About us

Ben White - founder of Crafty Counsel
EST. 2018

Our story

In 2016, Ben White left the world of private practice at Clifford Chance to join the in-house legal team at a tech company. In making this transition, he discovered his extended network of legal colleagues, knowledge, and resources was considerably smaller in the in-house legal world. Ben realised he probably wasn’t the only lawyer to have made the move in-house and feel this. So, in 2018, he started a side hustle to provide in-house lawyers with content that mattered to them: Crafty Counsel.

Crafty Counsel team in 2021

Fast forward to today, and Crafty Counsel is no longer just a side hustle creating video content. In 2020, we expanded to build a community space for a growing network of in-house legal professionals to connect across the world.

Crafty Counsel now provides high-quality creative content, intimate community meetups and larger events, and access to insightful resources that help those working in-house achieve their professional and personal goals.

As Crafty Counsel continues to grow, one thing which stays the same is our founding vision to bring joy, insight, and connection to in-house legal.

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What we do

Crafty Counsel Content

Video, audio, and written stories crafted exclusively for in-house legal. Bringing the brightest minds from legal, and beyond, to share fresh ideas, best practice, and candid stories on the most relevant topics for in-house teams. 

Crafty Community

Where in-house legal professionals can go to connect, share experiences, and learn with peers. Combining regular virtual meetups with special events to break down isolation and provide a welcoming community space.

Crafty Studios

Content strategy and production house helping legal sector brands cut through the noise and achieve their goals. Crafting compelling stories and distinct experiences to showcase a brand’s essence and expertise.

Crafty Insights

Bringing brands a better understanding of in-house legal. Creating bespoke research projects that provide tangible insights and actionable data specific to a brand’s needs and goals.

They trust us

Partnering with brands from across the legal landscape on events, content, and more to provide in-house legal teams with unrivalled access to expertise and learning.

Values we stand for

What we believe in, above all else, at Crafty Counsel.

Authenticity

Be genuine and bring your truth.

Positivity

Discover fun and joy, but always be respectful.

Boldness

Don’t follow the dictated path.

Curiosity

Look for learning, and teaching, opportunities.

Meet the team

Who is Crafty Counsel?

Ben White, Founder, Crafty Counsel

Ben White

FOUNDER & CEO

Ben worked as a lawyer at Clifford Chance and as an in-house counsel at a global tech company before founding Crafty Counsel, originally as a side hustle in 2017.

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Sonia Hadjadj, Chief Insights Officer, Crafty Counsel

Sonia Hadjadj

CHIEF INSIGHTS OFFICER

Sonia started her career at DLA Piper Paris before moving in-house at global publicly traded industrial, energy and retail companies in Ireland and in the UK (Veolia, Kingfisher). She launched legal functions from scratch twice, implementing legal operations innovations – including as first General Counsel for a high growth Ed-tech.

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Sarah Leighton

ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

Sarah is an experienced business development specialist who joined the legal industry in 2006 and never left, apart from a brief stint as a diving instructor in Bali.

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Renée Graham

HEAD OF CONTENT

Renée originally hails from South Africa and worked as a video journalist there before moving to Scotland in 2017 where she freelanced for US news agency Associated Press. Renée has also completed a part-time LLB degree through the University of London, and a software development bootcamp on Python and Javascript.

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Will Lambert, Head of Video, Crafty Counsel

Will Lambert

HEAD OF VIDEO

Will studied video production in Manchester and now has 10 years experience of making videos, in all shapes and sizes. In recent years he was a finalist at Series Fest for a short film he made. When not out filming or editing, Will enjoys a bit of adventure should it involve scuba diving, sky diving or a round of golf!

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Hannah Sinclair

HEAD OF MARKETING

Hannah is a marketing specialist who has worked for Cannes Lions and in the Middle East with experience in crafting digital strategies and integrated campaigns which creatively tell stories through video, visual, and copy.

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Jasmine McGuill

EVENTS & COMMUNITY OPERATIONS MANAGER

Jasmine recently moved back to London, after spending the majority of her life in the Middle East. She has been in the events industry for over 10 years and has certainly seen it all in her time – nothing is to big nor small. When she isn’t organising events, you’ll find her exploring Europe on the weekends or riding her horses in the countryside.

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Toby Hornett

COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR

Toby works part time as a Community Ambassador for Crafty Counsel, looking after two Community groups. After training and qualifying at Clifford Chance, his background is mainly in-house with Canon Europe, most recently as a Legal Director. In 2017, he made an internal move into Learning & Development which includes coaching. He also volunteers as a peer supporter for LawCare.

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Emma Jelley

COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR

Emma is a former High Growth and Google UK/IE General Counsel, now working as a leadership and personal coach, facilitator, and sustainability consultant. With Crafty Counsel, Emma enjoys facilitating community calls designed to bring “joy, insight, and connection” to in-house legal professionals around the world.

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Nicola Jones

COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR

Nicola owns and runs a multiple award-winning learning and development consultancy. A former barrister, Nicola is a certified business psychologist, a Fellow of the LPI, and an experienced executive coach.  She Co-Chairs Birmingham Law Society’s Legal Tech Committee.

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