The International Conference on Electronic Litigation came to an end here in Singapore yesterday. I have already given you the core statistics – more than 350 participants from 36 countries. I am staying on until Sunday – as on my recent trip to Hong Kong, the exorbitant airfare for a return on Friday or Saturday far outstrips the cost even of this fairly grand hotel. I don’t mind that, really. I am more likely to get my conference reports written if stuck on my own here than at home.
Brad Mixner of Litigation Edge Pte Ltd and Global EDD Group has been keeping the official conference blog which you will find here, reproducing my posts as well as writing his own, with some photographs in addition (the rest of us were banned from taking photographs, as I have noted before, and the one here of Lord Justice Jackson and Vince Neicho of Allen & Overy is taken with thanks from the official blog).
As you will have gathered from my earlier posts, the conference was not just about electronic discovery but about case management and the whole court-led end of the litigation process. A recurring theme in my posts about the event is that the court really does lead here in relation to the rules, the development of court processes and the wider economic implications for Singapore of becoming the leading jurisdiction in the region.
I took part in a panel called Electronic Discovery Law and Practice in Singapore, US & UK led by Senior Assistant Registrar Yeong Zee Kin of the Supreme Court of Singapore, in company with Indranee Rajah, SC of Drew & Napier LL, Tan Hee Joek of Tan See Swan & Co and Brad Mixner. The mixture of a judge, local lawyers, a services provider and me allowed us to look at a range of topics from different angles, quite apart from the involvement of three different jurisdictions. Brad Mixner’s blog includes a photograph of us which I reproduce here with thanks.
Running in parallel with that was a panel called Electronic Discovery – What Corporate Counsel Need to be Aware of which was moderated by Bryan Ghows of UniLegal LLC and included Vince Neicho of Allen & Overy.
There was one session which was not about the litigation process. English barrister Stephen Mason, editor of the LexisNexis book Electronic Evidence, spoke on international developments in electronic evidence. Stephen was, as always, simultaneously learned and entertaining on a subject which is pervasive in its reach, chilling in its implications and trans-jurisdictional in its nature. He reminded us in opening that English solicitors or barristers can pass through all the stages of training and find themselves advising a client without having any knowledge whatsoever of the law of electronic evidence. The same, of course, is true of electronic discovery / disclosure, even in the US. One wonders when law schools and those who define the entry qualifications will start to focus on the real world and on the legal and business skills needed to give advice in it.
Reprinted with permission of the E-Disclosure Information Project