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Workshop provides a grounding on eDiscovery Basics

February 10th, 2015

We have designed an ‘eDiscovery 101 – Back to Basics’ workshop prior to the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference. The workshop has been tailored to provide the necessary grounding in the practical requirements of the eDiscovery process.

The workshop will be an ideal starting point, or refresher session prior to exploring the wider issues associated with law and technology throughout the conference. Attendance will benefit all practitioners and legal support staff that are involved in discovery exercises.

About the Workshop

The workshop will be led by practitioners and eDiscovery experts that experience the practical requirements of discovery issues on a daily basis.  They will provide a practical insight into the entire eDiscovery process, taking delegates back to the basics including a step by step guide for undertaking any eDiscovery exercise. The workshop will look at what the Court requires you to do in preparing for the first Case Management Conference and embracing the Discovery Checklist, whilst providing practical tips to help produce electronic information proportionately and cost effectively.

The workshop has been designed to provide a basic grounding in the court requirements of the Discovery Checklist, together with the best practices of the eDiscovery process. The focus is not multimillion document disputes, but the framework that can be applied to all matters, regardless of size or complexity.

The pre-conference workshop will focus on the practical requirements, not just theory (or a regurgitation of the rules themselves).  It is specifically designed to focus on the practical requirements that all lawyers and support staff are required to know to efficiently and effectively undertake the discovery process.

The workshop will focus on –

Exploring the requirements of the Discovery Checklist

To assist in preparation for the first Case Management Conference, we will walk through all of the requirements of the Discovery Checklist. This will include the new requirements on all matters for ‘Assessing Proportionality’ in determining the scope of the discovery order.

Practical requirements with a ‘step-by-step’ guide for any eDiscovery exercise

We will work through each stage of the eDiscovery process, including Collection, Processing, Review, Analysis and Production. This will provide particular focus on the ‘Methods & Strategies’ from the Discovery Checklist and the requirements of the ‘Listing & Exchange Protocol’

Practical eDiscovery tips

We will identify practical tips that will help anyone undertaking discovery to  produce electronic information proportionately and cost effectively

An eDiscovery Case Study

We will walk through a case study with real eDiscovery issues and discuss how to approach the eDiscovery exercise.

The workshop will provide ample opportunities for delegates to ask questions throughout. All those attending will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of how to undertake their next eDiscovery exercise.

About the speakers

Andrew King – Workshop Chair

Andrew King is the Founder and Strategic Advisor of E-Discovery Consulting, where he assists clients by managing the entire discovery process or providing independent advice on any aspect of it. He assists clients develop a discovery strategy and provide clarity over complex technical matters to demystify the issues and lessen the burden and simplify the discovery process for lawyers.

Andrew was a member on the working group of High Court Rules Committee which drafted the new electronic discovery rules. He frequently presents seminars and training on the practical requirements to embrace discovery exercises. Andrew is a regular speaker/contributor at legal technology events – including NZ Law Society, Auckland District Law Society, New Zealand Bar Association and the annual eDiscovery and legal technology Summit in Australia, produced by Chilli IQ.

In addition to his advisory services Andrew is committed to industry development and to raising awareness of eDiscovery issues through the NZ E-Discovery Blog. This work is also complemented by his management of New Zealand Law and Technology Conference.

Bridgette White

Bridgette White is a Senior Associate in the litigation team of Buddle Findlay, where she specialises in litigation and dispute resolution. She has a broad background in commercial litigation with specialist expertise in contractual disputes, negligence, fair trading claims, insurance, as well as matters involving fraud, criminal investigations and insolvency assignments.

Bridgette has experience using legal technology as both an investigative and discovery tool. She has successfully managed large, complex discoveries involving numerous sources of electronic evidence. Bridgette has a strong understanding of how technology may be used to manage litigation, reduce cost and maximise effectiveness, both at trial and in document reviews for regulatory investigations.

Sarah Cordner

Sarah Cordner is a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s Forensic Technology and Discovery Services (FTDS) business which provides clients with a comprehensive set of tools and services for outsourced litigation support, investigations, government and regulatory enquiries and other document related tasks.

Sarah brings over 15 years document and legal project management expertise gained managing the legal support departments within two of Australia’s top tier law firms, as National Operations Manager in a leading legal document processing bureau and as a Director responsible for the for the operations, management and development of a Ringtail hosting service within a large professional services firm which was utilized by clients in Australia, Asia, India and the US.

With her experience with New Zealand law firms and corporate clients, Sarah has an intimate knowledge of the New Zealand High Court Discovery Rules, together with the practical requirements of the Discovery Checklist and the Listing & Exchange Protocol.



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