Crafty Fest

Returning in 2025 on 3rd-4th June

Experience the sold-out summer event crafted exclusively with in-house legal at the heart for the third year. Crafty Fest will be back in 2025, bringing more learning, connecting, and sharing to in-house legal. Keep reading for details on the 2024 event.

Learn your way

Expect more learning with a curated schedule of content grounded in what we’ve heard directly from in-house legal.

Connect your way

Reunite with familiar faces, build new connections, and discover people who just get it with sector specific networking opportunities and a welcoming environment.

Celebrate your way

Bringing the festival vibes for a joyful celebration of all things in-house. Think: relaxing in the sunshine, exciting games, live music (from an in-house lawyer!), delicious street food, on-site childcare, and more!

Agenda | 2024

09.15 – 09.30

Crafty welcome

Theatre

What brings you joy?

09.35 – 10.00

Candid chat about mental health

Start the day hearing from charity partner, LawCare, and mental health champion Tom Anghileri on wellbeing among lawyers and how we can better support everyone within the industry - both in-house and our private practice counterparts.

Tom Anghileri, Head of Legal, Gearset
Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO, Lawcare
10.05 – 10.35

What’s the future of in-house legal?

Simon Man has witnessed the evolution of in-house legal from his 20+ year career at Deutsche Bank. In this fireside chat with Janet Taylor-Hall, CEO at Cognia Law, discover what has stood out for him, as well as what is ahead of us for in-house legal.

Simon Man, General Counsel UKI, Deutsche Bank
Janet Taylor-Hall, CEO, Cognia Law

Marquee

Your annual appraisal

09.35 – 10.00

Speaking to lead - for in-house legal professionals!

Did you know there's a secret Language of Leadership? Simon Lancaster - one of the world’s top speechwriters - invites you to get in on the secret. Looking at the language of some of the most famous lawyers of our lifetimes - from Obama to Gerri Kellman (the GC in HBO’s Succession)!

Simon Lancaster, Speechwriter & Keynote Speaker
10.05 – 10.35

Feedback from leadership

Time to get the big guns in and hear from the boss. Hear what senior leaders are looking for in their lawyers, how to work together, and a 360-look at what makes a business-minded lawyer.

Anna Crosse, General Counsel, Vorboss
Tim Creswick, CEO, Vorboss

Lawns

Birds of a feather

10.05 – 11.00

Zone 1: Bits & Bytes

Enjoy one of three roundtable discussions in the Bits & Bytes zone, supported by Mishcon de Reya, split into the following sectors: BioTech / MedTech, SaaS, IT Consulting / Projects. We've also got two other discussion zones - "Bricks & Bulbs" and "Digits & Dollars" - happening at the same time.

10.05 – 11.00

Zone 2: Bricks & Bulbs

Enjoy one of three roundtable discussions in the Bricks & Bulbs zone, supported by IBB Law, split into the following sectors: Construction, Real Estate, Energy. We've also got two other discussion zones - "Bits & Bytes" and "Digits & Dollars" - happening at the same time.

10.05 – 11.00

Zone 3: Digits & Dollars

Enjoy one of three roundtable discussions in the Digits & Dollars zone, supported by Obelisk Support, split into the following sectors: Banking, Investments, Fintech. We've also got two other discussion zones - "Bits & Bytes" and "Bricks & Bulbs" - happening at the same time.

10.35 – 11.00

Break

Theatre

11.05 – 11.30

What brings you joy

In conversation with a panel of in-house lawyers on what brings them joy in their work - and how you can find joy in yours too!

Zeno Capucci, General Counsel, DocPlanner
Philip Young, General Counsel, QA.com
Lilian Breidenbach, Co-Founder, Flank
11.35 – 12.00

Why does legal never get the credit?

Legal is often the backbone at making sure things can be done - but why does it so often feel they don’t get the credit? Learn what getting the credit means to legal and how to make your value-add visible to the business.

Esther Scott, COO, Fitzwalter Capital
Sunil Sehgal, Chief Counsel, Mondelez
Charlotte Phillips, General Counsel, Anthesis Group
Ben White, Founder, Crafty Counsel
12.05 – 12.30

Doing the right thing

Richard Given and Emma Lilley address the urgency for in-house legal to stop, think, and do the right thing. Never more relevant in 2024 after the Post Office Scandal and other corporate governance crises.

