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.


Find a way…

This is a hypothetical story. It is about a company, its Chief Executive and the General Counsel. It is not about right or wrong, compliance or non-compliance; but it is about judgement and whether there is a possibility that we may sometimes make our integrity a hostage to our working environment. The company concerned is… More

The biggest difference we ever make…

I was once told with cold detachment, by a senior colleague with a generation of experience more than mine, that I was the biggest recruitment mistake the firm had ever made. I left her office a few seconds later unable to speak, pale with anxiety. I walked down some stairs, through the office front entrance,… More

The impossibility of everything or the possibility of something

It has been said before that politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose. First there is the soaring optimistic rhetoric of a great slogan or an impassioned speech, galvanising support and creating a sense of energy and momentum for change. Then follows the grinding gears of governing, with endless committees, consultations, objections, budgets and… More

There is always some music playing underneath the noise

When two wonderful pieces of music are played over each other the clashing, jarring noise that is the result, ruins both and leaves us anxious for the sound to be taken away. When both pieces of music are played over each other it is impossible to appreciate their joy, or the emotional response we know… More

When the hamster met the innovation csar…

“What is this?” said the hamster with slightly weary irritation. “It is hamster wheel” said the 5-star innovation czar (V.P. EMEA and Asia Pac hamster wheel division) “I have one thanks. I really don’t need a new one” said the hamster trying not to engage in conversation and tucking into a lightly salted almond. “That’s… More