Investing in Your Future
POSTED ON June 29, 2017 | Comments (0)

About twelve months ago, I reluctantly attended a seminar in a classy hotel in London. A friend had encouraged me to go. I turned up rather late, missing the networking breakfast. I got my iPad out and got on with my emails as the speaker...

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The Mike Jones Excellence in Advocacy Prize
POSTED ON June 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Pictured (L-R): Dr Kirsty Hood QC, Steve Bell, Fiona Jones and John Surrock QC The family of the late Lord “Mike” Jones and the Faculty of Advocates have announced an annual prize in his name for excellence in advocacy. Lord Jones had “a passion for...

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Taking a hard line can only lead to harder battles
POSTED ON June 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Leadership is about many things. Often it is viewed through the prism of domination and force, where success is achieved by physical strength. In matters of sporting prowess, physical danger or traditional forms of battle, that may be a necessary and often successful approach. But,...

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Sergeant Pepper, Nostalgia and Missing Socks
POSTED ON June 02, 2017 | Comments (0)

It was fifty years ago at the end of May that the Beatles launched the album (or LP as it was then called) “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” on the world - and the world was changed forever. 1967 was quite a year. It...

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Mediation and Innovation
POSTED ON May 09, 2017 | Comments (8)

One of the great things about mediation is that it enables you to be creative and to try new things. Not that long ago, I had four innovations occur in one mediation day. Firstly, on the technological front, I found myself without a flip chart...

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Reflections on American Trip
POSTED ON May 05, 2017 | Comments (4)

As I write this, I am returning from twelve days in America, a country that has perhaps become more difficult to understand than ever before. We spent time in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and the Deep South of Nashville and Memphis. Almost universally, the people...

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Did they teach you this in law school?
POSTED ON May 01, 2017 | Comments (0)

I recently attended the annual American Bar Association Dispute Resolution conference in San Francisco. Several themes emerged (for me) as fairly critical for modern lawyers. Here’s a top ten. Problem-Solving and Risk Analysis is more than learning about the law or what a court might...

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A "Pop Up" Mediation: Brexit and Devolution
POSTED ON March 29, 2017 | Comments (1)

I am at my desk, an hour after the conclusion of a really fascinating event here in Edinburgh, in which my colleague, Charlie Woods, and I acted as mediators in a simulation of a mediated process involving 10 delegations representing different interests in the current...

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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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