Author Archives: Chris Dale

About Chris Dale

I have been an English solicitor since 1980. I run the e-Disclosure Information Project which collects and comments on information about electronic disclosure / eDiscovery and related subjects in the UK, the US, AsiaPac and elsewhere

Reminder: Sedona WG6 London event on 3 May on cross-border data transfers

This is a reminder that there is an interesting and important panel discussion next week in London when a panel organised by Sedona Conference Working Group 6 discusses the challenges of cross-border data transfers. I wrote about it here. The … Continue reading

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A roundup of eDisclosure developments in England and Wales – some rules

This is the second in a series of four articles about the rules and cases relevant to disclosure in England and Wales. The series is introduced here. Although this article is headed “eDisclosure developments” for consistency with the rest, there … Continue reading

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Interview: Matthew Geaghan of Nuix talks about the transferability of eDiscovery skills and technology

Like Nuix itself itself, Matthew Geaghan began with the hard technology of forensics and grew from that into eDiscovery, digital forensics, incident response and cyber security, acquiring new skills as the focus changed. Some retraining may be necessary, Matthew Geaghan … Continue reading

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FTI webinar on 18 May: using information governance strategies to prepare for the GDPR

Although many companies are effectively preparing for the new regulatory environment of the General Data Protection Regulation, many are not. There are anecdotal suggestions that some companies have abandoned existing compliance efforts under the misapprehension that Brexit will make the … Continue reading

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Relativity webinar on 27 April: putting a leash on the Internet of Things

One of the recurring themes in this blog is the need to be aware of the increasing amount of personal data collected about us every day by our own devices. This, whether we like it or not, is used by … Continue reading

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Sedona Conference WG6 event in London on 3 May: the challenges of cross-border data transfers

The Sedona Conference Working Group 6 covers international electronic information management, discovery and disclosure, including data protection issues. WG6 has three membership-building events coming up, one in Chicago on 24 April, one in London on 3 May and one in … Continue reading

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A roundup of eDisclosure developments in England and Wales – Introduction

I went recently with Recommind (now OpenText) to talk to a City law firm about developments in eDisclosure in England and Wales. I have done a few of these with Recommind over the years, where we divide an hour between … Continue reading

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Epiq: eDiscovery seminar in Singapore for financial services teams on 25 April

Epiq is organising an eDiscovery seminar for financial services teams to be held in Singapore on 25th of April 2017. The context is the ever-increasing regulatory scrutiny, the growing complexity of cross-border investigations, and the increasing need to keep track … Continue reading

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LinkedIn entry as evidence of shadow director status

Lawyers are beginning to get the idea that the definition of a “document” in the discovery rules extends to entries on social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. There remains the perception, however, that these things are relevant only … Continue reading

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The Sedona Principles transcend jurisdictional differences

There are those among you, I know, who glance at the heading and opening paragraph of these posts and decide not to read those which do not relate to your own jurisdiction. That is understandable in many cases, but the … Continue reading

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Interview: Ian Campbell of iCONECT on the theme of Choices

iCONECT’s theme for Legaltech was CHOICES, and I asked CEO Ian Campbell what was the significance of this word. Ian Campbell explains that “Choices” is a recurring theme throughout the use of the iCONECT-XERA platform – there are, for example, choices in … Continue reading

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Video of our ACEDS panel on the GDPR – a hypothetical case study

In early March, I took part in a panel about the GDPR organised by the ACEDS London chapter. I moderated, and the participants were Daniel Cooper of Covington, Susan Knox of Mayer Brown and Will Wilkinson of Yerra Solutions. Mayer … Continue reading

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AccessData webinar on 26 April: taking your investigations to new heights with AccessData 6.2

AccessData is presenting a webinar on 26 April at 11.00am PDT / 2:00pm EDT to talk about the newest features in its flagship eDiscovery product AccessData 6.2. The main changes relate to the speed of processing, to scalability and to … Continue reading

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Interview: Erika Namnath of H5 on how H5 uses Relativity for its clients

