Of counsel

Week beginning: 19th May, 2024 | By Alasdair Henderson | London

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

Isaiah 11:1-5 (NIV)

One of our key tasks as lawyers is to offer counsel. Some of us even have 'counsel' as our title, and for many of us our ability to judge a situation and advise appropriately becomes a core part of our identity.

Yet however good our instincts, well-

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