‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small...

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Putting away childish things
POSTED ON November 29, 2016 | Comments (0)

I have just read Ian Macduff’s recent Kluwer blog (26 November: “Upheaval and resilience: a note from the Shaky Isles”). What a privilege it is, in this blog, to follow Ian’s erudite writing. He captures so well the spirit of the age, with all its...

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No matter what, it's always good to talk
POSTED ON November 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

Returning from Florence, where I had the enormous pleasure of addressing 100 students, staff and local lawyers participating in a mediation competition at the university Law School there, I reflected on the importance of the next generation as we face the challenges ahead. These students...

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Mediation 2016: Discussion of Mediator Success
POSTED ON November 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

John Sturrock was recently featured in Who’s Who Legal: Mediation, in which he is listed as one of the world’s leading mediators, discussing recent developments in the market, the changing nature of cases and the future of mediation: Here is an excerpt: (full text here)...

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Mediation Services Matter in Scotland
POSTED ON October 05, 2016 | Comments (0)

As I reflect on things, there are a lot of issues in the civil justice system in my country which remain of interest and concern. Not least, the number of ordinary folk caught up in the court system, paying a lot of money and spending...

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