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Will the real Jeff Lendino please stand up?

Jeff LendinoIf New York is so good they named it twice, then our in-house counsel, Jeff Lendino, must be even better than New York as here he is in triplicate. Like some David Beckhamesque Adonis, there he was plastered on billboards and elevator doors all over the Hilton reception during last week’s LegalTech conference in New York.

For those of you not aware of the conference, this is THE biggest Ediscovery /Information Governance event of the year. It’s held over 3 days and there are around 10,000 attendees (yes, that’s ten thousand); a packed agenda of 8 separate educational tracks; close to 200 exhibitors; and countless events, lunches and dinners provided by sponsors to their clients and guests over the course of the three days. For newcomers and old hands alike this can be an overwhelming event.

Kroll Ontrack itself had more than 50 attendees including our MD from APAC, Kate Chan and three of us from Europe (Rob Jones, Orion Wisness and yours truly).

The main theme of the conference was around Information Governance (IG). IG is wide ranging and encompasses multiple disciplines including, but not limited to, Information Security, ediscovery, Compliance and Records Management. A great site to find out more information about this is   Because of its wide ranging scope, it can be confusing and for sure, judging by the different comments, questions and opinions made by visitors to our stand, there are very diverse opinions about what IG actually is. It’s great for conferences to generate new discussions and there is no doubt that conversations around this topic have evolved considerably over recent years. However, I did feel there is a bit of a disconnect between what clients are asking for on a day to day basis (which is mostly good old fashioned ediscovery) and what is actually being talked about in respect of the IG discipline.. We found that the questions most often asked were regarding global ediscovery capabilities. An increase in cross border disputes and investigations together with greater focus on data privacy has driven these enquiries.

We ran a couple of plenary session on predictive coding and on managing successful global ediscovery projects. Whilst it doesn’t seem to be flavour of the month at the moment, there was standing room only at our predictive coding session so there is still huge interest in this.

LegalTech was a really enjoyable experience. It was great to have the opportunity to spend time with our colleagues as well as clients.  This is the one time in the year where a lot of them are together in one place at one time.  The value in this aspect is not to be underestimated.

As for Jeff, I’m still not sure if the real one is drinking the coffee or giving himself a tribal tattoo!

About Andrew Szczech

Andrew Szczech, Director of Legal Technologies Services, EMEA, is responsible for the business development of Kroll Ontrack's legal technologies business in Europe, focussing on the provision of electronic evidence services to law firms and corporates. These services include e-discovery, computer forensics and consulting which are provided in order to assist clients in multiple practice areas including dispute resolution and antitrust. Frequently, there is a need for solutions to address complex cross border data protection challenges. Andrew also manages the growth and development of global accounts throughout Europe.


LEGALTECH New York is internationally regarded as the biggest legal technology event of the calendar year.

Ben Fielding and I flew over to New York for the event to represent the European Kroll Ontrack business, and to support our American colleagues who were launching at the event. Delegates were very interested in demonstrations of Kroll Ontrack’s new review platform Review and its sister platform for ediscovery portfolio management, Manage.

Predictive coding was a strong theme this year and a significant portion of the educational presentations focused on making the most of the technology. It is clear that in America, predictive coding is a generally accepted and widely-available process for handling ediscovery projects, much more than it is in Europe.

American lawyers and corporate ediscovery experts were also interested to hear about approaches to ediscovery and data protection in Europe, as they often face challenges when handling data from European custodians. To help summarise what Kroll Ontrack can do to assist such clients in Europe (such as deploying our Onsite solution), we handed out these reference cards, which were very popular!

LegalTech 2014

Check out our parallel American blog for a day-by-day summary of the LEGALTECH by Michelle Lange.

My colleague Ben Fielding will be adding his comments from the event shortly.

About Daniel Kavan

Daniel Kavan leads Kroll Ontrack’s Electronic Evidence Consultancy team in Europe. He and his team of experts advise lawyers and their clients on how to manage and analyse evidence from emails and other electronically-stored documents in legal matters including litigation, arbitration, internal audits and regulatory investigations.

LegalTech New York – A European Perspective

The LegalTech New York tradeshow is the biggest trade show and conference in the world in the Legal Technologies and E-Discovery field. Although it is truly international in terms of attendance, as you would expect from a conference in New York City, the majority of speakers, exhibitors and delegates are from the United States. This is no reason for European practitioners to ignore it – it is useful to keep an eye on developments in the US, as over the last decade or two, trends from the US have followed in the UK and, and to some extent, continental Europe, in subsequent years.

So what were the trends in the at LegalTech 2013 which we can expect to hop “across the pond?”

Technology Assisted Review (TAR) was certainly at the forefront. It is beginning to be widely accepted by lawyers in the US as a defensible method of augmenting the document review process and the US courts are starting to hand down decisions to support this.  TAR, also referred to by some as “Computer Assisted Review” (CAR) or “Predictive Coding,” uses machine learning prioritise important documents and suggest categorisations for review, resulting in faster, more efficient and more accurate review.  I believe UK courts will not be far behind their US counterparts in approving parties’ use of this technology.  We may well see this in 2013, with  the official implementation of the new Practice Direction 51G for managing cases and their costs, with a significant emphasis on proportionality.

Apart from the vast array of exhibitors showcasing their latest technology, there was also a series of interesting educational seminars.  A highlight for me was fun session moderated Kroll Ontrack’s Chris Wall, featuring Ralph Losey (Partner and National e-Discovery Counsel at Jackson Lewis LLP) and Jason R. Baron (National Archives’ Director of Litigation) on the panel. They simulated a document review exercise by displaying a number of documents to the audience and asked audience SMS whether they thought they were relevant or not, based on a basic set of defined relevance criteria. The opinions as to relevance varied significantly amongst audience members. This was a fun way to illustrate how human document review can yield lower than expected precision and recall in a document review, and led to discussions on how TAR might help supplement a review to improve overall accuracy.

About Daniel Kavan

Daniel Kavan leads Kroll Ontrack’s Electronic Evidence Consultancy team in Europe. He and his team of experts advise lawyers and their clients on how to manage and analyse evidence from emails and other electronically-stored documents in legal matters including litigation, arbitration, internal audits and regulatory investigations.