Dana Denis-Smith

Entrepreneurship Expert


Dana Denis-Smith is the CEO and founder of Obelisk Support, a legal services provider offering flexible legal solutions to FTSE100 and law firms delivered by highly-skilled legal freelancers. Obelisk Support was listed as one of the fastest-growing businesses in Europe in 2018 by the Financial Times and in 2020 was one of a handful of UK legal businesses to secure grant funding from Innovate UK.

A TedX speaker, Dana regularly speaks at industry events and in the media on gender equality, entrepreneurship and legal technology. In 2020, she was recognised for her work as a women's advocate and champion of gender equality via the First 100 Years national campaign with the Special Contribution Award at the Women in Law Awards. In 2019, she was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Legal Services by The Legal 500 and in 2018, she was voted Legal Personality of the Year at the LexisNexis Awards.

In 2014, she founded the First 100 Years to celebrate the first 100 years of women in the legal profession in the United Kingdom. As of 2020, the campaign is now replaced by the Next 100 Years, focusing on the future of the legal profession for women. In 2020, Dana was recognised by the Women in Law Awards who presented her with the Special Contribution Award for her achievements in the industry.

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