Group of Edinburgh University students with Paul Kirkwood Mediator

Mediation Elective at Edinburgh University

Tutoring the Mediation Elective-Learning by Doing, at the University of Edinburgh on the Diploma of Legal Practice 2018/19, by Paul Kirkwood. As a Law Society of Scotland Accredited Commercial Mediator and Solicitor I was chuffed, and honoured, to be invited by Pam Lyall- trailblazing Commercial Mediator and Solicitor, to assist in tutoring the Mediation Elective

The Black Box of Mediation – Can it be Broken Open?

Probably the best thing about mediation is its confidentiality. The hope is that both parties will feel comfortable and secure enough to be as frank as possible and to disclose as much as possible. From a legal point of view the law protects what is discussed in mediation using two approaches: confidentiality without prejudice privilege

Mediation in the Raw-Dissection after the Event

A commercial mediation presentation at Rooney Nimmo solicitors in Edinburgh on 6 December 2018. I was very pleased to be invited by John Nimmo, Founding Partner at Rooney Nimmo solicitors to deliver a presentation on the practicalities of commercial mediation. This came after my involvement with a number of solicitors from the firm in a

Hot tubbing in mediation – presentation to Thorntons Solicitors

I was pleased to be invited by Chris Phillips, Partner at Thorntons solicitors to provide a CPD presentation on commercial mediation in practice at the Edinburgh office and video linked to their Arbroath, Cupar, Dundee, Forfar, Kirkcaldy, Montrose and Perth offices. I speak from personal experience when I say that Thorntons solicitors use commercial mediation

Blind folded Themis statue holding he scales of justice

Justice committee report mediation legislation

In January this year I wrote ‘Should Scotland have a Mediation Act? The Irish Experience.’  This was published in Scottish Legal News and in the online edition of the Law Society of Scotland Journal. In February I made my own submission to the Justice committee’s consideration of ADR with regard to mediation. In April I