Founder and CEO of Hyperscale Group Limited and co-founder of The Professional Alternative, 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 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 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.