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CHAIR of JUDGES

Marcus Jamieson-Pond is a freelance photographer.

In his earlier career, he spent many years working in law firms both in Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility roles. 

As part of his CSR work, Marcus worked to raise the issue of the impact that business has on the environment and often spoke on the subject.

In recent years, he has followed his other passion - for capturing digitally the world around him and acts as a Creative Director to the First 100 Years project, that celebrates women in law. He also works as a freelance through his own business www.jampondphotography.com

 

"I'm really pleased to have been asked to judge the Obelisk photo competition.  Our environment is the only one we have and anything we can do to raise awareness of the need to preserve it has to be applauded".

Marcus can be found at marcus@jampondphotography.com

JUDGING PANEL 

Dana Denis Smith, CEO Obelisk Support  

Dana is the CEO and founder of Obelisk Support, a legal services provider offering flexible legal solutions to FTSE100 and law firms with highly-skilled lawyers. Dana specializes in legal tech disruption with a human focus and Obelisk Support was listed as one of the fastest-growing businesses in Europe in 2018 by the Financial Times and Inc. 5000.

 

A TedX speaker, she regularly speaks at industry events and in global media on the topics of gender equality, scaling-up businesses and legal technology. In 2019, she was recognised by the Legal 500 for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Services and in 2018, she was voted Legal Personality of the Year at the LexisNexis Awards. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Worcester in England, recognising her achievements as an entrepreneur and philanthropist championing the rights of women in law.

 

In 2014, she founded the First 100 years project, a charity celebrating the first 100 years of women in the legal profession in the United Kingdom.

 

She can be reached at d.denis-smith@obelisksupport.com.

Oliver Tanqueray, Client Earth   

 

Oliver is the Sustainable Seafood Coalition Coordinator at ClientEarth. He works with UK businesses to secure responsible seafood supply chains and a healthy marine environment.

 

His earlier career with a variety of food manufacturers - all of which are facing climate-related supply challenges - alerted him to the close, and precarious relationship between food security and climate stability.

 

"Too often, the issues of climate change are seen as abstract and theoretical. It's a pleasure to be judging a competition which brings these issues to life in vibrant, visual form. The marine environment is especially 'out-of-sight' for most of us, so photography has an important role to play in inspiring positive change.”

Simone Davidson, Head of LexisPSL Environment, Lexis Nexis  

Simone is an environmental law specialist and is head of LexisPSL Environment.

Simone moved to LexisNexis from Clyde & Co where she trained. Whilst at Clyde & Co Simone gained experience in contentious work, including large scale arbitrations, private claims and regulatory breaches, and a variety of non-contentious issues. Some of her experience includes the EU Emissions Trading System, the domestic Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, environmental due diligence, Energy Performance Certificates, permitting requirements and contaminated land.

Simone has written a number of articles, which have been published in various journals and she is a trustee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA).