Paul Randolph: Barrister, mediator and expert adviser to Tutu Foundation, dies.
We were deeply saddened by the death of barrister, mediator, trainer and writer Paul Randolph, a good friend and expert adviser to the Tutu Foundation UK, who died last week following a recurrence of the cancer that was diagnosed in the spring of 2018.
Paul’s death comes as a particular shock as just a few months ago he was responding so well to treatment.
Clive Conway, chair of the Foundation, perhaps encapsulated our feelings when, he said:
We are all shattered and yet pleased to know our very good friend will not suffer anymore. We will build energetically and determinedly on his legacy.”
He spoke of Paul’s “massive willpower” which together with medication had meant that in October he had been able to take his family to South Africa for a week to catch the annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture given by President Ramaphosa.
The family visit also included a little sight-seeing with a cable-car trip up Table Mountain. But there was also business to attend to.
Clive adds that “Paul also came over with me to visit the Head of the Prison Service in Northern Ireland. It was a great meeting and we will now be training prison officers in mediation techniques so close to Paul’s heart and life’s work. Paul worked tirelessly for our foundation visiting India, Belfast on several occasions for starters. He never once said no when I requested something from him.”
Paul Randolph was simply a brilliant mediator and a great believer that, given the right psychological techniques you may be able to avoid conflict completely. Working in a wide variety of legal areas, including commercial, family, property, employment and workplace, personal injury and professional negligence, Paul had mediated successfully in disputes with values up to £130 million and with as many as 22 parties.
He co-designed, with the eminent psychotherapist the late Dr Freddie Strasser, the Mediation Skills Course at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in Regent's University London. Since 1999 Paul had been course leader an adviser to the trustees of the Tutu Foundation (UK)
Paul was also author of Psychology of Conflict – Mediating in a Diverse World (Bloomsbury: 2016) which has a foreword by Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Many will remember the one day workshop he ran for the Tutu Foundation (UK) Training Academy last year which explored managing conflict in the workplace.
It showed how the right psychological approach can provide valuable insights into the differing behaviour of people in dispute, to make the management of workplace conflict easier, less stressful and potentially save huge sums of money.