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Preview of the Legal and eDiscovery Stream

March 3rd, 2015

We are now just over two weeks away from the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference, taking place at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on the 18th of March 2015.

The event has pulled together an exciting new line-up of speakers across its newly expanded three talk streams.

Leading Keynote Speakers

Opening the conference again this year with the Judicial keynote will be His Honour Judge Harvey. Following on from his thought provoking address last year Judge Harvey will again dare us to identify how disruptive communications technologies are not only challenging every facet of our professional and social lives but also challenging the law. He will examine some key legal principles that have come under attack in this digital world and offer some glimpses into the future of law.

Rounding out the day our International keynote speaker Nigel Murray will provide an international perspective of how lawyers and law firms are meeting the challenges of today’s Digital Paradigm. The session will explore the challenges faced by law firms and how some firms have adapted their practices through the use of technology. Nigel has been at the forefront of the litigation support and e-Disclosure industry in the UK since 1991. He managed the first e-Disclosure project to go before a UK court in the early 2000’s and has since advised and worked with a large number of clients in the UK, mainland Europe, the United States and the Middle East in a range of industry sectors. Nigel is an exciting speaker whose insights and anecdotes are extensive and not be missed.

This week I will provide further details about all three tracks, Legal & eDiscovery, Legal Technology and the Technology Demonstration & Case Studies stream. Today it is turning attention to the Legal & eDiscovery Stream that builds on the past two New Zealand eDiscovery conferences.

Legal and eDiscovery Stream

The Legal and eDiscovery stream will kick off with an optional breakfast session taking participants Back to the basics of electronic discovery. This interactive workshop will be led by myself as I was involved from the very beginning helping to draft NZ’s Discovery Rules and help the NZ courts manage this evolving process.  I will be ably supported by litigation support veteran Sarah Cordner of EY who has over 15 years’ experience leading some of the largest law firms litigation support practices an bureaus (Minter Ellison, King & Wood Mallesons, eLaw, Deloitte, EY) and running a wide variety of both small and large matters involving eDiscovery.  Joining Sarah and myself will be Buddle Findlay Senior Associate Bridgette White who will provide practical and local tips for those lawyers preparing for the first CMC and understanding the Discovery Checklist.

With the foundation set our speakers will then turn to managing different matters based on their size and complexity. Guy Burgess, Senior Associate from Clendons will present a session on the Challenges of eDiscovery in small matters, discussing lessons learnt from recent cases, and practical steps to improve efficiency.  He will cover the practical issues involving matters with little or no electronic evidence, and how to meet the court’s discovery requirements in such circumstances. 

From Russel McVeagh, Partners Polly Pope and Chris Curran will then draw on their many years of commercial litigation experience and experience with eDiscovery in the courts to discuss the Challenges of eDiscovery in a large litigation cases.  Where matters involving multiple sources of evidence that may require the review of large volumes of documents, Polly and Chris will provide practical advice and share their experience with managing the issues that arise.  

With technology advances come changes in the way we interact and communicate with one another.  Social media in all its forms, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Twitter, text messaging, Instant Messaging, chat rooms, as a much as Cloud-based services, has changed the dynamic of evidence as much as its location, control and custody.  Private Investigator, Daniel Toresen specialises in workplace theft and brings over 25 years of industry experience.  Presenting The changing face of evidence Daniel will discuss how the growth of technology has led to many new forms of evidence, and how this evidence should be considered by lawyers.

With all of this new knowledge it’s critical to know what can go wrong in this new paradigm – The good, the bad and the ugly!  A panel of industry professionals will discuss When eDiscovery goes bad. The panel will cover the many common challenges of eDiscovery, sharing their experience of disasters, train wrecks and calamities so you are better armed to improve efficiency reduce costs and simplify your discovery process.


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