Washington and New York to Mitchell via privacy, Singapore and Lobachevsky

February 17, 2014

The problem with running a website which offers news and updates is that people notice when it lies silent – the essence of news is that it is new. In fact, I have never aspired to timeliness and, as I say often, if it is important now, it will be important in a month’s time. This post supplements a brief note which I put up last week. Most of it is about Washington and its wonderful memorials, about the week in New York with my panels on eDiscovery technology and privacy, and about the things which got in the way when I got home. That includes some ruminations on the fall-out from Mitchell v NGN, on the unpleasant and economically-illiterate thug who carries the proud title “Lord Chancellor” and his minions at the Ministry of Justice, and on the decline of London’s aspirations to be a forum of choice for international litigants, with side references to Hong Kong (where I go next) and Singapore. There is also a bit about plagiarism illustrated by Tom Lehrer. You get variety here, if not necessarily thematic consistency.

I was at LegalTech in New York, the biggest eDiscovery industry show in the world. This was my eighth LegalTech and I know the form by now – back-to-back meetings, a couple of panels to sit on, five party invitations every night, dinners with varying degrees of learning and entertainment thrown in, and someone to talk to round every corner. This year brought the added element of sudden snowfalls leading to deep pools of slush at every crossing, particularly tiresome when your meetings alternate between the Hilton on one side of Sixth Avenue and the Warwick Hotel on the opposite corner.

Our attempts, some four months earlier, to book hotel rooms were defeated by some sporting event which apparently drew most of the US population into New York for the weekend. The cost of flights to the US falls steeply if you include a Saturday, so we went first to Washington D.C. – “we” being me, my wife Mary Ann and our youngest son William. The weather was fine and, as always, we were drawn first to the war memorials. Read the rest of this entry »


ILTA brings Insight to legal technology in London on 14 November

October 29, 2013

I am an unabashed enthusiast for the International Legal Technology Association, ILTA, whose big US conference every year is one of the high points of my (over-full) conference calendar.

It has three key elements which are critical to lawyers everywhere – the high quality of its sessions, the peer-to-peer principles of shared understanding and knowledge which are fundamental to its foundation, and the opportunity to supplement the formal exchange of shared knowledge with informal networking. It is a catalyst for ideas – which is why my post in advance of the main show in Las Vegas was called Catalyst for ideas at the ILTA annual conference in Las Vegas.

ILTA InsightAll that comes to London (shorn of some of the side-attractions which Las Vegas offers) on 14 November with a one-day event, ILTA Insight 2013, at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel which offers a packed programme and the other things mentioned above in exchange for a registration fee of – zero.

The Agenda is here. The discovery-related sessions include one called the Ins and Outs of information governance, one called Budgeting and eDisclosure, and my own one called Non-traditional sources of electronic evidence.

Other subjects include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and mobile working, document collaboration, the ever-developing subject of BYOD (Bring your own device) and the use of social business tools in legal practice.

In addition, there is a keynote by futurist Rohit Talwar in which he shares the findings from ILTA’s Legal Technology Future Horizons Project, a discussion about how businesses have adapted to change where others have not, and discussions about the route to the future from now.

The Co-Chairs are Janet Day, IT Director at Berwin Leighton Paisner, and Gareth Ash, CIO at Allen & Overy. The majority of the speakers are people who get their hands dirty daily within law firms and who are willing to share their experiences.

My own primary aim in going, apart from the sessions in which I am participating, is the opportunity to talk and listen to the people who have the problems and those with the experiences of solving them.

Registration, as I say, it’s free. It is, of course, necessary to register your intention to attend – you can do that here. I hope to see you there.

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Society for Computers and Law seeks sponsor for 40th Anniversary dinner

September 10, 2013

It does not seem that long ago that I attended the 20th Anniversary dinner of the Society for Computers and Law. That shows how time slips by, because the 40th anniversary is looming. It is to be celebrated by a dinner at the House of Commons on Thursday 5 December. Whilst I do not usually promote sponsorship opportunities, this seems to me to be a cause which I ought to help.

Why would a supplier of eDisclosure software and services – the catchment area of this blog – want to get its name in front of the sort of people who attend the SCL’s anniversary dinner? Most eDisclosure marketing is aimed at litigators who are known or presumed to face eDisclosure problems. That obviously makes sense when marketing resources are finite, but it potentially misses a significant and relevant audience – those who influence IT strategy in law firms, those whose contact with clients may be in other areas and, perhaps even more importantly, those who are responsible for wider questions of departmental efficiency, whether in a law firm or a company.

This seems to me to be a good opportunity to raise awareness of the fact that most disclosure providers do more than merely collect and process data and have value to add to litigation departments both for specific cases and for strategic planning.

Contact Caroline Gould caroline.gould@scl.org, General Manager at SCL, if you are interested in this opportunity.

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ILTA and Rohit Talwar – a project to analyse technology disruption and change

August 14, 2013

ILTA is running a project on the impact of technology on legal practice, with the futurist Rohit Talwar. The results will be delivered at ILTA Insight 2013 in London in November.

After the ILTA / ALM technology conference in Hong Kong, I wrote a long article reporting on a speech made by futurist Rohit Talwar. I called it The Ghost of Legal Services Yet to Come – a Futurist tells of things that may be in which I pulled out of the speech those things which had the most obvious relevance to the foreseeable future for law firms and barristers.

That speech was my introduction to a project being run by ILTA (International Legal Technology Association) whose purpose is to analyse the effect of the potential disruption of technology and practice of law. The original press release about the project explains the ambitions for the project. The key areas for study are:

  • Key driving forces shaping business and the legal profession.
  • A timeline of future IT developments.
  • How to leverage IT advances that help enable and enhance tomorrow’s legal organizations.
  • Possible scenarios for the role and management of IT in tomorrow’s legal organizations.
  • IT imperatives specific to law firms, legal departments, and legal technology providers.

Monica Bay now brings us up to date about this in an article on the Law Technology News site called ILTA Charges Into the Future.

Many lawyers will dismiss such studies as having no relevance to their daily practice; they have letters to write, documents to draft, full InBoxes and next quarter’s rent to pay, and you won’t catch me underestimating the effect of all this on forward planning because I have much the same cluttering up my life.  There are, however, rival views as to whether law firms in their present form are doomed; every other industry makes its plans on the basis of the world as it will be next year and in three and five years time and there is no obvious reason why lawyers should approach their businesses differently.

The results of ILTA’s project will be delivered not in the US but at ILTA Insight 2013 in London on 14 November 2013. There is to be a strong eDisclosure / eDiscovery track at that event in which I am participating. Rohit Talwar’s keynote speech will be another reason for attending ILTA Insight (which, incidentally, has no registration fees).

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Catalyst for ideas at the ILTA Annual Conference in Las Vegas

August 6, 2013

ILTA_The_CatalystILTA is the International Legal Technology Association. Its 36th Annual Educational Conference “The Catalyst” takes place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas between 18 and 22 August. Its website, comprehensive as always, covers everything you could need to know.

[A note for the purists, of whom I am generally one. It sticks in the throat to write "Caesars Palace" without an apostrophe, but that is what the place is called and accuracy trumps purity. Las Vegas is a great conference venue, but it is not a seat of learning - except when ILTA is in town.]

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ILTA is one of the few events which I attend whether I am speaking or not – indeed, much of the pleasure and value comes from going, as I am this year, with an entirely open agenda. I have formal meetings arranged, of course, with those who sponsor the eDisclosure Information Project or who might do so, and I will see many other people there, including many I don’t know or don’t expect to see. That, to me, is the biggest single benefit to be gained from mixing for several days with a very broad cross-section of the eDiscovery world.

If a lot of what I know comes from hours of reading, from sitting in sessions, and from proper meetings with agendas and stuff, a lot more comes from casual conversation in bars and restaurants. Who is recruiting and who is laying off? What really works and what is all fur and no knickers? Is it really true that…? Did you hear that…? I’m drinking one to every three going down everyone else, soaking up the market vibes, sniffing the breeze and mentally evaluating what I am hearing and why I am being told it, sifting news from gossip from special pleading from wishful thinking. The market gossip is interesting, but what really matters are the portents of big shifts – the recurring subjects, what the clients are asking for, what they are turning their back on. I don’t process it in a formal, statistical way as an analyst would do, but just soak it up and add it to what I know already. Read the rest of this entry »


Blog posts on eDiscovery | eDisclosure in December 2012

January 8, 2013

Here is a list of my blog posts of December 2012 on eDiscovery / eDisclosure and related matters. After several months of experiments, I have abandoned my Google Plus page for my short eDiscovery posts in favour of a second WordPress blog, called eDisclosure Information Project Updates. This blog has its own email sign-up for those who want to be tipped off about new posts.

Google Plus has really good SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), and the existing posts will remain there. Google’s clunky interface was one push factor; another was the feeling of being at a party which everyone else had skipped, despite the tiresome G+ focus on “community” and other things which Facebook does much better if you like that sort of thing – great for florists, car mechanics and High Street solicitors, but of no interest to me.

The new WordPress blog started delivering good SEO almost at once. I can extend its features, adjust its appearance and be sure that it will not acquire some tedious new “feature” next week because a hyperactive geek at Google has some syndrome which requires constant change for its own sake.

I have also abandoned the practice of summarising the short posts, giving a list like the one below instead. The SEO value of the summaries and the links from them was not commensurate with the very significant input which they required. I am not remotely interested in all the detailed “campaign” stats which marketing people get so hung up on. One thing matters to me – how many people go to my articles and thus past my sponsors’ logos? The average number of page views last year, weekends and holidays included, was 224 per day.

