International Commercial Mediation in Singapore - Lessons for Scotland?
POSTED ON November 07, 2014 | Comments (1)

A country of approximately 5.5 million people. Well placed strategically for transport links between other nations. In close proximity to a number of much larger neighbours. A reputation for honesty, fair-dealing, hospitality and good manners. Carefully non-aligned to any major power bloc. A hub for...

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On this referendum day in Scotland
POSTED ON September 18, 2014 | Comments (204)

On this referendum day in Scotland, I am writing this piece without knowing the outcome. By the time most of you read this, our future will be clearer. And by then, whatever the outcome, the work of restoration, healing and moving forward together will have...

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Getting to Yes or No?!
POSTED ON August 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

On Thursday 4 September, Collaborative Scotland hosts a Day of Dialogue which will focus on respect and reconciliation in the lead up to, and after, 18 September. It is not about Yes and No but how we will live and work together regardless of the...

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Enhancing Communication between Parties in Mediation
POSTED ON August 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

Some time ago, I concluded a mediation involving three parties in a commercial matter with a brainstorming session to devise a checklist for future conduct between them. We were adjourning to enable the parties to work on a plan to seek finance for an option...

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It Only Takes a Few Moments....
POSTED ON July 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

It was just a few moments. “You can’t play on our course without proper golf shoes.” “But we played here two days ago in these shoes.” “My colleague must have made a mistake”. “But it was you who let us play…”. “It’s in our rules.”...

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A Dispute Resolution Clause
POSTED ON July 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recently, we had cause to specify a form of mediation clause for a public sector contract. Here is a revised version of what we agreed. What do readers think?   “Dispute Resolution   22.1.1     The parties must attempt in good faith to resolve any dispute, difference...

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Lessons in Life for a Mediator?
POSTED ON July 07, 2014 | Comments (0)

I am interested in convergence – of ideas, of behaviour, of trends, of different disciplines. The more I read, the more common themes I discern in the arts, science, spirituality, leadership and in what we do as mediators. A reflection of this is found in...

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The Dance of Negotiation: Avoid Ultimatums?
POSTED ON June 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

“Please find attached our clients’ offer for the above property. This is their best and final offer and they have asked for a decision today.”   A letter received out of the blue on a Friday afternoon on behalf of clients who were interested in...

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Encouraging Collaboration to transform our economy
POSTED ON June 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

It is encouraging to read of the N-56 initiative to promote greater collaboration between government and business. Whichever way we vote in September, it is arguable that one change that could really transform Scotland’s economy and its use of public funds would be to turn...

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Contrasting mediations….richness awaits…..
POSTED ON June 02, 2014 | Comments (0)

I write here about two contrasting experiences which have, for me, underscored the richness of the mediation process. In one mediation, involving business partners with an ongoing management issue, one of the protagonists (A) suggested bringing in another partner (D) who was not perceived to...

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