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

Heart pacemaker data admissible in arson trial

I have made reference recently to various sources of data which potentially provide information for use in civil and criminal proceedings and which go well beyond conventional sources such as email. One of those was the data created by a … Continue reading

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ACEDS webinar with Ricoh on 26 July on eDiscovery hiring and careers

ACEDS, the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists, works to encourage and train people to acquire skills and certifications in eDiscovery. On 26 July, Mary Mack, Executive Director of ACEDS, joins David Greetham, VP, eDiscovery Sales and Operations at Ricoh USA, … Continue reading

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Managing data with Nuix Insight

Nuix brings together the disciplines of investigations, eDiscovery, cyber security and information governance, all of which involve extracting and managing useful information from data. An article called Nuix Insight: a natural progression, traces the development of successive Nuix products to … Continue reading

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Consilio: can you trust law firms with your data?

I remember as a young solicitor being at a meeting with a partner who was asked about the security of information held in the offices. The security, he said, lay in the fact that it was all too boring and … Continue reading

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Post-Brexit data flows between the UK and the EU

An article in The Register headed Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU draws attention to a report by the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee called Brexit: the EU Data Protection package. Just one … Continue reading

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Interview: David Wallack of NightOwl Discovery on the GDPR and the use of analytics beyond disputes discovery

David Wallack is eDiscovery Counsel and Director of Legal Operations at NightOwl Discovery. NightOwl is particularly well placed to help its corporate clients with the implications of keeping and managing data in the EU because, in addition to its long-standing … Continue reading

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What will your disclosure conduct look like under the judicial spotlight?

Sometimes you look at a judgment and marvel that any human has got his or her head round the complexity of the subject matter, the law and the procedure involved in it. One such is Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd v … Continue reading

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Vince Neicho brings decades of law firm experience to Integreon

Vince Neicho, long-time Litigation Support Senior Manager at Allen & Overy in London, has joined Integreon as VP and Expert Legal Solutions Consultant. A day or two after the announcement, LinkedIn served up the information that Vince had been at … Continue reading

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Disclosure obligations include the form and substance of list as well as its completeness

Barrister Gordon Exall has just reached the fourth anniversary of his first publishing his Civil Litigation Brief, now an indispensable guide to civil procedure. In one of his most recent reports (never say “the most recent” with Gordon, because he … Continue reading

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Cross-border discovery and data protection in Dublin with the Sedona Conference

I am back from the Ninth Annual Sedona Conference International Programme on Cross-Border Discovery and Data Protection Laws organised by The Sedona Conference Working Group 6 (Sedona Working Groups are explained here). It took place in County Kildare, just outside … Continue reading

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ICO paper on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) publishes several short papers designed to increase awareness of the technical, security and legal implications of various aspects of data holding. These documents are not, and do not purport to be, detailed explanations of … Continue reading

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Interview: Jeff Schmidt of Park IP Translations talks about language management and its use with Relativity

One of the benefits of kCura’s Relativity is the ability it gives to specialist software companies to incorporate their own applications into it in a way which allows them to tap into Relativity’s core strengths. One such speciality is the … Continue reading

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Awards and plaudits for iCONECT XERA

It may be a coincidence, but eDiscovery software company iCONECT seems to be hogging the eDiscovery limelight since the appointment of Lynn Frances Jae as marketing director (I wrote about that appointment here). My own contribution was my article Netflix as … Continue reading

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Following the Nuix Black Report on cybercrime: webinar and the 2018 survey

I wrote recently about the Nuix Black Report on cybercrime. The main themes were the need to “know your enemy” and the critical importance of preparing for cyber attacks which are increasingly seen as both inevitable and destructive. Nuix has … Continue reading

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FTI Consulting: issues and best practices for dealing with structured data

An article by David Turner, a Senior Managing Director in FTI’s Consulting’s Data and Analytics practice, summarises the things organisations ought to have in mind when preserving structured data for potential production in future litigation or investigations. Called Structured data: … Continue reading

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Interview: Melinda Kunjasich of Epiq on the use of predictive coding

I recently interviewed Melinda Kunjasich, Senior Director, Document Review Services at Epiq in London. I was interested to find out about the support which Epiq gives to clients using predictive coding and about how this fits into their analytics strategy … Continue reading

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Hear OpenText and Eversheds Sutherland on bringing eDiscovery in-house in London on 6 July

I wrote recently about Eversheds Sutherland’s decision to take OpenText’s hosted Axcelerate Cloud solution to manage eDisclosure in-house There is an opportunity this week to hear more about this from OpenText and Eversheds Sutherlands themselves at a discussion on Thursday … Continue reading

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Interview: Damon Goduto of ThreadKM talks about ThreadKM’s integration with Relativity