The list below, and the parallel one on my web site, are part of the web of cross-links (Twitter and LinkedIn provide the rest) which ensure that no-one can do much research on eDisclosure / eDiscovery without finding something by me.

December was a short month – I was away on holiday for a week quite apart from the long Christmas and New Year break. The volume of interesting material now being published by others is such that there is always a queue – that is, a stockpile of subjects, some already written about, which I hold back to avoid swamping the readers. Apart from time-critical things like webinar dates, I don’t think promptness matters too much – if it is important, it will still be important next week. Read the rest of this entry »


Around the eDiscovery world in 35 days

November 9, 2012

You may have noticed a certain sporadic element in my written output recently, with patches of silence interspersed with blocks of posts. That pattern will continue through the rest of November, thanks to a conjunction of events in the UK and abroad which has left me with a very little time at my desk.

EDiscovery / eDisclosure crosses a lot of boundaries. It embraces statute and case law, procedural rules, technology and the business of being a lawyer; it sits across subjects and sectors; it embraces marketing, practice development and careers; the same issues arise in multiple jurisdictions; it affects judges, lawyers, clients and providers of software and services; its outputs include speaking, writing, webinars and Twitter, and those outputs are fed by a volume of reading matter which never seems to die down, and by conversations with its participants at which I listen as much as I speak.

The activities are mutually exclusive – one cannot (I cannot, anyway) write a blog post whilst speaking from a platform, nor participate in a webinar from an airport lounge. For the most part, the load evens out across a year, but every so often a back-to-back series of events keeps me moving from place to place with barely a break. Written output inevitably declines as a result. Read the rest of this entry »


eDiscovery in Ireland – coming from behind gives opportunities to get it right

October 30, 2012

There is a long-running quiz in the Sunday Times called Where Was I? Geographical, historical and literary information is given and two questions are asked, one of which is usually “Where was I?”. Let’s try the same with the conference which has just closed in Dublin (and yes, I know the answer is in my headline).

One speaker opens his session by sharing a video clip of a horse (the speaker is a co-owner) winning the Irish Grand National. The speaker who preceded him, a judge of the Supreme Court, turns out to have been a steward at the race. Where was I?

The answer, of course, is Ireland, where there has always been a close connection between the bar and the turf. The co-owner was Tom Gilsenan, who is co-owner also of document management company Informa. The horse was Lion Na Bearnai, or ‘Fill in the Gaps’ who, at 33-1, was not necessarily expected to win the race. Mr Justice Frank Clarke was one of the stewards.

If eDiscovery were a race between jurisdictions, then Ireland would not necessarily start as the bookies’ favourite. Coming from behind, however, is no indicator of final position, as you will know if you watched Frankel stroll out of the starting gate at Ascot last week.  If Ireland’s civil litigation system is to move to the front rank then, on the strength of his recent outings, Mr Justice Frank Clark will be its steward. Read the rest of this entry »


Short eDiscovery updates to 13 October

October 13, 2012

Most of these updates on my Google Plus site are from the week ending 6 October. After that, I was at the Masters Conference in Washington and at an event given by Symantec-Clearwell at Tower Bridge, with no time to write. I am content, in fact, to come late to my summary of these short posts – it gives s second life to subjects which would otherwise sink in the Twitter-stream.

I keep a large stock of things to write about thanks to my favourite software product, Evernote – I dip into it whenever there is a spare moment and pull out something to link to. That is fairly easy; the subsequent linking – via LinkedIn and Twitter at the time of publishing, in these updates, and (in due course) in the master list of articles on my web site, is extremely time-consuming and a major addition to my work-load. The payback comes in the form of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) both of my own articles and of those to which I link.

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ILTA 2012 Part 5 – Future ILTA events

October 1, 2012

This is the last of my series of articles about the ILTA conference in Washington in August. What else is ILTA doing around the world?

ILTA has recently partnered with ALM, the owners of LegalTech. Apart from LegalTech itself, the next of these events is LegalTech Asia 2013 on March 4-5 at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong. I intend to be there.

ILTA also runs an event in London each year. Called ILTA Insight, this was a deliberately modest one-day event until this year when, again in partnership with ALM, ILTA put on a two-day event – the only one in the UK which attempts to bring eDiscovery / eDisclosure and the other components of legal technology together under one roof. We do not yet have a date for ILTA Insight 2013, but preliminary discussions suggest that it will be an attractive show for exhibitors and delegates alike, and across the whole legal IT field including eDisclosure / eDiscovery.

You do not need to wait until then. Regional Vice President Gareth Ash of Allen & Overy is keen to expand the membership of ILTA in the UK and Europe. As I suggested in an earlier article, if membership has benefits for Allen & Overy, Wragges and Bond Pearce then it has potential benefits for you, whatever the size of your firm. Why not drop Gareth Ash a line?

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Short eDiscovery updates to 29 September

October 1, 2012

I was at a Washington conference for much of the week ending 22 September and the updates for that week are correspondingly reduced in number. This selection covers two weeks’ of my Google+ updates. Some of them relate to webinars etc which were pending at the time of the G+ notice but whose date has passed by the time the summary is published. In many cases, the link will take you to a recording.

Some of these updates relate to future conferences. There is a list of these on my web site. Read the rest of this entry »


ILTA 2012 Part 4 – The end of the show: the ILTA awards dinner

September 17, 2012

This is the fourth of five articles about ILTA 2012. Whatever may happen at other awards dinners, this one celebrates the people who lead by an example in an industry which needs them.

ILTA ends with a big dinner, with a comedian and awards. Between you and me, those elements usually add up to an event which I would cross the Atlantic to avoid. For the ILTA Peer Awards dinner, however, I am always prepared to stay an extra night when I could be asleep on an aeroplane heading home.

The draw is not generally the food or the comedian, though both were good. I go to support the principle that ILTA is a peer-driven organisation which encourages those who have the expertise to share it with others, and I am prepared to sit through the sonorous intonations of the announcer on the grandiloquent linking videos to see individuals, firms and companies singled out for taking a lead. The UK was up there – Bond Pearce was shortlisted for a couple of awards and Vince Neicho of Allen & Overy was in the top three for Litigation and Practice Support Champion, an award which went to Paige Hunt Wojcik of Perkins Cole. Read the rest of this entry »


ILTA 2012 Part 2 – My own ILTA Conference

September 11, 2012

This is the second of five posts about ILTA 2012. In other posts I talk generally about the benefits of going to ILTA’s big conference, about some of the themes which emerged and about the ILTA Peer awards. This one is largely about my own time there.

I arrived on Saturday, partly because the air fares are lower then and partly to play myself in gently. I like watching conferences come to life, venues gradually filling up and empty spaces turning into a stage set with a big cast. The putative UK ILTA virgin to whom this post is directed would similarly appreciate a gentle start to an event which, once under way, proceeds at an unrelenting pace.

I went to only two sessions. One involved eDiscovery/eDisclosure experts from the US, the UK (Vince Neicho from Allen & Overy), Australia and Canada, which set out succinctly the developments in each jurisdiction. I hope to write about this separately.

The other was billed as The ESI debate is on! and was a free-form discussion whose participants were described as “passionate and cantankerous”. That sounded about right, for I was one of them. The others were George Socha and Patrick Oot, moderated by Browning Marean of DLA Piper US. You catch the flavour of it from the fact that the first question was framed as a debating motion, that “US discovery is much better than UK eDisclosure”.  I felt it necessary to preface my opposition to this motion by making it clear that, notwithstanding anything I was about to say, I was in favour of most things American except its eDiscovery and its coffee. Read the rest of this entry »


No disclosure in New South Wales Equity Division without exceptional circumstances

September 11, 2012

I have referred before to Practice Note SC EQ 11 in the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Its key paragraph reads as follows:

The Court will not make an order for disclosure of documents (disclosure) until the parties to the proceedings have served their evidence, unless there are exceptional circumstances necessitating disclosure.

I refer to it again because I have two panels coming up involving Australian judges. On Wednesday of this week I am at IQPC’s Information Governance and eDiscovery for Financial Services Conference at Canary Wharf, London. My first panel consists of the UK’s Senior Master Whitaker and the Honourable Justice Robert McDougall of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Next week, I am at IQPC’s Information Governance and eDiscovery Strategy Exchange in Washington, where I am moderating a large judicial panel (with judges from the US, the UK, Ireland and Australia) which includes the Honourable Justice John Sackar of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I intend to ask both of them about the Practice Note.

We obviously want to hear how it is working in practice – my understanding is that many, if not most, of the applications made under it have failed either because they were premature or because the applicant did not make a case for “exceptional circumstances”.

I also hope to provoke a discussion with wider implications – whilst it seems unlikely that many other jurisdictions will follow the lead taken by the New South Wales Equity Court, it will be interesting to challenge the opposite idea – that parties must collect and disclose large volumes of documents which no one will ever read, at prohibitive expense.

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ILTA 2012 Part 1 – Why you might want to go to ILTA next year

September 10, 2012

This is the first of five articles about ILTA 2012 in Washington D.C. Why do we go, what is it like, what conclusions can one draw about the market? The main aim is to encourage you to go next year, and to find out in the mean time what ILTA can offer you apart from its big conference.

If asked to explain what their father does, my children generally say “He’s a blogger”, ducking the inevitable follow-on question “No, I mean what does he do for work?”. If they were to add that he wanders around hotel lobbies having brief encounters with several people in succession, that does not make it clearer. That, however, was my major benefit at the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association, ILTA, in Washington D.C. at the end of August. Everyone is there.