Richard Given, Group General Counsel, OpenPayd
Emma Lilley, Head of Legal, SD Worx
12.35 – 12.50

The history of in-house legal

A light hearted but impactful tour showcasing where your work and career fits in the context of our evolving sector.

Olly Buxton, Founder, The Jolly Contrarian

Marquee

11.05 – 11.30

Revenue generators

Revenue generators are a core part of any business. But do they want you to get out of the way, or stay involved? Explore how to best partner with your revenue generators and what they see as value-add when it comes to dealing with lawyers.

Philip Brett, COO, TBWA\ Worldwide
Rob Booth, Former Head of Assets & Operations, The Crown Estate
Gauri Kasbekar-Shah, MD in Structured Finance, Banking
Kyle Phillips, Partner, Howard Kennedy
11.35 – 12.00

Comms & crisis

The relationship with our sister function comms can sometimes be a little fraught - doesn’t an apology risk creating a liability? Discover what to do in a crisis and the key to making that relationship work well.

Alessandro Galtieri, Deputy General Counsel, Colt Technology Services
Gillian Duffy, Partner, Schillings International
Nola Pocock, Communications Consultant, Sapphire
12.05 – 12.30

Next gen leadership & reverse mentoring

What makes a good leader in 2024? How can we make these relationships as beneficial as possible? Hear from a junior lawyer and their manager on what a good leader looks like, plus perspectives on nurturing the next generation of legal talent.

Lucie Allen, Managing Director, Barbri
Ilayda Balci, Junior Legal Counsel, SSP Group
Mary Bonsor, Founder, Flex Legal
Tom Flinn, Legal Director, SSP Group

Lawns

11.35 – 12.30

Zone 1: Bits & Bytes

Enjoy one of three roundtable discussions in the Bits & Bytes zone, supported by Mishcon de Reya, split into the following sectors: BioTech / MedTech, SaaS, IT Consulting / Projects. We've also got two other discussion zones - "Bricks & Bulbs" and "Digits & Dollars" - happening at the same time.

11.35 – 12.30

Zone 2: Bricks & Bulbs

Enjoy one of three roundtable discussions in the Bricks & Bulbs zone, supported by IBB Law, split into the following sectors: Construction, Real Estate, Energy. We've also got two other discussion zones - "Bits & Bytes" and "Digits & Dollars" - happening at the same time.

11.35 – 12.30

Zone 3: Digits & Dollars

Enjoy one of three roundtable discussions in the Digits & Dollars zone, supported by Obelisk Support, split into the following sectors: Banking, Investments, Fintech. We've also got two other discussion zones - "Bits & Bytes" and "Bricks & Bulbs" - happening at the same time.

12.35 – 14.05

Lunch & entertainment

Grab a delicious lunch, and either join your friends on the lawns or come back to the main stage for our secret squirrel lunchtime entertainment.

Theatre

14.10 – 14.35

Overcoming preconceptions

A storytelling session on what it’s like to be the first lawyer on the ExCo - exploring a career of ‘firsts’, overcoming preconceptions, and setting yourself up for success.

Leisa Turner, General Counsel Eurasia, Komatsu
Geraldine Kelm, Partner, Flexible Services, Pinsent Masons Vario
14.40 – 15.05

Do you speak data?

Many in-house lawyers talk about how important data has become to what they do. With the need to be at the centre of so much data, how can you best leverage data and use it to speak to the rest of the business?

Amy Brookbanks, Legal Operations Consultant – Innovation Group, Addleshaw Goddard
Ben Martin, Director of Privacy, Trustpilot
Reena Patel, Head of Data Legal, EMEA, UBS
David Lancelot, Chief Legal Officer, LawVu

Marquee

14.10 – 15.10

Workshops: session one

Pick the workshop you most want to learn from or contribute to: 1. Red - What do we say no to? Led by TLD | 2. Blue - Embedding legal. Led by Summize | 3. Green - Is consulting the win-win formula?

Christine Baer, Director, Legal Ops, JLL
Ed Simpson, Founder & CEO, TLD
Harvey Kaye, Head of Legal, Farewill
Tom Dunlop, Founder & CEO, Summize

Lawns

14.10 – 15.05

Painting class

Spend the afternoon getting creative by joining one of our two painting classes.

