Details are coming in of the Masters Conference taking place in Washington on 16 and 17 October. This year’s title is Viewing E-Discovery Through the Corporate Veil – see the Masters Conference web site for more details.
The focus is on litigation in the global arena with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) as well as the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) at the forefront. Topics include:
- Cross Border Investigations and Discovery Management
- Cost Effective Internal Investigations in the FCPA Era
- Litigation Readiness
- Real-life Implications of the FRCP
- The Subprime Mortgage Meltdown
- Corporate E-Discovery Budgets
- New Technologies for Streamlining E-Discovery
- Creating and Implementing the Corporate IT Structure
- Effective Records and Information Management
- Government and Regulatory Compliance
The details, inevitably, will have a US emphasis, but that matters in the UK for two reasons. One is that any UK corporate clients with US affiliations (and not just ownership by US parents) cannot sensibly ignore the ever-longer arm of the US courts and authorities. The other is that the US is ahead of us in this game and there is much to learn by watching them.
This is not a simple as saying that “what happens there will happen here in two years time”. For one thing, the time-lag is decreasing and it will be less than two years before we face (as opposed to ignore) the issues which are hitting US lawyers and their clients. For another, the significant benefit of watching what happens in the US is NOT just to replicate it here. As both a policy matter and a practical one, we can take what we like and discard what does not fit out own best interests.
Except, of course (to return to my first point), in those circumstances where the US courts claim jurisdiction to whatever extent over EU and UK companies and individuals. It pays us to keep an eye on what they are up to, and past reports suggest that the Masters Conference is the place to do that.
Keynote speakers include Robert D. Owen of Fulbright & Jaworski speaking about Fulbright’s Fifth Annual Litigation Trends Survey Findings, and Magistrate Judge John Facciola on FRCP Rule 702 – expert evidence. We are promised other well-known speakers.
I say “we” because I hope to be there. Hope comes into it because I am speaking at the Ark Group conference in Sydney two days earlier. The present plan involves me hitting Heathrow after a 23 hour flight, standing around there for a few hours and then setting off for another eight hours to Washington.
You can register for the Masters Conference on its web site.