I have good memories of the eDiscovery / legal technology events which I attended in Dublin over the years. This was partly because the host jurisdiction was so interesting – law firms who used technology properly, discovery rules which provoked serious discussion, the presence of global tech businesses, and an interesting data protection context – all made for good discussions. It was partly because Dublin and Ireland are fabulous places for post-event tours.
It was also because the organisers worked so very hard to make programmes interesting and informative. Adrian Kiernan and La Touche Training have been consistently excellent in producing these events, and I am sorry to have missed the more recent ones.
That includes the one coming up on 29 November at Croke Park, Dublin. I was invited to take part but will not, alas, be there. The programme is here.
It will be chaired by Karyn Harty, Partner and Head of litigation at Dentons in Dublin. I have lost count of the panels I have done with Karyn over the years, and her role in this event is a guarantee that this event will fizz along.
The keynote address is to be given by Justice Leonie Reynolds, who will give an update from the Civil Justice Review Group (itself something to watch by those of us who like to compare developments in the world’s common law jurisdictions). The title of the address is How embracing technology can make discovery and investigations more cost-effective, a promising start to an agenda which touches all the corners of that subject.
Cyber incidents and managing risk, the use of technology in investigations by government agencies, cryptocurrencies and blockchain, the management of data from multiple sources, and the use of AI in legal are all covered. A previous Dublin event provided the first occasion when I heard a session on the people side of working in legal technology; it was a novel subject then, but it is now to be heard at events everywhere as firms and companies pay more attention to the human part of their organisations. There is a session called The importance of networking post Covid which will cover career development and soft skills.
This event should interest people beyond its home jurisdiction. You can book here.