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 (18)

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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Olympian Mediation?
POSTED ON September 20, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Olympics have come and gone with all of the emotion and inspiration they bring. In our recent, fully-subscribed, residential Summer School on mediation skills for leaders, we reflected on the learning from Rio. We watched a video replay of the men’s taekwondo -80kg final...

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Agenda: It will require wisdom and maturity as we ponder the complexities of our place in the EU and UK
POSTED ON August 03, 2016 | Comments (1)

There seem to be at least four possible outcomes for Scotland’s constitutional future: (i) independence, neither in the UK nor in the EU; (ii) independence within the EU; (iii) part of a UK which has Brexited, and (iv) part of the UK within the EU,...

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Book Review - Poacher's Pilgrimage
POSTED ON July 27, 2016 | Comments (0)

The human ecologist, Alastair McIntosh has already established his credentials as one of Scotland’s greatest living authors. Soil and Soul and Hell and High Water achieved that a few years ago and, since then, Island Spirituality and Spiritual Activism (co-authored with Matt Carmichael) have kept...

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The pressure is on to re-train our brains
POSTED ON August 01, 2016 | Comments (0)

“There must be different ways of doing this….” opined my taxi driver as we discussed the recent return to the use of strike action as a way of expressing frustration at changed employment conditions.  He meant that direct action like this, however well-intentioned, causes all...

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