Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong claiming eDiscovery attention

Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong only look close together when viewed from a long way away. They all have a common law eDiscovery tradition, but it is coincidence of timing rather than any specific commonality which groups them together in this post. A group of articles has bunched together in the electronic equivalent of my in-tray (Evernote, since you ask) and it is convenient to pick them off together.

So far as Australia is concerned, I have written recently about Practice Note SC EQ 11 which aims to limit disclosure of documents in the Equity Division of the New South Wales Supreme Court. That no doubt will be discussed at Chilli IQ’s 6th Information Management and eDiscovery Summit, due to take place in Sydney on 19 and 20 June. Confirmed speakers include Michelle Mahoney, Director of Legal Logistics at King & Wood Mallesons, and Browning Marean of DLA Piper US.

The subject headings cover the full range of current talking-points. The unambiguously named Predictive coding: what is it and how could it change the practice of law in Australia clearly aims to give this subject its due.  Michelle Mahoney knows more than most on on How to best manage outsourcing eDiscovery and hosting. Browning Marean is always lucid on legal holds. Add Nuix on Integrating legal technology into your organisation and you conclude that Chilli IQ are not stinting on quality speakers.

Social media, information governance, search technologies and project management all have sessions set aside for them, and there is a session called eDiscovery from a judicial viewpoint.  It is good also to see one called Knowing your eDiscovery tools – conferences shy away from this, probably because it is difficult to choose representative examples without upsetting some of the sponsors, but delegates get an overview of the range of applications which is available.

That follows close behind InnoXcell’s Asia eDiscovery Exchange 2012 in Hong Kong on 6 and 7 June. I am talking with Allison Walton of Symantec and Barry Murphy of eDJ Group on the Implications of social media for data collection and information governance, and am doing a session also on In-house strategy with Eddie Sheehy of Nuix.

Other speakers and sessions include Craig Carpenter of Recommind, speaking on collaborative eDiscovery, Richard Kershaw of FTI Consulting and Andrew Dale of Orrick on Multi-jurisdiction, multi language arbitration, and a panel on Defensible collection with Browning Marean (again) and Scott Warren of Kroll Ontrack amongst others.

Meanwhile, Kate Paslin of AccessData is in New Zealand this week to promote the new Summation. I picked this up from Andrew King’s NZ eDiscovery Blog which should be bookmarked by anyone interested in the developing New Zealand eDiscovery market.

Allison Walton of Symantec was there earlier in the year on a trip which took in Australia as well. Her account of her trip is called eDiscovery Down Under.

Missing from this list is Singapore which has no events pending or, at least, none known to me.  Singapore is perhaps the most exciting of these jurisdictions, with new rule developments this year in addition to the opening of access and investment by foreign law firms (and barristers) and a constant stream of initiatives on subjects like data protection.

One of the more interesting developments referred to in passing above is the fact that FTI Consulting has taken on Richard Kershaw from Catalyst in Hong Kong. Richard is one of the big beasts of Far Eastern eDiscovery, and his engagement is a significant pointer to FTI’s increased interest in the region. I knew that they had an important new hire in prospect to add to their growing team, and had idly scribbled Richard’s name down as the most likely candidate. I am glad to have been proved right, and I look forward to seeing the effect on FTI’s presence in Hong Kong.


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
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