Entries by Patrick Andrews

The Lawyer as healer?

“Doctors…still retain a high degree of public confidence because they are perceived as healers. Should lawyers not be healers? Healers, not warriors? Healers, not procurers? Healers, not hired guns?” Warren Burger, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court (1969-1986) It sounds almost preposterous, the idea of a lawyer being a healer, doesn’t it? If it wasn’t someone […]

Who needs advice?

A couple of years ago a friend of mine challenged me with the following question: “You talk about good governance of large businesses. Have you applied it to your own business?” The answer was I hadn’t. New Forest Advisory is modest in scale – surely too small for any complex governance. Yet the more I […]

An integral approach to organising

– organise – “form into an organic whole” (Oxford Dictionary). For many years I have been interested in, nay fascinated by, organising and organisations. I feel I have something in common with Sisyphus who, in the Greek legend, was fated to spend eternity rolling a large rock up a mountain, only to watch it roll […]

On lawyers, power and Nelson Mandela

I have, not surprisingly, been musing about lawyers, after the death of one of my heroes. Nelson Mandela was, of course, so much more than a lawyer but he did practice law for many years. And I notice that several outstanding individuals who fought for social justice previously practised as lawyers. Lincoln, Gandhi, Mandela, Fidel […]

Small Truths, Big Lies

“Did you clean your teeth, Lucas?” “Erm, yes.” ”Are you sure?” “Erm, no” “Go and clean them please.” My son, I’m glad to say, is a pretty poor liar. It is written all over his face. It is also, in general, pretty easy to test if he is telling the truth. If we suspect he […]

In praise of wildness

A thought came to me while strolling this morning through an orderly, well managed village in the Rheinland Pfalz area of Germany where my “schwieger-eltern” (parents-in-law) live. Most of the plots are carefully controlled environments where no plant can grow without permission. Paths are neat and run in straight lines. Concrete predominates. There are few […]