Interview: Ian Campbell of iCONECT on iCONECT’s partnership with Heureka

One of the recurring themes in this blog is the extension of eDiscovery skills and tools to purposes beyond pure eDiscovery. The software developed for compliance with court rules and regulatory requirements often lends itself to wider purposes.

I have written before about how eDiscovery software developer iCONECT has turned its XERA software to purposes beyond litigation discovery – healthcare and HR, for example. It has also been constantly inventive in making partnerships with other companies to bring specialist adjuncts to iCONECT-XERA’s primary eDiscovery function.

At Legaltech New York, I interviewed iCONECT CEO Ian Campbell about iCONECT’s partnership with Heureka, a company which specialises in the identification, preservation and collection of documents and data.

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Interview: Dean Kuhlmann of Brainspace on how analytics is changing review

Dean Kuhlmann is VP of Business Development at Brainspace. I interviewed him at Legaltech about the way technology is changing search for eDiscovery and and for wider business purposes.

The “story” in Dean Kuhlmann’s interview ends with a senior lawyer running down the corridor in his office after 15 minutes use of Brainspace, urging others to come and see what he is able to do with it. The context is the advances in technology which enable, as he puts it, five million documents to be visible on one screen, and the reduction in the time and labour required to review them. The technology, Dean Kuhlmann says, is not replacing humans but using them to get a lot more done more quickly.

Before looking at the interview itself, it is worth looking at Brainspace and the group of companies of which it is part, because that complements the picture of a very broad funnel at the top and a small pool of very relevant documents at the bottom. That five million documents reduced to a small pool for review is a microcosm of a business group which begins in volume terms with more than 50 data centres worldwide.

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Brainspace is part of the Cyxtera group of companies which between them manage, secure, and make available very large populations of documents. Cyxtera owns 57 data centres around the world. Before anything else, therefore, it is an infrastructure company. It goes far beyond that, however, integrating security as a core service and providing other analytics and specialised services for key verticals such as financial services, public sector and health care as well as applications for broader businesses. Continue reading

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Interview: David Horrigan of Relativity on the GDPR, mobile data and AI

A good interview does not have to be formal and structured to be effective and informative. By the time I came to interview David Horrigan, Relativity’s eDiscovery Counsel and Legal Education Director, at Legaltech, I had done 16 interviews over three days and this was our last. I had even discarded my tie.

David Horrigan is a fluent and articulate man, and we covered quite a lot of ground in our recap of the Relativity events at Legaltech and in looking forward to the next event (Relativity Fest London on 1 May).

We talked about the panel which I had just moderated for Relativity on cloud and regulation. It was part of a Relativity series on discovery at home and abroad and was, obviously, the “abroad” bit. Continue reading

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Interviewed by Doug Austin of CloudNine, I rant about GDPR marketing

Among the out-takes on the virtual floor of our virtual video editing room are several clips of me interrupting interviews when people talk about the GDPR fines of up to 4% of global turnover. They are, I have to say, slightly embarrassing to watch as I lay into people to ask if they have something more constructive to talk about, and I apologise to them. They are not the real targets of what have, with some justification, been called my “GDPR rants”.

As I have observed here before, I have been known when moderating panels in the US to ask the audience to name the first thing that comes to mind when the GDPR is mentioned. Always it is the fines. It is time to move the discussion to the actual likely effect on businesses large and small, not ignoring the fines, but equally not implying that every organisation is at risk of being handed fines at the maximum level for the slightest default.

At Legaltech, I was invited to go and talk to Rob Robinson, Doug Austin and others from CloudNine. I don’t usually agree to such invitations from non-sponsors because they take me out of an already overflowing stream of things to do at Legaltech, but I have known Rob Robinson for many years and he gave me my first introduction to US eDiscovery writing. There was also an invitation to be interviewed by Doug Austin whose eDiscovery Daily Blog came top of the recent list of Top 60 eDiscovery Blogs and Websites for eDiscovery Professionals assembled by Feedspot (I wrote about it here) and I welcomed the opportunity to reach his wide audience. Continue reading

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Interview: Michael Conner of NightOwl Discovery on NightOwl’s relationship with corporate clients

NightOwlMichael Conner is Director of Global Business Development at NightOwl Discovery. I interviewed him at Legaltech in New York about the relationship between clients, lawyers and eDiscovery providers.

Much of NightOwl’s business involves offering services directly to clients, generally on multi-year agreements. The clients have direct relationships with both the eDiscovery provider and the lawyers and this, Michael Conner says, can set up “a nuanced relationship”. Continue reading

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FTI launches Relativity and RelativityOne in Hong Kong

As I have observed before, one of last year’s most interesting eDiscovery developments was the new partnership between FTI Consulting and Relativity, enabling FTI to supplement its own widely respected Ringtail with the ubiquitous Relativity and with Relativity’s cloud offering RelativityOne.

That relationship has taken a significant step forward with the announcement that FTI is to provide Relativity and RelativityOne in Hong Kong.

FTI has been offering eDiscovery services in Hong Kong for a long time and I have taken part in events with them there. They know as much as anybody (and more than most) about the difficulties specific to Asian eDiscovery, not least the difficulty of handling cross-border eDiscovery matters. Continue reading

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Interview: Brandon Mack of Epiq on advanced eDiscovery technology

Brandon Mack is Director, Analytics and Advanced Technologies at Epiq. I have interviewed him before, and jumped at the chance to do so again at this year’s Legaltech because of his succinct and positive descriptions of the way technology can be used for eDiscovery.

 

He drew a distinction in opening between conventional eDiscovery tools primarily designed to minimise data volumes to more conceptual tools such as predictive coding and advanced pattern matching. Continue reading

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ILTA scholarships covering the cost of ILTACON 2018

ILTAILTA is the International Legal Technology Association whose function is to spread understanding about legal technology by organising events and by encouraging the sharing of information between people facing similar problems.

Although ILTA itself is a year-round educational resource, its name has become synonymous with its big annual event, called ILTACON, this year taking place at National Harbor in Maryland, just outside Washington. ILTACON is an event whose benefits extend from listening to expert speakers to informal discussions with others, as well as a strong calendar of social events.

ILTA recognises that the cost of attending ILTACON can be prohibitive for some and has established a number of scholarships to enable deserving people in various categories to attend, with their registration fee, accommodation and reasonable travel costs covered by the scholarship. Continue reading

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Looking forward to Relativity Fest in London on 1 May

Relativity Fest London takes place at 155 Bishopsgate on 1 May. That and the Nuix event which I attended recently (I wrote about it here) have effectively displaced most of the more generalised eDiscovery / eDisclosure events in the London calendar, offering a mixture of product-specific technical sessions and panels to do with the context in which the technology is used.

I am involved in one of the latter events called Court rules, regulations, and roles: the law and your part in the eDisclosure process. It is perhaps worth setting out its description:

From a potential new disclosure rule for England and Wales to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affecting Europe and beyond, new rules and regulations are changing the duties and the roles of the participants in the e-disclosure process. Senior judges and rule-makers on both sides of the Atlantic have called for more judicial “stewardship” of the discovery/disclosure process, but many judges have resisted taking on this role. With the UK’s GC100 calling for comprehensive change in the disclosure process, what other legal professionals could see their roles change? Will judges in the UK become more active in the disclosure process, and will lawyers cooperate more? Mr. Justice Birss joins United Kingdom and international experts to apply the rules and regulations to your role.

The panel member of most interest in this context is Mr Justice Birss. His was the judgment in Smailes v McNally which I wrote about here, describing it as “the disclosure case of 2014” and referring to “its analysis of almost every point which can arise in an argument about electronic disclosure”. Continue reading

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Leadership and risk on the agenda at the Nuix Insider Conference 2018 in London

We do not have many good events in London dealing with eDiscovery and its surrounding subjects. The annual Nuix Insider Conference is an exception, one of the few events I go to whether or not I am participating in it.

An article by Jessica Lyford in Forensic Focus gives a good summary of the day which I do not need to recapitulate here. The theme which she refers to as “the convergence of investigations, eDiscovery, incident response and governance” is much the same as was covered by CTO Stephen Stewart in my video interview with him here, particularly the move by companies to put compliance, security, information governance, risk and HR matters under the umbrella of “risk” with a Chief Risk Officer taking overall control.

CEO Rod Vawdrey made two observations in his opening speech which are worth recording – that we are seeing a shift from recording the past to tracking what is happening now, and another shift from “silo subjects” to “problems we solve”. The accumulation of risk areas under one umbrella brings one benefit beyond the concentrated focus – once all the subjects are treated as part of the same problem, it becomes possible to aggregate budget towards tools and, services and staff to deal with them. Continue reading

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ACEDS and AccessData webinar on 11 April: ensuring defensible preservation and collection

AccessDataThe US Federal Rule of Evidence 902 (14) allows a forensic investigator to confirm that electronic evidence is authentic without having to appear in person to testify to that effect.

AccessData, makers of AD eDiscovery and other forensic tools, is running a webinar in conjunction with ACEDS on 11 April to talk through compliance with FRE 902 (14), about reducing the risk of data spoliation, and about reducing the overall cost using AD eDiscovery and the other AccessData forensic products.

There is more information and a registration form here. Continue reading

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Interview: Hal Marcus of OpenText on managing risk and uncovering value in data

I have been interviewing Hal Marcus since his Recommind days, always getting useful insights into current topics on eDiscovery and analytics.

Recommind is now owned by OpenText and, more recently, OpenText has acquired Guidance Software. Catching up with Hal Marcus at Legaltech in New York, I asked him about the OpenText master plan for these acquisitions.

