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Obelisk Support CEO Dana Denis-Smith is Legal Personality of the Year

The LexisNexis Legal Awards 2018 were announced on Thursday 15 March 2018 and we are proud to report that Obelisk Support CEO and First 100 Years founder, Dana Denis-Smith, is Legal Personality of the Year 2018.

These prestigious awards – which are in their fifth year – shine a spotlight on the achievements of both individuals and teams across the legal sector, including private practice, in-house counsel, the Bar as well as suppliers. They celebrate the vital contribution the people and organisations that work in and around the law make not only to the future of the legal profession but to the wider community and the advancement of the Law itself.

The Legal Personality of the Year award honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the legal sphere in the past year. Dana was picked through an online vote of the New Law Journal readership from a shortlist compiled by the judging panel, shortlist including Sean Jones QC, Gina Miller, Ryan Mowa and Clive Stafford Smith.

Equality Starts at Home

This means a lot to me” says Dana Denis-Smith, “- because it recognises the years of work I and my team have poured into both Obelisk Support and First 100 Years (2014-2019): Women in Law; because it recognised that at the heart of our work is a very important cause  – the fight for equality. I have so many people to thank for helping me get this far – my team, the clients and consultants that have helped build Obelisk into a sustainable multi-million business; the trustees, professional champions and volunteers at Spark21 and the First 100 Years; my tribe of female founders; and my ever patient husband, John Denis-Smith and my daughter, who have kept me sane and motivated and remind me every day that Equality Starts in the Home.” 

Winners of the LexisNexis Legal Awards 2018

LexisNexis 2018 Awards

Other winners of the 2018 LexisNexis Legal awards are

Congratulations to all the winners for their achievements.

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Obelisk Support Makes Inc. 5000 Europe Fastest Growing Private Companies List

Obelisk Support, the legal services provider for FTSE companies and law firms HQ-ed in London, was today named as one of the top 25% fastest growing companies in Europe – at no  1,171 out of 5,000 companies ranked in the 2018 edition of “Inc. 5000” Europe.

“We are thrilled to be listed in the Inc. 5000 list in 2018 as is a testament to the important legal needs we solve for our customers,” said Dana Denis-Smith, CEO of Obelisk Support. “Our clients trust Obelisk to help them with their legal work by matching the right skills to each job; importantly, I am proud of this achievement as it shows that driving positive change in the legal industry by being focused on people has a positive impact on financial performance; our social impact ethos means that our  1,000+ lawyers are loyal to us because we are committed to change the opportunities they have to work differently.”

In addition to Obelisk Support, the Inc. 5000 Europe list added notable companies such as HelloFresh, Dyson, Moo and Coolblue. You are in some pretty impressive company—which is exactly where you belong. As an Inc. 5000 Europe honouree, Obelisk Support Solutions now shares a pedigree with Intuit, Under Armour, Microsoft, Timberland, Pandora, Patagonia, Oracle, and dozens of other prominent recent U.S. alumni.

Obelisk Support is a revolutionary multi award-winning legal services company that connects law firms and in-house legal teams to highly-experienced corporate lawyers who want to work flexibly, whether for family or other reasons. Denis-Smith founded the business after becoming dismayed at the numbers of women she saw leaving the profession for family reasons – and realising this could be a key untapped pool of talent for innovative firms and in-house teams prepared to take a more flexible approach.

For 37 years, Inc. has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies into a very exclusive club. To be sure, considering the millions of private companies operating throughout Europe, being listed on the Inc. 5000 Europe is a significant achievement. The median company on the list increased sales by more than 254% since the start of 2013, while the average honouree grew a mind-boggling 473%. Those are results most companies could only dream of in the economy of the past three years.

“In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 Europe tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success, and I believe them.”

The Inc. 5000 Europe is a prestigious ranking of European-based, privately held, for profit and independent companies, based on percentage revenue growth. For the full list of this year’s Inc. 5000 winners, visit:


Dana Denis-Smith Finalist for Working Mums Top Employer Award 2017

We are proud to announce that Dana Denis-Smith, CEO of award-winning alternative legal services company Obelisk Support, is shortlisted for the Working Mums Top Employer Award 2017, in the Working Mums Champion Award category.

The Working Mums Champion Award is for stand-out individuals whose efforts have made a big difference to working mums in the workplace.

Potential recipients of this Award would include:

– individuals or organisations who have come up with innovative ideas to help women overcome potential barriers to career progression

– senior or middle managers who have set up a parent support forum, put forward innovative proposals for areas such as maternity leave and return to work or introduced mentoring schemes for women.

– individuals who have championed the recruitment and retention of working mums through specific initiatives or in public forums.

Other shortlisted champions are:

We congratulate all participants for their achievements and wish them all the best.