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Welcome to the Crafty Show, a legal podcast. Produced by Crafty Counsel, a digital media company and community with the aim to spread joy, connection and insight to in-house lawyers. Join Crafty Counsel’s founder Ben White as he speaks to lawyers who have left private practice, often to join in-house legal teams about their career journeys.

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Welcome to the Crafty Show, a legal podcast. Produced by Crafty Counsel, a digital media company and community with the aim to spread joy, connection and insight to in-house lawyers. Join Crafty Counsel’s founder Ben White as he speaks to lawyers who have left private practice, often to join in-house legal teams about their career journeys.

    Richard Barnett: Behind the Scenes at The National Gallery

    Richard Barnett: Behind the Scenes at The National Gallery

    In this episode, Lucie Cruz, Content Producer at Crafty Counsel, is joined by Richard Barnett, General Counsel at The National Gallery.
    Responsible for advising The Gallery on all regulatory and commercial matters, Richard has played a crucial role in facilitating the acquisition of Thomas Lawrence’s “Red Boy” through a private treaty sale, as well as procuring works by Veronese, Pissarro, Poussin, and others.

    In this episode, Richard opens up about the considerations and negotiations involved in acquiring artworks. He also shares his work for The National Gallery's Bicentenary - celebrating 200 years of bringing people and paintings together.


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    • 33 min
    Mel Nebhrajani CB: Leading the COVID-19 Response and Inquiry

    Mel Nebhrajani CB: Leading the COVID-19 Response and Inquiry

    In this episode of The Crafty Show, Toby Hornett, Head of Community at Crafty Counsel, sits down with Mel Nebhrajani CB, Director General for Litigation with Justice and Security at GLD.

    Mel, who previously served as Legal Director at the Department for Health and Social Care, led the department's legal response to the pandemic while also navigating EU Exit challenges. She is now Director General for Litigation with Justice and Security at GLD

    In this episode, Mel shares insights from her experiences so far, as well as the lessons she has learned from her role in both the response and inquiry.

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    • 23 min
    Natalie Salunke & Shrina Shah: Life As A Trustee

    Natalie Salunke & Shrina Shah: Life As A Trustee

    In this episode of The Crafty Show, Ben White, founder of Crafty Counsel, speaks with Natalie Salunke, an experienced GC from the Tech and other sectors who recently started her practice as a Fractional General Counsel, and Shrina Shah, formerly the Group General Counsel & Company Secretary at Puregym. 

    In addition to their roles as in-house counsel, Natalie and Shrina have both taken on the additional responsibility of serving as Trustees. Shrina ventured into her first Trustee role in 2018 and presently holds the position of Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Kiln Theatre. Natalie occupies a dual trustee role, contributing her expertise to both Kent Union and the Young Urban Arts Foundation.
    In this episode, they explore their daily responsibilities, discuss why GCs are well-suited for these roles, and offer insights on balancing extracurricular commitments with professional responsibilities.


    This episode was kindly sponsored by Taylor Root, a global legal, risk and compliance search and recruitment consultancy.

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    • 37 min
    Shika Soni: The Power of Mentorship

    Shika Soni: The Power of Mentorship

    In this episode of The Crafty Show podcast, Ben White, founder of Crafty Counsel, speaks with Shika Soni, Assistant General Counsel at Principal Asset Management.
    Before joining Principal, Shika worked as Senior Legal Counsel at Royal London Asset Management. She also spent time in New York on secondment from Orchard Solicitors, where she passed the NY Bar exams and became admitted in New York State.


    Alongside her career, Shika serves as a mentor to a large number of lawyers and aspiring lawyers, as well as individuals exploring careers in law or financial services. In this conversation, Shika discusses the value of mentorship, reflecting on her own experiences and the impact it has had on her career.


    This episode was kindly sponsored by Taylor Root, a global legal, risk and compliance search and recruitment consultancy.

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    • 37 min
    Chrissy Hill: Blockchain, Web3, and the Future

    Chrissy Hill: Blockchain, Web3, and the Future

    In this episode of The Crafty Show podcast, Crafty Counsel's Founder, Ben White, sits down with Fintech Day 2023 speaker Chrissy Hill (General Counsel at Parity Technologies). 

    Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Chrissy discusses her move to the UK in 2002. She shares her journey from Linklaters to Barclays and then recounts her nearly decade-long experience working with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, where she provided operational, legal, and regulatory guidance.
    Currently serving as General Counsel for a software developer (and leading contributor to Polkadot), Chrissy also discusses her experience working in the blockchain space and explores the longevity and relevance of blockchain technology and AI. She shares her expectations that the impact and influence of these technologies will continue to evolve and become seamlessly integrated into our lives, ultimately serving as tools that improve various aspects of our daily reality.


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    • 34 min
    Stephanie-Kate Bratton: "My Mummy is a Lawyer" - Simplifying Legal Professions for Kids

    Stephanie-Kate Bratton: "My Mummy is a Lawyer" - Simplifying Legal Professions for Kids

    In this episode of The Crafty Show podcast, Ben White, founder of Crafty Counsel, speaks with Stephanie-Kate Bratton, General Counsel at AgriFutures, Australia.
    Stephanie's journey as a lawyer began in Sydney, Australia, where she worked as a lawyer at Clayton Utz and stayed for several years, honing her legal skills. However, her story took a fascinating turn in 2016 when she decided to transition from private practice to in-house lawyering. She relocated across the globe to join Amazon in Seattle as corporate counsel. 


    In the midst of her career and far from home, Stephanie battled kidney disease, and in a surprising turn of events, she found herself unexpectedly pregnant. Missing home, she moved back to Sydney with Amazon in 2020 before taking on her current role as General Counsel at AgriFutures.


    During the course of this conversation, Stephanie speaks about health issues, hidden disabilities, life in a different country, and her book, “My Mummy is a Lawyer," which brilliantly simplifies the diverse roles of lawyers, using concepts that little ones can understand. The book has not only created a sense of community and connection among working mothers but has also highlighted the importance of embracing the multifaceted roles that mothers play.


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    • 37 min

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