I spoke last year at an eDiscovery conference organised by LaTouche Training at Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin. The event was a success, and is being repeated this year, on Friday 13 November at the same venue. Its website is here with a link to the agenda.
Ireland has been an interesting place in eDiscovery terms in the last year.
Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Ltd v Sean Quinn & Ors brought us the first considered judgment on the use of technology-assisted review on this side of the Atlantic (I wrote about it in an article called TAR-red with the same brush in the US and Ireland); this event brings Karyn Harty of McCann FitzGerald to talk about the use of TAR in practice, and since Karyn Harty was the solicitor who brought the successful arguments to the Irish Bank case, she is worth listening to on the subject.
We have also had the so-called Microsoft Dublin case which, although decided last year, continues to attract interest as it rumbles through the US courts. The conference brings us US Magistrate Judge James Francis, who gave the original Microsoft Dublin Opinion, to bring us a US perspective on cross-border discovery.
Other notable sessions include one called Standards, guides, protocols, and the new CLAI Guide by Simon Collins of EY and Richard Willis of Arthur Cox. Graham Jackson of kCura gives a Technical overview of TAR, analytics and predictive coding. Jonathan Maas of Huron Legal in London gives a Technical masterclass for lawyers.
The event ends with a judicial panel chaired by me with Mr Justice Clarke and Ms Justice Costello from Dublin and Judge James Francis from New York. We have a broadly-defined list of topics including the Dublin Warrant and other cross-border issues, and the differences between Irish, UK and US-style discovery. In practice I will also use the panel to get judicial input into the issues which arise during the day.