Epiq Systems have invited Senior Master Steven Whitaker and US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck to take part in a panel discussion about the use of technology-assisted review in litigation. The panel, to be moderated by Epiq’s Laura Kibbe, will take place from 8:15am to 10.00am on Wednesday 27 June at 60 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6NP. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided.
Master Whitaker and Judge Peck have long been eloquent and thoughtful advocates of the proper use of technology to reduce the time and expense of litigation. In addition to their assiduous and much-welcomed presence on the technology panels, and through their articles, both have delivered decisions which emphasise the importance of reducing the volumes of document for review, Master Whitaker in Goodale v the Ministry of Justice and Judge Peck in Da Silva Moore v Publicis Groupe and MSL Group.
What has a US judge to say which is of value to a London audience? The days are long gone when American judges would come and lecture us about preservation duties under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Judge Peck, amongst others, has strong messages about proportionality and cooperation which are the more forceful for coming from a jurisdiction in which neither of these qualities have been much in evidence hitherto. Judge Peck’s Opinion in Da Silva Moore caught the headlines because of its approval of predictive coding; that, however, was servant to the fundamental principles of FRCP Rule 1 – “the just, speedy and inexpensive” conduct of cases. That equates to our overriding objective.
Master Whitaker takes the same line – his Goodale judgment is primarily about managing the case to reduce unnecessary cost, and technology came into it as an obvious way to achieve this objective.
We are lucky to have these two judges brought to our doorstep. Register now to get a place.