"Saved Me Around £30,000"

"I was competent, intelligent and professional but completely debilitated by my situation, which was affecting both business and home life.


Scott brought instant clarity, as well as emotional support. With his legal insight and disarming ability to defuse a potentially very hostile situation, the outcome saved me around £30,000.”

SF, Wealth Management Specialist

Why me?

It’s an important question so let me take a moment to reassure you that you’re in the right place.

Firstly, though, can I just check that you have seen the About You page, as it has links to pages for professional services and SME business owners.

I qualified as a Barrister in 1990 and have been engaged in much more than only the law.

The ‘Mindset and Skillset’ from this varied experience is the foundation to helping you build on your success:

  • 20+ years litigating very painful ‘human’ areas of the law (family, abuse, employment law, bullying and harassment)

  • Working for and against global corporations and small business owners

  • Working with various experts in legal proceedings including psychiatrists and psychologists - as well as coaches and mentors in my own business

We’ve all witnessed the fallout from poor leadership: the distraction, in-fighting and the dreaded internal politics; the bottom-line implications when good people – and good clients – walk away.

I can share with you my management and leadership experience and many years immersed in the wonderful world of personal development (see below for more).


This brings an added dimension when working with you – much more than being ‘just a lawyer’.

Oh, and I’ve learned from my fair share of mistakes too. Lots of mistakes! Haven’t we all?

Proactive not Reactive

Of course, there doesn’t have to be a ‘problem’ before you take action. Proactive is so much more effective than reactive, isn’t it?

I understand the difficult balancing act between delivering technical expertise and enhancing your leadership capacity and professional skills.

Working together we can boost your professional performance and fine-tune your leadership; we can ‘Raise the Bar’ (sorry, I just couldn’t resist the pun!).

Growing your team

A key focus for you may be skills development for your fee earners and people managers.  Alongside Employment Law work, I’ve been training these ‘softer’ skills for many years.

That might mean bolstering client care and management skills or  negotiating and networking; or for some it's confidence-building.

Group facilitation through the IMPACT programme or Rising Stars™ would be ideal for their development.

Event/Conference Speaker & MC
Scott is a highly experienced presenter and accomplished speaker. He has been a member of the Professional Speaking Association for many years and is the Vice President of PSA Scotland.
For speaking topics, and to see Scott in action as an Event MC, visit the Speaker & MC page


Facilitator and Workshop Leader
As well as across Britain, Scott has delivered training in many countries right across the world, including with Russian translators (twice!).
For topics visit the Masterclasses page.
Scott is a skilled Facilitator - inclusive, robust and flexible. You might find this helpful at your challenging board meetings or a team away-day


Time for You. No hidden agenda and no need to hide - something hard to find with colleagues and well-meaning friends and family.
Scott hits the right balance between questioning like a lawyer and offering the support of a critical, trusted friend - without compromising on the need to challenge and hold you to account, if that is the purpose.
Coaching can take many forms, including:
  • advice and skills training 
  • mentoring - 'what worked for me was...'
  • primarily listening and questioning, to draw out your own answers




"I still remember your training"

“Whenever negotiating I still remember your training and how the other person is looking for something too, understanding what that is and working with that.

Your training is practical tips from someone that is practical and relevant – and in the real world – that people can use and remember easily.”

Alastair Davis, Chief Executive,
Social Investment Scotland

Presenting Negotiation Masterclass to 200
European young professionals, Tallinn

National President,

European Champion and 'The Rock'

I had the honour to be National President of JCI Scotland 2004.


JCI (Junior Chamber International) is a voluntary, international network for young professionals in over 100 countries.


It was amazing to travel the world, participating in large-scale, multi‑lingual Board Meetings in Europe, America and Japan as well as loads of wonderful self-development training. There was a social side too...

As 'Scott from Scotland' I was a renowned international trainer in Negotiation and Debating, having captained the Scottish team which became European Debating Champions - and I've trained world champions too.

In the spirit of 'giving back' I became a regular trainer and mentor - so was delighted to be awarded the inaugural 'The Rock' award for 10+ years support to members.

I learned so much and highly recommend JCI for everyone in their 20's and 30's. Ask me for details or visit JCI.cc.

Presented 'The Rock'

by National President Lesley Fowler

Scott Johnston

2019 President of PSA Scotland

(part of the PSA UK & Ireland)


Global Speakers Federation

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