Observations on the last 1000 days of LegalTech

In many ways, Hyperscale Group entered the market at a hugely exciting time.  We launched at a time when the legal tech market was undergoing exponential growth and the increase in investment figures (713% plus) speak for themselves. In many ways, it was “feast to famine”. It used to be difficult to find tech to solve problems. Instead, now teams will be confronted with a wide array of start-ups which can do virtually anything anyone wants and people are literally spoilt for choice and are often overwhelmed.

We also entered the market at what will historically prove to be a defining period. The $850bn legal industry has always leveraged technology. Virtually all of this technology has been information management technology i.e. managing finances, documents and emails. In the last 5 years, we have seen a new wave of technology hitting the market which helps with the “delivery of law”. For the first time the delivery of law is moving from analogue to digital. The quantum and consequences of this change cannot be underestimated. Historically the ability of a law firm or in-house team to deliver legal advice will have been constrained by having the right number of people with the right skills at the right time.

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Derek Southall

Derek Southall

Hyperscale Group
Derek Southall, founder and CEO is a high profile and very well connected 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 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 as the most innovative in Europe and subsequently the firm to ranked as the 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. Derek has been ranked three times in the last three years as an Acritas Star for outstanding client delivery (based on independent feedback). Derek chairs and was one of the founders of the Legal IT Innovators Group ( which has 80 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. recently joined forces with two other leading advisory businesses in the fields of technology, operations and financial management to create the 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 they give advice. Derek also serves on the advisory boards of several start-ups and has recently been appointed to the advisory board of the Global Institute of Innovation, which brings together around 400 academics to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.