Paul Gilbert and Jonathan SmithIn this section we have collated all the previously published articles and blogs written by Paul Gilbert, Jonathan Smith and guests.

This is a resource for you to browse and is free to view. The first articles were published in the early 2000′s, but retain a relevance that is still valid and informative today. The later pieces reflect the changing face of the legal profession and the threat/opportunity for the role of lawyers in business and in our society.

We hope you will find that their opinions add to the debates of the day and inform, challenge and occasionally provoke. Please also join them in that debate on Twitter and follow Jonathan @jdsofislip and Paul @LBCWiseCounsel.


Legal services – a perfectly designed system…

I am regularly asked to speak at partner conferences and in workshops on the theme of “what do clients really want?”…But faced with such a theme it is hard not to dive straight into the deep end of platitudes and banality. A few years ago I attended two seminars given by an American consultant, Aubrey… More

An Olympic hope and dream fulfilled

There will be so much written in the days, weeks and months to come about the impact of the London Olympics. Very clever people will write about legacy, a moment in history and the impact from a socio-economic perspective. Soon politicians will justify every decision and policy on the basis of its alignment with Olympic… More

A brilliant new initiative in dispute resolution in the United Kingdom: “RPS Solutions” is launched

I am seeking support for a brand new and I consider absolutely brilliant dispute resolution initiative. The initiative will be launched shortly and will be known as: “RPS Solutions”. Note the name – it will be game changing. We have researched the market extensively and RPS Solutions seeks to address the fundamental concerns of consumers… More

Shall we comply with the law?

The Compliance team is often seen as the poor relation to the in-house legal team in a business; but I suspect this is all about to change. Imagine asking any Board director “Would you please specify the laws and regulations that apply to your business that you will be choosing not to comply with in… More

A little lesson about a bag…

…Sometimes I just sit; sometimes I just sit and watch. A few days back I was able to observe a small moment in someone’s life. They were holding a bag of shopping, not a “bag-for-life” but the flimsiest of plastic carrier bags. It was bulging with probably too many things and sure enough the bag… More