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

Is this it?

It is probably my age, but this is a question that sometimes pops into my head. I’m uncertain why I grapple with it, but I am also quietly heartened when I hear it. I don’t assume anything is wrong when I hear the question in my head; I like to think that being human means… More


Learn to influence without power and be empowered

I would like to write about influence. I guess it is something we would all like to have more of, because to be more influential is a good thing, right? However I want to write about a specific aspect of influence, less generic, less “of course”. I want to suggest that being influential without power… More


I am so bloody furious and it is my fault.

I have made so many mistakes. When elderly relatives have shared thoughts on “those Germans” or on “why should they get any benefits” or “why does no-one speak English”, I have shuffled uncomfortably and tried to change the subject. When England football fans have chanted “Two World Wars and one world cup” or shouted down… More


I have my vote and I will use it to vote “Remain”

I will vote purposefully, but uninspired by the debate (such as it is) which feels unconnected to my needs and miserably narrow. I suspect my grumpy middle-age has made me sceptical of nearly every opinion, but our adversarial political tradition is hopelessly unsuited to an electorate looking for insight and an issue that needed civilised… More


Put the stick down

I have come to the view that the tone of everything is wrong. The noise is too much, the analysis is too shallow and the conclusions are too easy. However, before I go on (and I will), I need to put a disclaimer around my remarks. I am a middle-aged male with a Nokia 6230.… More