He is almost fanatical about converting the whole ligation process to be online. In fact, when I passed him a printed copy of the conference brochure, he refused even to touch it and insisted on looking at it on screen. He said it was important to set an example.
He is proposing radical changes to the way experts provide their evidence with a much greater unbundled approach, saying current methods are “too lengthy, too costly and too elaborate.” He read extracts from his draft address (on screen of course) and experts will be in for some real shocks. In essence litigation will be much faster and all conducted online. It may even mean the end of live oral evidence. He wants to make extensive use of “blockchain” technology – an immutable, unhackable and dencentralised method of recording information that is linked, with all nodes reflecting the updated data as it occurs. He wants experts to bypass traditional expert reports and said: “the end of the Word is nigh” referring to the Microsoft Word programme.
It is really important that as many experts as possible attend and listen to the Master of the Rolls, and have the opportunity to pose questions. Whilst his proposals relate to the civil justice system, their implementation will undoubtedly impact experts who act in criminal and family law proceedings.
495 experts have already secured their place at the conference. We have 8 in-person places remaining for those who wish to attend the venue (Church House Conference Centre, Westminster) and the latest we can receive in-person bookings is 12pm on Monday 1 November. You also have the option to attend virtually and would need to book by 5pm on Wednesday 3 November to secure your place. For further information on the conference and to book, please click here or ring us on 020 7549 2549.
I do hope you can attend.
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