By Josh Yildirim

Published on Tue, May 30, 2017

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Relativity Fest UK brought together many service providers and users of kCura’s Relativity and gave others a chance to showcase certain tools, technologies, and Relativity add ons. It also provided many litigation support specialists the opportunity to prove their Relativity mettle against a variety of Relativity tests, including the RCA, analytics, review support, and more.

The event kicked off with Andrew Sieja, giving a keynote speech focused on kCura’s launch of RelativityOne. The keynote was followed by breakout sessions focused on topics such as ECA investigations, analytics around the globe, developer user group information, email threading and visualisation, cross-border e-disclosure and data protection, dashboards, teambuilding between technologists and service providers, and industry changes across the US, England, and Wales.

For those that missed it, I wanted to share some of the event’s top learnings and observations:

New Relativity Features

Several new features were discussed at Fest. One that stood out was “Fact Manager,” a new tool that allows users to import summary notes from meetings in Relativity and use in-line text to tag and create facts, people, issues, and organizations. These, in turn, are linked to documents, which then can be used during custodian interviews or depositions.

Analytics Around the Globe - TAR and its Future Place in eDiscovery

TAR in Europe is becoming more commonplace now. It was noted that the use of TAR is likely to become endemic as previously reluctant legal teams clearly do not want to be labelled with the luddite moniker.

Issues in Cross-Border e-Disclosure and Data Protection - Brexit and its Implications

Panelists anticipate that Ireland and Germany will be the beneficiaries of Brexit, as data that previously may have been sent to the UK for hosting without issue may be more tempting to keep either in country or rerouted to one of these more advanced ediscovery jurisdictions. They will likely get a significant amount of jobs and business that used to be located in London.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU legislation that greatly expands the amount of data that is considered private. The implications for compliance are still being assessed by the majority of firms in the UK, but there is general acceptance that the fundamental principles of the GDPR Directive will still apply to the UK after Brexit. It remains to be seen if the GDPR is likely to have any real teeth for a post-Brexit UK. However, the UK Information Commissioners office has been very clear that GDPR is ‘at heart’ sound in its principles and whether the UK opts for so called hard or soft Brexit, GDPR will be here to stay…watch this space.

This is clearly an exciting time for ediscovery in the UK as evidenced by kCura’s commitment to the UK and EMEA market, and probably why they are bringing forward their RelativityOne cloud offering. Uptake in the UK (kCura’s second biggest market) will be interesting to monitor as will the suite of services the firm offers.

Relativity Fest UK was well received by all and the extended format has clearly set the benchmark for next year, which will surely be bigger, bolder, and better. To discuss this topic further, feel free to reach me at jyildirim@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.