Morgan Lewis is organising a panel discussion at its London office on 13 June with the title Technology-Assisted Review: Fact or Fiction? The speakers are Tess Blair of Morgan Lewis, Maura Grossman of University of Waterloo and Maura Grossman Law, and Gordon Cormack of University of Waterloo.
None of these speakers really need any introduction to those familiar with the use of technology-assisted review for litigation, for regulatory investigations, for internal investigations and, increasingly, for legal work beyond disputes. Most discussions about TAR, not least judicial opinions and judgments, cite the work of Maura Grossman and Gordon Cormack on this subject. I will be the moderator, and it will be great fun to engage in discussion with them quite apart from the very obvious opportunity to learn from them.
We will define what TAR is and is not, describe how different kinds of TAR work, discuss how TAR can be used to reduce costs and achieve effective and proportionate discovery, review the scientific evidence for TAR, and talk about judicial acceptance of TAR in England and Wales, Ireland, Australia and the United States.
These are all topics on which I have been speaking and writing quite a lot this year, partly because of the the developments in Australia (not least the express reference to the use of TAR in the new practice note SC GEN 5 Guidelines for the Use of Technology in Victoria).
Morgan Lewis is a good choice of firm to do this with, partly because of its broad geographical reach and partly because it has long been recognised as a firm willing to engage properly and fully with the discovery process. Tess Blair has been a recognised speaker on the subject for as long as I can remember.