Mediators

Core's mediators, supported by the Core office, work to deliver a high quality, innovative and independent service.

Led by John Sturrock QC, Core's group of principal mediators and facilitators are highly experienced business and professional people who have a real depth of understanding of what it takes to help people to find creative solutions in difficult situations.

John Sturrock QC

Founder, CEO and Senior Mediator

As the founder and CEO of the Core Solutions Group, John has pioneered mediation and high quality training in business, the professions and commerce in Scotland and elsewhere. He has been described as "universally regarded as Scotland's finest mediator" and is recognised in the Best of the UK Mediators in Chambers Guide. John has been involved in well over 300 mediations covering a broad range of disputes in the public and private sectors in the UK, mainland Europe and elsewhere.

He trained in negotiation at Harvard University and was named Specialist of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards in 2003 and Mediator of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2009.  He was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Edinburgh Napier University in 2010. He is an internationally recognised coach and facilitator in the fields of negotiation, mediation and communication and has worked with senior executives, judges, top athletes and parliamentarians and has been described as "one of the best teachers of mediation." He became a Queen's Counsel in 1999, is a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University and, as the first Director of Training and Education in the Faculty of Advocates from 1994 to 2002, designed and led the Scottish Bar's award-winning advocacy skills programme. He is also a mediator with Brick Court Chambers in London.  

Full CV

Pamela Lyall

Senior Mediator

Having conducted nearly 200 mediations, Pamela works in a broad spectrum of commercial and other disputes, including professional negligence, property, insurance, health services, workplace and senior management. She is featured as a leading mediator in Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession. She is a former litigation partner in a major law firm.

Pamela is also an experienced and very highly regarded leader of many of Core's mediator training courses. Full CV

Charlie Woods

Associate and Mediator

Formerly Director of Strategy and Chief Economist at Scottish Enterprise and now executive director of the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Charlie has extensive experience of industry, commerce and organisations. His mediation and facilitation experience extends to planning, family business, management issues, PPP contracts, transport infrastructure, government policy and professional services.

He is also a regular contributor to Core's training courses. Full CV

Hugh Donald OBE

Mediator

Hugh, formerly Chief Executive and Chairman of a leading Scottish legal firm, is a coach, mediator, and facilitator. He was formerly Chairman of Family Mediation Scotland and is a trained family mediator and Consultant to the Church of Scotland supporting the development of the  "Place for Hope" initiative.

Accredited as a mediator with Core, he has practised for many years, coaching on various courses with Core. Full CV

Sandy Wilson

Mediator

Sandy trained as a mediator with Core following his 35 year banking career with The Royal Bank of Scotland, where he gained in-depth expertise in dispute resolution.

He has extensive experience of corporate restructuring, turnarounds, work-outs and insolvency and has been an enthusiastic user of mediation services for several years. Full CV

Also Available

Calum MacNeill QC | Mediator

Calum is highly ranked in Chambers Guide and experienced in commercial litigation, specialising in building and construction, professional negligence and employment law. Full CV

Sir David Edward QC | Mediator

Sir David is a former British judge in the European Court of Justice and appeal court judge in the Court of Session. He is one of the most distinguished lawyers of his generation. Full CV

Find Out More

To discuss a possible mediation, call us on 0131 524 8188.

Check out John Sturrock's blog for the latest in mediation and collaboration.

Interested in the day of a life of a mediator? Read A Mediation Story: The Mediator's Log, published by John Sturrock in The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland in the June 2014 issue.

Key People

Jolene Robinson

Business and Mediation Manager

As Business and Mediation Manager for Core, Jolene brings together her experience in Canadian government and higher education. At Core, Jolene oversees the marketing and preparation for training and courses, as well as projects and business.

Miriam Haboubi

Mediation Assistant

Miriam is our main office contact for mediations and handles the administrative side of Core. As a recent law graduate from the University of Edinburgh, she wrote her dissertation on mediation. Here at Core, Miriam brings great enthusiasm and commtiment to what she does, as well as a sense of humour.

jolene.robinson@core-solutions.com

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