Gráinne Bryan has recently been appointed as Managing Director, Technology, at FTI Consulting in Ireland. I know her from her previous role as CEO, Legal Technology Solutions at leading law firm McCann FitzGerald, where she promoted the use of technology across a range of disciplines, not least data investigations. I asked her about her new role at FTI.
In this interview, we first discuss FTI Consulting’s role in Dublin and the addition of FTI’s technology segment to FTI’s growing Irish establishment. This, as Gráinne Bryan observes, is part of a wider organisation which brings together technology skills in Madrid, France, Germany and South Africa.
Her own role is to bring technology support to law firms, financial institutions and other corporations on “all things data”, including eDiscovery, investigations, regulatory reviews, contract intelligence, information governance, data analytics, and forensic collections.
These are areas which have seen considerable growth in Ireland, partly because major US technology companies are based there, and partly because of Brexit, which has encouraged UK law firms to set up in Dublin, stimulating competition between firms. There has been focus too on the General Data Protection Regulation, not least because of enforcement action taken against Facebook and others.
One area which promises expansion is work on pre-emptive investigations, as companies, mainly financial institutions, take action to anticipate conduct which is either fraudulent or in breach of regulations. Gráinne Bryan mentions specifically Relativity Trace as a tool designed to help such organisations identify and head off wrongful or illegal conduct.