John Sturrock QC

Founder, CEO and Senior Mediator

As the founder and chief executive of Core, John has pioneered mediation and high quality training in business, the professions and commerce across the UK and elsewhere. He has been described as "universally regarded as Scotland's finest mediator" and is listed in Band 1 in the Best of the UK Mediators in Chambers Guide. John has been involved in well over 400 mediations covering a broad range of disputes in the public and private sectors in the UK, mainland Europe, Middle East and elsewhere. Who’s Who Legal of the world’s leading commercial mediators describes John as “internationally recognised as a major player in this area”. John is also a mediator with Brick Court Chambers in London. Who’s Who Legal UK Bar Mediation 2016 lists John as one of the four “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in the Leading Silks category, describing him as, “highly competent” and “innovative” and with a “truly global” practice that spans UK, Ireland, mainland Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

For examples of some of John's recent mediations, read here.

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, facilitator and strategic adviser in the fields of negotiation, mediation and communication and has worked with business leaders and executives, senior civil servants, 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 Edinburgh 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. 

Full CV | Feedback Digest on the website of the International Mediation Institute | LinkedIn | John's Blog

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 public and private sector organisations, ranging from SMEs to government. His mediation and facilitation experience extends to planning, family business, management, PPP contracts, transport infrastructure, government policy and professional services. He is a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University Business School. Full CV

Liz Rivers


Liz was a commercial litigation lawyer in London for 10 years. One of the first people in the UK to become an accredited mediator, she has been mediating for nearly 20 years. She is recognised by Chambers Guide for her expertise in workplace and team conflicts and for her innovation and creativity.

She is a highly experienced executive coach and facilitator, working with senior leaders and rising talent in a wide variety of organisations. She has been a trainer of mediation skills since 1993. Full CV

Sandy Wilson


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

Carol Cooke


Carol is a qualified solicitor of more than 25 years standing, working in many areas of legal practice including: Employment, Civil Litigation, Property Disputes, Matrimonial and Family Law; and chamber practice.

She has extensive experience of disputes and how parties experience and resolve them. Full CV

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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

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

Key People

Miriam Kennedy

Business and Mediation Manager

Miriam is our office contact for mediations, ensuring the effective management of mediations, as well as ongoing administrative and financial management support. As a law graduate from the University of Edinburgh, she wrote her dissertation on mediation in Scotland. 

Contact Us

For enquiries or to arrange a confidential, no-obligation discussion, please contact Miriam Kennedy at 0131 524 8188.

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