Thursday, April 27, 2017
The first annual Relativity Fest London, rebranded this year from the previous kCura Relativity Road Show, was held in London on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 with approximately 300 people in attendance from the eDiscovery community.
Fourteen members of our team represented Millnet, an Advanced Discovery company, at the event. Millnet’s expertise was heavily featured during the day, including both Meagan Sauve as a Relativity Master and panellist, and Emma Kettleton as a Relativity Master.
kCura’s CEO, Andrew Sieja, kicked off the event with an enthusiastic keynote and closing in his usual dynamic style, highlighting that there are now 21,554 Relativity users in EMEA, increasing 22% in the last year. Andrew also highlighted that there are only five Relativity Masters outside the United States, two of whom work at Millnet – Emma Kettleton and Meagan Sauve.
The most significant product unveilings were the Email Thread Visualisation, available in version 9.5 and that Relativity One will launch in London this summer. They also unveiled a decent investment into communications analysis using Relativity Analytics.
Session: Analytics Around the Globe
Millnet eDiscovery consultant and Relativity Master Meagan Sauve presented “Analytics Around the Globe” alongside a panel of industry experts and eDiscovery practitioners, including Sean Doherty of 451 Research, Richard Legge of Mishcon de Reya, and Constantine Pappas, Relativity Solutions Manager.
Meagan spoke of the big push into TAR in the UK by case teams and commented that “can we use TAR, is often the first question we get.” Richard of Mishcon de Reya mentioned he’s also noticed a rise in law firms in England using predictive coding now that it’s been blessed by the courts. Richard said that lawyers, due to their conservative nature, did not want to be the first in the industry to use a new technology. He also discussed that before the landmark Pyrrho case, there were plenty of predictive coding cases, they were just done with agreement from all the parties involved. He commented that now the use of technology is brought into the discussions earlier. Sean of 451 Research discussed how analytics will be integral in the increasing importance of Information Governance.
Meagan answered questions from the perspective of having both experience and technical mastery of Relativity Analytics.
Social media featured heavily during the day with #RelativityFestLondon being used on Twitter and being displayed on kCura’s website. You can see the feed of Analytics Around the Globe by clicking the following link.
Afternoon Sessions: GDPR and Case Law
Other main topics from afternoon sessions included the state of predictive coding internationally in a post-Pyrrho world with Australia having now weighed in with the case Money Max featuring industry thought leaders such as Chris Dale, Honorable Andrew Peck from the United States and Steven Whitaker, former Senior Master in the Queen’s Bench Division.
Additionally, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was a hot topic. Practitioners Meribeth Banaschick of EY in Germany and Clare Carroll of McCann Fitzergerald in Ireland were also on hand to provide the European perspective. Both Meribeth and Clare spoke about mobilising early for the GDPR, as moving from the theoretical to practical in understanding the full rules is a huge challenge.
The main take away from Relativity Fest London was that kCura’s continued investment into analytics confirms how much that area is expanding beyond just litigation for Early Case Assessment and due diligence. The second takeaway was the importance of London as the centre of eDiscovery outside of the United States. As an international company that employs the most Relativity Masters in the world, Advanced Discovery and Millnet are well placed to innovate and lead in an analytics-based, global eDiscovery world.
Additional Reference Materials
For more on Relativity Analytics featuring Relativity Masters Meagan Sauve from Millnet and Sarah Cole from Advanced Discovery, view the On-Demand Webinar “Relativity Masters on Avoiding TAR Pitfalls.”
For additional materials regarding Millnet’s involvement in the landmark predictive coding judgement Pyrrho: