On 20 February 2014, the Lexis In-house Advisory Board met to discuss a topic that has recently received a high level of press attention, and which is high on the agenda of businesses and the legal profession alike: how to create and benefit from a diverse workforce.
The conversation was facilitated by Dana Denis-Smith, CEO of Obelisk, a leading legal outsourcing business that has built a highly-skilled pool of talent by offering experienced lawyers a more flexible way to work.
Obelisk was born when Dana began to explore why legal work was being sent offshore and how it might be brought back. At the start, the focus was just on gender diversity; female talent was dropping out of City firms, usually never to return, because of family commitments. Now Obelisk is a home for lawyers who want to follow their passion and get back into work; and for law firms and in-house legal teams who are looking for different, cost-effective resourcing models.