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John Sturrock


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As the founder and CEO of the Core Solutions Group, John has pioneered mediation and high quality training in business, the professions and commerce in Scotland and elsewhere. In Band 1 in Best of the UK in Chambers Guide, John has been involved in a broad range of disputes in the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad.

“Widely recognised as a driving force in popularising mediation in Scotland, this commercial mediator remains one of the leading individuals in the UK market. Commentators say ‘he is hugely committed, has a wealth of experience and is rigorous and robust in attempting to bring parties to a resolution’ “. Chambers Guide

“John Sturrock QC of Core Solutions Group Limited is considered outstanding. His reputation extends widely from his Edinburgh base, such that he is increasingly sought after in complex, high-value City disputes. Considered more than just a ‘great ambassador’ for mediation, he is ‘creative and insightful, skilful in identifying the issues in dispute, forthright in bringing parties together, and sympathetic where required’.” Legal 500

He is an internationally recognised coach and facilitator in the fields of negotiation, mediation and communication, and has worked with senior executives, judges, top athletes and parliamentarians. He has been described as “one of the best teachers of mediation”. He is independent facilitator of the 2020 Climate Change Delivery Group.

He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1999, is a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University and, as the first Director of Training and Education in the Faculty of Advocates from 1994 to 2002, designed and led the Scottish Bar’s award-winning advocacy skills programme. He trained in negotiation at Harvard University. He was named Specialist of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards in 2003 and Mediator of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland 2009. He received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Edinburgh Napier University in 2010.

If you want to reach out to John, find out about his work, discuss your training needs or find out more about the courses he runs at Core Solutions you can contact him through his website Core Solutions or email him on