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. Ben realised he probably wasn’t the only lawyer to have made the move in-house and feel this way. So, in 2018, he started a side hustle to provide in-house lawyers with content that mattered to them: Crafty Counsel.

Fast forward to today, Crafty Counsel is no longer just a side hustle creating video content. In 2020, we expanded to build a community space for in-house legal professionals after noticing a need.

As the UK’s fastest growing community, Crafty Counsel is redefining the experience for in-house legal professionals. From our calendar of events and virtual meet-ups so they can grow their networks. To training, content, and research which so they can nurture their career. And not forgetting our partnerships so they can cultivate their resources. 

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.

Values we stand for

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

Community first

Creativity

Curiosity

Joy

Integrity

Humility

Meet the team

The people behind Crafty Counsel

Toby Hornett

Head of Community

After training and qualifying at Clifford Chance, Toby’s background is mainly as an in-house lawyer with Canon Europe.  Then in 2017, he made an internal move into Learning & Development which included coaching.  Prior to joining Crafty Counsel in March 2023, Toby supported part-time as a Community Ambassador. He also volunteers as a peer supporter for LawCare.

Nicole 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.

Henry Lakin

Partnerships Executive

Henry is a communications and business development specialist who previously worked for Sydney Film Festival and creative media agencies in Australia before making the move back to the UK in 2022. 

Sarah Leighton

Head of Commercial

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.

Seun Odubade

Content & Social Executive

Seun is a graphic designer and digital marketing specialist, focusing on branding, visual design, video editing, and social media management. Before joining Crafty Counsel, he served as the Digital Content Executive at the National Centre for Leadership and Management.

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 and build communities.

Emma Trollope-Bellew

Head of Event Operations

Having always been meticulous in nature, Emma began her career supporting events in 2015. Since then she has honed her skills and, in 2021, began to run events for professional communities. After nearly a decade in the events industry, Emma joined Crafty Counsel as Head of Event Operations in 2023.

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.

CRAFTY COUNSEL COMMUNITY

Join the Community for free

Crafty Counsel is the UK’s most dynamic and fast-growing Community. With members from across the globe, representing a diverse range of professional backgrounds, the Community is where in-house legal across the world can grow their network, nurture their career, and cultivate their resources.

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.