There is more to ILTA’s annual conference than that of course, just as there is more to ILTA than its annual conference. You can make of it what you like: seeing technology solutions, attending sessions led by people who have been down that roll-out path ahead of you, hearing about the pros and cons of a proposed investment from those who have been there, or just talking to others. When you have done all that (and this is a hard-working conference for all its leisure elements) there is entertainment of pretty well every kind.

I do not propose in this post to recite all the people I met or the products which I saw – apart from the obvious risk of drawing fire from those whom I fail to mention (it happens), I value my readership, and nothing drives the audience away faster than lists. ILTA is not a place for big product launches, nor do you get startling pronouncements from influential figures. It is more a place for knowledge-sharing and, as one law firm person put it to me, for spending time with the more thoughtful people from the suppliers.

My purpose here is to give some impression of what it is like to attend ILTA’s big conference, with the aim of encouraging greater attendance from the UK (and anywhere else) next year. I will mention a couple of sessions and pass on some general ideas which came my way in the course of my many discussions, but the main aim is to try and convey why it is important to be here, and not just for Americans. Read the rest of this entry »


Short eDiscovery updates to 28 August 2012

September 10, 2012

I am increasingly using Google Plus to supplement the main articles in this blog. This allows me to cover a wider range of topics, mainly links to articles by others, to webinar announcements and to other things which would otherwise go unmentioned. These are quick and dirty posts, distinct from the generally longer posts on the blog itself. Apart from the speed and convenience of G+ for this purpose, every new post on the blog triggers an email alert to many regular readers, who will be driven away if I send them an email with every short post.

These compilations are in a fuller form than previous ones, which have been merely hyperlinked references. This format repeats the G+ articles and gives links to my G+ post, to the source file which is linked from G+, and to some to the names mentioned in the text. The purpose is partly to bundle them conveniently for blog readers who do not pick up these short posts from G+, or from my Twitter and LinkedIn pointers, and partly because of the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) benefits of the cross-links.

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FTI webcast – Survey Results: What Does Counsel Really Think About Predictive Coding?

This webcast has now taken place but is available for download

Ari Kaplan, Principal, Ari Kaplan Advisors
Barry Murphy, Principal, Murphy Insights
Joe Looby, Senior Managing Director, FTI Technology

While the promise of predictive coding is alluring, many questions remain for corporations and law firms. Where does the software end and the importance of workflow begin? What can lawyers do to effectively defend its use? Are companies using it successfully? How much money can it save?

FTI Technology commissioned an interdisciplinary survey of law firm leaders and senior corporate counsel to identify key trends and perspectives on the emergence of predictive coding. The interviews covered everything from high-profile court rulings and cost savings estimates to adoption inhibitors.

Attend this webcast to learn the survey findings and hear first-hand perspectives and practical advice for implementing predictive coding software and processes, including:

Fortune 1000 and Am Law 200 predictive coding adoption trends
Best matters on which to use predictive coding
Top areas of concern, including predictive coding as a “black box”

Published: 21 August 2012

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London conference: Information Governance and eDiscovery for Financial Services on 10-12 September

August 26, 2012

IQPC is running an event called Information Governance and eDiscovery for Financial Services at Canary Wharf between 10 and 12 September 2012.  Recent events in the banking industry suggest that those who work in financial services, and those who advise them, might appreciate an update on the importance of managing and finding electronic information.

The conference begins with a workshop day comprising two sessions which are well worth your time. One, led by Drew Macaulay of First Advantage Litigation Consulting, is called Evidence handling in financial services investigations: tools, tips and traps. The second, led by Sanjay Bhandari of Ernst & Young’s Forensic Technology and eDisclosure Services, is called Conducting an internal investigation: a step-by-step guide for financial services industry Counsel.  Those two sessions alone justify attendance at this event.

There is more, however, in the ensuing two days of the main conference. First Advantage and Ernst & Young lead further sessions and there are contributions on the Navigation of multinational regulatory investigations from Craig Earnshaw and Nick Athanasi of FTI Technology and on Navigating cross-border eDiscovery challenges from Christian Zeunart of Swiss Re.

My own involvement is to facilitate a talk by Professor Dominic Regan with the title 2012: the most significant year in the history of eDiscovery? On past form,  the engaging Dominic Regan is the dream speaker for a moderator, requiring little prompting to explain eloquently why pending changes in the Civil Procedure Rules, amongst other things, force attention on electronic discovery through 2012 and into the pending reforms of 2013.

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IQPC Washington Information Governance and eDiscovery Strategy Exchange

August 26, 2012

My next trip to Washington DC (I am there as I write, at ILTA) is for IQPC’s Information Governance and eDiscovery Strategy Exchange which runs from 19 to 21 September at the Marriot Fairview Park. This event is organised by the London-based team which puts on the very successful European eDiscovery conferences, the next of which is in Munich on 27 to 29 November.

As its name implies, this event focuses on strategy. That implies a long-term, proactive and pre-emptive approach to the problems raised by the need to disclose electronic documents for litigation, for regulatory purposes and for internal investigations, and the session titles and speakers reflect this. One of the early panels, for example, is called Closing The Gap Between Legal, IT & Records Management To Ensure An Enterprise-Wide Information Governance & eDiscovery Strategy, to be discussed by, amongst others, Jason Baron, Director of Litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration and Barry Murphy of eDJ Group.

Running my eye down the list of speakers, I see Allison Stanton, Director of e-Discovery in the Civil Division of the DOJ, Mark Yacano of Hudson Legal, David Horrigan of 451 Research, Maura Grossman of Wachtell, Lipton Rosen & Katz, Patrick Oot of the Electronic Discovery Institute and David Shonka of the Federal Trade Commission who will, with many others, cover a wide range of topics both current – the cloud, social media, BYOD and costs – and future with, for example, a panel about technology developments and market consolidation. Read the rest of this entry »


eDiscovery conferences coming up all over the place

August 21, 2012

I have updated the list of pending conferences on my web site, adding new ones and correcting dates, venues and URLs of those which have changed.

I have included some which I am not going to – the EDI Leadership Summit and Relativity Fest 2012 were originally ruled out by events which have now dropped off my calendar. I wanted very much to go to both of them, but my mother’s illness (she seems to be recovering, thank you to all those who have asked) argues against adding more events to the calendar whilst she is still in hospital.

First up is ILTA 2012 ac2dc, celebrating its 35th event anniversary next week. The venue is again the vast Gaylord National Resort and Conference Centre outside Washington DC, a place which manages to feel strangely intimate despite its vastness, at least during this most friendly of eDiscovery conferences.

ILTA prides itself on its peer-to-peer support ethos which gives it a different flavour to other conferences. As last year, it provides a mobile app which helps you to navigate the packed program. I am taking part in a session which deliberately has no specific subject – it is called The ESI Debate Is On! (Hashtag #LPSPG6) and its description reads “There has recently been much debate over eDiscovery topics, and this session is sure to touch upon them all! Join our eDiscovery industry leaders as they discuss hot topics that are not without controversy.”

The other panel members are Patrick Oot and George Socha. Browning Marean of DLA Piper is the moderator, so expect variety, unconventionality and, with any luck, something for us all to disagree about.

Although this is the longest conference of the year, it never seems quite long enough to see everybody. For me, it is an opportunity to catch up with those who sponsor the e-Disclosure Information Project, whether by appointment or by bumping into them.

The whole thing is pure pleasure so far as I am concerned, and being there for nearly a week takes some of the sting out of the tiresomeness of the travelling.

I will be writing separately about the other forthcoming conferences over the next few days.

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Susskind the practical futurist. For litigation at least, his future is here already.

July 10, 2012

Professor Richard Susskind was the keynote speaker at Lawtech Camp London. If his message was familiar to many of us, it bears repeating, certainly in relation to litigation, as the times catch up with his predictions. There is a good report on the Legal Futures site called “More for less”, liberalisation and technology: Susskind lays out vision of the future which leaves me free to focus on the points most relevant to litigation.

Predictors of the future, especially in a business context, are used to the reaction “That’s all very well, but what do I do now?”  They get lumped together with those who confidently predict the end of the world or environmental apocalypse – even those who accept that change must come see the threats as both far off and too big to grapple with; besides, they have businesses to run, stuff on their desks right now and calls to return. The future can wait.

Richard Susskind at Lawtech Camp London 2012

Room for optimism

Well, in a litigation context, the future  predicted by Richard Susskind is here. It is by no means a future of inescapable doom – he protested mildly when I once compared him with the lugubrious Scotsman Private Fraser from Dad’s Army whose catchline was “We’re all doomed”. Richard points to the question mark at the end of the title of his book The End of Lawyers? and to his continuing emphasis on  the opportunities which are there for those who are ready to take them.  It would be fair to say that I am becoming increasingly optimistic – we have yet to see much movement from the general body of law firms, but three broad developments give tangible form to a parallel world which lawyers can either join or ignore; these are:

  • The introduction of new court rules around the world which focus on the objectives of clients and courts rather than the plodding proceeding-with-the-procedures approach which has served lawyers so well in the past.
  • The growing realisation by clients that the savings achieved by shaving a bit off their lawyers’ hourly rates are as nothing compared with the benefits of information governance and of taking control of at least part of the process for themselves, working with lawyers but also with others.
  • Improvements not just in technology but in the services which wrap around the technology, including outsourced managed document review.