ThreadKM is a Relativity partner, and I talked to Damon Goduto, VP of Sales at ThreadKM, at Relativity Fest in London. ThreadKM, he said, is a collaboration platform. Its purpose is to get lawyers out of email and into sharing … Continue reading

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Sonia Cheng of FTI Consulting on the GDPR: a challenge and an opportunity

Sonia Cheng is FTI Consulting’s European Information Governance Leader. In this short video, Sonia introduces some ideas for companies to consider when first tackling compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. Quite a lot of GDPR summaries focus solely on … Continue reading

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AccessData webinar series: navigating information risk, investigations and privacy

AccessData is running a series of webinars under the umbrella title Information Overload: Navigating information risk, investigations and privacy in today’s regulatory environment. The overall theme is one of preparation – devising policies and techniques for investigating data and facing … Continue reading

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A few days in Ireland – cliffs, Brexit, cross-border discovery and the GDPR

The absence of new posts here sometimes leads to the assumption that I have died or retired. Nothing so exciting – I was in Ireland, mainly for the Sedona Conference Programme on Cross-Border Discovery and Data Protection Laws, held outside … Continue reading

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Eversheds Sutherland take OpenText Discovery in the cloud

The story underlying this article is that OpenText Discovery, has sold cloud licences to Eversheds Sutherland in London, enabling the firm to take control of the management of eDisclosure without having to be responsible for the software and infrastructure. There … Continue reading

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A wide range of topics at the AccessData User Summit

I went last month to the AccessData User Summit at an attractive resort in San Diego. I moderated or took part in four panels, learnt a lot, met up with old acquaintances and made new ones. It was an extremely … Continue reading

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Interview: Colin Shepheard of Lineal on the use of analytics in Relativity

One of the dominant themes at Relativity Fest in London (my report on that is here) was the increasing use of Relativity Analytics for solving electronic disclosure problems. While there, I interviewed Colin Shepheard, Director of Project Management at Lineal, … Continue reading

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On the iCONECT blog: Netflix as a model for explaining technology assisted review

How do you explain sophisticated technology to people who are not only new to the subject but are by nature resistant to it? Technologists have always tried to use parallels from their users’ experience either as an illustration of concepts … Continue reading

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FRONTEO: 11 tips for securing data in the virtual workplace

I wrote a couple of days ago about the professional obligation of lawyers to have enough technical knowledge to manage their clients’ electronic data. Although much of that article (and the article from Epiq which underlay it) was about the … Continue reading

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The Sedona Principles: public comment deadline and webinar

The Sedona Conference recently published the public comment version of the third edition of the highly-regarded Sedona Principles. The deadline for making comments is 30 June. The public comment version of the Sedona Principles can be downloaded from the Sedona … Continue reading

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Should lawyers take on cases requiring technical knowledge if they don’t have that knowledge?

What standard of technical competence is expected of lawyers in England and Wales when dealing with cases involving electronically stored information? The question is prompted by a recent opinion of the New York County Lawyers Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics … Continue reading

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Webinar on 7 June: Policies and procedures for keeping employee data inside the organisation

FTI Consulting is one of the sponsors of a webinar on 7 June (that is, today) at 1:00pm ET called Policies and procedures for keeping employee data inside the organisation, not out. The webinar will cover: What IG and E-Discovery … Continue reading

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David Horrigan of kCura interviews Judge Peck on points of International eDiscovery

Among the people on my list for video interviews at Relativity Fest London (I wrote about that here) were US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck and David Horrigan of kCura. It occurred to me that I could save some time by … Continue reading

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Reminder: TAR discussion with Maura Grossman in London on 13 June

This is a reminder that there is a discussion called Technology-Assisted Review: fact or fiction? to be held at the offices of Morgan Lewis in London on 13 June. The speakers are Maura Grossman, Gordon Cormack and Tess Blair of … Continue reading

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The Nuix Black Report on cybercrime: knowing your enemy

The Nuix Black Report on cybercrime was published in February. Leaving it to simmer a while has shown its value, as cyber incidents like WannaCry show the value of the understanding and planning which the report urges. There is a … Continue reading

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Telephone records and contempt of court for false evidence

You do not often think of prisons in connection with the evidence given in civil proceedings, so you sit up when you see a judgment which begins: The Claimant, Accident Exchange Limited (“AE”) applies to commit the Defendants to prison … Continue reading

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OpenText Discovery webinar on 1 June: Predictive coding is for every matter

The title of OpenText’s webinar, Predictive coding is for every matter, is almost enough on its own to tell you what it is about. Its main theme is that machine learning is not just for discovery but as an extension … Continue reading

