About this part of the website…

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 as well. 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 and 2021 posts focus on our Covid world and where questions of leadership and care are to the fore.

You can search for key words to find the pieces or themes you want to read, and Paul’s articles are also collated in his various books which you can buy from this site too.

There isn’t a “like” or “dislike” button, or a place to leave a comment because we want this to be a resource for reflection rather than action. However, if you would like to talk about anything you see here, Paul will always be delighted to hear from you and you can talk with him at any time about the ideas and the feelings he writes about. Paul’s email is pg@lbcwisecounsel.com.

Take care x

Hello 2016 pleased to meet you

It is the time of year when commentators, consultants, “futurologists” (whatever they are) and those with more time to chatter than those who must do, rise up to share their predictions for the year ahead. I am one of those people. I’ve not had a proper job for years. I seem to swan about making… More


a few quiet words on work and love

…you know sometimes you just have to write without caring where it goes. Let it go where it wants and see if you are brave enough to share when you are done. I have a thought, it is not complete, it may be really dumb, but I need to write about it. It is about… More


A new role and a sinking feeling…

I speak to a lot of people who have recently moved into new roles. It is a tough period and after three months there is often a striking contrast between their negative emotional response to their new role then, compared to the anticipation and excitement they felt on joining their new company. Very often they… More


…turning the lights out. A guest post by Ian White

Will the last in-house lawyer turn the lights out please?  Oh not another depressing missive you ask?  Well not really just some practical advice.  Part of the advice I often give to business lawyers is to read about…business. One of my favourite business writers is Charles Handy.  I like Handy because he trained as a… More


In-house lawyers it is your crisis, you must sort it out.

In my recent report on a crisis of well-being for in-house lawyers (see: http://www.lbcwisecounsel.com/downloads/LBC-Well-Being-Report-web.pdf) I am scathing of the efforts some General Counsel have made to look after the mental health of a great many in-house lawyers. In this article I won’t repeat those concerns, but instead I will identify the root causes of the… More