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London Bridges International Relativity Community

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Relativity Fest London, formerly known as the Spring Relativity Roadshow, gathered an international crowd in London on 1 May 2018.  The conference offered half-day workshops the day before a full-day focused on legal, cloud, security, and partner innovations.

Relativity’s CEO, Andrew Sieja opened with his keynote on the cloud and demonstrated through metrics the current adoption of RelativityOne.  Andrew highlighted partners Ricoh, CDS and FTI Consulting as well as their new UK client Allen & Overy.

Andrew also introduced Amanda Fennel, Relativity’s Chief Security Officer who shared their vision and implementation of a strong security plan. Unlike most security officers, Amanda tore through her presentation, offering metrics and the design practices she is shepherding to secure Relativity code, and the client data the code supports.

Relativity also announced project Insight, a proactive compliance-oriented workflow for Relativity that will flag documents based on a predefined template of keywords and put the automatically ingested communications into an oversight and monitoring workflow.

ACEDS was honored by an invitation to participate in the conference. Kaylee Walstad livestreamed three sessions and several interviews, and  Mary Mack contributed to the GDPR panel.

The new eDisclosure rules in the UK were parsed by Sir Colin Birss, Business and Property Courts Supervising Judge for the Midland, Wales,

and Western Circuity; Ed Crosse, Partner, Simmons & Simmons; Chris Dale, Founder, eDisclosure Information Project; Karyn Harty, Partner, McCann FitzGerald and Wendy King, Managing Director, FTI Consulting, moderated by David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel & Legal Education Director.

The Last Minute GDPR checklist was discussed by Chris Gallagher, Chief Solutions Officer Global Outsourcing, Special Counsel/D4; Jennifer Sharman Koh, Regional Director, LexSensis; Mary Mack, Executive Director, Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) and Mark Thompson, Director and Privacy Practise Leader, KPMG, moderated by Constantine Pappas, Relativity Solutions Manager, Relativity.

David Horrigan moderated the final panel: a showdown between The Honorable James Francis IV, retired magistrate judge from the US Southern District of New York and Rachi Messing, the Senior Program Manager of Microsoft.  Judge Francis wrote the original opinion which Microsoft appealed through the process all the way to the Supreme Court, an appeal that was supported by most of the tech industry.

Since the US Supreme Court made the US v Microsoft case moot regarding the obligation of Microsoft to turn over data stored on Irish servers, the two instead offered their respective positions regarding the newly passed Cloud Act. The Act was added to the budget and became law without any hearings or normal Congressional process.

ACEDS UK Chapter officers and members James MacGregor, Robert Kenney, Nicola Milton, Emily J. Wyllie-Ballard and Mark Brannigan were all there as well as ACEDS community members from the UK, Benelux and US! The next UK chapter event will be held on May 16th at 5:30pm on Blockchain and feature a Who’s Who of the leading thinkers and practitioners.  The event will present a panel including:

Richard Tromans – Editor, The Artificial Lawyer

Dr Ben Gardner, Chief Scientific Officer – Wavelength Law
Gary Nuttall, Managing Director – Distlytics Ltd
Lee Bacon, Partner – Clyde & Co.
Alexander Carter-Silk, Partner – Brown Rudnick
Spencer Lynch, Managing Director – Stroz Friedberg

Order of Events:
Registration will start at 5:30pm
The Panel Discussion will end at 7:00pm
There will be a drinks reception until 9:00pm

The event will be held at Reed Smith – London Office; Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2RS, United Kingdom.  Registration for the event is not open yet, but to register interest please sign up to our mailing list at This event is open to all.

RelativityFest in Chicago will be held September 30th to October 3rd and you can register here:


Livestreams here:

Mary Mack’s GDPR panel:

Andrew Sieja’s Keynote:

Cloud Act Keynote with Judge Francis, Rachi Messing and David Horrigan:

Interviews with:

David Greetham, VP of eDiscovery Sales & Operations Ricoh:

Andrew Sieja, CEO Relativity:

Joy Murao, Founder Practice Aligned Resources and Nate Latessa, COO Heureka:

Anna Soroonian, Program Manager, Relativity:


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