I get the opportunity from time to time to talk to people from Relativity partners to find out how they use Relativity to help their clients. H5 is a Relativity Premium Hosting Partner which has long had a very good … Continue reading

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Hal Marcus of OpenText on AI and the increasing take-up of predictive coding by lawyers

Hal Marcus is Director of Product Marketing at Recommind, an OpenText company. He is one of the more eloquent proponents of the use of predictive coding, not just as a technical matter, but as a significant advance on the way … Continue reading

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FTI Consulting: Contract management can uncover value as well as risk

A recent edition of Raconteur included an interesting article about the growing understanding of the value of contract management and the role FTI Consulting plays in that. The need to be on top of a company’s contractual obligations, and the obligations … Continue reading

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Interview: Adi Elliott of DTI-Epiq talks about eDiscovery in the cloud

Adi Elliott is VP, Market Planning at DTI / Epiq. Some people are talking about eDiscovery in the cloud as if this is something new, and it seems important to be clear both that eDiscovery has long been managed from … Continue reading

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DTI invests in Valora Technologies for auto-classification, predictive analytics and data mining

The merger last year of DTI and Epiq made one of the largest and most significant players in the global legal technology market. I recently interviewed Keith Conley, President and COO at DTI, who emphasised (among other things) the in-house … Continue reading

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Consilio offers External Spend Optimisation for corporate law departments

Part of the rationale behind Consilio’s acquisition of Huron Legal was to expand its involvement in helping corporations understand and measure their external spending on legal services. It is trite to say that legal departments want to reduce their budgets and … Continue reading

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Welcome to Brainspace as a sponsor of the eDisclosure Information Project

I am delighted to say that Brainspace has become the latest sponsor of the eDisclosure Information Project. Brainspace creates machine-learning software designed to analyze massive amounts of unstructured data very quickly. Brainspace explores data – not just words and phrases, … Continue reading

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Interview: Robin Snasdell of Consilio talks about the value of contract management

Robin Snasdell is Managing Director at Consilio. I interviewed him recently, and asked him to explain what contract management is and why companies would go to Consilio for help with it. Robin Snasdell says that companies which are engaged in … Continue reading

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Interview: Tom Palladino talks about the NightOwl Discovery Client Advisory Group

NightOwl Discovery has recently set up a formal practice area called the Client Advisory Group. I took the opportunity at Legaltech to ask NightOwl’s president, Tom Palladino, what this means for NightOwl and its clients. Tom Palladino says that NightOwl has always offered … Continue reading

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kCura’s London Relativity Fest on 25 April

kCura has organised a London event since 2013. It has had various names since then, most recently the “Relativity Spring Roadshow”, but I was not the only one who always thought of it as Relativity Fest London in line with kCura’s … Continue reading

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FRONTEO appoints Craig Carpenter as CEO

One of the best things about my job is that I get to meet the senior people at the major companies in the eDiscovery markets. Quite apart from their influential position in the eDiscovery industry on which I comment, they … Continue reading

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Jake Frazier of FTI on the importance of information governance

Jake Frazier is one of the most eloquent advocates of the idea that organisations need to have in place a robust information governance programme which brings together the various departments, including IT and legal, who have an interest in managing … Continue reading

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Lynn Frances Jae named as Marketing Director at iCONECT

I have bumped into Lynn Frances Jae at almost every US eDiscovery conference I have been to, and it is a pleasure to see that she has been appointed Marketing Director of iCONECT. She has 17 years of marketing experience in … Continue reading

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Interview: Jill Brock of FRONTEO talks about FRONTEO’s ROI Analyser

Jill Brock is Director of Marketing at discovery and analytics provider FRONTEO. I caught up with her at Legaltech and asked her to tell me about FRONTEO’s ROI Analyzer which was launched at the end of 2016. The ROI analyser is … Continue reading

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Getting informed about choosing to work differently at the British Legal Technology Forum ’17

I have not been before to the British Legal Technology Forum. Most of the events I attend have eDiscovery / eDisclosure at their heart, and I had sensed (perhaps wrongly) that most of the exhibitors and the talks have been … Continue reading

