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Stephanie Barrett

Stephanie Barrett

Head of eDiscovery & Legal Technology, UK, US & EMEA

Stephanie leads the Alternative Legal Services (ALT) eDiscovery and Legal Technology practice for UK, US & EMEA. 



She is responsible for the strategic direction of eDiscovery services across UK, US and EMEA.

Her wealth of experience is focussed around eDiscovery consultancy and project planning. This includes data mapping and early data assessment strategies, search term analysis and the effective use of predictive coding and conceptual analytics to drive accuracy and efficiency.

In addition to managing numerous UK civil litigation cases, Stephanie has worked on cases involving UK regulators (Serious Fraud Office, Office of Fair Trading and Financial Conduct Authority) and overseas regulators and authorities (US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, US District Attorney’s office, US Commodity Future Trading Commission, Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin))

Since joining Herbert Smith Freehills in August 2018, Stephanie has advised clients including:

  • A financial services company preparing an application plea for leniency before a competition regulator; advising the client on prioritising data for collection in a forensically sound manner and targeting search terms to best effect in order to meet a very tight deadline imposed by the regulator
  • An energy client in a large scale review involving multiple parties and multiple issues for relevance. Providing guidance in relation to utilising Continuous Active Learning in order to cut off review.
  • A High Court Group Litigation in connection with a current high profile class action brought in the English courts.; Developing a workflow for seamless data transfer, searching and customising a review database to support a large-scale claims assessment review



Stephanie has 17 years' experience in the eDiscovery industry. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills she worked at both global law firms and eDiscovery specialist providers.