By Josh Yildirim

Published on Fri, December 2, 2016

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This week, Lighthouse EU organised the first of their European Illuminations panels. The panel consisted of Meribeth Banaschik of Noerr, Grainne Bryan of McCann Fitzgerald, and Debora Motyka Jones of Lighthouse eDiscovery. The session was held in the grand surroundings of Middle Temple Inns of Court. (Interesting fact, Middle Temple was the last London venue to premier a Shakespeare play. Twelfth Night in 1602 to be exact.)

The theme of this session was efficiency in ediscovery – A broad topic which involved ruminations and observations on artificial intelligence (AI), predictive coding, interpreting proportionality from a technology perspective, and how these can impact efficiency in such a moveable, unpredictable industry as ediscovery. Whilst the bard lamented, “O time, thou must untangle this, not I,” our panel took a different view, as they all reiterated the importance of ediscovery technologists being proactive in the adoption of new technology and responsible when it comes to managing expectations.

The audience, comprised of general and external counsel, technologists, and ediscovery professionals, had some great questions and challenges for the panel with one notable contribution from Steve Griffiths. Steve noted that predictive coding and AI are best used when considered as being part of an armoury of tools rather than in isolation.  

In all, the three key takeaways from this session were:

  1. Be proactive in the adoption of new technology: There are several ediscovery technologies out there that can help create efficiency in your ediscovery process, such as predictive coding. Get to know them. Talk to your team and IT about them. Like all tools, training on how to use them is paramount. Knowing when to use them and for what job is also critical.
  2. Manage expectations: There is no single approach which will guarantee efficiency and no magical process that will replace planning, analysis, and good communication.
  3. Be clear on the remit and be clear on what you are trying to achieve: Efficiency comes from plotting the shortest and least problematic route. If you start off on the wrong foot and/or are not clear on the destination, then it’s going to be hard to demonstrate that you have run an efficient ediscovery exercise.

So, in all, we saw some great takeaways from the panel and audience. On that note, I will leave you with a warning from the great bard himself regarding those who enter any legal process rashly:

“A friend of mine, who, in hot blood,
Hath stepp'd into the law, which is past depth
To those that, without heed, do plunge into 't.”

If you would like to further discuss any of the topics we covered or would like to know more about how to gain greater efficiency when conducting ediscovery exercises, then please contact us at info_london@lhediscovery.com.

About the Author
Josh Yildirim

Director of Service Delivery, Europe

Josh brings over 20 years of complex litigation and ediscovery experience to his role. As Director of Service Delivery in Europe, he manages the production operations, solution analysts, project management, and hosted solutions teams to optimize how these groups come together around shared goals. In addition, he is responsible for managing and applying innovative solutions to drive efficiency, accuracy, and throughput when it comes to service delivery in Europe.

Prior to Lighthouse, Josh was an assistant director at Ernst & Young, where he helped run the forensic technology and ediscovery practice. Throughout his three-and-a-half-year tenure, he gained in-depth experience in identification through the presentation of electronic information linked to contentious matters in Europe, the US, the Far East, and Africa. He also had a specific remit to oversee the operational management of 100+ Forensic Technology team members and helped to develop Ernst & Young’s ediscovery strategy and solutions. Before Ernst & Young, he spent 13 years working as head of ediscovery at law firms Herbert Smith Freehills and Pinsent Masons.

Josh received his degree in Philosophy from the University of Glasgow and is PRINCE2 Project Management certified.