That question mark in Richard Susskind’s book title implies that those lawyers who are willing to adapt their service offerings to this new world will have new work to do including their share of new types of task. For the rest, in litigation anyway, Private Fraser has words for you. Read the rest of this entry »


County Council sets modernisation example to the rest of us at LawTech Camp London

July 9, 2012

I must start with my usual proviso to the effect that generalisations which are critical of groups do not exclude the possibility that those groups contain many people who would shine anywhere, and vice versa. Whilst I am instinctively for private enterprise and against the big state, there are plenty of good people providing essential services in the public sector and rather too many crooks and incompetents in the private sector.

There, that’s got the balance out of the way. You have probably gathered that I am no great admirer of UK local authorities or, indeed, of any public body which has power to govern our lives and spend our money without any concomitant grasp of the commercial principles which govern private enterprises and, too often, without much thought or intelligence.  The conventional riposte is that the public service is “different” and not susceptible to the ways of private enterprise, which many public servants despise with a ferocity which matches the contempt felt for them. I am certainly ready to accept that the public services must necessarily be different in many ways, but I cannot see that incompetence and inefficiency must be amongst the inevitable distinguishing features. Local authorities operate right under our noses; we pay them very large sums (over £2,600 pa in my case) on one day and watch them pissing it up against the wall on the next.

Geoff Wild, Director of Governance & Law at Kent County Council addressed these views head-on at LawTech Camp London, effectively accepting that the common view from outside was not always unjustified. Local authorities have the reputation, he accepted, of being wasteful, slow and unresponsive, bogged down in red tape, bureaucracy and process. Councillors are “white, middle-class and with an average age of 68″ – what hope here for change and entrepreneurship? The sense of self-importance and exclusivity is preserved by expressions like “gateway review” and “stakeholder agreement” which were designed to keep others out. You begin to see the parallels with lawyers at once. Read the rest of this entry »


Moving on the discussion and ways of presenting it at Lawtech Camp London

July 6, 2012

The advance publicity for Lawtech Camp London 2012 was perhaps not calculated to draw in lawyers of the conventional kind, even without the fact that the none of the possible meanings of “Camp” are exactly redolent of commercial activity.

“What do we have here?”, they would say. Some geeky-looking academics and wild-eyed futurists (and what do they know about commercial life?); unconventional presentation modes lasting for only 6 minutes (how can you make serious points in only 6 minutes?);  a token speaker from the public services (that’s a joke, right?); probably just some healthy biscuits to eat all day (no wonder these academics look undernourished);  and Richard Susskind (that chap who likes to tell millionaires that they have got their business models wrong). I’ll give it a miss, thanks, they would say, I have a business to run.

Well, they would have been right about the wholesome biscuits, but since the entire day was both unsponsored and free, that gives rise only to the minor complaint that we might have been warned to bring our own lunch. Everything else about Lawtech Camp London was excellent and inspiring, and (apart from the fact that my early departure gave me the opportunity to supplement the biscuits) I was sorry to have to leave early – in order , as it happens, to deliver an entirely conventional talk to a law firm. Read the rest of this entry »


Keeping up with developments at Guidance Software

July 5, 2012

New tools and initiatives keep arriving from Guidance Software, helping to support Guidance’s position in the “Leaders” quadrant of Gartner’s 2012 Magic Quadrant for eDiscovery Software.

That news broke whilst I was at CEIC 2012, Guidance Software’s growing (1500 delegates this year) conference at Las Vegas in May. The development news then was of EnCase App Central, a marketplace for scripts and third-party apps which can extend and automate EnCase functionality.

Since then, we have seen the launch of Guidance Software’s new Legal Hold and ECA Optimisation Service, which provides a three-day on-site visit which begins with a one-day consultation with a member of Guidance’s Assistant General Counsel team to review a company’s legal hold and ECA requirements and identify means with which the organisation’s use of EnCase eDiscovery can be optimised. Guidance’s professional services consultants can then be available to provide technical assstance to accomplish the optimisation.

This week brings an initiative of a different kind as Guidance Software signs an agreement with Japanese network integrator Network Value Components to distribute EnCase in Japan. The press release is here.

I have a call fixed for later this week to find out more about all these developments and initiatives.

One of the advantages of having an in-house Assistance General Counsel team is that you have the talent on hand to write articles about the industry and about developments in jurisprudence and thinking rather than merely about software and technology. Guidance Software’s e-Discovery blog seems to have taken on a new lease of life, with a new look, a wider range of contributors and space to develop ideas. The most recent article is by Chad McManamy and called “Championing” the Preservation of Keywords in eDiscovery. It is a thoughtful analysis of the problems facing Magistrate Judge Nolan who is considering one party’s demand that the other use predictive coding or similar technology. I know Chad McManamy but had not come across his writing before – good, readable stuff about a subject of importance.

Going back through the blog, regular and eloquent contributor Patrick Burke writes about Georgetown Law’s eDiscovery Training Academy  which Guidance Software is supporting for the second year running.  You can also find Patrick Burke’s report on the Judicial Perspectives Panel at CEIC.  These posts deserve wider audiences – I am not the only one with a keen interest in this market who relies almost exclusively on Twitter for my sources. What is not on Twitter doesn’t happen, so far as I’m concerned, and it is a shame to miss articles like this.

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Metrics, Social Media, Magistrates, Monkeys and Mitigating Risk at CEIC 2012 in Las Vegas

May 25, 2012

I am not above inventing a headline whose connection with the subject-matter is less important than its potential for attracting readers curious to know what the article has got to do with eDiscovery. In this case, the headline is an honest, if partial, summary of what lies below: metrics are the key to eDiscovery decision-making; social media is the fastest-growing source of potentially discoverable data; Magistrate Judges turn up to share their wisdom with us; monkeys appear twice, once as part of the question “who are you talking to?” and once in an echo of a recent post of mine about cross-border discovery and blocking statutes; risk mitigation is the theme which binds them all together.

I have been at Guidance Software’s CEIC 2012, a pool of civilised learning and meeting in the cultural and topographical deserts of Nevada. There have been more than 1,500 attendees here from 43 countries, with 53 exhibitors and 118 information sessions. I have been here since Saturday; the show has now closed and I am stuck here until tomorrow, giving me the first opportunity to write anything since I arrived. The rest of the time has been filled with preparing and giving my own sessions, attending excellent presentations given by others, and with parties, dinners and useful conversations by the pool.

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Something for everyone at IQPC’s Information Governance and eDisclosure Summit

May 18, 2012

If you want a rounded account of IQPC’s successful Information Governance and eDisclosure Summit in London this week, this is not the place to find it. I was involved in five events over the three days and spent most of the rest of the time talking to providers, judges, lawyers and in-house eDisclosure people from law firms and their clients, attending very few sessions as a result.

The nearest you will get to a narrative account can be found by looking for the #infoGovSummit hashtag on Twitter and particularly the tweets of Recommind @Recommind,  Barclays’ Matt Ward @_Matthew_Ward_,  and the ever-reliable Andrew Haslam @AndrewHaslam (winner of the event’s tweeting prize).

FTI Technology Panel

It began for me with a workshop led by Craig Earnshaw of FTI Technology at 8:30am on Monday morning. Our subject was When Volumes get Large: How to Keep Control of Your eDisclosure, which was kicked off with talks from Glen Greenland and Ian Smith of FTI and then taken up by a panel comprising Matthew Davis of Hogan Lovells, Jean-Bernard Schmid of the Geneva Public Prosecutor’s Office and me. No eDiscovery exercise, whether for civil litigation, or for an investigation for regulatory, criminal or internal purposes, ever ends up smaller than anticipated.  What resources, of people and technology, do you bring to bear in a way which remains proportionate whilst scaling up to meet new developments?  The subject was deliberately broad, and swept up a range of challenges from pure volume to time constraints to privacy and all the other wrinkles which are recurring features of exercises which are increasingly global in nature.

The most memorable moment had nothing to do with the primary subject – or perhaps it did. Craig Earnshaw asked for the most extreme example of geographical remoteness encountered by the panel. No-one sought to compete with Matt Davis’s reference to Hogan Lovells’ office in Outer Mongolia, neatly emphasising that there are no geographical limits any more.

Dinner with Nuix

A dinner hosted by Nuix on Monday night gave me another example of projects which turn out bigger than anticipated, as well as an object-lesson in the value of actually reading one’s e-mails.   Read the rest of this entry »


Conference topics indicate the important eDiscovery and eDisclosure themes

May 11, 2012

That part of my life which involves speaking has four elements – preparation, travel, delivery and reporting. The month of May always has a full diary of events, and this year has more than usual. Of the four elements, the only one which is optional is the reporting, and it is that which I must abbreviate here. I can make a virtue out of that by summarising the themes which run through my current batch of events, reckoning that the subjects which recur at events are those which are seen as important.

I am writing this from the top floor of the Wynne / Encore hotel in Las Vegas where I have been speaking at AccessData’s User Conference. Below me lies the vast complex of casinos, conference rooms, shops, swimming pools and catering facilities which are the standard mix in this city.  To my left, and  temptingly close, lies McCarran airport with toy aeroplanes taking off and landing. But for the iniquitous cost of today’s flights, I would be there now, getting ready to go home less than 24 hours after arriving here (I could not come earlier because of ILTA Insight in London). As it is, I am stuck here until tomorrow – though as offices go, this one is hard to beat. Away to my right lies the Red Rock Hotel; I will be there in a few days time for Guidance Software’s CEIC. It would be a great deal cheaper, and much more productive in writing terms, to stay here for the intervening few days, but IQPC’s big Information Governance and eDisclosure Summit takes place in London next week and I must be back for that. When CEIC is over, I must get back for a CPD  talk which I am giving in London.

