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.


When enough is enough

It’s not our fault, it’s the way we’re trained. Or at least it’s tempting to see it that way. The typical training process for a lawyer includes the “beasting”; having their documents savaged by a partner and rewritten several times until they are free from blemish, even blemishes invented by the partner for the purpose.… More

Legal Aid – is it more than just a protest?

Legal Aid is under threat like never before – so before I go any further, please, PLEASE, consider signing this petition: It really matters. It matters for reasons far more eloquently expressed by many others including a series of brilliant blogs by “a barrister’s wife”: …Read this and any of the very many… More

Let’s get personal

In this the second article in a series on the role and development of in-house lawyers in a changing professional and market landscape, Paul Gilbert takes an in-depth look at personal development. The first article “The trouble with in-house lawyers” which introduces the imperative for change – can be read via this link. Continuous professional… More

Alchemy on the banks of the Cam

This is a tale of alchemy practised in Cambridge’s sylvan groves of academe, but first, let me take you to a nearby pub on the banks of the River Cam. In a corner of a bar stands a former soldier who is now an MP, who is with the Chef de Mission for the UK… More

Under African Skies

Lawyers, especially those of us from the corporate world, seldom gain the opportunity to do something which is both truly ground-breaking and puts something back into the broader legal community. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to join the LBC Wise Counsel team working with colleagues in South Africa, in holding the inaugural… More