Hal Marcus said that OpenText’s ambition was to manage the full life-cycle of enterprise information management. The acquisition of Recommind and its strong analytical tools showed that OpenText was serious about discovery. Bringing in Guidance Software and EnCase takes this to a whole new level. Continue reading

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Interview: David Perla of The 1991 Group and Integreon on the problems facing the legal market

At Legaltech, I had the opportunity to interview David Perla who is Co-Founder and Managing Director of of The 1991 Group and a member of the Board of Directors of Integreon. David Perla has worked in a law firm, and as President of Bloomberg BNA Legal Division/Bloomberg Law, and he was co-founder and co-CEO of Pangea3, a provider of outsourced legal services. He is better placed than most to talk about the present state of the legal market.

There was a time when clients gave instructions to law firms, and law firms did the work and sent in a bill. Those times are long gone. We sit now, David Perla says, at an intersection between law firms, end-user clients and a range of companies in the surrounding ecosystem. Continue reading

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Partnership between FTI and Evolver brings Excel redaction to Ringtail

FTI and its long established eDiscovery platform Ringtail get more interesting all the time. Ringtail 9.4 brings a Software Development Kit, social networking enhancements, Mac compatible document review, customisable browse panels and a range of other developments which, when added to its solid processing capability, its strong visual analytics and its user-friendly interface have helped Ringtail keep its place at the top of the market.

It was Ringtail which BLP used in its successful application of predictive coding in the UK BCA Trading case which I wrote about here.

In parallel with software developments, FTI has been making strategic partnerships with others. The big story of last year was its partnership with Relativity, giving FTI’s top-of-the-range consulting practice a wider set of choices for document review.  Continue reading

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Interview: David Greetham of Ricoh talks about Ricoh’s Remlox Cloud

David Greetham is VP of eDiscovery Sales and Operations at Ricoh Legal. Just before Legaltech, Ricoh launched Remlox Cloud, a system designed to enable the easy collection of discovery data. There is information about this here, and an explainer video here (and linked to below). I took the opportunity to talk to David Greetham to find out more.

David Greetham said that Remlox Cloud is derived from Remlox™ Remote ESI Collection tool which is designed for full forensic collection. It has been used in 37 countries, across six continents, and for several types of matters including cases involving the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other government agencies. Continue reading

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The Secret Barrister lifts the lid on the state of criminal justice

Stories of the Law and How it’s Broken, by the anonymous author known as The Secret Barrister, describes the present appalling state of the criminal justice system and is one of those books which make you hate politicians. The decisions which underlie the conditions described in the book are the product of more than just budget-cutting; ideology and ignorance play their part, along with a cynical calculation about who votes for what.

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I recently took a cab from Fleet Street and was treated along the way to a diatribe from the driver about the income of fat cat lawyers. Unusually for me, I engaged in the discussion. What made him say that? “Well”, he said, “The place I picked you up from, that’s Freshfields. They all earn fantastic money”. I patiently explained that there was much difference between a glossy world-ranking commercial law firm and a criminal barrister hurrying from dilapidated court to dilapidated court. He seemed genuinely not have considered this. Unfortunately, I doubt that he will read SB’s book.

What he will do is vote. He will have read his newspaper’s latest attack on legal aid being “given” to some “obvious” crook (probably one with a foreign-sounding name), or on an apparently derisory sentence handed down by a judge, and he will share its editor’s faux outrage. The editor will have used the headline precisely to attract this kind of reader, and they feed on each other’s prejudices. Politicians of all shades will take note and conclude that they can attack the justice budget as much as they like. Very large numbers of people will approve; most of those directly affected don’t vote anyway; and most of the rest don’t think they will ever come into contact with the criminal justice system. Continue reading

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Consilio and Advanced Discovery to merge as clients say “grow with us”

Consilio and Advanced Discovery, each of them already a major player in the global eDiscovery market, are to merge, with investment company GI partners taking a majority stake in the merged business.

The Consilio press release says that the combined company will have more than 2,500 employees, 14 data centres and 23 document review facilities in 11 countries, offering information governance, risk management, eDiscovery and document and contract review services.

Few dissent from the view that electronic discovery, and the growing number of business services which depend on eDiscovery skills and tools, will continue to grow, and even more quickly outside the US than in it with the spread of regulation, the growth in International trade, and the increasing need to meet cyber security and data protection demands. As companies become increasingly global, they expect the professional service providers to march with them and to be able to meet their increasing demands. Continue reading

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Interview: Stephen Stewart of Nuix on the changing corporate uses of data analytics

Stephen Stewart is Chief Technology Officer at investigations and cyber security software company Nuix. I talked to him at Legaltech New York about the ever-wider uses for eDiscovery skills and tools, about the uses for artificial intelligence, and about our transition from investigating the past to confronting unwanted activity as it happens.

 

Stephen Stewart said that AI and technology-assisted review are “rehashed algorithms from 30 years ago”. TAR addressed an existing problem – the time and cost of eDiscovery review – and made it go faster. Continue reading

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A roundup of reactions to the proposed new disclosure rule

I wrote here about a helpful presentation, under the auspices of ACEDS and moderated by Vince Neicho of Integreon, about the proposed new disclosure rule. Since then, the date has passed for representations to the working party and it is helpful, perhaps, to gather some of the comments together.

Legal IT Insider has published comments from Vince Neicho and from independent consultant Jonathan Maas of the Maas Consulting Group. The comments from ILTA (the International Legal Technology Association) are published here. I draw on my own submissions for this article as well as a warning from the Law Society.

A better understanding of the basics

All of us stress the need for a better understanding by lawyers and judges of the basics of electronic disclosure both in preparation for the pilot and case by case.

One of the issues here (as I said in my article on Triumph Controls) is of terminology. The term “technology-assisted review” is used vaguely, both in the rules and in various judgments, as if it had a single generalised meaning rather than being a specific example out of a wide range of different technologies. The problem is compounded by the fact that “technology assisted review”, “computer-assisted review” and “predictive coding” are used for much the same thing without differentiation from more everyday analytical tools like email threading, deduplication, and near deduplication. The ILTA comments include a strong section on this. Continue reading

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iCONECT partnership brings “blockchain-hardened” encryption to eDiscovery data

The management of eDiscovery data brings conflicting challenges. Data must be accessible to those who need to see it but kept away from others. Logs recording steps in the process must be transparent but the results of that process and the thinking behind it are intended for a select audience.

On the face of it, encryption is the answer to security issues. Conventional encryption / decryption, however, inevitably brings latency which is at odds with the need for speed as reviewers pass quickly through documents; that is especially so when those “documents” are large media files like audio or video.

According to Ian Campbell, CEO of eDiscovery software company iCONECT, the answer lies in blockchain, and iCONECT has executed a letter of intent with encryption technology company Leonovus for this purpose. Continue reading

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BLP claims a win for predictive coding after the BCA Trading trial

I use the term “predictive coding” in this article because that is the term used a) in the relevant judgment, b) by BLP whose successful use of the technology is the subject of the article, and c) by FTI Consulting, whose Ringtail eDiscovery software was used. I wrote about the varied terminology (TAR, CAR, etc) in my article on Triumph Controls. Whatever you call it, we are talking of a system which “harnesses human judgments ….on a smaller set of documents and then extrapolates those judgments to the remaining document collection [Grossman and Cormack, TAR Glossary, 2013].

2016 saw two judgments in the courts of England and Wales in which the use of predictive coding was upheld, both from disclosure applications rather than at trial. The first was Pyrrho which, since the parties consented to the use of the technology, is more an example of the wisdom of cooperation than a clear sign of court approval – once the parties had agreed and explained their positions cogently to the court, it was unlikely that the master would have declined to convert their agreement into an order.

The second was BCA Trading which drew less attention than Pyrrho but which is more significant because BLP’s proposed use of predictive coding was hotly contested. The registrar inevitably drew on Master Matthew’s careful analysis in Pyrrho and said “I reach the conclusion based on cost that predictive coding must be the way forward”.

BCA Trading is back in the news again, following a 12 day trial at which BLP’s client was successful. BLP has written about it in an article called BLP wins case for BCA using predictive coding in disclosure. It says that “the disclosure provided was thoroughly tested at trial and the judge relied heavily on it for his findings”. I have not seen the judgment, but I understand that there is little in it about the discovery process – nor would one expect there to be in a judgment after trial. Continue reading

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Interview: Matthew Geaghan of Nuix on using eDiscovery tools and skills for security, privacy and IG

One of my recurring themes in my occasional interviews with Matthew Geaghan of Nuix is the ever-wider application of eDiscovery skills and tools to tasks and functions beyond eDiscovery. As he says in this interview, it is “all about the data” and about the skills used for identifying, assessing and categorising data. Waymo v Uber has settled, but it has lessons for the recipient, as well as the owner, of wrongfully-removed data.

Information governance is a term which, useful though it seemed to me, did not attract as much attention as it should have done when it came up as a subject three or four years ago. It did not then have behind it the compelling reasons which have appeared since then, including awareness promoted by the imminent General Data Protection Regulation and realistic concerns about cyber security risks. It has become more evident that bad things happen when you do not secure data, quite apart from increasing duties to preserve the privacy of data subjects. Continue reading

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James Comey is keynote speaker at OpenText Enfuse 2018

With its acquisition of Guidance Software, OpenText has inherited the annual Enfuse conference which Guidance Software ran successfully for many years, originally with the name CEIC. I was a speaker there for many years and always learnt something and always enjoyed it.

