Crafty Counsel

    Building Pirate Ships Inside a 325+ Year Old Company

    Martin Halford and Ben WhiteBarclays and Crafty Counsel

    Posted 2 years ago


    One way that large institutions can respond to disruption is by building pirate ships - i.e. teams that can navigate away from the “mother ship” with a mandate to experiment, think and do things differently. But how can a legal team effectively support such a pirate ship?

    Martin Halford identifies three ways that the lawyers at Barclays Ventures are supporting pirate ships, through embracing new skills & knowledge, new ways of working, and critically, embracing risk. If you want to know what a “B shaped lawyer” is, and why the Barclays legal team produced their own set of “Top Trump” cards, look no further!