BY RAJAH & TANN TECHNOLOGIES
Rajah & Tann Technologies (R&T Technologies) and Singapore Academy of Law Ventures (SAL Ventures) have agreed to launch a certification programme for e-discovery management for lawyers and non-lawyers, the first of its kind in Asia.
The Certified E-Discovery Management Specialist (CEMS) programme is a part-time continuing education course for those who wish to be trained to use legaltech tools to conduct discovery, an essential pre-trial procedure in a lawsuit in which each party, following the law of civil procedure, can obtain evidence from the other party by requesting answers to interrogatories, release of documents or taking of depositions.
Traditionally a labour-intensive process involving many lawyers and man-hours, discovery can now be done electronically by machines trained to identify and extract mountains of relevant information in a matter of hours rather than months.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed at a cocktail tomorrow to launch R&T Technologies, the latter will develop and deliver the course, which will comprise four modules including the fundamentals of e-discovery processes, e-discovery readiness, project management, and hands-on training on legal analytics and artificial intelligence. It will involve classroom theory sessions, self-study e-learning lessons, and practical workshops on navigating various legaltech tools.
This practical skilled-based programme will give participants the knowledge and expertise to work across boundaries and position Singapore as a regional hub for e-discovery projects.
R&T Technologies Director Rajesh Sreenivasan said: “E-discovery increases speed and efficiency and reduces costs. There is little choice for lawyers serving clients in a digital economy except to turn to legal tech tools like e-discovery to get the job done.
“But even as technology disrupts the way legal services is delivered, certification programme courses like CEMS will help create a new career path for lawyers threatened by technology as well as those who have left the profession.”
SAL Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Paul Neo said: “…”
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The e-discovery market in Asia is poised for strong growth. According to a 2017 report by US research firm Global Industry Analysts, the worldwide e-discovery market is expected to be worth $11.6 billion by 2020, with much of the growth coming from Asia Pacific. Between 2015 and 2020, the region is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 22.5%, making it the fastest in the world.
The partnership with SAL Ventures is the second initiative for R&T Technologies after its acquisition of LegalComet, an AI driven e-discovery solutions and legaltech start-up providing advisory services including e-discovery, forensic technology and data governance.
The CEMS certification programme, expected to commence in the second quarter of 2019, will tap on LegalComet Founder and R&T Technologies Chief Operating Officer Michael Lew’s in-depth expertise in e-discovery consultancy and his credentials as a co-author of the book – A Practical Guide to E-Discovery in Asia.
LegalComet Founder and R&T Technologies Chief Operating Officer Michael Lew said: “E-Discovery is the fastest growing legal gig economy that offers unprecedented flexibility and rewarding income while working from virtually anywhere at any time.”
The CEMS programme will be offered under SAL’s Legal Industry Framework for Training & Education (LIFTED), which aims to make continuing education relevant and accessible.
R&T Technologies offers multidisciplinary solutions including data breach readiness and response, cybersecurity, a virtual law academy, as well as other legaltech services and solutions.
SAL Ventures was founded as a subsidiary of the Singapore Academy of Law in 2017. It runs the Future Law Innovation Programme, a strategic initiative to create a legaltech ecosystem in Singapore and to help the legal community innovate new ways of delivering legal services in the future economy.
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