Black History Month: A Special Series

This Black History Month, Crafty Counsel is launching a special series on how we can help black talent thrive in the Legal industry.

In the wake of the George Floyd murder and upsurge in the Black Lives Matter movement, we wanted to amplify black voices across Legal and share them with you.

We’ll be looking at recruitment, promotion, culture and allyship, and we’ll be sharing some inspiring stories of black female lawyers who’ve achieved great things, in collaboration with Dana Denis-Smith and the First 100 Years Project.

The series is led by Wanipa Ndhlovu, Crafty Counsel’s summer intern, Cambridge law student and future Clifford Chance trainee. Check back in throughout October, we’ll be dropping the episodes across the month!

03:02Being a black lawyer in the Magic Circle - Part I
Yasmina Kone, Vanessa Simpungwe, KK Sonuga and Tomi AdeyefaClifford Chance

Being a black lawyer in the Magic Circle - Part I

Crafty Counsel asked aspiring black lawyers to send us their burning questions on what it’s...

04:18Being a black lawyer in the Magic Circle - Part II
Yasmina Kone, Vanessa Simpungwe, KK Sonuga and Tomi AdeyefaClifford Chance

Being a black lawyer in the Magic Circle - Part II

Part two of our final videos for Black History Month. We asked our friends at...

02:30"Death by a million papercuts"
Fudia Smartt and Emma JelleySpencer West

"Death by a million papercuts"

Fudia Smartt talks with Emma Jelley about what she considers micro-aggressions to be: “It’s treating...

03:14How can white lawyers help?
Fudia Smartt and Emma JelleySpencer West

How can white lawyers help?

“A lot of people think that being an ally is writing the firm’s Black Lives...

02:49What makes a good ally?
Fudia Smartt and Emma JelleySpencer West

What makes a good ally?

“It’s a journey that never ends - a journey of learning.” Emma Jelley and Fudia...

08:52Recruitment - Part I
Julie Quist-Therson, Lola-Rose Avery, Tashan Dwyer and Wanipa NdhlovuSEO London and 3PB

Recruitment - Part I

What can the Legal industry do to foster black talent? Wanipa Ndhlovu starts her exploration...

12:46Recruitment - Part II
Julie Quist-Therson, Lola-Rose Avery, Tashan Dwyer and Wanipa NdhlovuSEO London and 3PB

Recruitment - Part II

In Part II of her exploration of recruitment to the legal profession, Wanipa explores some...

01:12If you can see it, you can be it!
Lola-Rose Avery and Wanipa Ndhlovu3PB and Crafty Counsel

If you can see it, you can be it!

“There is space at the Bar for you. Take up that space, and own it....

01:14Work on retention, not just recruitment
Julie Quist-Therson and Wanipa NdhlovuSEO London and Crafty Counsel

Work on retention, not just recruitment

Wanipa talks with Julie Quist-Therson of SEO London about the importance of firms working on...

10:35Progression - Part 1
Ariel White-Tsimikalis, Daniel Burnand, Andin Fonyonga and Wanipa NdhlovuBryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Global Fashion Group and Crafty Counsel

Progression - Part 1

Wanipa’s interview series continues, with her exploration of the theme of progression. What challenges do...

11:26Progression - Part II
Ariel White-Tsimikalis, Daniel Burnand, Andin Fonyonga and Wanipa NdhlovuBryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Global Fashion Group and Crafty Counsel

Progression - Part II

Join us for Part Two as we explore how the legal industry can help black...

01:08"Get uncomfortable and claim your space"
Andin Fonyonga and Wanipa NdhlovuGlobal Fashion Group and Crafty Counsel

"Get uncomfortable and claim your space"

Andin Fonyonga shares the piece of advice she wishes she’d received when starting out as...

00:33"There's an assumption that you were hired to widen access"
Andin Fonyonga and Wanipa NdhlovuGlobal Fashion Group and Crafty Counsel

"There's an assumption that you were hired to widen access"

Andin Fonyonga offers her perspective on why young black lawyers find themselves having to work...

05:38"What gets measured, gets done"
Ariel White-Tsimikalis and Wanipa NdhlovuBryan Cave Leighton Paisner

"What gets measured, gets done"

Ariel White-Tsimikalis talks through ten actionable things law firms should be doing right now to...

01:35"Why promoting black talent is everybody's problem"
Daniel Burnand and Wanipa NdhlovuBryan Cave Leighton Paisner

"Why promoting black talent is everybody's problem"

Daniel Burnand, Associate at BCLP, explains why promoting ethnic diversity is the responsibility of everybody. Daniel...

01:35The First Black High Court Judge
Dana Denis-SmithFirst 100 Years

The First Black High Court Judge

We teamed up with Dana Denis-Smith, Founder of the First 100 Years Project, to profile...

01:19The Sandie Okoro Story
Dana Denis-SmithFirst 100 Years

The Sandie Okoro Story

For Black History Month, we teamed up with Dana Denis-Smith, Founder of the First 100...