About this part of the website…

In this section we have collated all the previously published articles and blogs written mostly by Paul Gilbert, but with guest posts from Jonathan Smith, Justin Featherstone, Carolyn Kirby, Ian White and Barbara Hamilton-Bruce as well. This is a resource for you to browse and is free to view. The first articles were published in the early 2000′s, but with timeless themes. 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. The 2020 and 2021 posts focus on our Covid world and where questions of leadership and care are to the fore.

You can search for key words to find the pieces or themes you want to read, and Paul’s articles are also collated in his various books which you can buy from this site too.

There isn’t a “like” or “dislike” button, or a place to leave a comment because we want this to be a resource for reflection rather than action. However, if you would like to talk about anything you see here, Paul will always be delighted to hear from you and you can talk with him at any time about the ideas and the feelings he writes about. Paul’s email is pg@lbcwisecounsel.com.

Take care x

Earlier, Now, Tomorrow, Later.

Earlier We were all standing slightly apart from each other on Tuesday. A quietly shuffling group of people, and a cold wind forcing hands to be pushed deep into coat pockets. There was obvious and understandable melancholy in the chilled air. I looked for little moments of recognition between the people arriving and those who… More


A further reflection on the Post Office scandal and the three ages of an in-house lawyer

I have observed and worked with in-house lawyers ever since my very first day as an in-house lawyer on Monday 2 January 1989. Then I was a wet-behind-the-ears new recruit starting out in a now forgotten business that it was my good fortune to join. My career as an in-house lawyer was carefully parked on… More


The Post Office scandal – a note to your Board

In the light of the Post Office prosecutions scandal, this is the email I hope every in-house legal team will consider sending to their Board and Executive colleagues now: “Dear Colleagues,  The miscarriage of justice caused by the Post Office – where were the lawyers?  This message is sent on behalf of everyone you employ… More


We can decide not to be innovative

Being innovative is a really bad idea in most situations. In most situations relying on tried and tested is best. I accept entirely that if you had been on Apollo 13, running out of air, but with a cardboard tube and some chewing gum, then that would have been a very good time to be… More


A space to place the times we shared

A dear and precious friend of mine has lost his dad very recently. In a year, and in a world, of so many sad things, one more sad thing might seem to have less consequence. It has however, touched me deeply. It has also made me stop and think about the feeling of loss and… More