Part of what I try to do is to encourage new entrants into a business which continues to expand both in importance and in global revenue, offering opportunities to people with a range of qualifications, skills and attitudes.
I was lucky enough to be old (relatively speaking) when legal and eDiscovery technology was young. There was no career path or planned progression, and segments of training and experience fell into place as technology sidled into and then merged with legal practice.
Craig Earnshaw of FTI Consulting is another whose background and interests found him a place in the new world of technology consulting and, indeed helped to shape it. An article in Who’s Who Legal 100 records that Craig worked with electronic evidence from the mid-1990s, developing both technical and strategic skills which enabled him to found the European technology consulting practice of FTI in London in 2006.
The article describes the development of legal technology from its beginnings through to a point where its use is an essential component of any exercise aimed at finding the truth. Its different aspects, from hard-core technology through project management and strategy offer roles for people from a wide range of backgrounds.
Craig Earnshaw covered much the same ground in an interview with me early last year which I published in an article called Craig Earnshaw of FTI Consulting on changes in eDiscovery over his long career.
Although this was not their primary intention, the article and the interview serve as encouragement to anyone seeking to open opportunities and develop expertise across a broad range of skills. This embraces not just eDiscovery, but all the subjects which have developed around it, including cyber security, information governance, data protection and others, all requiring not just technology skills, but project management and the strategic ability to which Craig Earnshaw refers.