“Your words were extremely valuable to me both in that I now feel like a million dollars …but I also now recognise a key weakness in the way I present myself which on reflection explains a few situations in the past where things haven’t gone as I’d expected.  Like all these things, it seems obvious now but I hadn’t a clue before you pointed it out.  You can’t put a price on this sort of advice …so, genuinely, you have my heartfelt gratitude.” (client feedback from one mentoring session)


Right from the start in the year 2000 LBC Wise Counsel has mentored and supported in-house lawyers and those who have contemplated a career as an in-house lawyer. It is for me some of the most important and satisfying work that I do.

I will always have time to mentor lawyers and will always encourage lawyers to reach out for support. If I can make mentoring work for you I will be happy to tailor the support you need.

However to meet the growing demand for mentoring we have put together a great team of established mentors for one-to-one support. In addition and to offer something quite different that is affordable and accessible for all lawyers in all in-house roles anywhere in the world, we have created an annual membership option called “Lawyercake” with access to exclusive resources and materials.

It is another example of our desire to be relevant, innovative and supportive for all in-house lawyers. Whether it is our events, our advice or our mentoring I would like LBC Wise Counsel to be your first port of call at all the significant moments of your career.

Paul Gilbert Chief Executive LBC Wise Counsel

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We define mentoring as a confidential, respectful, non-judgemental conversation to explore issues and ideas of the moment as well as to help individuals develop their skills and their potential as an in-house lawyer. Most of our mentors have been senior in-house lawyers, but we also have mentors with different career/life experiences. Although there is a lot of debate about the differences between coaching and mentoring we make the distinction that coaches should be formally qualified as coaches, follow a recognised methodology and be judged against specific outcomes. Mentoring however is less formal, offering senior and experienced peer support albeit in a structured way.

What is different about our mentoring and career development proposition?

Most lawyers today will move roles every three to five years. During a career most lawyers will be considered for many roles, appointed to several of them, promoted and made redundant. There will periods of great intensity and probably some career gaps as well. In addition returning from maternity leave, managing people for the first time and coping with the personal toll of a pressured role also provide significant moments of challenge, doubt and reflection. In time some in-house lawyers will consider moving away from in-house legal roles or contemplate a portfolio career.

Every lawyer, whatever the stage of their career, should therefore have some focus on putting in place their support network, on their skills development, managing career options and being thoroughly prepared for the highs and lows that are frankly inevitable.

In response to all that we see and using all our experience of working with in-house lawyers around the world we can offer traditional one-to-one mentoring, but also a very affordable membership model designed to offer access to resources and materials to support changing aspirations and needs, as and when required.

We want LBC Wise Counsel to be your comprehensive career-long support for all your most important developmental needs. We want you to feel you can have access to great insight with the flexibility to speak to different mentors according to your needs at the time.

What are typical mentoring themes?

There are very many themes we see every day;  some that resonate the most however, include the following:

  • Personal career development
  • Whether and when to move in-house
  • Handling difficult relationship issues in the workplace
  • Developing your leadership credentials
  • Developing your management credentials
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Managing time and priorities
  • Articulating your value
  • Becoming more comfortable with finance as part of developing business acumen
  • Project planning
  • Your next move
  • Handling a career gap
  • Returning after a break
  • Moving into a non-legal role
  • Aspiring to lead in a non-legal role

We do not want to be prescriptive about how you access one-to-one mentoring and we will tailor a package that is right for you. However to give you an idea of what this might look like and cost we have set out two examples of more traditional mentoring below.

Three examples of traditional mentoring

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Paul Gilbert works with a number of lawyers individually where once a year, usually off-site, he meets to talk through their plans, ideas, hopes and concerns for the year ahead. He will probe, challenge and encourage as well as share market insights and his considerable experience of the practical, pragmatic steps needed to succeed. The opportunity for an open and thorough conversation with a trusted, experienced and independent supporter is reassuring and often helps give priority and momentum to ideas discussed. The fee for this arrangement is £3750 plus travel and VAT.

An annual mentoring arrangement with LBC Wise Counsel mentors:

Typically in an annual arrangement meetings are arranged for every three months for most of a day, working through a number of issues including personal development, the strategy for the team, the opportunity for delivering more value (without taking on more work), career planning and personal resilience. In addition to the four planned meetings in the year there will be monthly telephone/Skype conversations and throughout emails exchanged as necessary. The fees for this type arrangement start at circa £8000 plus travel and VAT.

An annual mentoring arrangement with Paul Gilbert:

Paul prefers to work with people even more closely than that outlined for working with LBC Wise Counsel mentors. Typically with Paul the meetings are monthly and scheduled to last two hours. There will be additional calls and unlimited email conversations. The intention is to devise a highly personal programme that builds across the year with the ambition to offer as much support as needed to help each person fulfil their potential. Paul will personally devise each programme, helping people become all of their talent and to truly explore their leadership credentials. Paul’s mentoring however is not just for senior figures, but for all lawyers who want to develop and grow. His commitment to each individual means that he only accepts ten such assignments a year. The fee is tailored to the circumstances of each assignment and will take into account the budget available so that Paul can work with the people he can help the most rather those who can afford the most.

The LBC Wise Counsel mentors:

For more information, please contact Paul Gilbert on +44 (0) 7867 798 363 or email pg@lbcwisecounsel.com.