The story underlying this article is that OpenText Discovery, has sold cloud licences to Eversheds Sutherland in London, enabling the firm to take control of the management of eDisclosure without having to be responsible for the software and infrastructure. There is a press release here with the story.
It is worth first looking at the context in which a large law firm makes such a decision. The wider story is to about law firms resisting the move towards sub-contracting the disclosure function to others, fighting back by effectively becoming eDisclosure providers in their own right. It is not size alone which makes this right for some firms, but any firm with a strong disputes department, and with a big involvement in regulatory matters and investigations, in cross-border disclosure, and the rest must surely be considering which of several possible routes they should choose for disclosure management. Continue reading