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CMS UK announces strategic partnership with Obelisk to support flexible resourcing

20 May 2019

CMS UK and Obelisk are pleased to announce the launch of a new strategic partnership to support in the delivery of Mix, a key strand of the firm’s global tech and innovation approach CMS by Design (https://cms.law/en/GBR/Online-Services/Smart-Services/CMS-by-Design).

Mix focuses on the deployment of people, processes, technology and resources to meet specific client needs, legal, regulatory or commercial. It draws on the firm’s growing pool of legal project managers, designers, product managers, legal tech tools and 90+ paralegals across its Legal Service Units to create and deliver tailored benefits for clients.

The new partnership forms a central part of this offering – giving CMS access to Obelisk’s large talent pool to help resource client and business projects more flexibly.

CMS’ Head of Innovation and Legal Operations, John Craske, who leads the CMS by Design Mix offering, comments: “This is an exciting opportunity for our businesses to work together to support clients and leverage our respective capabilities and strengths. Obelisk operates a unique flexible working model, allowing us to tap into their diverse talent pool as and when we need to. Having this additional resource will significantly strengthen our ability to service our clients and deliver innovative solutions on a large variety of client needs and transactions, no matter the complexity or size.”

The firms are also working together to develop a coordinated approach to women returners, building on CMS’ participation as a founding firm in the Reignite Academy and on other potential projects to support CMS’ work allocation and resource management approach.

Dana Denis-Smith, CEO of Obelisk Support, says, “We are looking forward to working with a like-minded leading business. Through this partnership with CMS, Obelisk can continue to drive positive change in the legal profession, share thinking and best practice, and support our consultants as they embrace new ways of operating that will allow them to flourish. I am excited that this collaboration allows our organisations to continue to demonstrate their commitment to diversity, flexibility and excellence.”