Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation's Golden Age
POSTED ON June 29, 2020 | Comments (0)

The international website Mediate.com has been publishing a series of peer reviewed articles under the collective title Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age. The objective of the Seven Keys is to encourage discussion among all stakeholders on navigating mediation’s best future. The seven keys are: Leadership, Data, Education, Profession,...

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Mediation and Juicing - Parallel Worlds?
POSTED ON June 28, 2020 | Comments (0)

One of the positive aspects of the enforced changes brought about by lockdown is that it enables – or compels – us to try new things. So far, I’ve learned how to create and have issued 13 podcasts, the idea being to spread ideas as widely...

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Mediations, using Zoom - a revelation?
POSTED ON May 29, 2020 | Comments (0)

Ten weeks ago, I had barely heard of Zoom. At that time, I was fairly sceptical about online mediation in the kind of cases I do. It could never substitute for face to face meetings with their intimacy and candour. Or so I thought. I...

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Abraham Lincoln sought compromise. So should we.
POSTED ON May 26, 2020 | Comments (0)

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbours to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser, in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There...

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Communication more important than ever
POSTED ON March 30, 2020 | Comments (0)

I have been writing articles for the Scotsman law pages for many years. Occasionally it has been difficult to find a topic or a theme. But this must be the most difficult of all. What does one say which has any meaning at a time...

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The only thing which will redeem mankind is cooperation
POSTED ON March 17, 2020 | Comments (0)

“The only thing which will redeem mankind is cooperation” said the philosopher Bertrand Russell. Perhaps only a real crisis will enable us truly to appreciate what this means and what it takes. The impact of the COVID-19 virus is seen by some to be akin...

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Can lawyers do their jobs and still act with 'kindness'?
POSTED ON February 03, 2020 | Comments (0)

Recently, I had the privilege of facilitating a session at Scotland’s Citizens Assembly at which politicians from four political parties took the opportunity to discuss with the Assembly members (more than 100 people randomly recruited from across Scotland) their vision for the future of the...

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New Horizons: Keynote Address to Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand
POSTED ON July 24, 2015 | Comments (93)

I posed these questions in my keynote address to the annual conference of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand recently, in the context of the conference theme of New Horizons: What if the way in which we have sought to resolve difficult disputes...

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Key Learning Points from Recent Mediations
POSTED ON May 14, 2015 | Comments (69)

"What's been going on in recent mediations", asked a colleague. "Any highlights?" The trouble with doing anything on a regular basis is that you can omit to reflect on the learning from each occasion. So, for me, here are some takeaways from the past few...

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On this referendum day in Scotland
POSTED ON September 18, 2014 | Comments (448)

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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