Derek Southall, is a high profile figure in the legal technology, innovation, knowledge management and digital marketplaces 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 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 is the CEO of www.hyperscalegroup.com which is an advisory and implementation 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 board of the Institute of Global Innovation, a multidisciplinary group of around 350-400 academics who are working to solve the world’s biggest problems as well as a number of start-ups and is a non-executive director of www.fliplet.com. Derek is also a co-founder of an operational excellence e learning platform called www.theprofessionalalternative.com
Derek chairs the Legal IT Innovators Group (www.litig.org) which has 85 or so of the top 100 firms as members (representing 90000 users and £20bn of turnover).