I will be off shortly to Hong Kong, to take part in the InnoXcell eDiscovery Exchange 2014 at the Conrad Hong Kong on 29th and 30th April.
The event opens with an invitation-only session on the evening of 29th of April with a strong judicial panel talking about eDiscovery Readiness and the Practice Direction. The moderator is Menachem Hasofer of Mayer Brown JSM, with whom I did a panel on the proposed Hong Kong eDiscovery practice direction panel at the recent ALM / ILTA event in Hong Kong. The judges on his panel are Yeong Zee Kin, CIO and Senior Registrar, of the Singapore Supreme Court, Mr. Lung Kim-wan, Deputy Registrar, High Court of Hong Kong and Judge David Harvey of the New Zealand District Court in Auckland.
It will be a particular pleasure to hear Judge Harvey whom I have met only once, briefly in Singapore a few years ago, but whom I know from his many published works, including those on judicial involvement in the management of the discovery. It will be good also to hear from Senior Registrar Yeong Zee Kin as Singapore gradually increases its ambitions in international dispute resolution.
On the morning of 30 April, three of the sponsors of the eDisclosure Information Project compete for delegates’ attention. I am relieved of difficult choices because I am taking part in a panel on in-house legal and compliance led by Patrick Strong of FTI Consulting. That coincides with a session called Legal Technology – the New Breed of Attorneys, led by Paul Taylor of Consilio and Lauren Harper of Simmons & Simmons in London, and with a panel called Big Data Challenges for Cyber Security given by Stuart Clark of Nuix.
That is followed by a session called Audio Discovery: Hear What You’ve Been Missing, led by Celeste Kemper of Epiq Systems in Hong Kong and Nick Rich of Epiq in London. The technology available for dealing with audio evidence is evolving rapidly and it is not just financial institutions who to have to deal with it.
The Information Governance panel discussion includes Barclay Blair of ViaLumina, one of the founders of the Information Governance Initiative. He is a compelling speaker on a subject whose significance is only now beginning to be appreciated by those responsible for eDiscovery.
The breadth of Symantec’s solutions can be seen from the fact that they are simultaneously fielding Alan Watkins on Transparent Predictive Coding and Kerri Le on IT governance and information intelligence. Meanwhile, Menachem Hasofer of Meyer Brown and Dmitri Hubbard of Control Risks will be talking about arbitration and eDisclosure; no one knows how much dispute resolution takes place in Hong Kong, China and Singapore, but it outstrips by a substantial margin the litigation which goes on in the civil courts.
Whilst the surname Dale turns up in cross-border panels in various jurisdictions, the one in the cross-border panel at this conference is not me but Andrew Dale, a partner at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe. His session competes with an information governance roundtable and with a session on Using Software to Manage Big Data led by Steve Couling of kCura.
The end of the day brings further conflicts between interesting sessions. Again, the decision which to attend is made for me by the fact that I am again joining Patrick Strong of FTI Consulting for a panel on eDiscovery Pitfalls for High-Tech Industries, followed by a panel led by Celeste Kemper of Epiq Systems on the Hong Kong Practice Direction and Litigation Best Practices whose panel members include Lung Kim-wan, Deputy Registrar, High Court of Hong Kong and Dominic Wai of Baker & Mckenzie.
Parallel sessions include one by Dean Ward, Head of Enhanced Due Diligence at Thomson Reuters called Due Diligence: Knowing what to know – managing external risk by maximising your information sources, and a session on Investigation Fundamentals with Nuix 5.2.
I will be in Hong Kong for over a week with my son William, hoping to catch up with some of the people we saw on our last trips, looking for video ideas and generally sniffing the increasingly interesting air of this jurisdiction. If you have any interest in Asia-Pac eDiscovery, this is the place to be.