Recommind webinar: Technology is Changing the Economics of e-Disclosure, Are You Prepared?

May 13, 2010

My title is the name of a webinar which I am doing with Jason Robman of Recommind on 25 May. Its description reads as follows:

The enormous costs and time associated with the e-Disclosure process are staggering, with the document review phase alone frequently racking up fees that in some cases actually eclipse the amount at issue.

The reason for this is straightforward: the approach to identification, collection, processing, review and analysis of information – including technology, people and processes – haven’t kept up with the explosive growth of electronically stored information.  Law firms and corporations that continue to use outdated approaches are simply too slow, inaccurate and inefficient to keep up with today’s digital information volumes and diversity and are finding themselves at a competitive disadvantage to their better-prepared peers.

In this webinar learn how law firms, corporations and the courts are embracing the use of new technology for more accurate investigations and to reduce e-Disclosure costs.

DATE: Wednesday, May 25, 2010
TIME:  4:00 pm to 5:00 pm BST

To Register for this Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/268150227

Those who visit this site regularly will know that this theme recurs here. The technology itself is gaining on the problem, but the approach which lawyers and courts adopt often amounts to using the methods of paper days. The handling of electronic documents is not just “like paper but different” but requires a completely different approach. The risks are apparent from several recent cases. The advantages for those prepared to recognise them, are considerable, not just in terms of terms of winning cases but for winning clients.

Do join us on 25 May at 4.00 pm.

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E-Disclosure law, practice and technology in one educational package

May 13, 2010

The first of the E-disclosure seminars organised jointly by Professor Dominic Regan and me took place yesterday at Ely Place Chambers. Dominic and I were joined by Senior Master Whitaker and by speakers from three technology providers, 7Safe, Legal Inc and FTI Technology to bring together the law, the practice and the technology in one afternoon session.

The expressed rationale for the e-Disclosure Information Project is to bring together all those with an interest in making electronic disclosure efficient and cost-effective. That crossover is important -  knowledge of Part 31 CPR and its practice direction is a good start, and the increasing number of cases involving e-disclosure failures send a strong warning to lawyers. Lord Justice Jackson drew attention to the need for more active case management by judges, and the proposed new practice direction and ESI Questionnaire raise the temperature on that front. Meanwhile, the technology reduces in cost as it increases in capability and, if properly used, maps well to the steps which parties and the court must take together, first to decide on the scope of disclosure and then to achieve it. The case management itself must be proportionate to what is involved. Read the rest of this entry »


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