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

#LawFest 2016

#LawFest is on the face of it entirely inconsequential. On Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August, just over fifty people came to a small theatre in Cheltenham Spa to participate in what might have looked on the surface a rather self-indulgent experiment. The wrong time of year, the wrong place, no obvious purpose, no CPD.… More


Your first in-house job interview

Much has been written about interviewing and a great deal of it is really helpful, but I have still not read anything that I think comes close to identifying the purpose of the interview from the perspective of the interviewee; especially if it is your first in-house legal role. I am not interested in the… More


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