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Anexsys acquires K2 Legal Support after appointment of new group CEO

Added on the 4th Jan 2017 at 10:24 am
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james-duckenfield-hobs-group-ceoLegal technology and consultancy firm Anexsys, which is part of the Hobs Group and until 2015 was called Hobs Legal Docs, has acquired K2 Legal Support, creating the largest dedicated legal print and scanning business in the UK. The acquisition follows the appointment of new Hobs Group CEO James Duckenfield (pictured), who has signalled his intention to expand the group’s geographical coverage.

Anexsys provides e-Discovery, digital forensic services, managed hosted legal systems as well as printing and scanning for a range of legal, corporate and government clients. It has offices in London and Manchester, while K2 operates out of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester. The acquisition of K2 will allow Anexsys to continue to support law firms locally, and offer extended coverage for national law firms.

Rob Crowley, managing director of Anexsys said: “K2 have built a fantastic reputation in the legal print industry over the last ten years. I’m delighted that K2’s experienced team will be joining us and that we will be able to provide national coverage of new and existing services.”

Duckenfield, meanwhile, was in December formally announced as successor to former CEO Kieran O’Brien, who will continue his involvement with the company as a non-executive director.

Duckenfield, who joined from Xerox in September 2016, has signalled plans to increase both the geographical coverage and capability of the Hobs Group.  He said: “We’ve ambitious plans for both organic and inorganic growth and I want to see the Hobs business almost double by 2020.”

The plan for Anexsys is to increase its geographical coverage especially in e-Discovery and digital forensics, with a strong focus on managed services.


  1. Andrew Haslam says:

    OK, very interesting. Looks as though Anexsys have ambitions beyond being a niche provider of Relativity plugins (as well as the other excellent work they do in eDisclosure). For the past year, my mantra for the changing UK eDisclosure landscape has been “go big, go niche, get out”, Looks as though they are moving from the “niche” to the “go big” column. Note it’s with a print based company, one of my other truisms is that “paper, like the poor, is always with us”. Legal is still wedded to the stuff, the trick is the value add you provide with your expertise and understanding of the requirements.

    In other news, the buzz word for 2017 that will be used to death is “managed services”, expect to hear this (and it’s co-partner in over use, “consultative”) ad infinitum through the next 12 months, as everyone scrambles to move away from revenues based on hosting and processing fees. There will be successes and failures, I think the Anexsys guys will be one of the successes and wish them well in their new guise.

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