Chambers has described John as “one of the best teachers of mediation”. He is an internationally recognised coach and facilitator in the fields of negotiation, mediation and communication, and has worked with leading athletes, parliamentarians and senior executives in addition to lawyers and many other professionals. Prior to setting up Core, he was the first Director of Training and Education in the Faculty of Advocates from 1994 to 2002, where he designed and led the Scottish Bar’s award-winning advocacy skills programme.
He was a practising member of the Scottish Bar from 1986-2002 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1999 . He is a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Edinburgh Napier University in 2010.
John is a regular columnist and writer on the subject of mediation and conflict management. He trained in negotiation at Harvard University in 1996 and was Specialist of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards in 2003. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and was named Mediator of the Year in the Law Awards of Scotland in 2009.
Academic background: LLB (First Class Honours) University of Edinburgh 1980; LLM, University of Pennsylvania 1985; Harkness Fellow in the USA 1984-5.
Sensitive to human interests and rigorous on commerical issues, Sturrock works creatively with the mediation process, being willing to try new approaches and seeking always to create a collaborative environment. Mediations often commence with the parties having breakfast together!
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All feedback suggests that John Sturrock’s skill and reputation is unparalleled in the Scottish market and that he is well recommended by clients there and elsewhere. He is perceived as being able to help clients achieve results which would otherwise have proved impossible. He is regarded as the most experienced and highly skilled mediator operating in Scotland, with an extensive practice elsewhere in the UK and a growing reputation in many other parts of the world.
John builds rapport with parties quickly and effectively shows empathy with them while remaining impartial at all times. His style is both approachable and robust and he manages to stay optimistic throughout the process. Clients speak of his ability to combine a directness and rigour in getting to the heart of the issues, with a genuine respect, empathy and warmth for those involved. He is also said to be engaged and committed, and not afraid to give a steer to the negotiations.
He has good knowledge of background law (as a QC) and also a good understanding of commercial factors and a good manner with parties. It is said that clients enjoy the mediation process with John. He has an ability to “read” a case perfectly and his key USP is said to be in identifying instinctively the right approach to handling the mediation.
He is recognised for his ability quickly to focus on critical issues and to convey complex material in a simple manner and for his skill in pulling together widely disparate threads and knowing when and how to take matters forward. He adapts to fit the dynamic of the particular dispute and the style of the parties and their advisers.
John is acutely aware of the dynamic of the lawyer/client relationship and understands the pressures for advisers, particularly with a challenging client. In one matter, it was noted that he remained in contact with parties after the mediation day to assist them in reaching an agreement.
Outside of commercial mediation, his work with legislatures, sporting bodies and religious organisations gives him a valuable breadth of experience and insight.
Queens Counsel since 1999
Member of Judicial Studies Committee in Scotland 1997-2004
Visiting Professor of Advocacy Skills and Conflict Resolution at The University of Strathclyde, 1999 to date;
CEDR accredited 1996
CEDR Training Faculty Member
Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
IMI Standards Commission
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