15.10 – 15.20

Break

Theatre

15.25 – 15.50

Humans post-AI

Cast your minds back to Crafty Fest 2023: Andy Cooke, GC of TravelPerk discussed "lawyer happiness" and "legal as product". Andy is back one year on to discuss the function of happiness in his team's DNA, and why a human-oriented culture is critical for progressive, legal teams.

Andy Cooke, General Counsel, TravelPerk
15.55 – 16.30

Crafty Wrap Up

We wrap up the day's proceedings with a reflection from Ben, Crafty Counsel's Founder. Ben is joined on stage by David Halliwell, Partner at Pinsent Masons Vario, Crafty Fest 2024's Headline Sponsor. Ben and David will share their respective favourite three moments from Crafty Fest, and will ask you to join in and share your reflections too.

David Halliwell, Partner, Pinsent Masons Vario
Ben White, Founder, Crafty Counsel

Marquee

15.25 – 16.30

Workshops: session two

Pick the workshop you most want to learn from or contribute to! 1. Red - Third quarter (of life) | 2. Blue - Parental leave | 3. Green - Getting budget for tech. Led by ContradPodAi

Mark Dunn, VP Sales EMEA, ContractPodAi
Nicola Jones, Community Ambassador, Crafty Counsel
Charlotte Neser, Co-founder, Beyond Your Career
Stephanie Stevenson, Director of Legal Ops, Triplelift

Lawns

15.25 – 16.30

Painting class

Spend the afternoon getting creative by joining one of our two painting classes.

17.00 – 17.40

The Post Office bankrupted me - my call to action for lawyers

Lee Castleton bought a Post Office in Bridlington, Yorkshire, in 2003. The Post Office management blamed him for losses of £25,000 showing on his computer system, which Lee claimed were caused by the Horizon IT system. The Post Office sued Lee, won, and pursued him for legal costs of £321,000. Lee was bankrupted. His case is a central episode in the ongoing Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry (and was prominently featured in the recent ITV Drama). Lee has graciously offered to share his story at Crafty Fest - offering a perspective on what he’s seen of the best and worst of the legal profession.

Lee Castleton, Former sub postmaster, Bridlington Post Office
17.40 – 21.00

Dinner & evening entertainment

Now disperse for a light refreshment and natter outside, Crafty style..!

NEW FOR 2024

What to expect from Crafty Learns?

Crafty Learns brings even more learning to Crafty Fest on the 4th June. With workshops and lecturers on a series of more technical and specific legal topics, you’ll be able to dive into deeper learning and development. 

Crafty Learns included in the Crafty Fest ticket price, but there is limited capacity. Subject to availability, you’ll be able to reserve your space during ticket purchase.

Sessions

  • Mindful external resource management | Legal professionals in any size org, beginner or expert, who want to use their RFP process to make a difference across the board – from budget, to wellbeing, to value-add!
  • Prepare for a dawn raid | For in-housers who want to be prepared for a potential dawn raid – experiencing what they’d do in a real situation (and learning what they should!). Primarily aimed at legal teams in larger orgs, but all are welcome.
  • Effective in-house leadership for eCommerce age |For in-housers in any size org, who want a competition-compliant toolkit to lead their brands through the minefield of eCommerce disruption whilst providing frameworks to maximise revenue and brand value.
  • Leveraging AI: actionable approaches for legal teams | For more senior in-housers involved in implementing AI policies and/or reviewing AI tools used, but all are welcome.
  • Contracting | For more senior legal professionals (including legal operations) likely in larger enterprises, but all are welcome.
  • Whistleblowing | For those looking to arm themselves with the know how on whistleblowing including strategies for dealing with whistleblowing employees and internal investigations.
  • Privacy/GDPR | For those in early-stage, scale-ups, and tech companies looking to make sure their privacy and GDPR policies are ship-shape in an age where regulation is at the top of the legal agenda.
  • Equity incentives meet tech & start-ups | In-house legal teams in start-ups and scaleups, particularly in Tech, and those with complex or volatile management incentive structures.

Our partners

Thanks to our partners for supporting us with Crafty Fest and Crafty Learns at Crafty Fest 2024.