E-Discovery Ireland 2012

2nd Annual E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Conference

What did we achieve last year?

E-Discovery Ireland 2011 was the first Irish e-discovery conference and brought together for the first time all of the stakeholders involved with electronic discovery in Ireland. Reflecting the position of e-discovery at the intersection of technology and the law, last year’s event saw judges, barristers and solicitors learn and contribute alongside IT managers, forensic specialists and business executives. Prior to our event the various elements of this community had worked in isolation and Ireland lacked an event, professional group or other forum where stakeholders could come together. The extent to which E-Discovery Ireland 2011 changed this was very clear at the event and in attendee feedback, but most particularly on the LinkedIn social network where dozens of Irish e-discovery professionals connected for the first time in the days following the conference.

We set out last year with a clear list of objectives and accomplished all of these:

To bring international e-discovery experts to Ireland so as to benefit from their experience

Visiting speakers included:

  • Browning Marean of DLA Piper in San Diego - one of the world’s best-known and most experienced e-discovery experts.
  • Chris Dale of the E-Disclosure Information project in the UK - one of the leading international experts in e-discovery and e-disclosure.
  • Steven Whitaker, Senior Master of the Senior Courts of England and Wales - chair of the working group which drafted the UK’s e-Disclosure Practice Directive.
  • Stephen Mason, UK-based barrister and author - leading expert on the law of digital signatures and the integrity of digital evidence.
  • Barry Vitou, partner at Pinsent Masons in London specialising in Corporate Crime - co-author of TheBriberyAct.com and leading expert on international corruption.

We are very grateful to this world-class cohort of visiting speakers and are extremely pleased that several of the group are eager to return for this year’s event.

To educate, raise awareness and highlight solutions around e-discovery and digital evidence

Based on feedback from attendees in our attendee survey it is clear that the conference succeeded in establishing a common baseline understanding of e-discovery. As an example of this feedback, just over half of the group felt they had a good level of knowledge before attending, whereas this figure rose to almost 85% following the event. Considering their level of confidence in approaching new e-discovery projects, just under 70% stated that they gained greater confidence by attending the conference.

To showcase good practice and thought leaders in the use of digital evidence in Ireland

Of the 18 speakers and panelists at last year’s conference, 11 were based in Ireland. These local speakers shared their extensive knowledge and experience of e-discovery in Ireland, covering both the legal and technology perspectives. Feedback from attendees indicates high satisfaction with the talks and panels featuring local speakers. For example, 76% of attendees rated at least one local speaker as excellent, while 45% selected a local speaker as the highlight of the programme.

To establish E-Discovery Ireland as a unique Irish event and a key date for the global industry

The strength of the 2011 event is apparent in both the feedback and interest in a further event. Since early this year we have been contacted by previous speakers, attendees and other Irish practitioners asking that we repeat the conference or hold further similar events. We believe that the vast majority of attendees are interested in attending a second event, based in particular on 2011 feedback indicating that 92% of attendees would attend and / or recommend a similar event to colleagues.