In response to his review of recent comments from the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, implying that courts will soon return to in-person hearings, Chris Dale provides some insight into how far we have come during the lockdown period with using technology to transition from in-person court appearances to remote advocacy. 

Chris Dale provides a recap of the legal tech industry’s transition from in-person events to virtual conferences over the past year, and the current state of the same, focusing on the success of fully virtual events like Relativity Fest 2020, as well as hybrid approaches.

Chris Dale reflects on moderating the International Panel at Relativity Fest.  The 2020 speakers included Meribeth Banaschik of EY – Germany, Inés Rubio of BSI – Dublin, Karyn Harty of McCann FitzGerald – Dublin, Jonathan Armstrong of Cordery – London (and a recent ESI Survival Guide guest) and David Horrigan of Relativity – U.S.

Chris Dale discusses the next chapter in the Johnny Depp disclosure saga.  Depp ultimately avoided sanctions for violating an “unless order” after he failed to disclose the infamous “Australian Drug Texts”.  The court issued the judgment in favor of Depp after evaluating the facts in light of the three Denton stages.

In May 2020, Chris Dale moderated this webinar for the ACEDS UK Chapter entitled “Will the COVID Crisis Cure Outdated Approaches to eDiscovery?”  While the session was UK-based, there is a ton of great content here that is helpful to practitioners facing discovery/disclosure anywhere in the world.

The eDisclosure Information Project’s Chris Dale discusses Depp v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Anor [2020] EWHC 1689 (QB) (29 June 2020) where Johnny Depp’s reference to “whitey stuff” in the “Australian Drug Texts” ran up against The White Book, namely, whether they were within the scope of CPR 31.6.  Ultimately, the British Court found Depp breached a court order by not disclosing these texts…