What themes recur through these events? Read the rest of this entry »


New Zealand’s new Discovery Rules and Electronic Discovery

April 18, 2012

New Zealand introduced new discovery rules in February 2012, making it the most recent common law jurisdiction to exercise closer control over how the lawyers and courts conduct the management of discovery – which inevitably means largely electronic discovery.

His Honour Judge David Harvey is a New Zealand District Court judge. I met him at the excellent Singapore conference on Electronic Litigation last year and we have kept in touch. He has written an article jointly with Daniel Garrie of Law and Forensics LLC and called New Zealand’s New Discovery Rules and Electronic Discovery which summarises the new rules and which has been published this week by the UK Society for Computers and Law.

I hope to come back to this subject, but meanwhile point you to this interesting description of developments in a jurisdiction which, by standing back for a while, had the opportunity to observe what the rest of us were doing before introducing its new discovery rules.

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A UK view of LegalTech from Andrew Haslam

March 8, 2012

Each year, Andrew Haslam of Allvision writes a comprehensive report of LegalTech through the eyes of UK visitors. I say “visitors” in the plural because Andrew solicits contributions and views from others and splices them together.

This year, it seems, contributions and views were not the only thing he picked up from LegalTech – he returned with a debilitating infection which is only now fading away. That may have affected the timing of this report, but has done nothing to lessen its quality. It can be found here.

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Professor Dominic Regan on why the Jackson Reforms mean the biggest-ever upheaval for UK litigation

March 8, 2012

I interviewed Professor Dominic Regan last week about pending developments in UK litigation. Dominic Regan is speaking at IQPC’s Information Governance and eDisclosure Summit, which takes place in London between 14 and 16 May, where I will introduce and moderate the session. In this interview, Dominic Regan foreshadows the major changes which he will talk about at the Summit.

Chris Dale: Hello, I’m Chris Dale of the UK-based eDisclosure Information Project, which carries information about electronic disclosure – electronic discovery as every other jurisdiction calls it – between judges and lawyers and clients and suppliers. I have with me Dominic Regan who is a solicitor, writer, broadcaster, and an adviser to Lord Justice Jackson on cost management, and on the Costs Management pilot. He is also a professor at City University, London. He provides litigation training to a number of Government departments and to many law firms throughout the UK, and hosts webinars, writes, and generally spreads the word about case management and other aspects of litigation. Professor Regan is due to speak at IQPC’s annual Information Governance and eDisclosure Summit, which takes place in London between 14th and 16th May. His subject there is 2012 – The Most Significant Year in the History of eDisclosure? Like Richard Susskind’s book title, The End of Lawyers?, this has a question mark at the end of it. From where I sit I think that 2012 will indeed be the year of disclosure.

We have just seen a significant judicial opinion in the US by Judge Peck in the Da Silva Moore case, which gives judicial blessing to the use of advanced technology known as predictive coding. The UK Courts have just penalised a party in costs for its disclosure failures, which will help focus minds on the risks of inadequate disclosure. The Richard Susskind line – that law firms will see their traditional practices whittled away by what he calls disintermediation, as others offer the components of litigation tasks at lower and more certain costs – is something else that solicitors have to look out for. And we have the Cost Management pilot coming out of Birmingham, and other aspects of Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals, which are now heading into law.

Dominic, let’s start with a very broad question about Lord Justice Jackson’s reforms. How important are they? Read the rest of this entry »


The Convergence of eDiscovery and Information Governance – the movie

February 29, 2012

I have referred more than once to the webinar which Nuix organised just before LegalTech with the title The Convergence of eDiscovery and Information Governance. I moderated it, and the panel comprised Craig Ball, Attorney and Forensic Technologist, Stephen Stewart, CTO for Nuix and David Cowen, Managing Director for The Cowen Group.

We ran it also as a session at LegalTech, and I did not really focus on the significance of the camera at the front of the audience. We were in fact being filmed, and the result is now on YouTube in four parts – the first is here, and the rest follow automatically.

I referred in opening to a comment made by one of the people who listened to the webinar, who thought that I should have let the speakers say everything they had to say about their subjects. Each of these panel members could comfortably fill an hour on his own and, as I pointed out, we had even less time for the panel session than we had had for the webinar. The only real challenge for a moderator running a panel of this calibre is to bring the session to a close on time and with all the slides covered; that occasionally requires a guillotine.

There was some overlap between the subjects which we covered and a dinner hosted by Nuix the previous evening. I wrote about that in a post called Innovation and informed risk-taking are an eDiscovery duty which defines part at least of my agenda for the coming year. Read the rest of this entry »


Huron eDiscovery Panel at LegalTech as the cross-border climate begins to change

February 20, 2012

My wide-angle lens is being repaired, so I have no photograph of the panel which Nigel Murray of Huron Legal moderated at LegalTech. There were eleven of us at the table for two consecutive sessions with the title A GC’s Nightmare – a US EDiscovery Request into Europe. The first part outlined the problems raised by the EU’s attitude to data protection and privacy and its conflict with US ediscovery requirements; the second part looked at practical ways to deal with the issues which arise. More than 140 people came to one or both sessions.

The panelists were chosen to give a rounded view of the legal and the practical problems from both sides of the Atlantic. Craig Cannon from Bank of America and Carter White of Lummus Technology Inc. represented the ones with the nightmares, the sleepless representatives of major US corporations whose business inevitably takes them into areas – and not just Europe – where US eDiscovery requirements conflict with more restrictive ideas about the use of documents and data. Amor Esteban of Hardy Shook & Bacon and Browning Marean of DLA Piper US offered the view from the US lawyers based in the US, whilst Farrah Pepper, recently moved from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to a role as in-house discovery counsel at GE had both viewpoints to offer. Natascha Gerlach is an attorney at Clearly Gottlieb in Brussels and she and Vince Neicho of Allen & Overy in London had the hands-on view from the European end. US Magistrate Judge Frank Maas of SDNY and Senior Master Steven Whitaker from the High Court in London gave the viewpoint of judges who deal with either end of the relevant requests. My role was to talk on the theme “How others see us” and to cover information governance. Nigel Murray was his usual urbane self, the conductor of an international choir whose singers were not guaranteed to sing to any pre-conceived score (there wasn’t one), but whose contributions covered every aspect of the problem.

With 300 words down just to say who was there, it would be foolish of me to try and summarise what each panelist said. Quite apart from anything else, whilst we had each chosen or been given our defined topics, there was no published running order. This allowed Nigel to follow themes as they developed, but since none of us knew who was going to be called next, this scribe had no realistic chance of capturing the contributions as they emerged – try doing this when you are on a panel, and you end up missing your own cue, conscious, perhaps, that you have just been asked a question in front of 140 people but with no idea what it was. Read the rest of this entry »


Taking stock of the eDiscovery world

February 15, 2012

This is a good moment to pause a little and look around the eDiscovery / eDisclosure world.  The wide range of topics which make this such an interesting field are all getting an airing at once. The stream of useful and relevant tweets is such that I had to turn it off to get anything done. If it appears to have a largely US flavour, much of it also has relevance in the UK and elsewhere.

I do not feel under any particular pressure to capture it all as it happens, and there are back-room things – the agendas for three forthcoming UK conferences and a White Paper, for example – which have some priority in terms of time allocation than the news stream which, if its elements are of importance at all, will still be so in a week’s time.  My web site also needs some attention to logos and indexes. It is helpful, nevertheless, to list some of the pending stories, if only to head off polite suggestions that I may have missed them. Since the point here is speed, I will ignore my usual rule about hyperlinking to everything referred to.

My involvement in or attendance at some recent events will be covered shortly. Monique Altheim has released videos of the eDiscovery sessions we did at CPDP in Brussels.  Nuix hosted a thought-provoking dinner at LegalTech which stimulated thought about the real meaning of “innovation” in eDiscovery.  It has been said of the cross-border panels hosted at LegalTech by Huron Legal and led by Nigel Murray that “the substantive information conveyed was top shelf” and there is talk of a re-run. Data protection and privacy move back up the agenda anyway thanks to the draft EU data protection regulation. Read the rest of this entry »


Setting the scene after LegalTech 2012

February 9, 2012

Well, who would have thought that the big topic of conversation at LegalTech would be the weather? Keen though I am to import British ideas into US eDiscovery, the near-obsessive British focus on temperature and precipitation can stay at home. The subject came up thanks to the contrast between the balminess of this New York January compared with last year, when we needed snowshoes and crampons to cross 6th Avenue. Getting back to the UK was a different matter weather-wise, but we will come back to that.

The other generic ice-breaker at LegalTech is “Have you seen anything new here?”. None of us can actually remember ever seeing anything truly “new” at LegalTech, at least by the standards of an industry which produces ever more interesting and sophisticated technology throughout each year. The bar is set very high, and the question is the industry equivalent of the conventional enquiry after one’s health.

The problem – my particular problem, anyway – is illustrated by the legal IT PR who wrote to me as the show closed to ensure that I had all the information I needed for the article I might write about her client. What do you suggest I do, lady? Write about everything? Type out a big list of all the companies and people I saw and call it an article? Pick out some and ignore others on some subjective or arbitrary basis? I did in fact write about some of the new developments before LegalTech, mainly on my Google Plus site, and will pick up some more in due course, mainly by pointers to good summaries by others. My main purpose in going to LegalTech, apart from participation in a couple of panels, is to meet people.

