Normal service will be interrupted for a few days whilst I go to New York for LegalTech. The reference to “a few days” means that although I know I am leaving on Saturday, I am not very clear about the return journey. The BA strike has lost me my Wednesday flight and I am rebooked for Friday. As I write, the employers and unions are still locked in overt combat, but their words and postures have the whiff of compromise about them.
There are worse places to be stuck, if it comes to that. The end of every January sees the annual migration of almost the entire British litigation support community to Manhattan for what is justifiably billed as “the most important legal technology event of the year”.
The formal business includes seminars and keynote presentations, including a track called “Advanced Electronic Discovery”. More interesting perhaps is the opportunity to see all the main legal technology products, and especially litigation support applications, gathered in one place. Would-be buyers and those who, like me, help with the selection of litigation software, get the chance to see what is coming next.
More important still is the chance to spend time with all the UK players. Litigation support professionals are a congenial lot, and there are good social, as well as business, reasons for going.
It would be good to be able to say that I will post regular reports from the scene. I will not commit to that, but I will certainly write it all up when I get back.