As always, Enfuse has an agenda packed with technical and industry topics. As a special attraction this year, the industry keynote speaker is former FBI director James Comey. At the FBI he confronted terrorism, cyber threats, cyber attacks on political processes, and ethical challenges, and he is bound to be a big draw at Enfuse.

Enfuse takes place this year in Las Vegas between 21 and 24 May. If you are quick you can catch the early bird rate which ends on 9 March. You will find registration details here.

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Commonwealth Legal: Five reasons for using Relativity Active Learning

The latest iteration of Relativity’s analytic tools is called Active Learning. Roland von Borstel has written about it on the Ricoh / Commonwealth Legal blog Technology in Practice under the title Five reasons Active Learning is better than TAR.

The post is a description of Commonwealth Legal’s pilot use of Relativity’s Active Learning in Canada, and briefly summarises why Commonwealth Legal concludes that Active Learning is a considerable step up from Relativity’s earlier TAR 1.0 offering.

Commonwealth Legal is unequivocal in its conclusion that Active Learning’s new analytic review tools are better than the original ones. It is quick and easy to set up for review and to monitor; it gets to its results faster, and they are more accurate; it is easier to set a “threshold value” and to see where the incidence of relevant documents tails off; crucially, the number of documents sent through for review is significantly reduced. Continue reading

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AccessData introduces Quin-C for forensic investigations

AccessDataAccessData has been in the business of producing forensic investigation software for decades. Its latest development in digital investigation technology is called Quin-C which is designed to speed up data access, processing and analysis and to offer a customisable user interface to investigators of every skill level to help them conduct difficult investigations quickly.

As you would expect from a company whose product set has been designed to work together, Quin-C is designed to work either independently or jointly with existing AccessData tools such as FTK, AD Lab and the eDiscovery application Summation.

To introduce Quin-C, AccessData is running a live training webinar on 7 March and 14 March. There is more information and access to registration details here.

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Integreon launches an Allegory dashboard for collaboration on evidence management

It is only a little over two months since I wrote about Integreon’s acquisition of litigation management software company Allegory. Already, the resulting combination of technology and human inventiveness have produced Allegory dashboard, an evidence management tool designed to help inside and outside counsel to collaborate properly.

The dashboard allows case information to be analysed for a single matter or across all matters on a single platform, and is designed primarily to help with the management of large and complex litigation. This reinforces a trend, visible over the last three to four years, under which in house counsel want more transparency and greater control over cases which they have in hand. The dashboard includes, for example, a key events overview and a tasks and deadlines module. Continue reading

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Interview: Chris Haley of Troutman Sanders talks about Relativity customisation

At Relativity Fest in Chicago last October, I spoke to Chris Haley, the Director of Legal Technology at Troutman Sanders. I asked him what led his firm to choose Relativity for eDiscovery.

Chris Haley said that when the firm reviewed the software market, they were looking for the ability to take control of the application and to use it to differentiate themselves so that clients would understand the benefits of using them. Continue reading

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Opening new eDiscovery opportunities in South Africa and New Zealand

eDiscovery blogs in South Africa and New Zealand were recognised in Feedspot’s recent list of Top 60 Global eDiscovery Blogs. The South African one is by Terry Harrison who wrote about the recognition here; the New Zealand one comes from Andrew King whose equivalent post is here.

When I first started getting involved in eDiscovery / eDisclosure in the UK, Terry Harrison was one of the first people I came across. We gave several presentations together, not least in Manchester.

A few years ago, Terry Harrison moved to South Africa and set up an eDiscovery consulting practice there. In addition to his work for clients, Terry threw himself into the subject of civil procedure rules reform in South Africa, making the case for eDiscovery rules changes designed to bring technology and proportionality together in civil proceedings.

Recognition in a US eDiscovery list is no small achievement for someone practicing in a jurisdiction so unfamiliar with the concepts of eDiscovery which are developing in the rest of the common law world. Continue reading

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FTI Consulting adds Relativity and RelativityOne to its Europe offerings

One of the more interesting partnerships to emerge last year was the one between FTI and Relativity, with FTI now offering Relativity solutions alongside its own Ringtail. I wrote about that here and mentioned it in my report on Relativity Fest, where the relationship was one of the big news items.

FTI has now announced that it is bringing Relativity, and its cloud-based platform RelativityOne, to the UK, continental Europe and worldwide, with immediate effect.

The FTI press release about this stresses two things: one is its ability to focus its attention very quickly on large-scale matters for international clients; the other is the combination of FTI’s long-established consulting practice which supplements software (whether FTI’s own Ringtail or Relativity) with workflows and advanced analytics designed to reduce the cost and complexity of large discovery matters.

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iCONECT teams up with Altlaw to strengthen iCONECT-XERA’s UK presence

The discovery software provider iCONECT has partnered with UK based eDisclosure provider Altlaw to expand the UK presence for iCONECT’s XERA software.

The UK market is interesting at the moment. With the pending GDPR adding purpose to regulatory investigations, with increasing demand for internal investigations, and with (albeit some way off) a new disclosure rule pending, it is reasonable to expect an expanded demand for good, intuitive document review platforms.

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GDPR: WP 253 guidelines on the application and setting of fines

As a moderator of GDPR panels, I sometimes ask the audience what is the first thing which comes to mind when they come across the letters “GDPR”; every time it is the bloody fines.

There has been no particular focus on what the fines are actually for, or on the other remedies available to regulators. The impression has been given that organisations will be hit with a fine of 4% of their global turnover for any GDPR breach.

Perhaps this got board attention in the early days of GDPR marketing. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office did its best to calm down the misperceptions; one of its very good series of articles on “GDPR myths” emphasised both that there are alternative remedies and that its intention was a graded series of steps towards enforcement.

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party has issued Guidelines on the application and setting of administrative fines for the purposes of the Regulation 2016/679 aka the GDPR. These were adopted in October 2017 and have recently been issued in different language versions. Continue reading

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Nuix London Insider Conference agenda now published

I wrote recently about the Nuix Insider Conference 2018, due to take place in London on 22 March.

The full agenda has now been published and it is here. As always, it is a mixture of pure technology sessions and sessions designed to encourage discussion about the context in which the technology is used. The GDPR and digital forensics appear alongside eDiscovery, mobile investigations and the detection of fraudulent behaviour.

Of special interest is the launch of this year’s Nuix Black Report findings on cyber security risk, due to be published in March (you can sign up for a copy here).

Registration for the London event is here.

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The crossover between Triumph Controls and other disclosure developments

Judgment in Triumph Controls UK Ltd & Anor v Primus International Holding Co & Ors [2018] EWHC 176 (TCC) was delivered by Coulson J on 7 February 2018, the same day as the very good session explaining the new disclosure rule of which I wrote here.  There are interesting crossovers between the two developments, links between Triumph Controls and other cases criticising disclosure management, and other factors which make Triumph Controls part of a continuing thread focusing on how disclosure is performed.

The advantage of sitting tight for a bit before writing about judgments is that someone else will leap in and do a summary, saving me the wearisome task of paraphrasing the thing. We have had summary reports from Masood Ahmed (who is on the Rule Committee), from Ed Spencer and Lizzie Hancock at Taylor Wessing and from Pinsent Masons Out-law.com and I do not intend to cover the same ground – the judgment is only 42 short paragraphs long anyway.

What might be more helpful is to pick on some specific points which have implications beyond the bare decision. Continue reading

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Interview: Karyn Harty of McCann FitzGerald on technology, culture and rules in Irish discovery

When I first saw the length of my interview with Karyn Harty of McCann FitzGerald, filmed at Relativity Fest in Chicago, I wondered if I ought to pare it down a little. Having listened to it, I find the whole thing valuable  and have kept it all (it runs for less than 10 minutes).

Karyn Harty was the partner who persuaded the Irish court (and then the Court of Appeal) to permit the use of technology-assisted review in Irish Bank Resolution v Quinn. Since that case, she says, the use of TAR has become more widespread, at least in bigger Irish firms, partly because there is now judicial authority for its use and partly because lawyers and their clients are more familiar with TAR and the value that it can deliver in keeping eDiscovery costs down while complying with the discovery rules. Continue reading

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Headlining on the subject of disclosure rule reform

An article on the JD Supra site manages somehow to convey the idea that I am positively agitating for eDisclosure rule reform.

The article is headed After panel sponsored by UK ACEDS, Chris Dale calls for rules reform. This exaggerates slightly the enthusiasm conveyed in my full report of the panel session about the proposed changes. Although, as I said in that article, the panel had converted me to the view “that the present piecemeal rules and PDs should be replaced”, I did not intend to cast myself as an agitator for change.

I think a better summary of my position is this – if some thoughtful people have been prepared to do a draft rule, and if the result actually forces judges and lawyers to focus on proportionate disclosure, and if the Rule Committee can spare the time to look at it, then since we are going to have to tackle disclosure sooner or later, it might as well be now.

I am not manning the barricades for or against it, but since it is going to happen anyway, I might as well contribute as positively as possible to the debate.

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Interview: Ian Campbell of iCONECT on the growing need for HR departments to manage data

Ian Campbell, CEO of discovery software company iCONECT, realised long ago that the skills and the technology used for electronic discovery had wider applications. For example, iCONECT now has a strong presence in healthcare data, helping hospitals, medical practices etc to centralise data, perhaps from disparate systems over long periods, into iCONECT’s XERA software. All sorts of reasons justify this, from enhanced business efficiency through to compliance with regulations about the preservation of medical data.