At a conference last year, I overheard one person asking another about the best way to meet people at conferences. The answer given was “Follow Chris Dale around”. That is more than a little exaggerated, but I pass it on because its implication broadly defines what I do in between the formal events – I meet up with people, largely by serendipity, and find out far more than I would in the (necessarily fewer) formal meetings which require fixed time slots. As I say, I will point you in due course to some of the more structured accounts of LegalTech 2012, but for now I merely invite you to “follow me around” on what is largely a personal account of the show, though by no means a comprehensive one. This article is general in nature; I will write separately about the panels and other structured elements of the show. Read the rest of this entry »


ILTA Insight in London 8 to 9 May 2012

January 4, 2012

ILTA, the International Legal Technology Association, works throughout the year to advance and share knowledge of legal technology developments, priding itself rightly on its peer to peer relationships between members. It has a major conference in the US each year – my main report on the 2011 event at Nashville was called ILTA 2011 – the end of the beginning? We’re just getting going and took its cue and its headline from a quotation given by Andrew Sieja of kCura in a pre-conference interview.

I also devoted a post The Needle on the Broken Record – why UK Law Firms should go to US Legal Conferences to the broader subject of the reasons why law firms should be ready to face threats from other players.

As I say in those articles, ILTA and its conferences have a great value for non-US lawyers – there is more commonality than difference in the business of using technology to work more efficiently, and ILTA’s remit is much wider than eDiscovery / eDisclosure. The point is not just to do as US lawyers do, but to anticipate, and fend off what I described the the Broken Record article in these terms:

The businesses competing for these distributed functions [the former provinces of law firms] will include Ernst & Young and its peers, and the likes of FTI ConsultingHuron Legal and Integreon who will be happy to leave the pure law to the lawyers whilst gradually supplanting them for everything else…..the legal consulting firms are out there mingling with the people who are driving new ways of delivering business, with those law firms who are looking to the future, and with the technology providers who will be their allies in producing the tools for new ways of working. Shouldn’t you be there too? Read the rest of this entry »


Digital Reef Panel at the Masters Conference – Early Case Assessment: is it working?

October 30, 2011

I was a member of a Masters Conference panel brought together by Digital Reef to discuss the question whether early case assessment is working as a way of saving time and money in litigation, as well as for improving its outcomes.

The moderator was Shawnna Childress of Navigant and of Women in EDiscovery. The other panellists were Steve Akers, CTO of Digital Reef, Bill Belt of LeClair Ryan, Browning Marean of DLA Piper US and Michelle Treadwell Briggs of Goodwin Procter.

“Early Case Assessment”, capital letters and all, is one of those expressions which lost all meaning when commandeered by technology marketing departments. It pandered to the idea that there existed a push-button technology solution, and the side-effects included two which were less than helpful: one was that we could defer thinking about cases until they hit us; the other was to make lawyers feel that they were bit-players in a technology solution.

The first of these means that we are always firefighting. Although companies are beginning to realise that there is no realistic alternative to a proper document retention policy and the technology and processes to back it, the reality in many companies is that this involves resources which are not readily available (perhaps because no-one has ever bothered to add up what the fire-fighting is costing – see this article by Katey Wood of ESG which suggests that a simple computation of external legal and ediscovery spend might provoke a different approach to in-house resourcing). Even where there is no in-house capability, companies ought at least to know what they will do on the occurrence of any reasonably foreseeable triggering event – a fire drill to be invoked to aid fire-fighting. Read the rest of this entry »


The Emerging Technologies Panel at ILTA 2011: remote collections and predictive coding

September 10, 2011

It would be fair to say that, more than two weeks on, my notes of  the Emerging Technologies panel at ILTA are less decipherable than I might have hoped. That is in fact a tribute to Daniel Lim of Guidance Software, Dominic Jaar of KPMG, Keven Hayworth of Morgan Lewis and Howard Sklar of Recommind, who, moderated  by Greg Buckles of eDiscovery Journal who made more good points than I could record.

Emerging Technology Panel at ILTA 2011I can take a shortcut by referring you to Greg Buckles own article ILTA 2011 – That’s a Wrap which gives a good summary of the ground covered. Some in the audience seemed disappointed that only two topics – remote collections and predictive coding – were covered. It is hard to see that much more could fit into a single session, or that any two topics are more important just now than collections which are simultaneously straightforward and comprehensive and the modern ways of cutting the time and cost of review.

The remote collections section focused on two apparently disparate ways of making forensically-sound collections without the risks implicit in custodian self-collection or the delay and expense of sending a forensic expert to each location. Dominic Jaar put the word “remote” into context by referring to Canadian mining companies 30 hours journey time away and to foreign collections which involve bureaucratic issues like work visas as well as technology barriers like low bandwidth. Cross-jurisdictional collections involve quite enough in the way of legal issues without these extra implications. Where it is not possible to collect across the network, a portable device using a pre-programmed dongle to define the scope of the collection and to ensure consistency across multiple collections is a more than adequate, and low-cost, alternative.

However the collection is made, the lawyers must strike a balance between the expense implicit in over-collection and the risks of under-collection. Dominic Jaar neatly bridged the session’s two topics by wishing for a merger between the selection power of predictive coding and the collection capabilities of remote collection tools. Perhaps we will get there by 2013, but we have first to get acceptance for predictive coding as a defensible technology. This, as Greg Buckles indicates in his article, was the main theme of the predictive coding section of the session. Read the rest of this entry »


ILTA 2011 – the end of the beginning? We’re just getting going

September 1, 2011

Gaylord exteriorI am back from the annual conference of ILTA, the International Litigation Technology Association, in Nashville, Tennessee.  The original draft of this post said that I was “just back” but (as more than one correspondent has reminded me) time has gone by without any post from me about it or about anything else. Catching up after two back-to-back conferences in opposite corners of the world plus an ever-busier Twitter stream and a few other things have kept me amused.  I will in due course do a couple of posts about the serious stuff at ILTA and I will point you to summaries by others of the product and company news which, however interesting and important, can be dealt with from my desk if it still seems interesting or important by the time I get to it.

Despite the best efforts of the PR people, I don’t cross the world to shut myself up in dark demo rooms or to hit the social scene. The breathless prose of the press releases offers little incentive; I don’t drink much, don’t party more than formal politeness requires, don’t really appreciate most corporate nights out unless they involve a table and a decent menu, and can’t stand shouting above noise. Why do I go each year?, someone asked.

As I have said in an earlier article, I had some formal reasons for going – I sat on a panel for Thomson Reuters and moderated a video session for Digital Reef. The real value, however, lies in ad hoc and informal conversations. Within a few hours of arriving, for example, I had lunch with Amir Milo and Warwick Sharp of Equivio, a conversation with Herb Roitblat of OrcaTec, and an extended early-morning coffee with Howard Sklar of Recommind; those who followed the predictive coding furore of a few weeks ago will note that these companies were in the front line trenches of that energetic debate. I could, in theory at least, ring up any of them for a chat at any time but it is only at ILTA that there is an opportunity for these impromptu discussions.

So what?, you say. You bumped into all your mates and had a nice chat. How pleasant to be able to do that in a grand hotel somewhere hot and call it “work”. Well, it is enjoyable, but it has a serious purpose as well. This post is largely anecdotal and aimed at giving the flavour of the event in the hope of encouraging you to go next year.

Carrying messages

Gaylord AtriumThe advertised pitch for the eDisclosure Information Project is that I carry news and views about eDisclosure / eDiscovery between judges, lawyers, clients and those who supply into the market. Some of that is done by sitting on panels, taking part in webinars and other one-to-many exercises; sometimes it involves reporting things which deserve a wider audience such as Judge Peck’s speech at Carmel and those of Singapore’s Chief Justice, of Lord Justice Jackson, and of Senior Master Whitaker at the recent conference in Singapore. Sometimes, however, it lies in one-to-one conversations which you can’t have if you just sit at home writing blog posts.

Talking to Equivio’s Warwick Sharp is like standing beside an expert at a pheasant shoot. Up go the arguments, bang goes the gun, and down they come lifeless to the ground. My role is to be the labrador who retrieves them. Our lunch discussion on that first day was about the arguments advanced against using sophisticated technology like predictive coding – not specifically Equivio’s  product but any of the high-end software applications which take input from senior lawyers on a subset of documents and use it to make relevance and other decisions about the rest. The only plausible argument against the use of such applications, if you discount the self-interest of  lawyers who make their money from setting large teams to read all the documents, is that there is as yet no court decision which expressly approves of the use of such technology.

As Judge Peck noted at Carmel, there is no decision approving the use of keywords either, and both he and Master Whitaker in Singapore addressed this primary objection. Warwick Sharp instead rattled off a list of uses for predictive coding which needed no judicial approval – QA of your own results and a quick assessment of your opponents’ discovery were amongst them. I did not need to go to Nashville to hear this, but there were many who had gone there for just that purpose.  Later that day, I met in quick succession two people whose role within their firms required them to marshal just these kinds of arguments for the benefit of their lawyers, and I passed on what Warwick had said more or less verbatim. That alone justified being there, and you only really get that kind of opportunity at ILTA, where the mix of educational and social events, coupled with the informality and relative leisure which differentiates ILTA from the frantic pace of LegalTech, encourages this kind of discourse.

The venue

Gaylord CascadesThe Gaylord Opryland Resort covers 56 acres; it has 2881 guest rooms, 220 suites, an atrium 150 foot high and 4.5 acres in extent plus a second atrium of an acre which comfortably swallows two waterfalls, tropical gardens, a restaurant and a bar; the resort has 15 restaurants in all, a river, and several hundred thousand square feet of exhibit hall and conference facilities. There were people whom I knew to be there amongst the 1200 registered delegates at ILTA whom I did not see at all.

