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CoReview of 2015

CoReview of 2015 -- and Preview of 2016 
At the start of a new year, it is always useful to reflect on the year just concluded. This reminds us of what has been achieved, what didn’t work and what can be aspired to in the future. For us at Core, there is much to be grateful for.
Mediations showed a real pick up in the second half of the year, coinciding perhaps with the apparent upturn in business generally. A number of our mediators: Charlie Woods, Liz Rivers, Carol Cooke and Calum MacNeill have been active, alongside John Sturrock, whose mediation work took him to London, Dublin and Belfast in addition to most parts of Scotland.

Management and senior employee issues were prominent alongside a very significant number of large construction/engineering and commercial contract disputes, banking and investment, IPR and succession. John was recognised again as a leading player in the UK market with his Band 1 ranking in Chambers Guide. 

We were delighted with the impact of the mediation courses. Our first and sold-out residential Summer School was an outstanding success, and we aim to repeat that this year, along with the Spring School, which is already more than half filled – full details of both
here. The

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We conducted a number of in-house mediation workshops for law firms and a well-received open workshop in Belfast with leading Northern Ireland mediator, Dorcas Crawford of The Better Way. John Sturrock travelled further, being invited to conduct several workshops in Istanbul, Australia and New Zealand, where he addressed the annual conference of AMINZ in Wellington. 

John continued his work in the sports arena, with some of that focussed on preparation for the Rio Olympics, while his engagement in the parliamentary and political field also expanded. He has had involvement in Westminster, Stormont and Cardiff, in addition to significant commitments in Scotland.

The public side of this was manifest in the second of the three very well-received Festival Fringe Conversations which Core hosted in August: the event with John Swinney MSP and Bernard Jenkin MP was a highlight of the year. Over 200 people joined us for these evenings and we are pondering a repeat or new shows this year!

On the wider front, Core continued to offer pro bono contributions in the field of collaboration with two highly successful Collaboration events, one for leaders in the public and private sectors, drawing on existing examples of collaboration in Scotland, and the other a multi-party dialogue on the important topic of climate change.

John Sturrock also facilitated two fascinating events for the newly-established Scottish Drugs Policy Conversations and a strategy forum for Together Scotland, an alliance of Scottish children's charities that works to improve the awareness, understanding and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

You can follow John’s regular blogs
here: one of the most recent, The Music of Mediation, has received more comments than any other – and is more poignant with the death of David Bowie, who is one of the artists featured in the blog. Articles in The Scotsman and elsewhere are also on the website which continues to be a source of information about all that we do.

Recent articles in The Herald (“There is a compelling case for our politicians to find common ground”) and The Scotsman (“Reflecting on times as a devil at the Bar”) can be found here too.

The two-day workshop for women leaders in March, hosted by Liz Rivers, is now almost full. You can register for the last place


Core will be making an announcement soon about an important project with a three-time UK Olympian and two-time Scottish Commonwealth Games gold medalist. Watch this space...!

Last thought

In episode 1 of David Attenborough's latest, excellent television series featuring the Great Barrier Reef, he tells us that the coral collaborates to protect its territory and that clown fish and anemones have learned to cooperate to their mutual benefit.... if they can do it....
Taken on John Sturrock's trip to the Great Barrier Reef
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