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Obelisk awarded gold for ‘creative excellence’ at Legal Innovation Awards 2016

Obelisk Support – 27/05/2016

Obelisk is celebrating today after being crowned Marketing Innovator 2016 at this year’s Legal Innovation Awards. The award specifically acknowledged Obelisk’s marketing efforts with its community news and advice platform The Attic.

The awards are open to law firms, in-house teams and alternative providers of legal support such as Obelisk, and are designed to “celebrate creative excellence in the legal sector”.

Today’s win builds on Obelisk’s success at last year’s Legal Innovation Awards, when Dana-Denis Smith, the founder and CEO of Obelisk Support, was crowned the first ever ‘Outstanding Legal Innovator’ by Legal Week Magazine.

Speaking after the awards today Dana Denis-Smith said: “I am really thrilled that Obelisk has won here again at the Legal Innovation Awards. Winning is great, but to keep on winning and to keep on impressing such a senior panel of judges and legal experts is very special. This award shows Obelisk is doing the right thing – building a legal business based on creative excellence – and it shows we are building on our solid foundations year on year.”

“Creating change in any walk of life takes time and effort. Creating change in the legal sector, and setting out to make work ‘work’ for women and mothers, was always going to be a tough challenge. But as our business grows and more and more women return to work on their terms, every day at Obelisk is worthwhile. We’re a business with a social purpose. We’re a business with a successful model. And we’re a business that keeps on winning awards, which feels great. I’d like to thank all the judges for recognising what we are doing at Obelisk and for their on-going support.”

This year Obelisk had to impress an independent judging panel made up of many senior figures from across the legal sector, such as Dame Janet Gaymer, former Senior Partner at Simmons and Simmons; Peter Kurer, former GC and Chairman of UBS; and Sue Hall former COI at Linklaters.

Obelisk was shortlisted in four key categories; Marketing Innovation, Diversity Innovation, Human Resources Innovation and Supplier Innovation.

This latest award comes just weeks after Obelisk was named by The Times newspaper as one of the Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. And this week Dana Denis-Smith was selected to travel to Silicon Valley to meet the people behind the world’s greatest tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Uber and LinkedIn.

Obelisk has been identified as one of the fastest growing tech companies in the UK – and the only one from the legal sector. The trip to Silicon Valley – which was organised by the Mayor of London’s International Business Programme and the British Consulate in San Francisco – gave Denis-Smith the opportunity to expand Obelisk into the US market through new technology and investment.

London-based Obelisk provides professional outsourcing to in-house legal teams and major law firms. The founding principle behind the business is to re-engage highly skilled lawyers who leave the profession to raise families. Through Obelisk, lawyer parents choose the hours they want to work, giving them the flexibility they need to combine careers with family life. By bringing her innovation to the legal sector, Denis-Smith has created a triple-win formula for Obelisk’s clients, lawyers and their families.

Obelisk was established in 2010 with a team of just four lawyers. Today the company has 800 lawyers on its books and a multi-million pound turnover. Clients include BT, Goldman Sachs and Thomson Reuters.
Denis-Smith said: “As an innovator dedicated to creating positive social change in the legal sector I always seek to find new and exciting ways to make work ‘work’ for our clients, our lawyers and their families. Having this social purpose behind our business is what inspires me, and with more success at this year’s Legal Innovation Awards, it’s clearly inspiring for the legal sector too.”

For more details, photography or to interview Dana Denis-Smith please call Scott Jones, Head of PR at Obelisk Support on 07875 943404.

By Debbie Tembo

Debbie is Obelisk Support's Client Relationship Associate, ensuring clients get the most out of flexible working and the Human First ethos.