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In government as in business, having no institutional memory means waste and lost opportunity

A Twitter thread from George Peretz QC draws attention to an article from the Institute for Government called Policy reinvention leads to huge waste and little progress. In a series of tweets, Peretz laments the lack of institutional memory in … Continue reading

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OpenText on using discovery analytics to solve GDPR challenges

In talking about the pending General Data Protection Regulation, I always take the opportunity to suggest that GDPR requirements might be the spur to the amorphous concept of information governance, providing the return on investment which companies have hitherto sought … Continue reading

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Cautionary tales of boilerplate and specificity

A US case brings us some RTFR (Read the F* Rules), a difference of emphasis between US rules and those of England and Wales, an opportunity to ask what “boilerplate” means, and a word to avoid if possible when speaking. In … Continue reading

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Giving a sense-check to data from sentiment analysis and other analytical tools

An interesting article called The sentiment at Legalweek 2017 by Angela Bunting, Director of eDiscovery at Nuix, considers the value of sentiment analysis tools. Angela Bunting took data relating to Legaltech – tweets with relevant hashtags and blog posts – … Continue reading

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Data in unlikely places: measuring effort and performance – and not just for discovery

I have published articles recently on the prevalence of data in the increasingly wide range of devices which people use every day, perhaps without much thought. That lack of thought becomes significant when the data may be relevant for discovery purposes. … Continue reading

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Interview: Ian Campbell of iCONECT talks about speeding up document review

Ian Campbell is President and CEO of iCONECT, the makers of the iCONECT-XERA review software. iCONECT has been working on speeding up review, responding to lawyers who ask “how quickly can get through these documents?”. In this interview, Ian Campbell … Continue reading

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Graphical illustration from FTI on data from mobile devices

Although I have recently mentioned mobile data in a different context, there is no harm in rubbing the point home with a second reference. FTI’s webpage headed Mobile device eDiscovery and investigations has an infographic which, as these things are meant to … Continue reading

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ACEDS London panel – get a DPO and do some IG before the ICO enforces the GDPR against YOU

Last year I moderated the panel which launched the ACEDS UK Chapter. Our subject was predictive coding, and the combination of the subject-matter and the organising skill of the ACEDS UK committee got us a large audience by London standards. … Continue reading

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Interview: Richard Dilgren of FRONTEO talks about RelativityOne

Richard Dilgren is International Director, Data Science and Strategy, at eDiscovery and analytics company FRONTEO. On the day I interviewed him at Legaltech, FRONTEO and kCura announced that FRONTEO had become a RelativityOne Certified Partner – the press release is here … Continue reading

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Nuix webinar on 1 March: bridging the gap between mobile and computer forensics

Almost any kind of investigation involves pulling information from multiple sources. Police investigating a crime, journalists following a lead, academics drafting a paper – all of these require examination of different types of source. The sources multiply in criminal, legal … Continue reading

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Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton – proper use of the disclosure “menu” and the overriding objective

Nothing new emerges from the judgment of Mr Justice Knowles in Tchenguiz & Anor v Grant Thornton UK LLP & Ors [2017] EWHC 310 (Comm) (22 February 2017), but it restates an important point relating to disclosure of documents in England … Continue reading

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Interview: Craig Earnshaw of FTI Consulting on changes in eDiscovery over his long career

Craig Earnshaw, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, has been working in FTI’s Technology segment for 10 years and had already spent ten years in the then-nascent eDiscovery and Computer Forensics world before that. I thought it would be interesting … Continue reading

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Nuix Insider Conference in London on 23 March

The annual Nuix Insider Conference takes place in London on 23 March. It is a one-day educational event designed to help users improve their practical knowledge of Nuix, to see the latest features, and to find new ways to use Nuix … Continue reading

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Two kCura summaries from Legaltech

kCura is very good at producing summaries of discussions and events both as they occur (usually by tweets from David Horrigan) and by collecting and publishing that instant output in summary form. If I pick two of kCura’s summaries from Legaltech, it … Continue reading

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A good launch for Conduent Legal and Compliance Solutions

If the hardest thing in marketing is to launch an entirely new start-up business, perhaps the second is to launch a new name and brand for a long-established business. That was the task of Beth Fritts, SVP and Managing Director … Continue reading

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Looking forward to the British Legal Technology Forum ’17 on 14 March

The British Legal Technology Forum ’17 brings together people from the legal and commercial technology sectors to discuss the systems, strategies, processes and platforms which will be relevant to law firms and legal businesses in the near future. Its agenda … Continue reading

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ACEDS panel in London on 2 March: Is the GDPR Europe’s wall?

