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Digital Transformation – Extending Strategic Service Advantage

LegalTech Talks live 10th March 2021 at 15:00 – 16:00 (GMT)

In a time of heightened agile tech transformation, the legal sector has undertaken the greatest project delivery in terms of Tech adoption. With Evolution still continuing in the sectorchanges in attitudes and standard practice will see a faster transition to cloud-based technology and infrastructure as a critical component of digital transformation. 

By embracing change and undergoing digital transformation, even the most traditional law firms can make major gains and tip the scales to their strategic advantage

Join this session to explore:

  • Critical components for digital transformation
  • Changes in attitudes and standard practice towards transition to cloud-based and new technologies
  • Embracing operational change – drivers for business growth
  • Achieving sustainable competitive advantage through service differentiation
  • Innovation strategies and changing strategic priorities.


Derek Southall, CEO, Hyperscale Group Limited (Chair)

Our 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 by the FT as the second most innovative firm in Europe as well as picking up a range of other awards.

Dr. Stacy Sinclair
Head of Technology and Innovation, Fenwick Elliott

Dr Stacy Sinclair is a Partner and Head of Technology & Innovation at Fenwick Elliott LLP, the UK’s largest, specialist construction and energy law firm.  Stacy leads Fenwick Elliott’s technology and innovation initiatives:  overseeing the development and implementation of new legal technologies, as well as collaborating and engaging with clients on new digital technologies in the construction and legal industries.  She is responsible for IT & infrastructure, internal tech operations, platforms, workflows and external client initiatives and products.

Prior to her current role, Stacy practised as construction lawyer, advising on both contentious and non-contentious issues.  Before law, Stacy practised as an Architect, principally designing large-scale projects such as stadiums, hospitals and education buildings in both the UK and the USA. This dual-qualification and experience in the construction industry provides a unique expertise and platform for advising on technical issues and the digital transformation of both the construction and legal industries.

Adrian Cambridge
Head of IT Operations, HFW

Adrian Cambridge is a highly experienced IT leader with over 26 years’ experience 11 of which in legal. Adrian is the Global Head of IT Operations for law firm HFW which has 19 offices worldwide. Before working in the legal sector, he was an IT consultant for an IBM business partner working across many industry verticals.

Adrian has worked for law firms Mischon de Reya (in the UK) and Simmons & Simmons and Latham and Watkins in the Middle East. For the last five years he was Head of IT for a local holding company based in Abu Dhabi and part of a team that built four diverse companies from the ground up, designing and implementing their technology offerings. As a member of the management team for each company Adrian gained a more commercial approach to IT service delivery, often being called on to assist with company day-to-day operations, marketing, and contributing to the long term strategy of each company. He was also tasked with delivering commercial, innovative IT solutions for clients based in the UAE and the Maldives.

In August 2019 Adrian joined HFW to head up the global operations team based in the London office. Working closely with the IT Director, he has been tasked with transforming the IT department, systems and support at HFW with a push towards cloud and infrastructure as a service. The firm has demanded a more agile approach that provides the best IT facilities and working environment for employees, allowing HFW to give their clients the highest quality service. Adrian is helping to design IT systems and solutions that are both fit for purpose and commercially viable and allows HFW to interact more closely with clients. A challenge he is relishing.

Nigel Tranter, CTO
Pinsent Masons

As Chief Technology Officer, Nigel provides strategic leadership and is accountable for all technology services including enterprise business change, product development and servicing, technology and enterprise architectures, operational platforms, service management, technology governance and technology-aligned financial management on a global basis.

Previously Nigel spent four years at Gulf Bank in Kuwait where he was the Chief Information Officer. Other executive and senior roles have included a ten-year tenure at Barclays where Nigel was the Chief Architect – Europe and Middle East Retail & Business Banking.