Editor's Note

The April issue is all about innovation and remaining resilient in the face of technological and economic change. Our Disputes Resolution feature discusses a recent development in the e-discovery arena: namely, an English High Court decision that signals a growing acceptance of predictive coding and similar technologies in litigation. In this case, the Court offered its blessing on the use of predictive coding in certain cases and under certain conditions, which this feature outlines and explores.

As more legal communities and courts warm up to the use of predictive coding and similar technologies, it will likely replace the traditional gold standard of using keyword search terms using Boolean logic to identify responsive electronically stored information. Given the English influence on Hong Kong’s discovery rules and e-discovery practice direction, this decision could have a local impact. As such, readers would be wellserved to stay abreast of developments in this area and explore how new technology-assisted review tools can be deployed to resolve disputes more quickly and cost efficiently.

Our In-House article provides an overview of the local cybersecurity and data privacy scene, as well as steps in-house counsel are taking to protect their organisations’ data. Also focused on in-house counsel-related developments, our Legal Markets piece provides an overview of how Hong Kong’s in-house legal market has responded to the slowdown of China’s economy and offers predictions on the likely demand for in-house counsel across three key areas in 2016.

Speaking to initiatives being carried out to weather the currently unstable global economic climate, the Secretary General continues to highlight Law Society-led initiatives to forge stronger ties with legal communities overseas – this time focusing on new
developments in its relationship with Hungary; while the President speaks to key concerns arising from the introduction of new legal technology and the rise of alternative legal service providers. In a similar tone, the Cover Story highlights a number of Government-led initiatives intended to drive economic development in Hong Kong in 2016 and beyond.

Also embracing change, Hong Kong Lawyer has launched a new website with a fresh design and new user-friendly features to better enable you to find the information you want, when you want it. We are still at the same address (http://www.hk-lawyer.org), but are now equipped to better serve your needs when you are on-the-go.

Editor, Hong Kong Lawyer
Legal Media Group
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