ACEDS UK chapter is organising a panel discussion in London on 2 March called Is the GDPR Europe’s wall? The speakers are Susan Knox of Mayer Brown, Daniel Cooper of Covington and William Wilkinson of Yerra Solutions. I will be … Continue reading

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Data protection, TAR and data security dominate my corner of Legaltech

I have already written short holding post about Legaltech (Not yet my Legaltech report) which includes links to posts by others. This article focuses on my own small corner of this vast event. Oh, and yes, I know it was … Continue reading

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Not yet my Legaltech report (but links to those of others)

You will have noticed (well, I hope you have noticed) that I have fallen silent on this blog for some days. I have similarly been uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter. The reason, of course, lies in my annual trip to Legaltech … Continue reading

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OpenText and Information Governance Initiative webinar today: IG and eDiscovery trends

This is short notice, but this webinar looks interesting. OpenText and the Information Governance Initiative join forces to deliver a webinar called Moving from concept to execution today at 1:00pm EDT. The speakers are Bennett Borden of Drinker Biddle, Barclay … Continue reading

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Interview: Hal Marcus talks about the benefits of OpenText’s acquisition of Recommind

Towards the end of last year, I interviewed Hal Marcus, Director of Product Marketing at Recommind, an OpenText company, and asked him to explain the benefits of OpenText’s acquisition of Recommind earlier last year. Hal Marcus said that the acquisition … Continue reading

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Off to Legaltech New York for the eleventh time

Some of what I say here will be familiar to long-term readers, but it seems worth recapitulating my reasons for going to Legaltech (as we will all persist in calling it) and why it is interesting and important. Some pictures from past … Continue reading

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A personal note as Eddie Sheehy leaves Nuix

The earliest picture I have of Eddie Sheehy, taken at an eDiscovery conference in Singapore in 2010 on a panel which I moderated.  It’s an odd beast the eDiscovery world. Now a multibillion-dollar industry and growing, it somehow retains a … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, talks about GDPR and accountability

Shortly after I published my article Information Commissioner’s Office update: GDPR guidance in 2017, I came across the text of a lecture called GDPR and accountability delivered on 17 January by Elizabeth Denham, the UK Information Commissioner, delivered to the Institute of … Continue reading

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Interview: Nick Robertson of kCura about user input into Relativity design and about the use of analytics

Nick Robertson is Chief Operating Officer at kCura. In this interview, I ask him about the input of users into the design of Relativity and about the increased use of analytics.   Nick Robertson identified some of the things which … Continue reading

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DESI VII – seventh workshop on Discovery of Electronically Stored Information – London on 12 June

The seventh workshop on Discovery of Electronically Stored Information, known as DESI VII, will take place in London on 12 June 2017 as part of the 2017 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL). I know about it because … Continue reading

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Information Commissioner’s Office update: GDPR Guidance in 2017

The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK member of the Article 29 Working Party, the EU body charged with implementing and enforcing data protection across the EU. The ICO gave significant input into the development of the General Data Protection … Continue reading

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Recommind webinar today: analysing emails in three easy steps

Recommind (now OpenText) is presenting a 30 minute webinar today, 18 January, at 10am PST / 1:00pm EST to show the use of its Axcelerate discovery programme to analyse emails in three key steps. The speakers are Alexis Mitchell, Principal Data … Continue reading

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Supporting witness memory with the electronic evidence trail

Oh Lord, you will say. He’s only just given us one of his periodic lectures on the importance of understanding the trail of electronic evidence we all leave behind us. Can’t he give us a break for a few weeks? … Continue reading

