This year’s 3rd Annual New Zealand Law & Technology Conference – LawTech NZ, has pulled together an exciting new line-up of speakers across its newly expanded three talk streams. You can’t afford to miss this year’s event.
Local and international keynote speakers
Opening the conference again this year with the judicial keynote will be His Honour Judge Harvey. Following on from his thought provoking address last year Judge Harvey will again dare us to identify how disruptive communications technologies are not only challenging every facet of our professional and social lives but also challenging the law. He will examine some key legal principles that have come under attack in this digital world and offer some glimpses into the future of law.
Rounding out the day our international keynote speaker Nigel Murray will provide an international perspective of how lawyers and law firms are meeting the challenges of today’s Digital Paradigm. The session will explore the challenges faced by law firms and how some firms have adapted their practices through the use of technology. Mr Murray has been at the forefront of the litigation support and e-Disclosure industry in the UK since 1991. He managed the first e-Disclosure project to go before a UK court in the early 2000’s and has since advised and worked with a large number of clients in the UK, mainland Europe, the United States and the Middle East in a range of industry sectors. Mr Murray is an exciting speaker whose insights and anecdotes are extensive and not be missed.
Legal and eDiscovery Stream
The Legal and eDiscovery stream will kick off with an optional breakfast session taking participants back to the basics of electronic discovery.
This interactive workshop will be led by New Zealand’s own Andrew King who has been involved from the very beginning helping to draft NZ’s Discovery Rules and help the NZ courts manage this evolving process. He will be ably supported by litigation support veteran Sarah Cordner of EY who has over 15 years’ experience leading some of the largest law firms litigation support practices an bureaus (Minter Ellison, King & Wood Mallesons, eLaw, Deloitte, EY) and running a wide variety of both small and large matters involving eDiscovery. Joining Andrew and Sarah will be Buddle Findlay Senior Associate Bridgette White who will provide practical and local tips for those lawyers preparing for the first CMC and understanding the Discovery Checklist.
With the foundation set our speakers will then turn to managing different matters based on their size and complexity. Guy Burgess, Senior Associate from Clendons will present a session on the challenges of eDiscovery in small matters, discussing lessons learnt from recent cases, and practical steps to improve efficiency. He will cover the practical issues involving matters with little or no electronic evidence, and how to meet the court’s discovery requirements in such circumstances. Not only a lawyer, Guy also invented LawFlow, NZ’s locally developed eDiscovery solution.
From Russel McVeagh, Partners Polly Pope and Chris Curran will then draw on their many years of commercial litigation experience and experience with eDiscovery in the courts to discuss the challenges of eDiscovery in a large litigation cases.
Where matters involving multiple sources of evidence that may require the review of large volumes of documents, Polly and Chris will provide practical advice and share their experience with managing the issues that arise.
With technology advances come changes in the way we interact and communicate with one another. Social media in all its forms, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Twitter, text messaging, Instant Messaging, chat rooms, as a much as Cloud-based services, has changed the dynamic of evidence as much as its location, control and custody.
Private Investigator, Daniel Toresen specialises in workplace theft and brings over 25 years of industry experience. Presenting The changing face of evidence Daniel will discuss how the growth of technology has led to many new forms of evidence, and how this evidence should be considered by lawyers.
Legal Technology Stream
Following strong demand from participants at last year’s event LawTech NZ this year will also cover the issues and challenges faced by law firm practice management and support staff including CIO’s, IT managers, knowledge managers and the like.
With the exponential growth in data (aka Big Data) and its increasing value to organisations, hacking and cyber-attacks are on the increase. Such is the concern with this new phenomenon that data privacy and security has become a board level concern. Addressing Data Privacy and security issues CIO Craig Columbus of Russell McVeagh will walk us through how law firms manage an ever evolving IT environment that on the one hand is being asked to help unshackle lawyers from their desks, but equally protect itself and its client data from hackers and rogue employees.