In this interview with me, Ian Campbell talks about another area receiving growing attention within large organisations. This is data held by human resources departments, a major headache for companies with many employees.

iCONECT’s own post about this interview and its context is here. Continue reading

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FTI Consulting: flexibility and documentation are the keys to GDPR readiness

FTI Consulting has been offering information governance services since before the General Data Protection Regulation was a twinkle in the eye of the EU. It was among the first of the major players to draw attention to the fact that both eDiscovery and compliance obligations become easier to manage if you have less data and more understanding of the data which you must keep. In addition, the ability to keep better control of corporate data enables organisations to extract value from the data they have – to make a better business, not just to anticipate and defend against risks.

Sonia Cheng, European Information Governance Leader at FTI Consulting adds a further point in her article Perfect storm: navigating the compliance landscape in 2018. While the chief focus in 2018 is on the GDPR, she says, that is only one of several regulations which affect the collection, storage, processing and sharing of data. Organisations face not just jurisdictional conflicts (where the law of one country conflicts with those of another) but apparent conflicts between obligations in different regulations within a single jurisdiction. One regulation appears to require you to keep data while another imposes restrictions on keeping that same data. Continue reading

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Honouring Judge Peck and Judge Francis as they retire from the bench

On 27 February, Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law is the host for an evening in honour of retired US Magistrate Judge James Francis and about-to-retire US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck. You will deduce from its title From Da Silva Moore to Microsoft: The Jurisprudence of Judge James Francis IV and Judge Andrew Peck that the focus will be on the opinions delivered by these two judges, and specifically on those related to eDiscovery.

The Cardozo Data Law Initiative is joined by Relativity and ACEDS (the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists) in the persons respectively of David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel and Legal Education Director at Relativity, who will moderate the discussion, and Mary Mack, Executive Director at ACEDS, who will introduce the evening. The invitation to the event is here. I would like to be there, but 3,5000 miles of ocean stands in my way. Continue reading

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Interview: Patrick Burke talks about growing corporate awareness of GDPR implications

There is a lot in here – preparations for the GDPR, the growing realisation of the implications of holding the data of other organisations, contractual certifications of GDPR compliance, unwitting indemnification of other parties, WP249 and its assertion that discovery may amount to the “monitoring” of employees, the balancing of one set of obligations against others, and improvements in security in discovery review. 

At Relativity Fest 2016 I asked Patrick Burke, then at Bennett & Samios LLP and now Director, Financial Services Innovation at the New York State Department of Financial Services, about the motivation of organisations who were preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation. What was the most compelling factor which drove them towards compliance?

Most people, at that stage, would have answered “The fear of 4% fines”. Patrick Burke’s answer was “They want to keep doing business”, something I have been quoting ever since. I put the question to him again at Relativity Fest in 2017.

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Epiq launches TMX for collaborative preparation of electronic bundles

The management of electronic documents does not end with the completion of discovery. Between then and trial, documents must be collated and reviewed for the trial itself and for intermediate purposes such as witness statements and, in the US for depositions.

Epiq has launched a hosted SaaS (Software as a Service) platform called TMX. TMX allows documents to be annotated, tagged and hyperlinked to ease the process of case preparation, collaboration and presentation. It builds electronic bundles quickly and easily with concepts which mirror those which lawyers and courts expect such as folder structure, pagination and index generation.

TMX is available immediately in Europe and will shortly be available elsewhere. There is more information about it here.

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Nuix Insider Conference 2018 on 22 March in London

The Nuix Insider Conference 2018 takes place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 22 March 2018.

As always, the agenda has a set of parallel tracks which between them cover compliance, investigations eDiscovery, cyber threat and the detection of fraudulent behaviour. In parallel with all that are labs covering the latest Nuix technology.

You can register here.

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Down with the kids as we arrive in New York for Legaltech

Although this post is about our arrival in New York for Legaltech, it is not really about Legaltech. What you hope for after a long flight is a hushed hotel lobby and a friendly receptionist welcoming you to the rooms you booked months ago…..

As we draw up outside our hotel in Manhattan it is evident that something is going on. Crowds of mainly young people line the steps and gather on each side of the lobby, held back only by a single rope. A few relaxed-looking NYPD officers stand around. There are a some large men, nearly as broad as they are tall, wearing those curly earpieces which signify Security. There is a lot of excitement, but it is well-mannered, restrained excitement.

There are four of us – me, my sons Charlie and William, and Charlie’s wife Kat. As we struggle by with our enormous quantities of luggage, I overhear something. “The Grannies”. How sweet, I think, all these kids assembled for their grannies.

“Grammys”, said one of my more switched-on companions. “It’s the Grammys tomorrow”.

The Grammys, I later find, is some kind of award for achievement in the music industry. Some of its contenders are apparently visiting in this hotel and the crowds are there to meet them. Not their grannies. And not us. Continue reading

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Bringing clarity to the implications of the proposed new disclosure rule

I went last week to a panel discussion called Have your say on the proposed disclosure rule changes. It was held under the auspices of the UK Chapter of ACEDS (the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists), organised largely by the extremely efficient James MacGregor of Inventus, and hosted by Clyde & Co, with drinks and food sponsored by Inventus.

My starting point, as you may have gathered from an earlier article, was that it seems rather heavy-handed to give us a whole new rule, with all that that entails, when the disclosure working group itself makes clear that many of the existing problems arise because nobody, lawyers and judges alike, is reading and applying the existing rules. Lady Justice Gloster’s time, I reckoned (see my 2018 SCL predictions here) might be better spent visiting delinquent judges with RTFR (“Read the F* Rules”) tattooed on her knuckles.

I earn my living, in part, from talking about rules, and to have the General Data Protection Regulation and a proposed new disclosure rule in one year is not something to complain about. I came away with a modified view of the merits of the proposed new rule, and it is worth setting out in some detail the facts and arguments which persuaded me of its potential value. Continue reading

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Reminders that there are rivals to London’s courts

By “London” in my title, I mean “the courts of England and Wales”. Probably, in fact, I mean “disputes business”. This is not one of those “we’re all doomed” articles, just some pointers to the possibility that other jurisdictions may offer more attractive venues both in terms of procedure and facilities.

One of the motivations behind the new disclosure rule, so we were told this week, was a threat by GC100 companies that they will find alternative ways of resolving their disputes if the courts of England and Wales do not address inefficiencies, particularly inefficiencies of procedure and specifically disclosure, in our courts.

A couple of straws in this wind came my way yesterday. Neither necessarily indicate a flight from London in the short-term, but they do add substance to fears of an erosion of London’s position. Continue reading

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eDisclosure Information Project blog ranked at No 6 of the Top 60 eDiscovery Blogs and Websites

I am surprised, and very pleased, that this blog should have been ranked at number 6 in a list of Top 60 eDiscovery Blogs and Websites for eDiscovery Professionals assembled by Feedspot

Inevitably, the list has a strong US flavour, and it gives me particular satisfaction to rank high in a jurisdiction which is not my own and with a blog which (for reasons to do with its origin) carries the word “eDisclosure” in its title rather than “eDiscovery”. Continue reading

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Hardwicke seminar: eDisclosure – preparing for the new pilot program

Hardwicke is running a series of seminars about electronic disclosure. The next one is on 13 February it is called eDisclosure – preparing for the new pilot program. The speakers are Charles Raffin, co-author of Electronic Disclosure Law and Practice, and Lesley Anderson QC, a member of the disclosure working group.

They will review the proposed changes – not merely the rules but the changes in practice required under the pilot program, the revised menu of disclosure options, the handling of case management conferences, and anticipated changes to the cost budgeting regime. Continue reading

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Interview: Charlie Kaupp of H5 talks about the extensibility of Relativity

One of the attractions of Relativity for its partners and customers is the ability to customise it and to add functionality to meet client needs.

This was the main theme arising from my interview with Charlie Kaupp, Product Manager for H5, at Relativity Fest.

H5’s clients range from those who are expert themselves and know exactly what they what they want through to those who need a lot of hand-holding, education and consultation. Both benefit from the fact that Relativity is an open development platform which allows H5 to access the databases and APIs to develop applications. Continue reading

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Ricoh launches Remlox data collection service with clear appeal to users

“…users can collect request a collection in the morning… and be reviewing their data that same evening, utilising one of Ricoh’s’s several document review tools. There is no technological knowledge required by the end user, nor hardware requirement…”

This description is of Ricoh’s Remlox Cloud service on offer from this week as part of Ricoh’s Digital Forensics Services offering.

I open with this description of what is involved because this simple kind of statement about what actually happens is to be encouraged. Marketing appeal should be to the intended users and, preferably, to those new to the technology on offer – that’s where new customers lie. The more technical stuff is of course important, but it does not grab the attention of the users in quite the same way. Continue reading

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Interview: Kelly Atherton of NightOwl Discovery talks about the increasing use of analytics in eDiscovery

NightOwlKelly Atherton is Senior Analytics and Review Manager at NightOwl Discovery. I have interviewed her before and was glad to have the chance to do so again at Relativity Fest in Chicago.

As subject, as before, was the growing use of analytics in cutting down the time and cost of discovery reviews. In the year since I last interviewed her, Kelly Atherton has seen the development of default workflows at NightOwl for the use of structured analytics tools such as email threading. It is what clients expect for every case.

Increasingly, Kelly Atherton is making use of the conceptual analytics tools which Relativity provides. She refers specifically to clustering as a tool which lawyers can pick up very quickly when removing junk or hunting for key documents. Continue reading

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The Sedona Conference publishes Data Privacy Primer and BYOD Principles and Guidance

The Sedona Conference remains the most thoughtful of the organisations producing guidance for those involved in electronic discovery in all its forms. Two recent publications are of particular interest, one about privacy and one on BYOD – Bring Your Own Device.

The Sedona Conference Data Privacy Primer produced by Sedona’s Working Group 11 aims to provide a practical framework and guide to basic privacy issues in the US, and to identify key considerations and resources in federal and state law, regulations and guidance. Its final version can be downloaded here.

The Sedona Conference Commentary on BYOD: Principles and Guidance on Developing Policies and Meeting Discovery Obligations is designed to help organisations develop and implement workable BYOD policies and practices, as well as addressing how the creation and storing of an organisation’s information on devices owned by employees affects the organisation’s discovery obligations. It can be downloaded here. Continue reading

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Legalweek New York: Corporate Counsel Roundtable 2018

Legaltech 2018, taking place next week in New York, is now part of a wider set of events called Legalweek.

I have for some years taken part in a Corporate Counsel Roundtable organised by William Belt, now at CDS, as co-moderator of the judicial panels which are always part of the programme. The combination of the judges and senior people from the legal departments of major corporations always makes for an interesting session.

Corporate Counsel Roundtable 2018 takes place on Monday 29 January and attendance is limited to corporate eDiscovery professionals, both lawyers and non-lawyers. It includes an eDiscovery case law update, various topics chosen by regular attendees, and a Rules update two years on from the last amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

My own involvement is in the closing panel, a Q&A session with Judges Andrew Peck, Jay Francis and Frank Maas. The moderators are William Belt, Ann McCray of McGuire Woods, and me. Continue reading

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Opentext: Brexit – how do you prepare for the unknown?

The most helpful articles and blog posts by providers and suppliers are those which convey useful information or suggestions without overtly ramming product down your throat. Those who, like OpenText, are confident about their products and their place in the market, are content to leave the subliminal message that they can help while conveying something useful to readers.

Opentext is one of the largest providers of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) tools, and has been adding to its range with the acquisition of Recommind and Guidance Software, giving it a strong position in electronic discovery and the forensic acquisition of data.

The OpenText blog carries an article by Janet de Guzman called Brexit – how do you prepare for the unknown? It focuses on the potential for disruption in a major market, on the potential changes to the regulatory framework which affects companies well beyond the UK and the EU, and on what organisations should be thinking about in circumstances where not all the facts are yet available. Continue reading

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Nuix webinar on 25 January: insider threat lessons from Waymo v Uber

Nuix is presenting a webinar on 25th January with the title Theory to practice: insider threat lessons from Waymo v Uber. Nuix’s description of its webinar begins thus:

Well-placed insiders, comfort media meetings, secret world changing technology, and huge sums of money changing hands – sounds like the latest spy novel, right? But it’s not; this is a true story, where data is the main character in the Waymo v Uber case.

The themes here are the value of data, particularly intellectual property information, the increasing cybersecurity risk that comes with it and, in particular, the risk posed by those inside the organisation.

The webinar is given by Nuix Chief Technology Officer Stephen Stewart and by Keith Lowry of Nuix. There is more information and a link to a registration form here.

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Interview: Nick Robertson of Relativity talks about Relativity Fest London and the Relativity roadmap

We are part-way between Relativity Fest in Chicago last October and the next Relativity Fest London on 1 May. I looked back at the interview I did with Nick Robertson of Relativity after the London version of Relativity Fest in April.

The point to be made here is that, while obviously a US Corporation with a very large US customer base, Relativity has become an international brand, one which manages to appear “local” in any of the jurisdictions in which it operates. That, perhaps, is easiest in the UK where, as Nick Robertson says, Relativity found its some of its earliest customers. Many of its best new ideas, he says, originated in the UK.

This was the fourth year of Relativity Fest in London and, like its big brother in Chicago, it mixed material which is specific to Relativity with legal content applicable to the venue and the audience. The Relativity Fest agenda is packed with both, as well as with the social side of these events for which Relativity is renowned. Continue reading

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Lady Justice Gloster to take part in disclosure rule discussion on 7 February

ACEDS, the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists, has organised some well-attended evening events since its launch in London last year.

The next one, on 7 February, may be the most interesting yet. It is about the proposed disclosure rule changes, and the panel includes Lady Justice Gloster who chaired the working group which drafted the proposed new rule.

The most straightforward and factual article about the proposals is on Simmons & Simmons’ Elexica site. It summarises the proposals and the main reasons for the changes, and has links to the draft rule.

Vince Neicho, now VP eDiscovery at Integreon, will be the moderator of the panel, drawing on his many years of responsibility for disclosure at Allen & Overy as well as his more recent involvement at Integreon. The other panel members are Ed Crosse, of Simmons & Simmons, Tim Brown of RPC and Caroline Field of Fox & Partners. Continue reading

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AccessData: a webinar, a conference, ACEDS affiliation and more

I generally stick to single subjects in these blog posts, but AccessData has been busy announcing things and it is convenient to combine them in a single post.

Webinar on 17 January

I have written before about the current series of webinars which AccessData is running, mainly about forensic matters (I make that distinction because AccessData’s products and services cover a very wide range of subjects).

There is a list of the webinars in their Coffee Break Webinar Series – 2018 here. The next one, on 17 January (that is, tomorrow) is called How to examine mobile evidence in FTK. It is about the use of AccessData’s MPE+ and nField products to collect and analyse mobile devices properly and quickly. You can register from the webinar schedule mentioned above.

AD User Summit 19-22 June

I was a moderator and speaker on several panels at last year’s AD User Summit in San Diego, and I wrote about it here. It was as enjoyable as it was useful. Continue reading

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Nuix webinar on 17 January: augmenting human intelligence

Terminology matters when trying to interest people in new products or developments. The expression “artificial intelligence” has the potential to put people off, not least the lawyers, who pride themselves on their own application of intelligence to business problems.

The reality is that a few computer applications, particularly in business and legal business, are capable of performing the whole function expected of lawyers. It is better, perhaps, to think in terms of AI as meaning “augmenting intelligence”.

The human element remains important – I moderated a whole panel at Technology in Practice in Toronto on the subject of the continuing and important role of humans both as  clients and as the doers of work. Continue reading

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Away for a few days before 2018 gets going

It may seem rather odd to go away for a week at the beginning of January. The British, after all, take their Christmas and New Year break rather more seriously than they do in the US, and you might think we have had enough rest.

That is not unfair, but this is the last week of relative peace for a while. My first event is next week. Then it is time to prepare for Legaltech in New York – I am doing two panels there, fitting in as many video interviews as possible, having as few formal meetings as I can get away with, and doing lots of bumping into people in corridors, which is what I really go there for.

We used to come down here to the North Cornwall coast in the autumn, when schools have gone back, the roads are clear of Chelsea Tractors and prices are sensible. That was great, but it increasingly conflicted with the conference season and having to flog to Heathrow for yet another long-haul flight. Two of our boys work on the technical side of entertainment, and January is quiet for them; all three are here for part of this week. Continue reading

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Commonwealth Brunch on the Sunday before Legaltech New York

Many years ago, Nigel Murray began a tradition of organising a Commonwealth Brunch on the Sunday before Legaltech (now part of Legalweek) in New York. The Commonwealth “qualification” effectively brings in anyone except those from the US (and they are welcome too if they work outside the US).

Nigel Murray cannot be with us this year, and James MacGregor of Inventus in London has has kindly offered to organise this year’s Brunch.

The venue, as so often in the past, is the Tavern on the Green, a short walk from the 6th Avenue Hilton. The time is 12.00pm on Sunday 28 January and the cost per head is $80. Continue reading

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Challenges and opportunities for FTI’s new Managing Director for Asia

FTI Technology has appointed Sandeep Jadav as its new managing director for Asia. He will be based in Hong Kong with responsibility for FTI teams in Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region.

Any thought that I might interview him before he goes has been anticipated by Kate Holmes, Managing Director of FTI Consulting in its marketing department, who has already done a comprehensive Q&A with Sandeep Jadav. You will find it here, and all I need to do is point to the key points arising from it.

Asia is particularly complex region

It is idly convenient to bundle the whole of the Asia-Pacific region together as if it were one place. It is, of course, a large number of economically-important countries with a range of languages, laws, data protection regulations and, not least, cultural differences between themselves and distinct from those obtaining in the US and Europe. China’s data protection rules, comprehending state secrets as well as commercial and legal issues, tend to dominate discussion, but each part of the region brings its own laws, problems and customs. Continue reading

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Interview: Ben Rusch of Consilio on the practical problems of collecting data in the EU

ConsilioBen Rusch is a solicitor and Vice President of Document Review Services at Consilio in London. He took part in a panel discussion on privacy, data protection and cross-border discovery which I moderated at ILTA 2017 in Las Vegas, where his subject was the practical problems of collecting data in the EU. This aspect gets relatively little coverage compared with discussion about the legal difficulties, and I wanted to hear more from him as someone who deals with these issues daily.

Two issues come up in this interview. One is to do with practical things like getting hold of equipment and premises. The other is about the added implications which EU privacy and data protection rules and expectations put in the way of those who are used to how things work in the US.

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My 2018 predictions as published by Computers & Law – a “warped crystal ball”

Each December, Computers & Law editor Laurence Eastham asks for predictions for the year ahead. I used to be very serious about this, straining to think about how eDiscovery / eDisclosure law, technology and practice would develop in the next twelve months. Others would be doing the same, and we all came up with more or less the same predictions. I think it was the Mitchell case, and the absurd consequences as judges tried to implement its stupidity, which tipped me towards a less serious approach.

Laurence Eastham has kindly permitted me to republish my 2018 predictions, originally published here on the Computers & Law site with the heading Chris Dale has made a habit of sending SCL a great set of somewhat acerbic predictions. Here is another glorious product of his warped crystal ball.

