Women in Law

Our Founding Principle; to be H.A.P.P.I.E.R

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When Obelisk set out in 2010, we had one founding principle; to be H.A.P.P.I.E.R

Unlike any other in the legal sector we are built on a vision and a set of values that are modern, progressive and relevant to both our clients and our lawyers. We deliver great work. We champion and celebrate family life. And we are pioneers; leading the way on creating the kind of social and corporate change we need to make work, work – for our clients, our lawyers and their families.

We achieve this by being H.A.P.P.I.E.R – Helpful, Authentic, Positive, Professional, Innovative, Elastic and Responsive. Some of the faces may have changed since 2010, but the guiding principle stays the same.

By dana denis-smith

Dana Denis-Smith is an entrepreneur, former Linklaters solicitor and international journalist who lives in London, UK. In 2010, she founded Obelisk Legal Support Solutions (Obelisk Support--, a London-based alternative legal services company built around flexible, highly-skilled professionals. Aware that the legal profession is far behind its times in terms of gender diversity, she initiated the First 100 Years project ( to celebrate the journey of women in the legal profession in the United Kingdom over the past 100 years and this project will celebrate the centenary of women in law in 2019.

In 2018, Obelisk's founder Dana Denis-Smith was voted Legal Personality of the Year at the LexisNexis Awards 2018 and Obelisk Support joined the top tier of two prestigious lists, the FT1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies and Inc. 5000 List of Europe's Fastest-Growing Companies. In 2017, Dana also won the WEConnect International Best Mentor and Role Model Award and delivered a TEDx talk on how to be remembered (based on her observations of the legal profession). In 2016, she was voted one of Britain’s five most inspiring mothers for juggling up a new business creation with family life, as she chooses to work flexibly in order to spend quality time with her young daughter.