Litig has a very experienced and diverse Board who have spent many years working in Legal IT and other technology industries. The Board comprises both technologists and lawyers and is re-elected annually at the Litig AGM which is normally held around February. We always welcome new suggestions for Board members.
The current Board comprises:
Chairman: Derek Southall
Head of Digital and Innovation
Birmingham, B4 6WR
Founder and CEO
Hyperscale Group Limited
20-22 Wenlock Road
London, N1 7GU
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 was one of the founder members of Litig and has served on its Board since it was incorporated.
Derek has spent nearly 25 years in a range of leading strategic roles for GowlingWLG 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.
In April 2017 Derek stepped down from the GowlingWLG partnership to set up www.hyperscalegroup.com of which he is Chief Executive. Hyperscale Group delivers a range of services in relation to Innovation, Digital, Futures, Strategy, Operational Excellence and more. The company works for corporates, in house legal teams, software companies, venture capitalists, SMEs, start-ups, law firms and other professional services businesses. The purpose of the company is to help businesses to maximise their potential in an increasingly digitised and complex world.
Derek has led GowlingWLG’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.
Secretary: Peter Owen
55 Kineton Green Road
West Midlands, B92 7DX
Peter is the Founder and Managing Director of Lights-On Consulting Limited, an IT and management consultancy practice. Established in 2005, Lights-On specialises in the legal sector but also carries out some work for sectors outside of legal to maintain a broader commercial view. Peter is also a founder member, Director and Secretary of Litig, a not-for-profit legal think-tank whose members are senior legal IT Directors or in house legal counsel of major corporates with a goal of improving collaboration between clients and law firms. In his role as Director of Lights-On Consulting, Peter works with both Law firms and IT suppliers in the Legal sector.
Prior to Lights-On Consulting Peter was the IT Director at Eversheds for over 10 years. Eversheds was then one of the largest law firms in the world with over 4000 staff in its 13 offices in Europe and more in its many associated offices worldwide. Peter led Eversheds’ IT through its merger of seven separate law firms in August 2000, bringing together the seven IT departments with different IT systems, technologies and cultures into one, firm-wide IT department with consolidated technology across the firm.
Before Eversheds, Peter spent 9 years in DuPont primarily in the oil and gas sector in areas such as mainframe development, establishing helpdesks, managing development and business analyst teams, “Business IT Troubleshooter” and as IT consultant to various smaller subsidiary, joint venture, start-up or affiliated firms in the chemical, energy and energy conservation sectors.
Treasurer and Membership: Rosemary Kind
North Yorkshire, YO61 1SN
Rosemary has been a director of Litig since the outset. A Chartered Accountant and former IT & Finance Director of Shoosmiths, Rosemary left to set up her own publishing business Alfie Dog Fiction. Although she maintains her commitment to the Legal IT market, her main focus is now writing and publishing both fiction and non-fiction. Her first published book was Negotiation Skills for Lawyers, published by Arc Group. Since then she has added a number of novels, humorous books and non-fiction guides to both writing and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog Breed, the development of the breed being her main hobby.
Prior to working in the legal industry she had ten years’ experience in senior management roles in regional newspapers, radio, and media consultancy covering both finance and IT.
Director: John Craske
Director, Legal Services
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
20 Castle Terrace
John has been a LITIG member for more than 10 years and has been on the LITIG board for approximately 10 years.
At CMS, John is responsible for the resourcing strategy (think people, process and technology), with the aim of helping clients and the business work smarter: to find the right balance between client satisfaction, cost effectiveness, profitability and opportunities for our people. John also leads the growing Legal Project Management team.
A qualified solicitor, John spent 10 years in IT Management, taking in a wide range of responsibilities: from building teams and services, major outsourcings, governance and information security, innovation and collaboration. Since 2008 John has moved into various business change roles combining his legal and technology skills.
John co-founded the CMS Legal Services Unit in 2012 (CMS’s in-house LPO "legal process outsourcing" solution) and managed and grew the team for 3 years. The Legal Services Unit is now 60+ strong and continues to grow. The team carries out a wide range of support legal tasks for clients and our lawyers, as well as delivering on some exciting client specific projects.