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We are urged this year to think back to our predictions for earlier years and to see how they fared. Most of mine fall under two main headings: one was that judges would become militant enforcers of the rules of civil procedure as they relate to disclosure; the second was that the Ministry of Justice will foul something up or close something down, generally undermining the purpose inherent in its name. Other themes include the growing importance of the data we create with our smart devices, often without knowing it, and how that can come back to bite us. Continue reading

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Interview: Eric Mandel of Ricoh talks about the services Ricoh brings to law firms and other businesses

I took the opportunity at ILTA 2017 to talk to people who are influencers or commentators on eDiscovery, or who get their hands dirty actually delivering eDiscovery services. Eric Mandel, an expert in information governance and risk compliance at Ricoh, fits into all three categories, and it was good to have the opportunity to talk to him.

 

I started by asking him what drew him to Ricoh. Ricoh, he said, is well used to managing data on the product side, and has been extending that skill and experience to the complex issues related to eDiscovery. As the demands of litigation and regulatory investigations have increased, clients found that they were spending too much money responding to these demands. They increasingly need to know where their data lives and what information they have in order to respond efficiently to these external demands. Many of them are increasingly keen to manage at least part of that process themselves, hesitating to hand over large volumes of data to lawyers for security reasons as well as for cost reasons – law firms are now the target of bad actors of various kinds and, while many of them are secure, many are not.

At the same time, many law firms are realising that offering eDiscovery as a service has brought them cost and liability, which is not necessarily matched by the profit from providing it, particularly as many clients are unwilling to pay their lawyers for these services.

Some law firms have invested in technology, and in people who understand technology and the processes surrounding it. Some larger firms are effectively running large captive vendors and doing it well. Many mid-size firms, however, have struggled with this and want to shift the work out, setting up one or more relationships with outside providers. That is the space which Ricoh wanted to fill for both clients and law firms and that is why they recruited Eric Mandel.

In establishing these services, Ricoh developed RICOH eDiscovery On Demand, a SaaS environment originally developed as a small case tool. Clients upload their own data into the system and can just get on with the task of reviewing their data and, perhaps, even coding it. Ricoh found their clients started asking for Ricoh On Demand for larger matters where they take responsibility for project management, and Ricoh manages the storage, the updates and the infrastructure.

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AccessData webinar on 19 December: how to identify, assess and eliminate risk with AD RTK

AccessDataAccessData has for many years been a leader in the field of forensic software, designed to identify and retrieve information from all kinds of digital devices and resources. Its range of software for these purposes is called FTK.

Originally developed for criminal investigations, software like RTK has found new uses in a corporate environment. This is not just because volumes have increased; the range of risks faced by large organisations becomes wider, and develops more serious implications, every year. This is partly because of external threats; it is also because of the risk of insiders behaving badly in some way – either wrongfully removing information or using it (perhaps in ignorance and innocence, but perhaps not) in a way which is inconsistent with the law or with regulatory obligations. Continue reading

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Vince Neicho of Integreon on the proposed new disclosure rule. Let’s practice by enforcing the existing rules

Vince Neicho and I served together on Senior Master Whitaker’s working party which produced Practice Direction 31B and the Electronic Documents Questionnaire. Vince was then the long-serving Litigation Support Manager at Allen & Overy and is now Vice President, Legal Services at Integreon. No-one brings more experience and understanding to the importance of the rules in managing disclosure than Vince does.

Last week I gave my first talk on the proposed new disclosure rule produced by a working party led by Lady Justice Gloster. Vince Neicho is ahead of me with a considered article about the proposals which you will find here on Legal IT Insider.

Vince’s article is headed Proposed disclosure change: much ado about something? It is perhaps not surprising after our many years of working together on the subject that our opinions are broadly the same. That question mark at the end of his title neatly encapsulates my own view. Much ado about…what, exactly? Continue reading

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Evidence on smartphones, in photographs and on social media

Today brings us news of a criminal prosecution, for rape, which was withdrawn at trial when a newly-instructed prosecuting barrister first uncovered data on a phone which destroyed the prosecution case. The police knew of the information, indeed had it in their possession, but decided against producing it, allegedly on the ground that they had been told to minimise the expense of disclosure.

You get the story from the Times article here (£).

It seems a good opportunity to go briefly over some of the civil cases in which evidence from smartphones, in photographs, or on social media has been relevant. These are a few of the ones I have written about.

First, a picture of the information stored by default with an iPhone picture:

 

Metadata / EXIF data in photographs

Let’s start with a shipping case to show that evidence of this kind can be extremely important in commercial matters and not just in smaller cases. The case is Kairos Shipping Ltd & Anor v Enka & Co LLC & Ors [2016] EWHC 2412  and my article is headed Photographs and their metadata help scuttle a shipping insurance claim. The evidence included photographs taken of a ship as it sank. The metadata / EXIF (Exchangeable Image File) data of the photographs was not produced until the eighth day of trial. On seeing it, the naval architects significantly changed their view of the evidence. The judge said that the evidence was relevant to all of the main issues to be decided. He concluded that the ship had been scuttled.

In addition, the unsatisfactory evidence about the disclosure of the photographic metadata led the judge to conclude that he must treat all of the captain’s evidence with caution. In other words, the fact that the evidence had to be dragged out of the witness was as important as the content of the evidence itself.

Illness claim disproved by Youtube videos

It is important for lawyers to know if there is material lurking somewhere which contradicts evidence given by their own clients as well as by witnesses for the opponents.

In Cirencester Friendly Society Ltd v Parkin [2015] EWHC 1750 (QB) (I wrote about it here), Parkin’s claim that he was disabled was undermined by Youtube evidence of him leading an active life – it was not so much “lurking” as publicly available in clear sight.

The judge said: “Nemesis overtook Mr Parkin most dramatically because, like so many people nowadays, in particular those who seem minded to seek to perpetrate frauds, he seemed incapable of keeping off the Internet and sharing the true nature of his activities through social media”.

A nemesis of a different kind would await a lawyer (on either side) who neglected to establish that such evidence existed.

LinkedIn evidence points to shadow directorship

This evidence on social media doesn’t have to be conclusive to be significant. It may, when added to other factors, point in one direction or another.

In Green v Marston & Anor [2016] EWHC B11 (Ch), a company in liquidation had made payments which were considered improper – my article is headed LinkedIn entry as evidence of shadow director status. The point at issue was whether a Mr Lochner ought to be liable for those payments. His LinkedIn profile, as well as his business card, described him as Corporate Finance Director, and he was held to be a shadow or de facto director liable to the liquidator for the payments.

At least check the photograph’s date

You don’t necessarily need anything very sophisticated to undermine the evidence of a photograph. My article The claimant who relied on photographs taken before the accident is about a claim against a local authority by someone who said he had been injured because of the state of the pavement. His photograph purporting to show the place where he had fallen was in fact taken nine days before the date of the alleged fall.

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This is enough, I think, to show the importance for lawyers of asking about the existence of data, whether publicly available or on social media, which may prove or undermine claims made by or against their clients. As I write, lawyers on Twitter are debating whether the Crown Prosecution Service should take or share the blame for the failure to produce the evidence in the rape case. A lawyer in a civil case might be excused if his client or witnesses deliberately lie or conceal disclosable information when asked for it. A failure even to ask about possible sources of information, whether supportive of or adverse to a claim, must clearly be a breach of professional obligations.

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iCONECT webinar on 15 December: five things we learned hosting the JFK documents

One of the more interesting trends in the last couple of years has been the realisation that eDiscovery tools and skills have application beyond the obligations to disclose documents in disputes. The analysis of the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers provides one such example; another comes from the increasing use of eDiscovery tools in document-heavy legal work beyond disputes, such as M&A and other areas where substantial due diligence is required.

iCONECT gave us a very good example of this recently when they put the newly released Kennedy assassination documents into its XERA discovery platform and made them available to anyone who cared to login. I wrote about that here. Continue reading

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Relativity webinar on 14 December: celebrity lessons on litigation, legal ethics, and eDiscovery

Relativity is presenting a webinar today, 14 December, called 2017 data discovery: celebrity lessons on litigation, legal ethics, and eDiscovery.

2017 has brought us some eDiscovery cases which have made the news as much for the involvement of some celebrity as for the eDiscovery content. Cases involving the likes of Taylor Swift and Lynyrd Skynyrd draw attention to principles which might otherwise go unnoticed.

David Horrigan of Relativity is moderating a webinar today, 14 December, which considers these and other case law developments in 2017. The objectives of the webinar include: Continue reading

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FTI webinar today: 5 steps to prepare for the GDPR and the rights of data subjects

FTI Technology is running a webinar today, 12 December at 2pm Eastern, about the GDPR and specifically the rights of data subjects in relation to information held about them

The GDPR brings many challenges for organisations. High among them, though perhaps overlooked by many, is the right of a data subject to know what personal data is kept about them and to have it deleted if it is inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive for the purposes for which it was collected and kept. Continue reading

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OpenText article on challenges to TAR process in SDNY

Adam Kuhn of OpenText reports in an article headed SDNY Rejects Challenges to TAR Process Despite Missteps, Upholds Reasonableness Standard on a case in the Southern District of New York whose focus is on the transparency required from a party using technology-assisted review.

The receiving party identified some apparent errors in the production (later described as de minimis) and asked the court to order that more information be provided about how the exercise was conducted. Continue reading

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Epiq opens document review services centre in India

Epiq has opened a new document review services centre in Hyderabad, India. When added to Epiq / DTI’s existing review centres around the world, this provides global clients with continuous access to Epiq’s document review services.