You wouldn’t find me checking in here for a holiday, but the Gaylord resorts are perfect for an event like this, provided that you don’t mind a 20 minute round trip between the conference centre and your room, as I had. The big events  - the opening party, the  big sessions and the final dinner – fitted comfortably into the cavernous rooms but there are plenty of quiet corners for conversation. Read the rest of this entry »


ILTA 2011 comes to life at Nashville

August 21, 2011

ILTA 2011 is slowly coming to life downstairs, but the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center is so large that I am getting my information about it from tweets rather than from my own observation – there could be a London-style riot going on at the other end of this complex and you would not know it. I will put up some photographs in due course, though you really need the wide-angle lens which I left at home to get any impression of this place.

I’m not convinced that I could accurately have pointed to Nashville on a map before planning this journey and, indeed, since I don’t plan my journeys any more (my blessed wife does it for me) the journey just involved following instructions. BA gave me what they call an “involuntary upgrade”, with that curious implication that one might decline the opportunity to sleep horizontally, be offered food which is actually edible, and have access to a power outlet.  Changing terminals at JFK was a doddle thanks to the inter-terminal train, and it is worth recording (because one often hears differently) that the airline and security staff were welcoming and helpful, with apparently spontaneous smiles and offers of help if one looked at all uncertain.

On the small plane from JFK to Nashville I came across Charles Christian of the Orange Rag, the Legal Technology Insider and the American Legal Technology Insider, Rob Lancashire of digital dictation company BigHand, and legal technology writer Joanna Goodman. Charles introduced me to Rob Lancashire as “an expert on digital dictation” which is rather like introducing an occasional car driver to a Formula 1 engineer as an “expert on cars”. I am merely a user, whereas Rob Lancashire is BigHand’s managing director for UK legal and professional services. Read the rest of this entry »


Three new sponsors and HP buys Autonomy – all in a week’s work

August 20, 2011

This was never going to be a relaxing week, sandwiched as it was between a conference in Singapore and ILTA 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. At least I had written all my Singapore articles by the time I landed at Heathrow at dawn on Monday, with their themes of judge-led litigation processes, judicial intolerance of eDiscovery unreadiness and South East Asian business and educational ambitions.

ILTA is a fixed entry in the calendar of anyone interested in litigation technology. On the surface, it is a more relaxed event than most of the others, taking place in high summer, in casual attire rather than suits, in a resort, and spread over five days. A lot happens there, however, quite apart from the fact that Nashville is a long way from Oxford, England or, indeed, from anywhere – the journey time is the same as to Singapore with the added excitement of having to change terminals at JFK.

Like certain other things – conflicts between my sponsors, the revolting coffee on aeroplanes, and the unwanted attentions of legal PRs – these things go with the territory which I have staked out for myself, and are a small price for involvement in a global business which is worth billions, which I am passionate about, and which is occupied by interesting and likeable people. it is also a young industry, with the opportunity which that brings to make the weather and not merely to report on it.

What makes that possible is my involvement with those companies whose logos appear on the right-hand side of this page. Between them, they cover the full range of software and services used for electronic discovery in every jurisdiction in which discovery is a relevant concept. Their sponsorship does more than provide the time to write and the opportunity to go where the action is. It also gives me a direct line to the senior people in the industry, and the ability to get involved with the development of rules and the connections with judicial thinkers, things which do not of themselves create a viable business.

The addition of three new sponsors in one week may be a coincidence; I think in fact that it tells us something about the state of the eDiscovery and information governance market and the direction in which it is going. Read the rest of this entry »


Huron Consulting goes with Nuix

August 16, 2011

I rarely pass on press releases without some accompanying context, focusing on a few big articles rather than many snippets, but this one headed Huron Consulting replaces Autonomy with Nuix caught my eye as it was published.

Nuix provides software for electronic discovery, investigations and for information governance. Huron Consulting Group provides a range of business consulting services including eDiscovery and related services under the banner Huron Legal. Huron recently acquired the well-known UK-based eDiscovery service provider Trilantic.

Nuix is a pure software company, making its applications available either in-house or through services providers like Huron and many others. To have someone in Huron’s league say of Nuix that “there really was no competition” is a good endorsement to have.

Both Nuix and Huron will be at ILTA 2011. Nuix is offering a “$1,000 giveaway” to those who follow it on Twitter and tweet the phrase found on their competition page. Judging by the number of hits I have found for “Nuix” whilst searching Twitter for a link to the Huron article, Nuix is gaining many followers with this idea.

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IQPC 2011 Information Retention and eDiscovery Exchange Survey

June 12, 2011

I wrote approvingly of IQPC’s Information Retention and eDiscovery Exchange which took place in Munich towards the end of 2010. I have been involved in some of the discussions about the 2011 equivalent, which will take place at the Kempinski Hotel Airport, Munich from 14 – 16 November 2011. I am very much looking forward to attending this, particularly after the conference which I moderated in Frankfurt last week and the interest and the people I came across there.

In support of the preparations for this event, IQPC has put together a survey for those with a professional interest in eDiscovery and document retention. They make the point, not unreasonably, that they can best produce sessions targeted towards people’s interests and concerns if they know what those are.

The survey can be found here. It should take no more than ten minutes to complete and IQPC will send you the results if you leave your contact details.

The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed that this conference takes place in the same week as the Georgetown Law CLE Advanced eDiscovery Institute in Washington. Fortunately, one is from Monday to Wednesday and the other is on Thursday and Friday.

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UK Law Firms should come to ILTA 2011 – August 21-25 in Nashville

June 12, 2011

ILTA is the International Legal Technology Association, an organisation committed to encouraging the advance of technology in law firms and, just as importantly, the advance of law firms by the use of technology. Its guiding principle is peer encouragement – the idea that we can best acquire knowledge, information and confidence by mixing with those who face the same issues as we do.

ILTA has events and programs running throughout the year, including ILTA Insight in London each April (see my report of ILTA Insight 2011 and Joanna Goodman’s much fuller one on the Orange Rag). ILTA’s main conference takes place towards the end of August each year at a suitable US venue. The word “suitable” connotes several things, one of which is mere size, because thousands of people attend from every corner of the legal IT world. Other requirements include a certain level of comfort, with leisure attractions on- and off-site for participants and, perhaps, their families – this is the height of the summer holiday season. Last year’s conference was at Las Vegas (my report is here), which comfortably met all these criteria.

ILTA 2011ILTA 2011 takes place this year in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Resort from August 21-25. These Gaylord Resorts are vast and, as the Resort web site shows, there is something for everyone, not least the music for which the city is famous. Tasteful it ain’t, at least to British eyes, but you can go to Georgetown or the German castle at which I spoke last week if you want taste. I go for the programme, for the company, and for the opportunity to share views and experiences which is what ILTA was established to provide.

That exchange of views is as valuable to a UK lawyer or law firm IT director as to his or her US counterpart. If you run your eye down the packed agenda, you will see subjects which affect UK firms of any size. If your perception is that all US law firms are vast, wealthy and remote in kind from your own firm, then that perception is just not right. The majority of firms are relatively small, with the same pressures to cut costs and work efficiently as face UK firms, both for their own sakes and for the benefit of their clients. The agenda reflects that, and on subjects much wider than my own particular interest in eDiscovery / eDisclosure. This is what I said last year:

Not so very long ago, the role of IT departments was to provide passive services – an accounts system, a contacts database, word processing and print services. If that is all you have now – well, send your managing partner and IT director to ILTA next year, if you are still in business next year.

Your Pound buys a lot of US Dollars at the moment. As I write, BA will get you there and back for £826, and you could probably do even better by shopping around. Why not come to ILTA 2011?

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The Gartner Magic Quadrant for EDiscovery Software and other EDiscovery Market Matters

May 31, 2011

As I have often said, I am content to stick to my own part of the e-Disclosure / e-Discovery world and leave others to theirs. Deciphering market trends is the job of analysts; journalists can react quickly to news; the clammy dead hand of the industry press release, with its boilerplate verbiage and breathless hyperbole, can find its way round the world in minutes without any help from me; earnest lawyers can deal with properly foot-noted and referenced reports of cases. My role requires me to pull together such of the threads as will encourage lawyers to make the best use of the rules and of the technology to reconcile their clients’ objectives with the requirements of the courts, helping them to understand just enough of the technology to know what is available and broadly what it does.

May is always a busy time, thanks to IQPC’s information Retention and eDisclosure Management Summit in London and Guidance Software’s Computer Enterprise and Investigations Conference (CEIC) in the US, both of which always take place back to back on opposite sides of the world; one year found me rushing straight from Gatwick to IQPC, where I was caught sleeping through a session – fortunately, not one of my own.

This May has brought in addition the Gartner Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software, Autonomy’s acquisition of Iron Mountain’s digital assets and Symantec’s purchase of Clearwell, all on top of Epiq Systems’ acquisition of Encore Discovery Solutions in April. Tens of thousands of words have been written about these things, any one of which would be significant in any month, let alone all of them together. What do they mean for the lawyer, whether in-house or external, who has responsibility for managing electronic disclosure? Is there much to add to what has already been said?

Probably not, but it is worth gathering some of the threads together, using the Gartner Magic Quadrant as a background source. Gartner’s authority in this area needs no endorsement from me, and it is probably not necessary for me to say that I know both the authors, Debra Logan and John Bace. I am, of course connected with many of the names which appear in the Magic Quadrant as well as many who do not. Having pointed you to it, I do not feel the need to mention everyone who appears in it, sticking with those which illustrate some point beyond their bare appearance there. Read the rest of this entry »


Judicial Panel at CEIC has messages for other jurisdictions

May 28, 2011

Although primarily a forensics conference, CEIC, the Computer Enterprise and Investigations Conference, has an e-discovery track whose purpose is to raise awareness of the context in which data forensics are used beyond the law enforcement where they began. The cross-border panel  in which I took part was one aspect of this. Another regular feature is a judicial panel which was moderated, as usual, by Patrick Burke of Guidance Software.

