A Council of State for Scotland?

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One of the difficulties which the Scottish Parliament has encountered is that legislation has on occasion been found, after passage through Parliament and in some cases implementation, to be in some way ineffective, inadequate or …

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Reflections on People-Centred Leadership in the NHS

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John Sturrock has contributed the following reflections, on leadership in the NHS, to Reform Scotland’s excellent NHS 2048 initiative:   “The key to doing well lies not in overcoming others, but in eliciting their co-operation.” (Robert Axelrod)  “…whatever change …

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Resistance to change is simply not sustainable

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I was interested to read Andrew Stevenson’s article in these pages (Monday 9 October) in which he raised concerns about proposed changes to court rules and, in particular, the apparent erosion of “the principle that …

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What is the point of public inquiries?

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“Our problem is there always seems to be someone else to blame.  The tram inquiry is about to reach £13m.  The other ongoing inquiry into the Pandemic will also cost millions.  ... Huge sums of …

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Transforming Dispute Resolution in Scotland

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On 9 March 2022 Reform Scotland published a paper by John Sturrock entitled 'Transforming Dispute Resolution in Scotland'... "Introduction “I wish we’d had this conversation a year ago.” This remark, or language expressing similar sentiments, is probably …

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Key Learning Points from Recent Mediations

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"What's been going on in recent mediations", asked a colleague. "Any highlights?" The trouble with doing anything on a regular basis is that you can omit to reflect on the learning from each occasion. So, for me, …

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A Dispute Resolution Clause

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Recently, we had cause to specify a form of mediation clause for a public sector contract. Here is a revised version of what we agreed. What do readers think?   “Dispute Resolution   22.1.1     The parties must attempt in good …

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