There is a press release about the new centre here.

Increasingly, in most common law jurisdictions, parties are required to show their clients, their opponents and the court that they are using the most efficient and proportionate method to give discovery of ever-increasing volumes of documents. This must inevitably include both a comparison of different technology solutions and of different process approaches including outsourcing at home or abroad. Continue reading

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Integreon acquires Allegory to extend its litigation management services

When Alma Asay was a lawyer at Gibson Dunn, she developed spreadsheets to enable the firm to manage complex cases. She founded Allegory in 2012 to develop a much more sophisticated way of handling all the information acquired or developed during major cases and to make that available to users. Integreon has now acquired Allegory.

Already globally entrenched as a provider of eDiscovery and related services to legal departments and law firms, Integreon has been steadily moving towards the wider goal of supporting lawyers across the whole life of a case, bringing advanced technology and the industry expertise to enhance the efficiency and profitability of its clients. Continue reading

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Interview: Martin Bonney of Epiq on corporate readiness for the GDPR

Martin Bonney, International Consulting Director at Epiq in London, has long been advising organisations on the need to identify and manage their data, and on all the subjects loosely grouped under the heading “information governance”.

The General Data Protection Regulation, coming into force in May 2018, ought to provide an incentive for organisations to take this advice, and I asked Martin Bonney if he had seen signs of corporate readiness for the GDPR.

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Nuix webinar today: intelligence, collaboration and analytics for digital investigations

Investigations rarely involve simple analysis of a single data source. The key facts are usually spread across multiple sources and connected to multiple people, organisations and countries.

Nuix specialises in this, which is why its software was used as part of the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers investigations – see my recent article here about the latter.

Nuix is presenting a webinar today, 5 December 2017, at 3:00pm GMT, which aims to explain how investigators can share intelligence, collaborate across geographic and jurisdictional boundaries, and find connections across multiple evidence sources.

The webinar is given by Paul Slater and Mark McCluskie of Nuix. There is more information and and a link to the registration form here.

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Not all GDPR advice is helpful

I have an article in draft about some of the marketing surrounding the GDPR, with a focus on the “4%-ers” – those who seek to imply that the slightest defect in policy or practice will automatically lead to a fine of 4% of global turnover.

You might like to look at the website of the UK information Commissioner’s Office for a more reasoned approach, in a series of blog posts about GDPR myths.

You might also care to do a word search of the GDPR itself and read the passages with the  words “citizen” or “resident” in them. As a general rule of thumb, your marketing should refer to “citizens” as often as the GDPR does. And no more.

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Hardwicke hosts launch of eDisclosure Law and Practice

OUP has published Electronic Disclosure Law and Practice by Michael Wheater and Charles Raffin of Hardwicke.

Although I suggested (in my article here) that the authors might be “miffed” by the coincidence that the book should reach the shelves at the same time as new rules were announced, I went on to observe that there is much else in the book which will survive the replacement of one set of rules with another.

At the launch party, the authors were at pains to point out two things – firstly that there is a long way to go before the any new rule takes effect, and secondly that the bulk of the book is about the practice of managing disclosure, well beyond the the rules of litigation. Continue reading

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SCL seeking technology and law predictions for 2018

Computers & Law is seeking your predictions for 2018, as it does every year about this time. The twist this year is a request for regular contributors to look back at previous predictions (2008 is suggested as a benchmark year) and see how your predictions fared.

Many of mine have been about judges enforcing the disclosure rules and have been undermined by their conspicuous failure to do just that – see the end of my article about the pending new rule for my view on this failure.

It would be fair to say also that my many predictions about the destructive incompetence of the Ministry of Justice have not quite been fulfilled, but I did set a pretty high bar for that. Last year, for example, I predicted this: Continue reading

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New disclosure rules – links and commentary from Gordon Exall

Barrister Gordon Exall, the author of the invaluable Civil Litigation Brief, has now put more than 2,000 posts on the blog.

He has done more than provide an essential service for all those who grapple with civil procedure. He has also shown that there is an important place for blogs and tweets by serious lawyers, filling a gap which no amount of heavyweight books or attendance at seminars could give.

One of his recent posts is called Proposed new rules for disclosure: links and commentary, and includes helpful pointers towards others (including me) who have made observations on the draft practice direction which is now heading for consultation before its eventual emergence as a replacement discovery rule.

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The Paradise Papers, Nuix and the repurposing of discovery tools and skills

One of my best moments of last year was interviewing Gerard Ryle of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists about the Panama Papers. Nuix was one of the software tools used to analyse that data and it was easy to see that the whole investigative endeavour was like a very large eDiscovery project.

Now we have the Paradise Papers, acquired by a similar route and processed in much the same way. Here is a link to the Süddeutsche Zeitung Q&A (in German).

One paragraph is headed How were the Paradise Papers evaluated, which translates as follows: Continue reading

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Epiq to host GDPR Roundtables at Managing Risk and Litigation Conference

The General Data Protection Regulation will take effect in just under six months. Martin Bonney and Deborah Blaxell of Epiq will be leading a roundtable called GDPR applies in the next six months: it’s time to benchmark your progress towards compliance at The Lawyer Managing Risk and Litigation event in London on 5 December.

There is a web page about that here, including a link for registration at the event.

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An eDiscovery / eDisclosure roundup to clear the ToDo list

Every so often, the rate at which things happen outstrips my ability to keep up with writing about it. At such times I can either leave the to-do list stretching off into the far distance or, as I am about to do, knock out a series of short posts wiping the slate more or less clean, leaving me free to do the longer and more analytical posts which I like doing instead of scrabbling to keep up.

The killers, in time terms at least, are the conferences. I love doing them, and can think of few which I haven’t enjoyed in the last decade: I enjoy the performance element; I get to talk to people who inform my own understanding of the eDiscovery / eDisclosure world; as a bonus I meet a lot of very agreeable people – one of the distinguishing features of this market. The events are also an opportunity to film the videos which now constitute a large part of my output, and that in turn gives me the excuse to travel with one of my sons, William or Charlie, who deal with the technical side of video production. This is all good. Continue reading

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Law, technology and the human element at Technology in Practice in Toronto

Technology in Practice is run in Toronto by Commonwealth Legal and Ricoh. This was its 10th year and I was very pleased to be asked to take part.

The agenda was assembled by Jennifer Johnson and had a thematic consistency across its two days which one rarely finds at these events. The highlights, my own panels apart, were the keynotes – itself something of a first for me since I rarely find keynote speeches as valuable as the subject-specific sessions which follow them.

To open, we had Karyn Harty of McCann Fitzgerald via a live link, represented by Tom Connor, also of McCann Fitzgerald, on the podium. The story was of the transition from a “fountain-pen firm” to one which uses technology, and the right people, to advance in all areas of practice, keeping costs down for the client while keeping the firm ahead of its rivals (and, indeed, ahead of many larger firms in bigger cities). Continue reading

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Technology, learning and fun at Relativity Fest 2017 in Chicago

Relativity Fest again managed to retain the sense of being a family affair while actually being one of the largest eDiscovery events in the calendar. When the “family” for a CEO keynote is 1,560 users, partners and others, it is quite an art to retain the sense of shared endeavour and ambitions. Relativity CEO Andrew Sieja manages this very well, hiding meticulous preparation and practice behind an almost conversational manner. We got the stats indicating growth, a quick demo or two, eloquent representatives of partners who step on stage, do their bit and go, and a roadmap for future development.

The new partnership between Relativity and FTI was among those celebrated during he keynote:

There is a summary by Shawn Gaines of the announcements made during the keynote here. Continue reading

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Interview: Doug Ventola of Consilio on law firm diversity and other criteria which matter to clients

Consilio

I recently moderated a panel in Toronto whose theme was the continuing importance of the human element in the provision of legal services. One of the examples I drew on was the fact that, for all their focus on cost and efficiency, clients still ascribe value to personal and human values. This extends to valuing a law firm’s commitment to things like diversity. What made me think of this in that context was an interview which I did at ILTA in Las Vegas with Doug Ventola of Consilio at which he told me of the demand for Consilio’s work in measuring the diversity of its workforce.

Sky Analytics is an analytics and benchmarking tool designed to help corporate legal departments understand and maximise the value of the legal services which they buy. Doug Ventola is the managing director at Consilio responsible for Sky Analytics.

Our interview subjects ranged from measuring diversity to drafting RFPs and to wider benchmarking tools enabling corporate legal departments to make informed choices about where they place their work. Continue reading

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ILTA Insight in London on 16 November

ILTA is the International Legal Technology Association and, although US led, has a strong commitment to the word “International” in its name. ILTA Insight is a one day conference which brings to London the spirit and ideas of ILTA’s main annual event, ILTACON 2017, held this year in Las Vegas.

The agenda covers a wide range of legal technology subjects. I am taking part in one of them called Managing data across the firm. The panel members are Vince Neicho of Integreon, Andrew Haslam of the London office of Squire Patton Boggs, and Emily Wyllie-Ballard of RPC. Our theme, as you may deduce from the title, is broader than electronic discovery in the context of disputes. Subjects include: Continue reading

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On my way to Technology in Practice in Canada

I don’t need to promote Technology in Practice 2017, due to start on Thursday in Toronto, because it has already sold out. I am moderating three panels at it, and preparation for them has taken a good chunk of the time since I last got back from North America, less than a fortnight ago. This is my last trip of the year and, much as I enjoy them, I will be glad to getting back to writing the articles and editing the videos which have not had much of a look in recently.

