There is a meeting of LiST – the Litigation Support Technology Group – at Allen & Overy at 5:00pm tomorrow, Tuesday 24 January. This is a welcome revival.
The Litigation Support Technology Group is a UK think tank, formed in 2003 by a group of litigation support specialists whose aim was to encourage and develop a uniform approach to the use of technology in litigation. It produced drafts of a practice direction, a technology questionnaire, a data exchange protocol and a revised disclosure statement which did much to advance thinking about the procedures and documents needed to make electronic disclosure more efficient.
The self-given label “think tank” implied, and deliberately so, that LiST was a gathering of the knowledgeable. Its members were those with practical experience of managing electronic data and, specifically, of managing the expectations of opposing parties, separating contention about facts and issues from the mechanics of disclosure and exchange. Its work, and specifically its drafting experience, contributed significantly to the 2010 eDisclosure Practice Direction and Electronic Documents Questionnaire.
Vince Neicho of Allen & Overy who is, as I am, a member of Senior Master Whitaker’s working party which drafted the Practice Direction, has long wanted to revive LiST now that the practice direction is in the rules with more prominence and detail than its predecessor PD.
The aim is a steering committee approach, with members contributing to working groups designed to share experiences, to identify what works and does not work in the way firms work together, and to give members the opportunity to meet each other – it is very much easier to work with someone constructively if you have at least met them.
The criteria for membership are (and I quote) that “the candidate should be personally involved in the day to day practice of dealing with ESI for dispute resolution or regulatory purposes and be employed by a law firm, a Government agency or within a litigation support department (or similar) of a commercial organisation”.
The first meeting of the reinvigorated LiST is to be held tomorrow, Tuesday 24 January, at 5.00pm at the offices of Allen & Overy. LiST’s Honorary President, Senior Master Whitaker, will address the meeting.