Dana Denis-Smith

Founder, First 100 Years


Based in London, Dana is Chief Executive Officer of Obelisk Support and founder of The First 100 Years project.


In 2010, Dana founded Obelisk Legal Support Solutions (Obelisk Support), a London-based alternative legal services company built around flexible, highly-skilled professionals. Dana is passionate about building a world where work and personal lives can be balanced effectively and is an outspoken advocate for women returners, female founders and women in legal tech.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Dana was an international journalist and a lawyer at Linklaters.


Aware that the legal profession is far behind its times in terms of gender diversity, Dana founded the First 100 Years project, to celebrate the journey of women in the legal profession in the United Kingdom over the past 100 years. This project will celebrate the centenary of women in law in 2019.


In 2018, Dana was voted Legal Personality of the Year at the LexisNexis Awards 2018 and Obelisk Support joined the top tier of three prestigious lists, the FT Future UK 100, the FT1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies and Inc. 5000 List of Europe’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

Best piece of advice

Don’t let others dictate how you will be remembered.

Specialism at work

Leadership, entrepreneurship, finance, fundraising

Favourite hobby

Opera and stationery.