The Third Newcastle Business and Property Court Forum – 21 January 2019 – A bit Closer to the future of Litigation

The third Business and Property Court Forum took place on 21 January 2019 at Northumbria University. The event was focused on Disclosure and was attended by over 80 participants, including Solicitors, Barristers, members of the Judiciary, Lecturers, Accountants, IT and E- Discovery providers, as well as students and trainee solicitors.

The Forum benefited from an introduction by HH Judge Kramer, and three very useful and engaging presentations:

  1. The first one was on the New Disclosure Pilot Scheme that came into force on 1 January 2019, delivered by HHJ Kramer, who explained the judicial view on the new regime and the practical points that need to be kept in mind.
  2. The second one was on the E-Disclosure and the use of AI, delivered by myself. It presented a view on the use of AI from a Solicitor’s perspective and offered important insights on the cost saving aspect of the process.
  3. Finally, the third one was delivered by Cyfor and covered the E-disclosure in practice, offering the audience very useful insights on the actual use of the E-Disclosure platforms.

The presentations were very well received and raised significant interest. We are grateful for the extremely positive feedback received.

The Forum ended with closing remarks from HH Judge Kramer, networking and the announcement that the next Forum will take place on 1 April 2019. It will be centred on a talk delivered by Lord Justice Males, and topics are to be announced.

A seminar on CE filing will take place in February 2019 on a date to be announced. HH Kramer also appealed to everyone to try and do everything they can to stop the sale of the Moot Hall, which fills us all with sadness.