The panel comprised former US Magistrate Judge Ronald Hedges, now a Special Master, US Magistrate Judge David Waxse and Hon. Donald E. Shelton, Chief Judge – Washtenaw County Trial Court, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ron Hedges also introduced his pink friend, seen in the photograph below, but we never got to find out what his contribution was to the debate – the others had more than enough to say in the 90 minutes allocated.

CEIC Judicial Panel

These inevitably focus on practice under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Some terminology apart, however, what was said applies equally in any jurisdiction Read the rest of this entry »


Craig Ball Entertains at CEIC 2011 on Computer Forensics for Lawyers

May 23, 2011

I choose my words carefully when I write, and nowhere more than in the headings to articles. It took me 10 seconds to decide that the word “entertains” would form part of the heading to this post. “Entertains”, “Forensics” and “Lawyers” might appear to be mutually exclusive terms. Add the fact that Craig Ball’s session lasted for two and a half hours across lunchtime on a sunny Sunday in Orlando, the entertainments capital of the world, and you would think it remarkable that anyone could hold a large audience. Craig pulled it off.

Craig BallThe venue was CEIC 2011 or the Computer Enterprise and Investigations Conference to give its full name. The title of Craig’s session was Nerdy Things Lawyers Need to Know About Computer Forensics and a Few Nerdy Things Forensics People Need to Know About the Law. I have pages of notes, but I do not intend to summarise the whole thing. A few points will give you the flavour of it.

Many important things are very dull, and the standard recitals of information volumes – how many Gb per typical user and what that converts to in paper for example – is one of them. Here is one to grab your attention: take every word you ever read, every piece of evidence you have seen, and every phone book, cereal box, and road sign; add the text of every conversation in which you have taken part, the lyrics of every song you have ever heard and the script of every movie or television series you have seen. All that would fit on the smallest hard drive you could buy, with room to spare. Other media forms add volume – we are constantly photographed, and financial transactions are tracked; GPS allows our movements to be traced, and all this is in addition to information which we choose to publish about ourselves on FaceBook or whatever. Read the rest of this entry »


Getting on with the basics at CEIC as the eDiscovery world spins a little faster

May 20, 2011

I could sit here all morning trying to come up with a succinct heading which captures everything which is going on in eDiscovery / eDisclosure at the moment. The big things happening at a corporate level have greater long-term significance than mere changes of ownership, but the conferences, the articles, the cases and the rest don’t stop because of them. I have been at back-to-back events – IQPC in London and CEIC in Orlando, with a panel about the Bribery Act at Pinsent Masons with thebriberyact.com in between; there is more coming up. My heading, workmanlike rather than inspired, reminds us that this everyday stuff goes on daily whilst a bigger game plays out in corporate board-rooms.

I wrote up IQPC before I left for Orlando and will write about the Pinsents event and CEIC shortly. I rarely post things (or even tweet) when I am away, and this short piece is just to confirm that I am still (or again) at my post. The sentry duty analogy is deliberate: just before I left, Autonomy bought Iron Mountain’s digital assets; Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for eDiscovery Software came out whilst I was in Orlando; I had just parted company with Eddie Sheehy of Nuix when the announcement came through of a major investment in Nuix; I dropped off for a few minutes yesterday evening (I don’t need much sleep, but whole nights spent flying have to be made up somewhere), and woke to discover that Symantec has agreed to buy Clearwell Systems (the links are to their respective announcements); the wires are full of Recommind’s announcement of a partnership with email archiver Smarsh. The international ediscovery world is spinning faster than it did last week.

These are all interesting and important and I will come back to some of them in due course. Much of it is analysts’ territory, and I am concerned more with the nuts and bolts of e-discovery / e-disclosure – what judges are thinking, what lawyers should be knowing and doing, and what practical problems face them. I will let the news stories simmer whilst I catch up with what I have been hearing and speaking about at the hands-on level. They are different strands of the same story anyway – the continuum from email archiving through to ediscovery for litigation and compliance purposes appears in both the company stories and the day-to-day practical stuff. Read the rest of this entry »


UK and US EDisclosure / EDiscovery and Compliance Commonality at IQPC London

May 14, 2011

There was something for everyone at the IQPC Document Retention and EDisclosure Management Summit in London this week. The Bribery Act gave added incentive for those responsible for information management within organisations; at the other end of the process, prosecutors and judges from the US and the UK emphasised that the target is not merely formal compliance with court rules but business objectives and business efficacy; in between, the technology begins to appear – at last – as a tool to support the business and procedural requirements and not, as it used to, as a free-standing objective of its own.

We have also finally eradicated the impression that US judges, providers and practitioners are missionaries come to civilise a backward race. We are all in this together, thanks to four specific facets of globalisation: the need to collect data worldwide and the privacy conflicts which that brings; the fact that the dominating new technology for creation and dissemination of data (of which Twitter and Facebook are but two examples) goes global immediately; the convergence of thinking on court-led procedural matters such as co-operation and proportionality; and now the Bribery Act, matching and exceeding the reach and the implications of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. One US visitor said that she had gone away from a previous conference wondering why she had crossed the Atlantic simply to hear other Americans speak; there are still plenty of them here, but their contribution now brings a world view, not merely a US one, to what has become a much more collegiate group of experts.

As always, I went to relatively few sessions beyond the six in which I took part because I use these events as an opportunity to talk to as many people as possible. I mention this not merely to justify my failure to report comprehensively on the whole conference but to emphasise a hidden value in these events, and an overlooked justification for time taken out of the office. Unclear about some particular technology and whether it its use is likely to be acceptable in a court? Talk to a few people who provide it and then to a judge. Not sure whether your company is ahead or behind others in compliance matters? Have a chat with people who hold parallel roles in other companies. There is much more to these events than one-way communication from the platforms. Read the rest of this entry »


Filling the day and nearly getting filled with lead

April 17, 2011

One of the influential figures in US ediscovery gets very cross at references to the “ediscovery market”, as if the commercial connotations somehow sully the purity of the context of rules and judges and justice which the ediscovery / e-disclosure industry supports. I am pretty keen myself on the “pure” side of it, and more widely than my ediscovery remit, which is why civil liberties and the relationship between rulers and ruled turn up in these pages from time to time.

The “market” side of it, however, is both integral to the delivery of justice and interesting in its own right, both in the delivery of legal services and in the technology which is my own particular concern. What I do touches on several different aspects – business processes, technology, the law itself, and marketing. Periodically, I am asked: “What exactly do you do?”. One of my children, when asked this question recently, said “He writes a blog”, presumably leaving the questioner little the wiser. What I do is, of course, of interest to others only to the extent that it throws light on the market. If I describe my day in London on Thursday, as I am about to do, it is because it touched a lot of industry corners, and not because my own diary is likely to enthrall anyone for its own sake. It nearly included a rather closer interaction between rulers and ruled than I generally look for. Read the rest of this entry »


ILTA Insight 2011 in London

April 8, 2011

You may have noticed some recent diversification in the subjects which I cover. I have moderated a couple of US panels on law firm technology generally, written and spoken on the use of social media, and covered the Bribery Act. The latter has an obvious crossover into e-disclosure / ediscovery (one of my talks this week, for example, was entitled “UK Bribery Act adequate procedures: kicking information management up the agenda”); the others I do mainly because any pure e-disclosure talk or article will necessarily reach only those who are at least partially converted already, and these extra-curricular activities take me (and therefore my main subject) to new audiences. I enjoy doing them, but have no ambitions to challenge the pre-eminence of Charles Christian or Joanna Goodman in covering the broader field.

ILTA is the International Legal Technology Association, whose role (in its own words) is “sharing knowledge and experience of those faced with challenges in their firms and legal departments”. Its main annual event, this year from 21 to 25 August in Nashville, is an unbeatable opportunity to mix with people who share the same challenges as well as with those who offer solutions across the full range of legal technology including, but not limited to, the e-discovery/e-disclosure topic which is my primary interest. It would be good to see some more UK lawyers there this year.

ILTA runs a one day conference in London each year called ILTA Insight. It had no pure litigation content this year, but a wide range of other topics were covered on the agenda and it was, as always, attended by a diverse set of law firms. I imagine that Charles Christian’s Orange Rag will produce a proper report in due course, and I will content myself with three snippets picked up from the sessions which I attended: Read the rest of this entry »


ILTA Insight in London on 5 April

March 21, 2011

St Pauls CathedralILTA, the International Legal Technology Association, holds a one-day conference in London each spring called ILTA Insight. This year it is on 5 April at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel which, as its name implies, is centrally and conveniently located.

Charles Christian has helpfully summarised the program on the Orange Rag, giving me the choice between repeating his work, copying it, or linking to it. The latter seems to combine ease and propriety, so I point you to Charles’s article which gives the website details, the e-mail address of Peggy Wechsler, the Program Director, and a PDF of the program.

This is always a good event for anyone interested in the wider aspects of legal IT, not just for the sessions (a good selection, as always), but for the chance to speak to others who may be going down the same path as you. I am doing a New Law Journal panel elsewhere in the morning with Drew Macaulay of First Advantage Litigation Consulting amongst others, but will be along later.

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