Case study: Obelisk Support’s legal work for Kantar

 

Obelisk Support is proud to have been helping Kantar with their internal legal work. As the world’s leading data, insights and consulting company, it’s not surprising that Kantar is one of the businesses that has thrived over the past year. With more than 30,000 employees working in 100 countries around the world, Kantar uses its position and extensive knowledge to help its clients understand people, inspire growth and shape the future.

In 2019, the company underwent a major strategic restructuring and has seen significant growth since. While there’s no denying that an increase in business is a fantastic outcome for all, the restructuring left Group General Counsel, Nilema Bhakta-Jones, without a complete legal team of the right size and experience to match the business need. Nilema turned to Obelisk for an interim solution. Nilema needed experienced lawyers and paralegals at short notice to support the company’s ongoing transformation, fill gaps whilst she built her full complement team and tackle the busy pipeline of acquisitions and disposals that make up Kantar’s ambitious growth strategy.

“Thanks to the wide range of talent and flexibility at Obelisk Support, we’ve been able to build a legal team to match our exact needs in a timeframe that we hadn’t thought possible.​”

Nilema Bhakta-Jones

Group General Counsel, Kantar

 

Legal work delivered by paralegals and qualified lawyers

 

Having the largest pool of pre-vetted freelance legal consultants in the world has enabled Obelisk to support Kantar every step of the way. Obelisk has supported the team with both paralegals and qualified lawyers, creating a dynamic, multi-talented team with expertise covering a wide range of sectors, including data protection, employment, M&A and commercial contracts.

Says Nilema, “Obelisk has been a trusted partner for years in my various roles as GC and COO. I’ve been very impressed with their model – Obelisk has provided us with highly-qualified legal consultants, as well as setting us up with a dedicated Client Delivery Manager who supports us when we need it and ensures that all work is delivered to the highest standards.”

 

Legal work that works for all

 

Not only is Obelisk Support a fantastic solution for clients, but this solution is equally beneficial for our legal consultants.

Ivan, a senior corporate lawyer supporting Kantar with their M&A transactions, told us, “Working as a legal consultant is a wonderful model, letting you manage your own time, your own work-load, and devote your quality time to the things that really matter to you, both professionally and personally.”

Another of our in-role consultants, a paralegal at the start of her career, told us how welcoming and supportive Kantar has been and shared some of the benefits of her experience as a legal consultant. Also working on large M&A transactions, she explained, “I’ve been exposed to all different areas of commercial law and I’ve enjoyed applying my substantive knowledge through the practical aspects of working as a legal consultant. The experience so far has been great.”

“I’ve recommended Obelisk to multiple GCs, and heartily recommend them to any GC who is managing transformation in their business or function.”

Nilema Bhakta-Jones

Group General Counsel, Kantar

Legal work that supports business transformation

 

Obelisk’s win-win model has proven to be ideal during times of organisational transformation. Our flexible legal services give in-house teams the extra time to focus on longer-term initiatives whilst benefiting from new experience and diverse ways of working.

For others in the midst of organisational change Nilema explains, “I’ve recommended Obelisk to multiple GCs, and heartily recommend them to any GC who is managing transformation in their business or function. Tapping into their talent pool has helped us to maintain a superior legal service in-house and deliver on strategic projects at the same time.”

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