New Appointment for John Sturrock

News from Scotland that our colleague John Sturrock QC has been appointed by the Scottish Government to conduct a review into allegations of bullying at NHS Highland. This short life inquiry will continue alongside his mediation work in London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin and internationally.

As well as his extensive commercial experience, John has worked at high levels on industrial and organisational management issues, in addition to his involvement in domestic and inter-governmental policy and political strategies.

On his NHS Highland appointment, John comments

These are difficult and sensitive issues. I know from my work as a mediator how important it is to listen to people’s concerns. My primary role, therefore, is to provide a safe and confidential place for people to be heard and to explore with them what the underlying issues might be

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Following the publication of the recent report on mediation in England and Wales by the CJC ADR Working Group chaired by Brick Court’s Bill Wood, John Sturrock has also taken on a similar role in Scotland where he has been appointed co-chair of a major review into mediation there.

John’s recent blog on the role of mediators in the political space here

CJC ADR Working Group Final Report

The ADR working group of the Civil Justice Council has published its final report. Highlights include stopping short of recommending a ‘presumption’ that parties will agree to alternative dispute resolution as a condition for issuing proceedings (that is, no mandatory mediation) and setting up a Judicial/ADR liaison committee. The Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence […]

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Mediation and Cups of Tea

“If only we’d had this conversation over a cup of tea fifteen years ago.” The client expressed frustration at the time which had passed, during which she and her opposite numbers had spent hundreds of thousands of pounds in litigation. That had got them no nearer to solving the underlying problem about which a court […]

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Trick or Treat? It’s Directory Time

Ah vanitas vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? Or, having it, is satisfied? Thackeray, Vanity Fair Autumn is upon us, the clocks have gone back, mists and mellow fruitfulness prevail. And, fittingly, on Halloween itself the legal directories, TripAdvisor for the vexatious litigant, complete their 2018 […]

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Of Team Selection And Other Trials

Mediators think they probably have the best job in the world and they do not often make a plea for sympathy. But here goes. As parties using mediation grow in confidence they have increasingly firm ideas as to how to conduct the mediation day. They are likely to have firm plans, for example, as to […]

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