In this era of Big Data law firms are now asking themselves – how do we leverage value from all of the information we generate and store?
The effectiveness of knowledge management within law firms has long been debated. In Taking Knowledge Management into the 21st Century and beyond speaker Cristina Libro of consultancy Doing Law Differently will challenge your concept of knowledge management and how professional services firms can leverage an innovative approach to knowledge management to differentiate and add value to legal services. In this interactive thought provoking session Cristina will discuss simple and easy ways in which your firm can harness knowledge to enhance legal service delivery. Be ready to be challenged by this sometimes controversial but always entertaining speaker.
Building on the data privacy and security session Caroline Jones, Manager of Experience Design from Aderant, will present Managing mobility and connectivity. Caroline’s primary goal in her role is to help organisations create better products and services for their clients. This session will cover the drive toward empowering lawyers and support staff to become mobile “road warriors” with smart phones, iPads, tablets, laptops and other devices all connected back to the office via portals. How can we embrace this new era of consumerisation without losing control of critical data? What will truly help you differentiate in the marketplace?
Joining us from Sydney Australia, Warrick Mclean, general manager of law firm Coleman Greig and former president of ALPMA, will present Practice management — you want to do what?. Warrick works extensively with the other Principals and staff of Coleman Greig to identify, facilitate and implement the firm’s strategic direction. During his session, Warrick will discuss how you tackle technology-driven projects to keep your law firm up to date in the 21st century?
To round out this stream you’ll come face-to-face with evidence of how technology is changing the traditional business model for law firms. Jarrod Coburn, CEO of Ebborn Law in in his session Challenging the way law is delivered will walk you through his journey in creating Ebborn Law from scratch 2 years ago following the announcement of changes to the fixed-fee Family Legal Aid. The firm is one of the largest providers by volume of family legal aid in the South Island… and still growing! Jarrod will demonstrate how technology is not only changing the traditional law firm business model but also changing the way law is delivered.
Case Studies and Technology Demonstration Stream
To widen the appeal of LawTech NZ, we have established a third Case Studies and Technology Demonstration track, where leading software and service providers will showcase their technology and provide leading case studies. This track will be suited to lawyers, practice managers and all legal support professionals.
With how to deploy technology being a key consideration for any law firm, the stream commences with a technology health check for law firms. Greg Quirk from Konica Minolta will present a case study exploring how law firms can be Fit for Technology.
Information in today’s digital age is fast moving. It is no longer bound to a single person or a department and is mobile. With the sheer volumes of documents and devices from which information can be consumed, documents and workflow processes can quickly turn into a state of disarray if not managed properly. James Kenney and Damian Jeal from Nikec Solutions will present a session on The modern law firm: Managing information in the digital age. They look at how to ensure that your files are organised, viewed and shared in the most efficient way while increasing collaboration, client engagement and knowledge sharing?
In today’s digital world it is estimated that 20% of documents are invisible to search technology. The task of retrieving and converting these image-based documents can be arduous, complex and expensive. DocsCorp APAC Sales Manager Azan Iwasaki will look at When business-critical documents go missing, who are you going to call? The session will showcase how contentCrawler can save you time and money searching for business-critical documents.
For any legal department, the true goal for conducting e-discovery is finding the facts of the matter, whether detecting fraudulent activity, determining whether or how to dispose of a matter and planning case strategy in the event of a lawsuit. But with ever-increasing data volumes, the traditional ‘standard review’ way is becoming more expensive and time consuming. Scott Gillard, Director at FTI Consulting will present Finding Facts Fast – A How To Guide for Smarter eDiscovery. Scott will draw on his many years’ experience of being one of the industry’s leading eDiscovery experts. The session will explore better ways to tackle the problem of finding facts quickly, without relying on going through the ‘standard review’ motions of the entire e-discovery process. Scott will demonstrate how cutting-edge teams are forging new ground and finding facts quickly through the use of advanced analytics and expert workflow.
Date: 18 March, 2015
Location: Pullman, Auckland – Register Here