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...

Full Story

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...

Full Story

Mediation 2016: Discussion of Mediator Success
POSTED ON November 15, 2016 | Comments (20)

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)...

Full Story

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...

Full Story

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...

Full Story

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,...

Full Story

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...

Full Story

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...

Full Story

Further Thoughts on Brexit and Caledonian Antisyzygy
POSTED ON July 29, 2016 | Comments (0)

This blog is a further reflection on the implications of Brexit, viewed from a Scottish perspective.   There are at least four possible outcomes for Scotland’s constitutional future. One, Scotland as wholly independent, neither in the UK nor in the EU. Two, as an independent...

Full Story

Why everyone needs to feel like a winner in the Brexit negotiations
POSTED ON July 05, 2016 | Comments (0)

As we approach months of negotiations among the many parties involved in Brexit, and Scotland’s place in Europe and indeed the UK, what techniques might we hope to see applied? Classic negotiation theory emphasises “positional bargaining”, ie arguing for your own position with a win/lose,...

Full Story