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Ralph Losey: the top 22 most interesting [US] eDiscovery opinions of 2016

As I sit contemplating collecting together the 2016 eDisclosure-related judgments from England and Wales, I have to admire Ralph Losey who kicked off the year with a 30,000+ word essay on the Top 22 most interesting US eDiscovery cases of … Continue reading

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Interview: Jeffrey Seymour of Morae Legal talks about RelativityOne and corporate cloud adoption

While I was at Relativity Fest, kCura introduced me to Jeffrey Seymour of Morae Legal, and I talked to him about Morae Legal’s work with corporate legal departments and about kCura’s RelativityOne and corporate cloud adoption. Jeffrey Seymour says that … Continue reading

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Finding the evidence for hot tub murder and the red-headed children of Greendale

A murder case in which a voice-activated device may hold the vital clue prompts one of my periodic reminders that potentially-discoverable data lurks in an increasing number of devices and databases, often without our realising it. And just how long … Continue reading

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From pillar to post – the eDiscovery conferences at the end of 2016

If I did not write up each of the conferences and events of the closing months of 2016 as they happened, that is only partly because the end of each one seemed merely to herald the preparations for the next. Aggregating … Continue reading

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Interview: Richard Dilgren of FRONTEO talks about the increase in applying analytics to eDiscovery

Richard Dilgren is VP Data Science and Strategy at eDiscovery provider FRONTEO. I talked to him at Relativity Fest about the use of applied analytics in eDiscovery (the interview is below). Email threading, he says, has become “ubiquitous” on large … Continue reading

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Xerox Business Services becomes Conduent

With effect from today, Xerox Business Services completes its separation from Xerox and becomes Conduent, an independent public company trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The announcement is here and there is a video here. Conduent offers business process … Continue reading

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Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

Time to draw stumps for the year, not because I don’t have more to write, but because I doubt there are many people around to read it if I did. This is “our” robin, known for obvious reasons as “Fat Robs”, … Continue reading

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My SCL predictions for 2017 – the snarling of a cynical old hack

Computers & Law, the online presence of the Society for Computers & Law, asks every year for our predictions for the following year. Most people, quite properly, use this opportunity to give straight-up-and-down ideas of where we are going and … Continue reading

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FTI stored webinar: Predictive Coding, Building User Confidence

That long empty period between Christmas and New Year is a good time to catch up on webinars and other things which take time you may not have during the rest of the year. I have the answer for you. FTI Technology … Continue reading

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Patrick Burke of Seyfarth Shaw on corporate readiness for the GDPR and Privacy Shield

Patrick Burke and I have been speaking together about privacy and data protection since back in the days when US corporations and lawyers saw these subjects merely as irritations. Patrick is now eDiscovery Counsel at Seyfarth Shaw and things have … Continue reading

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Interview: Scott Berger of Epiq on tailoring managed services to client needs

Scott Berger is Senior Director at Epiq. In this interview I asked him to explain what Epiq means by “managed services” and to give me an example of an implementation which worked for the benefit of the client. There are … Continue reading

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Guidance Software’s Enfuse 2017 – Early Bird Discount closes on 6 January

Guidance Software’s Enfuse Conference takes place in Las Vegas from 22 to 25 May 2017. Enfuse covers all aspects of security and digital investigations across three days. I have been going for many years (I did three panels there last … Continue reading

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FRONTEO plans expansion into the Chinese market

FRONTEO, which specialises in global eDiscovery and big data analysis services using AI, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Idea Capital Group in order to expand FRONTEO’s eDiscovery services in China. There is a press release about this here. … Continue reading

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Xerox Legal Business Services brings oversight and platform choices to corporate eDiscovery

This is the time of year when we are all asked to say what were the important developments of 2016 and to look forward to 2017. In a year which has brought further judicial approval of predictive coding, the beginnings … Continue reading

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Doing a keynote with Judge Peck at the AccessData 2017 User Summit in San Diego

There is of course much more to the AccessData 2017 User Summit than the keynote referred to in my heading, but that is what I am chiefly going there for, so I will put it at the top. The AccessData … Continue reading

