Derek Southall

Humphrey Southall

Partner & Head of Innovation and Digital

Gowling WLG


Derek Southall, Partner and Head of Innovation and Digital, Gowling WLG

Derek Southall leads the firm in relation to innovation and digital and a range of related areas such as knowledge management and futures. In 2016, Gowling WLG were ranked by the FT as the second most innovative law firm in Europe. Derek has 20 years’ experience, both within the business and with clients, of developing strategies and implementing a range of business improvement projects relating to technology, compliance, risk, and productivity.

Derek has worked with many of the world’s leading in-house teams from the very smallest to some of the largest. This work has covered a wide range of areas including document and email management, knowledge management, financial management, procurement, operational and resourcing strategies, demand management, KPIs, delivery models, AI and emerging technologies and more. Derek was ranked as one of the top three most innovative lawyers in the UK in the FT’s first study into the UK market and the firm have won numerous awards for their use of technology, including the Legal Business Technology Team of the Year 2015. Gowling WLG are a large international sector focused law firm with 18 offices in 10 countries.