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By the way | Winner (noun) a person or thing that wins

With the Olympics just around the corner, the competition 
bug is spreading, muses Catherine Burtinshaw

25 June 2012

Competition currently seems to be omnipresent. We’re in the midst of the Euro 2012 football while watching our capital prepare for the Olympics. The bug has even spread to my children’s ordinarily emphatically non-competitive school, as I was shocked to hear news last week of a belated Jubilee cake competition which would see prizes awarded to winners in each class. They are usually reciting mottos such as ‘everyone’s a winner!’ which has my husband grimacing before later ensuring that our girls understand that, factually speaking, only the person who comes first is actually the winner.

On a more touchy-feely note I am being inundated with requests to mediate cases at the moment, with four of my cases having proposed mediator names and availability dates circulating currently. However, mediation is in some of those cases being used rather like a big stick, with the request to consider alternative dispute resolut...

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