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All-in-one review and processing solution from Nuix and iCONECT

In New York last February I interviewed Eddie Sheehy, CEO of Nuix, and Ian Campbell, President and CEO of iCONECT, about their plans for closer integration. The interview is below. The integration continues, both as a technical matter and in … Continue reading

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Recommind: a confident tone as the OpenText acquisition beds down

In October I interviewed Simon Price, UK managing director of Recommind, when he sounded a confident note both about the benefits of Recommind’s acquisition by OpenText and about the wider context of cloud adoption of software for eDiscovery and for … Continue reading

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Interview: Karyn Harty of McCann FitzGerald on the Brexit implications for Ireland

I did a predictive coding panel with Karyn Harty of Dublin-based firm McCann FitzGerald while we were at Lawtech Europe Congress in Brussels recently. It seemed an appropriate place to ask Karyn Harty for her view on the implications of Brexit … Continue reading

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Interview: Meribeth Banaschik of Noerr talks about setting up an in-house legal team

Meribeth Banaschik is a US attorney at Noerr LLP in Düsseldorf, Germany. She is also qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, so she has a wider range of qualifications than most. I interviewed her at kCura’s Relativity Fest in … Continue reading

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Webinar from ACEDS and iCONECT on 19 December: selecting your next eDiscovery review platform

Ian Campbell of iCONECT and Jeff Kirksey of Sutherland Asbill join forces with ACEDS to produce a webinar on 19 December called It’s time for a change – selecting your next eDiscovery review platform is easy. iCONECT is, of course, … Continue reading

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William Butterfield dies: eDiscovery education will miss him

I am sorry to see that Bill Butterfield has died, depriving his firm, Hausfeld LLP, and the wider eDiscovery world, of a highly-respected and well-liked speaker and educator. I did not know him well, but he is one of those … Continue reading

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FTI webinar today: International data privacy – litigation and investigations in 2017 and beyond

I must have missed earlier announcements about this webinar, but it looks interesting and it is today, so I hasten to direct your attention. FTI Consulting has joined forces with Bloomberg to produce a webinar called The changing international data … Continue reading

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Technology-assisted review in Australia – two cases and a Practice Note all worth considering elsewhere

Australia has now joined the common law jurisdictions in which courts have permitted the use of technology-assisted review and got involved in prescribing the mechanics. In one case it was the judge who was the first to raise the subject. The courts … Continue reading

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Corporate Counsel Round Table 2017 on 30 January in New York

For the last two years I have taken part in a Corporate Counsel Round Table developed and run by William Belt, now at CDS. I am very pleased to have been asked to do it again in January in the … Continue reading

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Lawrie Hall of CYFOR talks about using technology to help meet deadlines in eDiscovery

Disclosure failures in the courts fall into two main categories – either someone has failed to read the rules properly or a deadline has been missed, usually because the work involved was underestimated. In this short video, one of a … Continue reading

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Guidance Software webinar on 14 December: where InfoGov meets InfoSec – new approaches to data-centric security

One of the presenters of this Guidance Software webinar is Barclay Blair, founder and Executive Director of the Information Governance Initiative. It is clear before you start reading about it, therefore, that the webinar will involve more than pure technology, … Continue reading

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Fronteo acquires Essential Discovery, Inc. and produces a new ROI Analyser

Fronteo has been busy while I have been away at the autumn’s events, not least with a client testimonial video called Great Achievements filmed with Time Warner Cable during the summer. Fronteo has acquired Essential Discovery, Inc., a boutique discovery company specialising … Continue reading

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Interview: Phil Favro talks about CTRL’s initiatives on TAR and Information Governance

CTRL is an industry forum dedicated to advancing the discussion on the use of technology and analytics in the practice of law. Its sponsors include Relativity and Recommind (now OpenText) At Relativity Fest I interviewed Philip Favro of both eDiscovery … Continue reading

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Epiq and DTI: better together

I reported in August that Epiq had been acquired by OMERS Private Equity and Harvest Partners and that it was to be brought together with DTI to make a new and very large technology and services provider. The extent of … Continue reading

