Dana Denis-Smith

Council member for Women Lawyers

Date elected to councilOct 2022

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Dana Denis-Smith is the CEO of Obelisk Support and the founder of the First 100 Years campaign. A TedX speaker, Dana regularly speaks at industry events and in the media on gender equality, culture in the legal profession, and the future of legal work.

In 2020, she was recognised for her work as a women's advocate and champion of gender equality 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.

Most recently Dana has been shortlisted in the 2022 FT Innovative Lawyers Europe awards, was awarded her second honorary doctorate in laws from the University of Glasgow in recognition for her contribution, achievements and positive impact on the legal profession in June 2022.

In 2010, she founded Obelisk Support to provide flexible legal solutions to legal teams and law firms by working with lawyers that needed to work remotely and more flexibly around their family or other caring commitments.

Obelisk Support was highly commended at the 2022 Lawyer Awards for ‘Law Company of the Year’ and is again ranked in Chambers and Partners 2022 as a leading firm – praised by clients for being "commercial and flexible".

In 2014, Dana founded the First 100 Years, a national charitable campaign to celebrate the first 100 years of women in the legal profession in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

As of 2020, the campaign is replaced by the Next 100 Years, focusing on the future of the legal profession for women.

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