I have updated on my web site the list of conferences, seminars and similar events known to me for 2008, with hyperlinks to the programmes where they are available.
I have left up the programmes for the past events, since between them they give a good idea of what people are interested in and what are thought to be the key topics for this year. I say that because conference organisers have a good eye for what is topical, and those which I am involved with (which is most of them) have done an impressive amount of research.
There is much more emphasis this year on courts and rules and practice, reflecting the closer interest which judges are taking in case management. This brings it all much closer to home – that is, to daily work – than any amount of theory about document retention policies and litigation readiness, important though they are.
They are all in London, apart from the series of talks which I am doing for the Law Society. The rules, of course, apply everywhere. One of the recurring messages is that, whilst it may be the Commercial Court and Mercantile Courts which are taking the lead, the case management principles require no new rules and apply, where proportionate, in every court and every case with any reasonable volume of electronic documents.
The new Australian Practice Note on electronic discovery, due to take effect on 1 July, bites when there are 200 disclosable documents. The reference to what is happening there is not the non-sequitur it may appear to be.