Mediation and Cups of Tea
POSTED ON November 14, 2018 | Comments (0)

“If only we’d had this conversation over a cup of tea fifteen years ago.” The client expressed frustration at the time which had passed, during which she and her opposite numbers had spent hundreds of thousands of pounds in litigation. That had got them no...

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Mediator Engagement in Politics – and other things we care about
POSTED ON October 28, 2018 | Comments (0)

At a recent excellent conference hosted by Professor Ulla Glaesser at Viadrina University in Frankfurt (Oder), one of the workshop sessions focussed on the extent to which mediators can or should disclose or express their views when engaged in politically-related mediation work – or more...

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A Universal Declaration of Interdependance is needed
POSTED ON October 29, 2018 | Comments (0)

Not long ago, I read a review of Yuval Noah Harari’s new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. The message contained in it was so stark that I found myself temporarily paralysed with fear about the future. I had a visceral sense of powerlessness...

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Brexit will put up barriers the EU was made to pull down
POSTED ON October 25, 2018 | Comments (0)

I don’t understand how you British could give up so easily. We’ve been trying for years to get into the EU. People lost their lives. You call it a prison. You have no understanding of what it is like for us. We know about prisons....

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72+ Hours in a Life
POSTED ON October 23, 2018 | Comments (0)

In a period of a little over 72 hours, everything I have learned in the past twenty years and all the roles I have aspired to play converged in a remarkable series of events. It started with a meeting in a small town in the...

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Letting Go
POSTED ON September 28, 2018 | Comments (0)

“The last great act of a courageous leader is to let go,” I suggested to the CEO as he pondered whether this was in fact a good time to step down. He had many reasons not to leave. He attributed these to other people’s needs...

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Diaries shed personal and professional light on Law Lord
POSTED ON September 03, 2018 | Comments (0)

Earlier this year, I commented on the first of Lord Hope’s Diaries. That volume was illuminating and surprising, not least in disclosing the insecurity which Lord Hope sometimes experienced in his time as a practising QC. Since then, a further two editions have been published....

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Guerrilla Gardening – and a Plea for a Universal Declaration of Interdependence
POSTED ON August 28, 2018 | Comments (0)

My colleague and fellow Kluwer author Charlie Woods has likened my scatter-gun approach to starting new projects and coming up with new ideas to “guerrilla gardening”. I am sure he means it as a compliment. Some ideas take seed…. So, here is another seed. Just...

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Brexit negotiations have been hobbled by lack of maturity
POSTED ON August 15, 2018 | Comments (0)

Most commentators understandably view the Brexit negotiations from political, economic or social standpoints. The consequences appear potentially catastrophic. How could this happen? Viewed from the perspective of the art of negotiation, arriving at the present position is hardly surprising. The negotiation strategy adopted by the...

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Time to make more of resolution option
POSTED ON August 06, 2018 | Comments (0)

We welcome a new Cabinet Secretary for Justice. Among many tasks, he faces the perennial challenge that a significant part of what is referred to as “dispute resolution” in a civil (ie, not criminal) context in Scotland still seems disproportionately costly, time-consuming and uncertain and...

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