Paul Gilbert’s latest book is called “A few quiet words” and was published in June 2016. It is now available to order, please use the link below.

“A few quiet words” is Paul’s fifth book. His first book on the challenges facing the legal profession was published in 2002, since then he has written widely on issues relating to leadership, the future for lawyers, the role of the in-house lawyer, skills and professional development, winning business, influencing and change. His style is conversational, thoughtful and challenging, but often with a sense of humour.

All his work is very accessible, practical and pragmatic…and you can order his books here.

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Perspectives on Leadership – New Thinking for a New Generation

Paul Gilbert | August 2017 (PDF)

At the ripening age of 55 I have spent a great deal of time in the last 25 years either in leadership roles or helping people to fulfil their potential in leadership roles. It doesn’t mean I have a better perspective than anyone else, but I am confident in the perspective I have.

Free download

A few quiet words

Paul Gilbert | 2016 (Paperback)

“A few quiet words” is Paul Gilbert’s fourth volume of articles. This collection reflects Paul’s view that the legal profession has reached a significant moment when it should stop defending structural weakness, but also stop searching for easy answers whether in new technologies, new models or “New Law”. Paul believes a more sustainable profession and career requires us to change self-destructive behaviours resulting in a long hours culture and unsustainable levels of work with no clear purpose. Articles seek to challenge lazy thinking and clichéd sentiment and challenge lawyers to find a better way.

£9.95 + P&P

A report on the well-being of in-house lawyers

Paul Gilbert | July 2015

A research report on managing the well-being of in-house lawyers. Following a significant response on social media to an article in 2014 about a crisis of well being we have surveyed, interviewed and held focus groups in a project over several months. This free report is our initial high level review of this work and we hope an important contribution to the conversation.

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The tale of the old badger, the young fox and the wise owl

Paul Gilbert | 2012 (Paperback)

The new anthology covers a range of issues for lawyers including adapting to change, the new opportunities emerging and the skills needed to succeed. The book is the third volume of published articles (covering the period from 2009 to 2012). The title refers to the opening short story which is also included or available as a separate free download below.

£9.95 + P&P

One prick to burst a bubble

Paul Gilbert | 2012

This is the second volume of Paul Gilbert’s articles, all of which have been previously published in national and international legal journals including Legal Week, The Law Society Gazette, In Brief, Without Prejudice and by Lexis Nexis and PLC. They were written between June 2007 and June 2009.

£9.95 + P&P

Wise Counsel

Paul Gilbert | 2007 (Paperback)

This is the first volume of Paul Gilbert’s articles, all of which have been previously published in national and international legal journals including Legal Week, The Law Society Gazette, In Brief, Without Prejudice and by Lexis Nexis and PLC. They were written between 2002 and June 2007.

£9.95 + P&P

Head2Head: Client Relationship Management, the Client’s View

Paul Gilbert | July 2002 (Paperback)

This is an exploration of relationship management principles that builds on the research and consulting activity of LBC Wise Counsel to provide common sense, practical insights of enduring value

£19.95 + P&P

Business Planning for Law Firms

Paul Gilbert | 2009

This report examines the now significant challenges to operating a successful, competitive law firm and highlights important opportunities afforded by the changing legal landscape. Subjects covered include:

  • Ensuring that your business plan is aligned with the needs of clients;
  • Threats and opportunities from the Legal Services Act;
  • Procurement and differentiating your firm in a panel review;
  • Ensuring support functions are adding maximum value.

£195.00 + P&P  (usually £295)       

In-house Lawyer Debates on Value report

Paul Gilbert | July 2009 (PDF)

In 2009 we held the Debates on Value series of networking events.

Debates were held in several regions around the country and the in-house teams attending the debates represented a wide cross section of sectors and industries including financial services, the public sector, the university sector, from manufacturing, retail, pharmaceuticals, utilities and IT.   This is the report of the “Debates on Value”.

Free download

Attributes of excellent law firms – An analysis of law firm reputation as understood by in-house lawyers.

Møller & Paul Gilbert | 2009

This initial report outlines the outcomes of our phase 1 research: What constitutes good and bad delivery of a legal service: how can it be measured and understood by both in-house buyers and by the supplying law firms?

Overall the project aims to provide the first objective and reliable assessment of how in-house lawyers view their supplier law firms.

£86.25 + P&P

The Peter Wylde Lecture

Mike Brearley | 2010

The inaugural Peter Wylde Lecture was held at the Law Society on 8 July 2010 at a party marking LBC Wise Counsel’s 10th Anniversary. The lecture was given by Mike Brearley, former England cricket captain, on the theme of leadership.

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Free short story: The tale of the old badger, the young fox and the wise owl

Paul Gilbert | 2012

This is the first chapter from the anthology.  It is a timely, timeless short story of managing time for the overstretched, the tired and the gently bewildered.

Free download