In counsel

in secret.

See also: Counsel

References in classic literature ?
Solomon hath pronounced, that in counsel is stability.
A king, when he presides in counsel, let him beware how he opens his own inclination too much, in that which he propoundeth; for else counsellors will but take the wind of him, and instead of giving free counsel, sing him a song of placebo.
50 in counsel fees (for an auto damage claim of $2,500--a strong reminder of the inefficiencies of litigation for small disputes).