FTI Consulting recently broadcast a webinar in conjunction with The Lawyer with the title Predictive coding – the future of document review? Its focus was the use of predictive coding technology in the UK, spurred by the judicial approval given in the Pyrrho case.
Since then, we have had a contested application in BCA Trading in which predictive coding was ordered in the face of opposition. Between them, these two cases make it quite clear that UK litigation lawyers need to know about this subject.
The panel comprised Jon Fowler, Senior Director and predictive coding expert at FTI Consulting, Giulia Da Re, Senior Litigation Lawyer at Lloyds Banking Group and Mark Chesher, Legal Director at Addleshaw Goddard.
Jon Fowler helpfully began by explaining what predictive coding is and how its use differs from traditional linear review. Predictive coding has long been used by lawyers, he says, for prioritisation and for quality control and, as a result, they have become more comfortable in its use.
Among other observations, Giulia Da Re emphasised the significant comfort which in-house lawyers derive from knowing that the court has approved the use of predictive coding.
Mark Chesher said that predictive coding has been used for a long time in his firm for prioritisation in parallel with keyword searching and manual review – lawyers add considerable value, he says, when they get sight of the top 10 or 20% important documents quickly.
This is an easy and informative way of collecting views from a provider, a client and a lawyer. You can access the webinar here.