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.

Human Rights? …yeah right

…In the UK at the moment there is much talk of Human Rights as the Conservative Party publish their proposed reforms to correct perceived adverse consequences of rulings in the European Court of Human Rights. It is a highly political move which seems to be a surprise to some critics of the proposals. Although surely… More

So you think you want to be a lawyer…

There are many careers that are worthwhile. All jobs should be important to the people who do them. And all roles have their elements of drudgery, anxiety and exasperation. This is true of being a lawyer as well, so if you think you want to be a lawyer can I offer you anything worthwhile? I… More

Products in Development

We spend a long time at work, and longer still if we include the time we spend thinking about work and our role in it, including what role or job we might seek next.  But the amount of time we spend considering what skills or know-how we need to acquire or develop in order to… More

Are we failing to prepare in-house lawyers to be commercial and ethical?

In my article “Stop being proactive…” about in-house lawyers and some lazy/clichéd thinking, I said that being “commercial” was borderline unethical. ( I didn’t try to justify the comment in any detail, but because it is a statement that sounds ridiculous I want to develop the idea a little more… Once upon a time I… More

Stop being proactive, stop being commercial, stop being nice

I made a mistake. It was in 1989. I went in-house and found I was good at my job. It was the first time in my life I truly felt I was good at something. Until then I had found everything hard. Exam results were never adorned with flying colours and my CV, such as… More