Our Founder

Our founder is Dana Denis Smith, CEO of Obelisk Support, who conceived the idea for the First 100 Years back in 2014 when she stumbled upon a photograph from 1982. It showed city law firm, Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills) celebrating its centenary. Front and centre of the photo was the firm’s first female partner, Dorothy Livingstone.

For Dana it was the start of a five-year journey to chart and celebrate the history of women in the law and to inspire future generations. The Next 100 Years continues this work whilst looking to the future and how we can create an equal future for women in law.