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:
- 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.
- Manage expectations: There is no single approach which will guarantee efficiency and no magical process that will replace planning, analysis, and good communication.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.