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.

 

In-House Lawyers’ Ethics

“In-House Lawyers’ Ethics” is a new book by Richard Moorhead, Steven Vaughan and Cristina Godinho. I qualified as a solicitor on 16 February 1987. It was, and still is, the proudest day of my professional life. Twelve months later I was an in-house lawyer and ever since I have either been an in-house lawyer or… More


Normal leadership

The best way to get value from a heart surgeon is to fill their day being nice to patients with mild infections and tummy upsets. The best way to get value from a pilot is to give them a plane they rarely fly and ask them to land it at an unfamiliar airport in high… More


We need to talk about recruitment

We need to talk about Janet and Nicholas and Edward and Sophie and Emma and Jonathan and countless others I speak to all of the time. We need to talk about why brilliant people reach the point of near despair in their search for new roles. We need to talk about the abject, thoughtless, arrogant,… More


Riverviewey

Trying to find a simple answer to make sense of befuddling complexity is one of life’s wishful thoughts. Real life is much more about muddle and guestimates and hope and having a go. There never will be the “killer app”. There isn’t a CEO with the Midas touch. One way is never the only way.… More


The speech the PM might have made

This is the speech I would have liked our Prime Minister to have made six months after the Brexit referendum vote: “As you know I have for the last 12 weeks travelled up and down the United Kingdom. I have been to schools and colleges, spoken to faith groups and entrepreneurs. I have been to… More