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.


KPI – The Kindness Performance Indicator

I would like to convince you that kindness is a measurable performance indicator and should be a significant measure of success for all leaders and all teams. You may think this sounds like more wellness-bandwagon do-goodery, but I will argue that at the very least kindness is as convincing a metric as any financial “more-for-less”… More

When wishing for change is not enough

On a day in February in 2018 a boy with a gun kills seventeen boys and girls in a school in America. Is this a different mass murder to other mass murders? Past mass murders have seen a broadly liberal press (and their readerships) call for change, but an NRA funded political establishment has resisted… More

What happens to Anna when companies merge?

This is not a piece written from the perspective of a project manager or a strategist. Neither am I writing a worthy best practice guide. What I would like to do is to take you into a small world occupied by one person. She is an in-house lawyer. Let’s call her Anna. Anna has worked… More

Do you love your work?

Love is a very wonderful, peculiar, complex and overwhelming emotion. I wonder therefore when people say “I love my work” what this means? I will be honest I do not love my work. I am not sure anyone should love their work. I expect my work to be necessarily inconvenient. I want my work to… More

No Oscar required

Very few people get the chance to win a Nobel Prize, or an Oscar, or an Olympic gold medal. We should rightly celebrate such astonishing achievements because we know these people are very special. However I do not accept the often used encouragement for such astonishing achievements that “anyone can achieve whatever they want if… More