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.

One month to #GE2015, a message to supporters from their hopeless candidate

…A month to go to the 2015 General Election. As I have always been I want to be completely honest with you. Before looking ahead I would like to look back. In December 2014 I put my name forward to be a candidate in our local Party’s candidate selection process. I did not expect to… More


Behaving like an arse is a short term play

“Taking advantage” is a phrase I hear a lot when lawyers discuss their work. I think it is linked to the idea of lawyers as business people concerned with competitiveness and commerciality, but in any event it manifests itself in the restless and energetic pursuit of getting the best possible deal/outcome for each client on… More


Paul Gilbert election notes

“I am so proud to be Cheltenham’s prospective Labour Party candidate. I am told by lots of people that I am a no-hope 100/1 chance, but then there was Norton’s Coin. So until Election night itself I will do all I can to make a difference and to honour the responsibility placed in me as… More


Innovative pricing and shredded ambition

When in-house legal teams run their appointment processes to select law firms to act for them on their so called panels, there are a small number of words in every tender document that result in a visceral shudder for partners and bid teams in law firms. “Please give examples of innovative pricing models”. It’s as… More


A framework for legal issue management (2) – the three categories. By Jonathan Smith

Handling the business as usual.  The “business as usual” (BAU) category of activity covers those activities which represent the organisation’s purpose, as distinct from those activities which are necessary for but incidental to those purposes.  So in the case of a retailer, the purchase and resale of goods, and in the case of a bank,… More