Derek Southall - Founder and CEO
Our Founder and CEO Derek Southall, is a high profile and very well connected figure in the legal technology, innovation 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. Derek started his professional life as a corporate lawyer but since 1999 he has immersed himself in the world of Technology and Productivity, Digital, Innovation, Strategy and Knowledge Management as well as organisational and market change. During this time Derek has delivered a range of strategic projects both for the firm and its global clients (the latter ranging from some of the biggest legal teams in the world to the very smallest). Derek has literally supported hundreds of in house legal teams in a wide range of sectors.
Derek has spent over 17 years working both within the business and with major global clients in developing strategies and implementing a range of business improvement projects relating to technology, digital, compliance, risk, and productivity. The firm has grown from £27mil when Derek joined to over £400mil at today’s date. Derek has played a key role in supporting this growth through the dotcom era, multiple recessions, internationalisation, head quarter moves and several waves of technological changes.
Derek has led the firm’s innovation strategy and in 2016 the firm was named by the FT as the second most innovative law firm in Europe. Derek has also been the driving force behind winning a range of other awards.
The Financial Times ranked Derek as one of the top three most innovative lawyers in the UK in their first study into the UK market and he was recognised in 2017's prestigious Acritas Stars database as a one of few Star Lawyers delivering outstanding service. This was based entirely on independent client feedback. The IT team which Derek has been responsible for has also been named as the Most Innovative Legal Technology Team by the FT and Legal Business as Legal Technology Team of the Year.
Derek has been 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.
Derek chairs and was one of the founders of the Legal IT Innovators Group 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.
Suzanne Southall - Director of Operations
Suzanne Southall is a Director of Hyperscale Group. She has considerable experience in the legal sector, having qualified as a solicitor in 1992, working in Employment Law. She worked for the Cayman Islands Government in the Attorney-General’s Chambers where she had various roles, including teaching at the Cayman Islands Law School, advising on aspects of law reform and drafting legislation.
Latterly Suzanne has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the College of Law, teaching law and skills to a wide range of students. Suzanne’s current role involves running Hyperscale Group’s operations including finance, HR and resource planning.
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Karen Brittan - Project Officer
Karen is an experienced project support professional possessing a wide set of skills within the project administration and coordination field.
With considerable experience across both public and private sectors, Karen has supported project teams with marketing projects, public relations work, social media and website content management, finance administration, event planning and client communication.
Responsibilities have included project planning and implementation, monitoring schedules and budgets, and liaising with key stakeholders.
James Nagra - Project Support Executive
James is an International Business and French graduate. He has previously worked in Paris in business development for a fast-growing digital tech start up. During this time, he was a valued member of a diverse team comprising five different nationalities operating in a dynamic international business environment. James has substantial experience in an array of areas, including project support, business development, research, marketing communications, social media and content creation.
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Simran mohr - project support executive
Simran has joined from Aston university where she has been studying Business and International Relations, where she was also an EY Ambassador. She wanted a role which gave her “responsibility & opportunity to grow”, the ability to apply her people skills as well as the opportunity to join and contribute to a rapidly evolving market which Hyperscale Group have the chance to give her.
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