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Derek Southall

Founder and CEO

Hyperscale Group Ltd


Founder and CEO Derek Southall, is a high profile and very well connected figure in the legal technology, innovation, knowledge management and digital marketplaces and was recently described as the “Doyen of legal IT and Innovation”. Derek has spent nearly 25 years in a range of leading strategic roles for a top 50 global law firm, for most of this time as a Partner and Head of Strategic Development and subsequently as Head of Digital and Innovation. During this period Derek oversaw and helped drive growth from £27 mil TO to in excess of £425 mil TO as well as driving and supporting numerous mergers and international expansion to 18 offices in 10 countries.

Derek was ranked by the FT as one of the top three most innovative lawyers in the UK in its first study into the legal market. Derek also led the firm’s technology team to become ranked by the FT as the most innovative in Europe and subsequently the firm to ranked as the FT’s second most innovative firm in Europe as well as picking up a range of other awards.

Derek has been the relationship partner for a long list of major household name clients in a range of sectors including Automotive, FMCG, Financial Services, Food and Drink, Fashion and Construction and has a strong track record in sales and product delivery – he has helped a huge number of in house legal teams to optimise delivery models, achieve operational excellence and in transforming their teams. Derek has been ranked three times in recent years as an Acritas Star for outstanding client delivery (based entirely on independent client feedback) and have been ranked by Legal Business as one of the top 20 most influential International knowledge management leaders. In his early career Derek was a corporate finance lawyer specialising in private equity and venture capital.

Derek chairs and was one of the founders of the Legal IT Innovators Group (www.litig.org) which has 75 or so of the top 100 firms as members and which plays a key role in driving ahead technological thinking and change for the good of the legal profession. In this role he has worked alongside the United Nations and a range of other large organisations.

Around two years ago and at the request of clients Derek set up www.hyperscalegroup.com which is an advisory business helping clients develop strategies for and overcome challenges with technology, digital, knowledge management and innovation. Hyperscale Group works for a range of large global businesses, legal and compliance departments, professional services firms, venture capitalists, litigation funders and start ups in a range of jurisdictions around the globe. Derek also serves on the advisory boards of a number of start ups and is also an investor.

Derek recently joined forces with two other leading advisory businesses in the fields of technology, operations and financial management to create the www.intuityalliance.com which has been referred to as the “Holy Trilogy” of Legal IT. Its purpose is to pool experience and intellectual knowhow to ensure we have a more holistic approach to how we give advice.

Finally Derek has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Institute for Global Innovation, a multidisciplinary group of around 350-400 academics who are working to solve the world’s biggest problems.

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