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Inspired by the past.

Shaping the future.

A symbol of enduring support and resilience, we derived our name from the famous Cleopatra’s Needle standing tall on London’s Thames River bank.

We continue to look up to the grand Obelisk which inspires us to create real and lasting change every day by helping legal professionals find work that works around their lives.

About Dana@2x 80

About our founder

When Dana Denis-Smith founded Obelisk Support, she was building on a multi award-winning career. She is the Founder of the First 100 Years campaign, a TEDx speaker, and regularly speaks at industry events. She is also a member of The Law Society Council and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Glasgow.

Dana Denis-Smith

Dana is an award-winning entrepreneur, leading campaigner for equality, TEDx speaker, philanthropist and CEO.

An avid activist for the place of women in law, she founded Obelisk Support in 2010, and the First Hundred Years project in 2014.

She is a TEDx speaker and regularly speaks at industry events and in the media on gender equality in the legal profession, and has been recognised with a litany of awards for her efforts and achievements.

Dana's talks and panels

  • Our CEO Dana Denis-Smith was elected as a Council representative for the Law Society Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee in 2023
  • Elected to the Law Society Council representing Women in 2022
  • Special commendation as an “Innovative Leader” for the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Europe Awards, 2022
  • The Special Contribution Award at the Women in Law Awards 2020
  • Named as the legal sector’s ‘Outstanding Innovator’ at the Legal Week Legal Innovation Awards 2015

Meet the Team

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Khairat Abubakar

Client Services Associate

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“Obelisk’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility aligns perfectly with my values, and it’s inspiring to be part of a team that genuinely cares about making a positive impact. ”

Caroline Allen

Chief Commercial Officer

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“I am inspired by how Obelisk is changing the world of legal work, supporting clients meet the increasing demands placed on them while keeping exceptional talent in the legal industry – innovative, unafraid, and always #HumanFirst”.
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Flavia Azevedo

Client Services Manager

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“I’m thrilled to be part of the Obelisk team, where I’m deeply committed to our mission of providing flexible and tailored solutions to meet the evolving demands of the legal industry and support the diverse needs of legal professionals.”
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Tom Birkett

Senior Account Manager

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“It is hugely motivating to be part of an organisation that not only shares my values but is also playing a significant role in what I believe to be the future of the legal profession.”
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Client Account Manager

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“I joined Obelisk Support as I value their Human First approach and the emphasis placed on being a diverse, inclusive, and forward-thinking company, that champions flexible working models.”


Client Services Manager

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“The experience a company provides is as important as its products and services. My role at Obelisk Support is to make sure that our consultants are looked after and provide a human touch alongside our online platform.”
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Finance Director

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“Working towards an era that embraces equality and diversity in business, Obelisk are pioneering the way for the legal world.”


Product Owner

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“The opportunity to be part of a team that is passionate about changing the world of work not only inspires me, but is also a great privilege.”


Recruitment Manager

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“The legal sector can be very conservative, but it is changing rapidly and to see the choices expand, especially for women, is part of what makes the job so fascinating.”
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Sana Ahmer

Finance Manager

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“I am super excited to be part of Obelisk family, working in the Finance team to help support the business and its team members progress and achieve the next phase of growth!”
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Debbie Tembo

Non-Executive Director

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“I never forget whether I’m interacting with clients, consultants or colleagues, we are Human First”.

The original home of

legal work.

Obelisk Support was born when our founder Dana Denis-Smith saw the need for change. In 2010, in India, she was exploring her next entrepreneurial idea. While many businesses were setting up offshore outsourcing centres for legal support, her mind turned to those in the UK who were leaving the profession due to traditional working practices.

Why should experienced, talented people leave their profession when their lifestyles change? If they couldn’t work full time, the legal world presented few options. While they miss out on their careers, the legal world loses their skills.

On returning to London, Dana founded Obelisk Support with a team of four ex-City lawyers to pioneer flexible work and promote diversity and inclusion in all types of legal teams.

Since then we have placed more than 2,000 legal consultants in work positions and built a network of hundreds of clients, which includes 35 of the FTSE 100 and legal teams in many growing businesses.

Why Obelisk?

  • Matching great businesses with the right expert support
  • Pioneering new ways of working
  • Committed to creating more inclusive workspaces

Who we work with

Goldman Sachs