Some Tips for Mediating….

A number of recent mediations have reaffirmed some essentials which I share here in the hope that they might be helpful to others: It’s not all about the money. Mr A had a very substantial claim against a bank, of which he was a long-standing customer, running into hundreds of thousands of pounds Sterling, most of […]

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Bill Wood QC contemplates the incidentals: food, doors and Pinocchio

Mediation rooms tend to be unremarkable places. They do not have the structure and style of a courtroom.  Yet in these often plain spaces, we are privileged to witness great dramas, personal, commercial even political.  Shakespeare’s reference to “a great reckoning in a little room”[1] comes to mind. To be fair he was probably referring […]

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NHS Highland Review

One of our mediators, John Sturrock, was commissioned by the Cabinet Secretary for Health in Scotland to carry out a review of allegations of bullying in NHS Highland. John’s extensive report has now been published. It explores aspects of the human condition, together with modern approaches to leadership, changes in society, political conundrums and the […]

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Dispute Resolution Clauses In Commercial Contracts

I don’t mean to argue against the undeniable wisdom of inserting a dispute resolution clause in a commercial contract at the drafting stage. What’s not to like… it makes absolute sense to agree a dispute resolution framework before a dispute arises. But there is a BUT. Most clauses, and there are hundreds of versions, are drafted […]

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Paris: The Capital of Negotiation?

Paris has recently had a reputation for confrontation. But a hundred years ago  the allied powers (principally France, the US and Britain led by Clemenceau, Woodrow Wilson and Lloyd George respectively) were in Paris negotiating the Treaty of Versailles. Clemenceau had just survived an assassination attempt. He observed wryly that even after the greatest war […]

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