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Eaglesham v MoD attracts US attention in Seyfarth Shaw’s blog

The US has not hitherto taken very much notice of eDiscovery / eDisclosure developments outside the US, but that is beginning to change. That is partly because of the predictive coding decisions – the Irish Bank Resolution case from Ireland, … Continue reading

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The Sedona Conference International Programme on Cross-Border Discovery and Data Protection – 20-21 June 2017 in Dublin

One of the most useful events which I attend every year is The Sedona Conference International Programme on Cross-Border Discovery and Data Protection Laws. Last year Sedona Working Group 6 met in Berlin, an appropriate setting partly because of Germany’s … Continue reading

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Interview: Kelly Atherton of NightOwl Discovery talks about increasing client interest in analytics for eDiscovery

Kelly Atherton is Senior Analytics Review Manager at NightOwl Discovery. I interviewed her at Relativity Fest about her work and about the trends which she is seeing. The interview appears below. Kelly Atherton’s role includes helping to integrate workflows and … Continue reading

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Interview: Ed Spencer of Taylor Wessing on choosing and getting approval for the use of technology

Ed Spencer is the associate at Taylor Wessing who took the initiative in proposing the use of predictive coding in the Pyrrho case. He took part in a panel which I moderated at Relativity Fest in Chicago, and I took the … Continue reading

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One more conference and I can get back to some work

You may have noticed an increase in the number of posts on here recently. That is not entirely to do with the frequency of things to write about (although a couple of UK cases this week were a bonus); it … Continue reading

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Guidance Software webinar on 30 November – 3 Ways To Accelerate Remote Digital Investigations

Guidance Software is producing a webinar tomorrow, 30 November, with the title 3 Ways To Accelerate Remote Digital Investigations. It is based around the capabilities of Guidance Software’s EnCase Endpoint Investigator and deals with the issues which arise when the … Continue reading

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Nuix webinar on 1 December: the tipping point of new technology in discovery

New technology for collaboration, communication and productivity turns up at both ends of the discovery process – not just in the ever more sophisticated tools for managing discovery documents but in the proliferation of new tools, data sources and data … Continue reading

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Application for early specific disclosure was driven by hope of tactical advantage

For the second time in a week I am obliged to Gordon Exall of the Civil Litigation Brief for a link to a new disclosure case. The case is GEM Environmental Building Services Ltd v London Borough of Tower Hamlets & … Continue reading

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Interview: Karyn Harty of McCann FitzGerald on the differing tests for discovery completeness

Karyn Harty is the partner at McCann FitzGerald in Dublin who fought successfully for the use of predicting coding in Irish Bank Resolution v Quinn. She was one of the participants in a panel which I moderated at kCura’s Relativity … Continue reading

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Eaglesham v The Ministry of Defence – defence struck out for disclosure failures

I am fortunate that both Gordon Exall, in his excellent Civil Litigation Brief, and Professor Dominic Regan (his training website is here), tip me off about cases which are either about disclosure or which (harder to spot) have a disclosure … Continue reading

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Interview: Benjamin Kennedy of NuLegal – Nuix and machine learning in the cloud

While I was at ILTA, Angela Bunting, VP eDiscovery at Nuix, introduced me to Benjamin Kennedy of Australian services provider NuLegal. NuLegal have made interesting use of Nuix entirely in the cloud and I asked Benjamin Kennedy to tell me … Continue reading

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Interview: Dan Wyatt of RPC on cooperation in the Pyrrho predictive coding case

At Relativity Fest, I moderated a panel on predictive coding whose members included two of the lawyers on opposite sides in the Pyrrho litigation. The parties to Pyrrho had first debated whether or not to use predictive coding and, then, … Continue reading

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Interview: Loren Harper of Simmons & Simmons on the firm’s use of Relativity

Loren Harper is Head of eDiscovery Solutions at Simmons & Simmons. Simmons was the first law firm outside the US to take Relativity in house and I was interested to hear from Loren Harper about how the firm was using … Continue reading

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