John was also the lead implementer of the CMS "Legal Project Management Development Programme" (shortlisted for: FT Innovative Lawyers Award 2013 and the 2014 Scottish Legal Awards) - our programme designed to help lawyers work smarter. This is one of the services our CMS Legal Project Management team now delivers.
Director: Abby Ewen
Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP
30 Fenchurch Street
London EC3M 3BL
Abby has been IT Director at BLM since 2013. Prior to this she spent 10 years at Simmons & Simmons where she was Director of Business Transformation and 10 years at Withers. Abby is responsible for aligning technology change across the firm in a strategic way, providing technology solutions and innovations for internal and external clients. Abby has a passion for business change and a desire to inspire this passion in others. Abby has a talent for reengineering roles, reshaping resources to satisfy new initiatives, and has the ability to see how the market is changing and how the business needs to change to be more effective and meet new demands. Technology plays a key part in the success of the firm. She is also a STEM Ambassador and is focused on encouraging school children to take up careers in the exciting and evolving world of technology. Abby is a regular speaker at events and contributes to a number of legal and technology publications. Abby is a Director of LITIG, the Legal IT Innovators Group and is also on the CIO Advisory board of a global technology company.
Director: Andy Taylor
Director of IT and Innovation
Clarke Willmott LLP
1 Georges Square
Bristol, BS1 6BA
Andy spent more than 20 years in the Financial Services industry, followed by a brief stint with the MOD before joining the legal sector in 2011.
Having been hands-on in most IT disciplines over the years, he brings practical experience and common sense to business and technological change. He’s a big advocate of exploiting existing technology capability before chasing the latest, shiniest toys and is absolutely passionate about IT service delivery and has successfully implemented ISO20000.
Above all, he recognises that it’s people that make IT work, and that whilst IT specialists are generally pretty good at what they do, they don’t always go about things in the best way! Consequently, he spent 18 months in a transformational role focussed building personal capability amongst the IT team as well as technical ones, and recognising that people are capable of achieving far more than they might think.
It’s something he continues today through his support of mentoring programmes which are helping the personal development of young people in local schools.
Director: Stuart Whittle
Business Services and Innovation Director
100 Old Hall Street
Liverpool, L3 9QJ
Stuart is a qualified lawyer by trade, having practiced law as a professional indemnity lawyer from 1995. He has been a partner at Weightmans since 2002. During 2003, Stuart become involved in Weightmans’ IT, designing, developing and rolling out case management systems across the firm. In 2005 Stuart took on responsibility for Weightmans’ IT department and in 2010was promoted to IS and Operations Director since when he has been a member of Weightmans’ Board. From 2017 as part of Weightmans’ Reorganising for Profit strategic transformation initiative , Stuart takes on the role as Business Services and Innovation Director with responsibility for Information Management and Technology, People and Knowledge, Business Process Re-engineering, Risk and Compliance, Facilities and Innovation.
Stuart regularly presents at events with special areas of interest being around BPR and helping lawyers to work smartly in an uncertain market where there is continuous downward pressure on price, upwards pressure on costs and the quality of the service that is delivered to the client needs to be continually improved. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and is currently responsible for a partner-led team who are rolling out Lean Six Sigma projects within Weightmans to enable its lawyers to deliver value to their clients cost effectively.
Director: David Wood
WFW Global LLP
15 Appold Street
David is currently Global IT Director at Watson Farley & Williams (WFW), a Top 30 international law firm with 14 offices across 11 jurisdictions and an annual turnover of approximately £160m. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the legal industry with a focus on providing excellent client service and using technology in its widest sense to help law firms gain competitive advantage. This stems from his work experience and having degrees in both Computer Science and Law, being qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and obtaining an Executive MBA to develop better business insight.
Previous roles include 12 years as Head of Business Projects at Berwin Leighton Paisner and various business analyst roles at SJ Berwin and Lovell White Durrant. For David, IT should strike a balance between providing stable, reliable systems for the business and working on innovative solutions with the business. He recognises improvements in service can be found by working smarter with existing tools; introducing new solutions which are already available in the market; and looking to emerging technologies. David pursues this at work with WFW and also promotes it as a Director of LITIG and when speaking at or contributing to legal and technology events.