We are part-way between Relativity Fest in Chicago last October and the next Relativity Fest London on 1 May. I looked back at the interview I did with Nick Robertson of Relativity after the London version of Relativity Fest in April.
The point to be made here is that, while obviously a US Corporation with a very large US customer base, Relativity has become an international brand, one which manages to appear “local” in any of the jurisdictions in which it operates. That, perhaps, is easiest in the UK where, as Nick Robertson says, Relativity found its some of its earliest customers. Many of its best new ideas, he says, originated in the UK.
This was the fourth year of Relativity Fest in London and, like its big brother in Chicago, it mixed material which is specific to Relativity with legal content applicable to the venue and the audience. The Relativity Fest agenda is packed with both, as well as with the social side of these events for which Relativity is renowned.
I asked Nick Robertson what were the most important of the recent technology developments in Relativity. He identified analytics on unstructured content as the most significant improvement. Customers are “getting good at wrangling data”, he says, and at using smaller teams to deal with bigger pools of data.
This goes beyond mere technical skill and into the attitude with which users approach a matter. They are learning to approach data with an “investigative mindset”, keen to get into the facts straight away.
The most obvious example of what one might call localism is the arrival of Relativity’s cloud-based solution RelativityOne, now available in the UK. This gets the customer out of the business of managing infrastructure; they no longer need to worry about scale and throughput and can just get on with the job.
While on the subject of last year’s Relativity Fest London, you may be interested in the recordings of the 2017 sessions which are available here. They include two that I was involved in – one on issues in cross-border eDisclosure and data protection and one on the changing practice eDisclosure / eDiscovery practice in England and Wales and the United States.
The latter panel included US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck of Southern District of New York and Steven Whitaker, former Senior Master in the Queen’s Bench Division. After the panel, David Horrigan of Relativity interviewed Judge Peck here and I interviewed Steven Whitaker here.
Steven Whitaker’s trenchant remarks about the failure of judges to enforce the disclosure rules reflects a similar message from Lady Justice Gloster’s working party which drafted the proposed new disclosure rule.