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.


Taxing times

Benjamin Franklin wrote that, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. But the world of tax is increasingly less certain, especially if the recent controversy about the tax payment practices of Starbucks and others is anything to go by. Observing Margaret Hodge and the Public Accounts Committee attempt… More

Jury trial – a Pryce worth paying?

A lot of interest has been generated by the approach taken by the jury in the Vicky Price trial, in particular the apparent inability of the jury to grasp fundamental aspects of their role in the trial. My mind was cast back to the one criminal jury trial which I as a then trainee lawyer… More

All change

I had to make a presentation on change …I started with a nice simple request: “Please put a hand up if you are comfortable with change” …Fifty people in several rows in front of me and about half the people looked around anxiously and shuffled on their seats; the other half with varying degrees of… More

Are ABS so Fab?

We’ve all heard a lot about Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) lately, mostly which law firms and commercial organisations have succeeded in navigating through the thicket of registration requirements with the SRA and the uses to which they are putting their newly authorised vehicles. I have seen little comment suggesting that the development of the ABS… More

The trouble with in-house lawyers

The in-house lawyer has become a mainstay of the head office support infrastructure. Alongside Finance, Marketing, HR, Audit and Facilities Management, the in-house legal team is part of the predictable fabric of corporate and public sector overhead. Their value is understood and appreciated in the context of risk management (contracts, deals, terms and conditions) and… More