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

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 posts focus on our Covid world and where questions of leadership are to the fore. You can search for key words to find the pieces that you want to read.

Paul’s articles are also collated in his various books which you can buy from this site too.

What will we take with us?

An odd question I heard someone ask this week was “if your house was on fire, and all people and pets were safe, what one possession would you hope could be rescued?” In the context in which the question was asked, we had only a moment to think of an answer. The answers varied from… More


It was twenty years ago today…

It was twenty years ago today, on 12 September 2000, that a thirty-eight-year-old lawyer and recently former General Counsel of two different financial institutions bubble-wrapped his career and left it behind in a sort of Big Yellow jobs storage facility. It was time to hitch a trailer of his half-formed thoughts and to wobble unsteadily… More


The play within the play

Is a play really a play if it does not have an audience? Is not our part (perhaps described as row N seat 23, the quiet fidget, absorbed, stifling a cough, holding a sweet wrapper in the dark) part of the play too? Even though we are not seen until the very end when the… More


Leading together

Why do so many leaders allude to feelings of loneliness in their roles? Is there an expectation that stepping into such roles there will be times when the weight of responsibility, and its accompanying accountability, will feel like a solitary endeavour? I would like to share a thought. I don’t say it applies to everyone,… More


The extraordinary smallness of you

Talk of a Covid silver-lining risks being completely insensitive to the hardships, and grieving, that many individuals, families and communities have suffered and continue to suffer. I do not want to write something therefore that sounds like a half-hearted call to whistle “Always look on the bri-i-ight side of life…” It is because of the… More