My three panels represent different areas of my interests. My first is called A judge’s perspective on critical eDiscovery issues in which Justice Fred Myers of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck of Southern District of New York, and I, will talk about eDiscovery rules and practice, principally in Canada and the US, but also around the rest of the world. One of my recurring themes is the extent to which jurisdictions are increasingly borrowing ideas from each other or, at least, arriving at similar conclusions about the way forward. A panel like this is a good way of disseminating ideas. Continue reading

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A proposed new disclosure rule for England and Wales

I recently spent several days rewriting my slides on eDisclosure in England and Wales, covering the rules, practice directions and the cases. The timing was occasioned by a request to give a three hour talk on the subject, and the intention was to use them as the basis for a set of video presentations on the whole thing. The website for that is largely drafted and it needs only some updating and the recording of me talking about it to go live.

Or so I thought until yesterday when the Courts and Tribunal’s Judiciary website published what they call Proposals for a new disclosure regime for the Business and Property Courts with a comprehensive set of drafts designed to update the whole rules regime affecting disclosure. Continue reading

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Interview: Matthew Geaghan of Nuix on collecting data from mobile devices

One of the main enhancements to Nuix 7.4 is improved ability to collect data from mobile devices, including call histories, email, messaging and communication patterns across multiple sources. At ILTA in Las Vegas I spoke to Matthew Geaghan of Nuix about the rise of mobile data and the increasing need to capture it.

Most of us create, capture and store mobile data all day, thanks to the ever more sophisticated hardware which we still call “phones” although relatively little of their use involves talking to people. As Matthew Geaghan points out in this interview, it is increasingly difficult to catch people’s eyes as you walk around because they are all staring at their little devices. Continue reading

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iCONECT puts JFK assassination records online

Applause for eDiscovery software company iCONECT which has put the JFK Assassination Records online in a form which allows them to be searched and read. There is a page about this here with a request form for linking to the resource.

Alongside my interest in discovery tools and processes, I keep up with academic / history archivists because the same issues occur in both disciplines, from identification and collection through to indexing and to making records searchable and accessible.

The results of journalistic investigation can be processed and made available using the same tools, as the story of the Panama Papers shows. Continue reading

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Eversheds Sutherland sees revenues increase from its investment in litigation technology

An article in LegalWeek tells of the tangible benefits which Eversheds Sutherland is deriving from its investment in OpenText eDiscovery software, in skilled people and in training.

I published an article in August called Thinking through the management of eDisclosure services – Eversheds Sutherland and OpenText. It described the process, initiated at a very senior level within the firm, to think through how it handled its eDiscovery obligations to arrive at a conclusion which was good for the clients, good for the lawyers actually doing the work, and good for the revenue line.

I said this:

It is surprisingly rare for law firms to promote their use of technology in support of their eDisclosure / eDiscovery services. The main reason why law firms make an investment in technology and in the training which goes with it is to offer a better service to the clients at a lower cost, whilst ensuring that they make a profit at the same time. These are worthy ambitions, signs that the firm is bringing the same commercial nous to its own business as its clients expect for theirs. The handling of documents and data is one of the most expensive components of disputes and investigations. Why, then, are law firms traditionally shy in talking about it?

The conclusion of the exercise was that Eversheds Sutherland took OpenText as its eDiscovery platform on a basis which left the management of infrastructure, software and disk space with OpenText while keeping the disclosure management in house. The firm recruited a Head of Litigation Technology, Enzo Lisciotto, and a team of analysts and others to bring expert support within its own walls. Continue reading

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Investigative journalism as an eDiscovery exercise

An excellent article by Greg Bufithis called the Panama Papers, eDiscovery… and a murder in the afternoon sun is primarily about the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta.

She led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta, and the article is about that and about what Greg calls “data journalism”. He refers to the role played by Nuix in providing the processing and investigation software which enabled the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to conduct what was effectively a multi-jurisdictional, multilingual eDiscovery investigation relying on the work of journalists and others around the world.

At the 2016 Nuix User Exchange I had the pleasure of moderating a keynote discussion with Gerard Ryle, Director of the ICIJ, who told the story of the investigation and the role of Nuix and other investigative and analytical software in analysing the 11.5 million documents in 2.6 terabytes of data sent anonymously to Süddeutsche Zeitung. Continue reading

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Exploring computer forensics and employment law – FTI in London on 16 November

A number of those who follow me on Twitter are employment lawyers and they are often the ones who react when I post or tweet something about data arising from forensic investigations. There are others (or perhaps the same people) who seem to have an interest in gin. I have an event recommendation for both the interest groups.

FTI Consulting is giving a talk in London on 16 November called Exploring computer forensics and employment law. Its starting point is a survey result whose key conclusion was that 69% of respondents see the greatest threat of data theft coming from within their own organisation. Continue reading

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iCONECT webinar on multimedia discovery is now online

A few weeks ago, I moderated a webinar presented jointly by iCONECT and ACEDS called Did you see that?… how video / audio are changing the way we win cases.

The presenters were Ian Campbell, CEO of iCONECT, and Rob DeBord, Director of Hosting Solutions at New Jersey Legal. Mary Mack of ACEDS did the the introductions.

Our theme was that vast amounts of multimedia, non-text data is created every day by governments, law enforcement, businesses and medical organisations. Individuals like you and me also create our own pictures and videos on phones and tablets. All of this is potentially discoverable, and the purpose of the webinar was to share some ideas on how to identify, capture, review and produce it. Continue reading

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Twitter Takeover on 18 October for Technology in Practice in Toronto

Technology in Practice is a large event dedicated to eDiscovery and related topics. It is run by Ricoh and by Commonwealth Legal, and takes place in Toronto between 8 and 10 November.

Tomorrow, 18 October, I will be taking over the Twitter accounts of @RicohLegal and CL_Legal in order to promote this event. Its agenda is here and the aim of the Twitter Takeover is to encourage people to ask questions about it.

I am enthusiastic about Technology in Practice not least because I have two interesting panels to moderate, one on technology-assisted review with Judge Peck and Maura Grossman, and one on changes in rules relating to discovery in the company of Judge Peck and Justice Myers of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. I have written about these panels here. Continue reading

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Putting the spotlight back on disclosure in England and Wales

A couple of articles, both published today, deserve attention from those interested in disclosure in England and Wales and, specifically, in the courts’ approach to it.

One, by Kerry Underwood, is headed Disclosure cut by 90% by Commercial Court. The headline puts us on notice of some fierce court control. The other, called Electric Reams, is by Rachel Rothwell in the Law Gazette. It is a wide-ranging survey of disclosure, based on interviews with a number of people, including me. I will come back to both articles below.

After the excitement (a relative term, I appreciate) of last year’s judgments in Pyrrho and in BCA Trading, the law reports have not troubled us much in recent months. ICI v Merit Merrill (I wrote about that with the title What will your disclosure conduct look like under the judicial spotlight?) gave us another example of the court generally dissatisfied with a party’s conduct of disclosure. Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton (I wrote about that with the title Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton – proper use of the “menu” and the overriding objective) gave us a judge lamenting that no one was taking much notice of the opportunities offered by Lord Justice Jackson’s 2013 reforms, specifically in relation to the Menu Option. I will not stop now to list the narrower and more specific cases (I have an article coming up with a survey of these). We have not seen much about big issues of principle. Continue reading

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Interview: Judge Peck on the sharing of ideas and practice between jurisdictions

I recently interviewed US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck, one of a series of interviews at ILTA in Las Vegas. We covered two subjects, one of which is an example of the other. The narrower topic was the international spread of the acceptance of technology-assisted review in litigation; the wider subject is the increasing willingness of jurisdictions to watch what happens elsewhere and to consider adopting at least some of the ideas which seem to work.

The context was provided by two forthcoming events in which Judge Peck and I are to be involved. The first is Relativity Fest, taking place in Chicago from 22-25 October, when I will be the moderator of a panel called the United Nations of TAR. The panel members are Judge Peck himself, Justice Peter Vickery of Victoria in Australia, and Karyn Harty of McCann FitzGerald in Dublin. If the rest of the world has been unwilling to adopt the general US approach to litigation and to discovery, it has certainly looked to the US, and to Judge Peck’s opinions in particular, for encouragement to bless the use of technology-assisted review. Continue reading

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Fighting the good fight at the Nuix User Exchange 2017

You take your optimism where you can find it these days. Few of us can feel very cheery about the political or economic future on either side of the Atlantic. At times like this, optimism lies in hoping that your own corner of the world is making some headway or, at least, holding the line. Churchill’s speech after Alamein comes to mind:

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

The war, in this context, is that fought against cyber criminals and against those who would infringe our privacy. We are not yet winning the war nor, perhaps, even holding the line, but there is at least a sense that we are fighting back and may be at the end of the first phase of the battle. The tone at the Nuix User Exchange at Huntington Beach in California was one of cautious optimism, both as to that wider war and as to the future of Nuix’s market. The two go together. Continue reading

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Nuix webinar on 4 October: Left and Right Breach

Nuix is presenting a webinar on 4 October with the title Left and Right Breach. Right of breach is the detection of activity after it has happened; left of breach involves getting ahead of the breach and pre-empting and preventing it.

The key takeaways from the webinar are:

  • Understanding the impact of being right of breach
  • Exploring how endpoint technology and behavioural analysis can move us towards being left of breach
  • Learning how being left of breach can enable better visibility more effective use of intelligence

The speakers are Nick Pollard, Security Intelligence and Analytics Director at Nuix, and Stuart Clarke, Head of Security and Intelligence Solutions at Nuix. There is more information and a registration form here.

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