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Steven Whitaker, former QBD Senior Master, talks about technology-assisted review and the CPR

When Steven Whitaker was Senior Master in the Queen’s Bench Division, he was responsible for Practice Direction 31B and the Electronic Documents Questionnaire, and for the decision in Goodale v Ministry of Justice which was the first (and until very … Continue reading

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Reminder: DESI VII in London on 12 June

DESI stands for Discovery of Electronically Stored Information. I have already written about DESI VII at Kings College London on 13 June. There is a draft programme here from which you will see that it is chaired by Jason Baron … Continue reading

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The Sedona Conference: discussing cross-border eDiscovery and data protection in London and Ireland

On 3 May, I took part in a panel organised by the Sedona Conference Working Group 6 on cross-border discovery and data protection laws. The event, sponsored by Swiss Re and Consilio, was moderated by Monika Kuschewsky of Squire Patton … Continue reading

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Nuix User Exchange 17 to 20 September at Huntington Beach

Registration has opened for the 2017 Nuix User Exchange to take place, as before, at Huntington Beach in California. I was there last year and found it both valuable and enjoyable, as you might deduce from the article I wrote … Continue reading

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Relativity Fest London – a rounded eDisclosure conference not just a trade show

As I noted when I wrote about it in advance, kCura’s Relativity Fest London has been moving over the years to become a full-blown eDiscovery / eDisclosure event and not just a platform for launching kCura initiatives and for networking. There … Continue reading

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Morgan Lewis discussion in London on 13 June – Technology-Assisted Review: Fact or Fiction?

Morgan Lewis is organising a panel discussion at its London office on 13 June with the title Technology-Assisted Review: Fact or Fiction? The speakers are Tess Blair of Morgan Lewis, Maura Grossman of University of Waterloo and Maura Grossman Law, … Continue reading

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ACEDS UK event on 27 July: artificial intelligence

I have much enjoyed the two events which I have moderated in London for ACEDS UK Chapter. If you missed it, you may like to see the video of our GDPR panel. The next ACEDS UK event is on 27 … Continue reading

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ACEDS webinar with OpenText on 17 May: Day in the Life: Discovery Professional Services

ACEDS and OpenText are organising a webinar on 17 May called Day in the Life: Discovery Professional Services. Brian Shaw, Walker Hartz and Adam Kuhn of OpenText Discovery will talk about their own experiences, including their most memorable product projects, … Continue reading

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Relativity webinar on 17 May: negotiating TAR Protocols

kCura is hosting a webinar on 17 May called Negotiating TAR protocols: 7 questions in-house counsel must ask. The speakers are Phil Favro of the Coalition of Technology Resources for Lawyers (CTRL), Dean Gonsowski of kCura, John Lavinder of DTI, and Amy … Continue reading

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Interview: Jon Lavinder of DTI-Epiq talks about emerging data and technology-assisted review

Jon Lavinder is Director, Technology-Assisted Review, at DTI. DTI has now merged with Epiq to become one of the largest players in the eDiscovery market and one with more experience of technology-assisted review than many others. In this interview, John … Continue reading

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AccessData 2017 European Tour

AccessData has recently released Version 6.2 of its discovery software and is organising a tour of major European cities to introduce the new functionality. The tour starts in London on 15 May and then goes to 7 other European cities … Continue reading

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Interview: Keith Conley on the benefits for clients of the DTI-Epiq merger

Keith Conley is President and Chief Operating Officer at DTI. DTI and Epiq are now a single entity, and I asked Keith Conley to explain the benefits of the merger for clients. The combined company, Keith Conley says, is a … Continue reading

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More evidence from the Internet of Things – this time a Fitbit

It is about two years since people started predicting that the Internet of Things would become a source of potentially discoverable evidence. At the time, Fitbits recurred as a theoretical example of a device which could yield useful material in … Continue reading

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ILTA scholarships in honour of Browning Marean

ILTA, the International Legal Technology Association, is again offering two scholarships for attendance at ILTACON 2017 which runs from 13 to 17 August in Las Vegas. The scholarships are in memory of my dear friend Browning Marean, a partner at … Continue reading

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FTI on the GDPR: a business critical enabler for CIOs

FTI has an article in the recent edition of Raconteur called GDPR: a business-critical enabler for CIOs. One paragraph from it effectively summarises the rest. Talking of the General Data Protection Regulation, now only 13 months away, Sonia Cheng of FTI says: … Continue reading

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Interview: Brandon Mack of DTI-Epiq – technology assisted review in the real world

I interviewed Brandon Mack of DTI-Epiq recently, and opened by asking him what he meant by technology-assisted review. We went on to discuss how technology is changing the practice of lawyers, the widening scope of projects which use eDiscovery tools … Continue reading

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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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