The connection began at the Ark Group eDiscovery conference in Sydney last year when I found myself sitting next to Nuix CEO Eddie Sheehy and had a drink with him and Browning Marean of DLA Piper US after the conference. We met up again at LegalTech in New York a few weeks ago, when I went to see Nuix 3 with HHJ Simon Grenfell, Designated Civil Judge, Leeds and North Yorkshire. Nuix 3 is offered by London-based providers 7Safe (itself a sponsor of the e-Disclosure Information Project) and Millnet.
Next week, on 9 and 10 March, Eddie Sheehy is Chairman of the Ark Group Sydney conference and HHJ Simon Brown QC, Designated Civil Judge at the Birmingham Civil Justice Centre is on a judicial panel with The Honourable Justice Ian V Gzell, who was a speaker at the LexisNexis eDiscovery conference in Singapore which Browning Marean and I co-chaired last October and at which Senior Master Whitaker was also a speaker
If the previous two paragraphs look like a cross between a travelogue and a Who’s Who of the eDiscovery world, that is entirely deliberate or, rather, it reflects the reality of electronic discovery. The problems of e-Discovery / e-Disclosure are common to Sydney, New York, Leeds, Birmingham, London and Singapore and in every jurisdiction which requires discovery of documents. Many software solutions providers like Nuix are found in all these places and in many others. A handful of judges worldwide recognise the need both to listen to the experiences of others and to speak about their own courts’ initiatives. My job is to keep the information flowing, and to carry ideas equally to Birmingham and Leeds, Sydney and Singapore.
I will do a fuller welcome to Nuix shortly, but I wanted to flag up the UK-Australia link before next week’s Sydney conference.