Led by John Sturrock KC, our highly experienced professionals provide impartial, successful mediation throughout Scotland and the UK. 

For enquiries or to arrange a confidential, no-obligation discussion, please send an email to or telephone 0131 524 8188.

John Sturrock KC

Founder, CEO and Senior Mediator

As the founder and senior mediator of Core, John has pioneered mediation and high quality training in business, the professions and commerce across the UK and elsewhere. He has been described as “universally regarded as Scotland’s finest mediator” and is listed in Band 1 in the Best of the UK Mediators in Chambers Guide. As the leading commercial mediator in Scotland, and as a door tenant with Brick Court Chambers in London, John has been involved in hundreds of mediations covering a broad range of disputes in the public and private sectors in the UK, mainland Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Who’s Who Legal of the world’s leading commercial mediators describes John as “internationally recognised as a major player in this area”. Who’s Who Legal UK Bar Mediation Analysis lists John as one of the seven Global Elite Thought Leaders, describing him as a “spellbinding mediator and great thinker” and “by far the best in the market”. He is described as a “thought leader” in the area of mediation, citing his “keen intellect”“preparation to get at core issues” and “massive wealth of experience in difficult negotiation situations”.

For examples of some of John’s mediation and other work read here.

He trained in negotiation at Harvard University and was named Specialist of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards in 2003 and Mediator of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2009.  He was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Edinburgh Napier University in 2010. He is an internationally recognised coach, facilitator and strategic adviser in the fields of negotiation, mediation and communication and has worked with business leaders and executives, senior civil servants, top athletes and parliamentarians and has been described as “one of the best teachers of mediation.” He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1999, is a Visiting Professor at Edinburgh 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.

Full CV | LinkedIn | John’s Blog

Charlie Woods

Senior Associate and Mediator

Formerly Director of Strategy and Chief Economist at Scottish Enterprise and now executive director of the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Charlie has extensive experience of industry, commerce, and public and private sector organisations, ranging from SMEs to government. His mediation and facilitation experience extends to planning, family business, management, PPP contracts, transport infrastructure, government policy and professional services. Full CV

Louise Dunlop


Louise has a wealth of experience over the past 25 years as an HR Director in a number of multi-national organisations in both the private and public sectors. She has extensive experience working at a senior level with CEOs and Executive teams to enable culture change and transformation.  As a mediator trained and accredited with Core, she has a particular interest in workplace, management and employment matters. Full CV

Read Louise’s blog, ‘Why workplace mediation is so important’, here.

Liz Rivers


Liz was a commercial litigation lawyer in London for 10 years. One of the first people in the UK to become an accredited mediator, she has been mediating for nearly 20 years. She is recognised by Chambers Guide for her expertise in workplace and team conflicts and for her innovation and creativity.

She is a highly experienced executive coach and facilitator, working with senior leaders and rising talent in a wide variety of organisations. She has been a trainer of mediation skills since 1993. Full CV

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For enquiries or to arrange a confidential, no-obligation discussion, please send an email to or call 0131 524 8188.

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