Lessons Beyond Legal

Ever feel that we’re a teeny-weeny bit introspective within legal? Well, at Crafty Counsel, we decided to address this by asking this line-up of professionals, who don’t practise law, what insights they have for lawyers.

In season one, we talk to:

  • Tech industry stars, Ivy Wong and Shaz Aziz, about what they wish they’d known when they were lawyers.
  • Leanne Bentley about what lawyers can learn from legal secretaries. She has over 30 years of experience in City law firms, so she should know!
  • Helen Burness, who gives us the lowdown on what law firm lawyers should know about their marketing colleagues.
  • And Dr Imogen Staveley tells us what the healthcare world has learned about hierarchy, culture, and checklists, and what legal can learn from that approach.

In season two, we talk to:

  • Lawyer and entrpreneur, Denise Nurse, discusses her unique career change from lawyer to TV presenter and setting up her own law firm.
  • Jeremy Hopkins about what he’s learn from multiple roles and decades in legal.
  • Lawyer and pilates instructor, Katie Power, about combining the two roles.
  • Rebecca Chui on the change from techincal consultant to lawyer.
  • Start-up founder, Mariana Hagstrom, shares her journey from law firm Managing Partner.
  • Former lawyer, Eloise Skinner reflects on how her monastic training led her to become an entrepreneur.

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04:16How a monastic training led me to leave law and start my own business...
Eloise SkinnerThe Purpose Workshop and One Typical Day

How a monastic training led me to leave law and start my own business...

Eloise Skinner, lawyer and entrepreneur, reflects on her monastic experience and how she learned to...

03:05Lessons from a start-up founder
Mariana HagströmAvokaado

Lessons from a start-up founder

What happens when you question everything in legal? You become a start-up owner… Mariana Hagstrom, CEO...

01:36Bringing lessons from tech to a career in legal
Rebecca ChuiOsborne Clarke

Bringing lessons from tech to a career in legal

Rebecca Chui describes how she had to reframe her thinking around risk when she changed...

02:19The journey of finding what's right for you
Rebecca ChuiOsborne Clarke

The journey of finding what's right for you

“So I really did just experiment.” Rebecca Chui shares her journey to becoming a lawyer, and...

02:29Lessons for lawyers from a former technical consultant
Rebecca ChuiOsborne Clarke

Lessons for lawyers from a former technical consultant

Maintaining a growth mindset and being open to learning new concepts are two of the...

02:49How personal interests can help your law career...
Katie Power

How personal interests can help your law career...

Katie Power describes how she took a break from legal to train as a pilates...

04:19The lesson I learnt from multiple roles and decades in legal
Jeremy HopkinsField Seymour Parkes

The lesson I learnt from multiple roles and decades in legal

What has Jeremy Hopkins learnt across multiple roles and decades in the legal sector? Remember why...

02:50The story of creating your own law firm
Denise Nurse

The story of creating your own law firm

Denise Nurse shares the story behind creating Halebury with Janvi Patel and discusses the need...

01:56How a law career can prepare you for TV presenting...
Denise Nurse

How a law career can prepare you for TV presenting...

From practising law to TV presenting… Denise Nurse, lawyer and entrepreneur, talks about her unique...

03:05From city firm to in-house counsel
Denise Nurse

From city firm to in-house counsel

What lessons can you learn when moving from private practice to in-house? Lawyer and entrepreneur...

07:32What lawyers can learn from doctors on mistakes, training & hierarchy: Part I
Dr Imogen StaveleyWarwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group

What lawyers can learn from doctors on mistakes, training & hierarchy: Part I

Part 1: Training and Checklists Lawyers: we spend too much time talking to each other. Let’s...

08:19What lawyers can learn from doctors on mistakes, training and hierarchy: Part II
Dr Imogen StaveleyWarwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group

What lawyers can learn from doctors on mistakes, training and hierarchy: Part II

Part II - Culture & Mistakes In part II of Ben’s discussion with Dr Imogen Staveley,...

01:07Why challenge authority?
Dr Imogen StaveleyWarwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group

Why challenge authority?

In this snippet from Dr Staveley’s wider interview, she describes what it feels like when...

00:45"The Captain isn't always right"
Dr Imogen StaveleyWarwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group

"The Captain isn't always right"

Dr Imogen Staveley observes how medicine has learned from aviation that “the Captain isn’t always...

00:54The power of checklists
Dr Imogen StaveleyWarwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group

The power of checklists

Dr Imogen Staveley describes the power of checklists in avoiding mistakes in complex processes. How...

02:31Dear law firm lawyers: why marketing matters
Helen BurnessSaltmarsh Marketing

Dear law firm lawyers: why marketing matters

Helen Burness, Director of Saltmarsh Marketing, gives her top three reasons why lawyers in law...

01:24What the best lawyers do...
Leanne BentleyBluebird

What the best lawyers do...

Leanne Bentley spent over 30 years in document production and as a secretary at a...

01:34What the worst lawyers do...
Leanne BentleyBluebird

What the worst lawyers do...

“No hovering please!” Leanne Bentley shares her view on the worst habits she’s seen some...

01:29One piece of advice for lawyers
Leanne BentleyBluebird

One piece of advice for lawyers

What’s Leanne’s best piece of advice for lawyers? Watch this video to find out. Leanne is...

01:16Secretary and document production skills that go unrecognised
Leanne BentleyBluebird

Secretary and document production skills that go unrecognised

In her final episode, Leanne shares her view on the skills of secretaries and document...

07:35The Full Interview: Why leaving the Magic Circle to intern at a start-up made my career
Ivy WongThomson Reuters

The Full Interview: Why leaving the Magic Circle to intern at a start-up made my career

Why was quitting Allen & Overy to become an intern at a legal tech start-up...

00:51Lessons for the start of your career in law
Ivy WongThomson Reuters

Lessons for the start of your career in law

Take 60 seconds to learn from Ivy Wong about what she wishes she’d known when...

00:36Lessons learned from a career in legal
Ivy WongThomson Reuters

Lessons learned from a career in legal

In this short video, Ivy Wong shares the standout skill she’s taken from her time...

00:54Lessons in career transition
Ivy WongThomson Reuters

Lessons in career transition

When Ivy Wong left Allen & Overy she had no job lined up and ended...

01:10Three lessons I wish I'd known as a lawyer
Shaz AzizNeota Logic

Three lessons I wish I'd known as a lawyer

Shaz Aziz is Director of Client Solutions and Engagement at legal tech pioneer, Neota Logic,...