Monthly Archives: April 2010

You have an urgent e-Disclosure requirement NOW. How do you get started NOW?

Although I have long had an interest in disclosure and specifically in electronic disclosure, the sense that there was a mission and a message to promote dates from the IQPC conference in London in May 2007. It was the first … Continue reading

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ILTA Insight 2010: lawyers risk becoming just part of the clients’ process

The most powerful single message from ILTA INSIGHT 2010, held in London yesterday, was that lawyers risk becoming merely part of the clients’ processes in a slot marked “insert lawyer here”. Technology must become part of the lawyers’ business processes, … Continue reading

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Structured data is neither as easy nor as difficult as it sounds

Lawyers tend to overlook structured data. If they think of it at all when giving disclosure, it goes into the box marked “too difficult to deal with”. A decision that it is disproportionate to handle it may be right, but … Continue reading

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Chris Dale and Dominic Regan on e-Disclosure at Ely Place Chambers on 12 May

Professor Dominic Regan and I will lead a session on electronic disclosure at Ely Place Chambers, 30 Ely Place, London EC1N 6TD on Wednesday 12th May 2010. The event starts at 2.00pm and will run until 5:15pm The Chambers notice … Continue reading

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451 Group e-Discovery and e-Disclosure report points up the pain of purchasing decisions

The 451 Group, Rob Robinson of Applied Discovery, and I each have different roles in the business of spreading information about e-Discovery and e-Disclosure. The 451 Group is a technology analyst company whose business involves in-depth knowledge of enterprise IT … Continue reading

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Shoesmith loses judicial review but disclosure candour questions remain open

Sharon Shoesmith has failed in her application for judicial review against Haringey, Ofsted and The Secretary of State, Ed Balls. This, as the judge made clear, was to do with the narrow ambit of the judicial review process and says … Continue reading

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Shoesmith judgment due today

Mr Justice Foskett’s judgment in Sharon Shoesmith’s judicial review application against Haringey, Ofsted and Ed Balls is due to be published at 12.00 today. It will be accompanied by some judicial observations. My own interest, of course, lies not so … Continue reading

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Plenty to do in an ever busier eDiscovery market

It is very flattering when people write in to ask if I am all right because they have noted that the number of blog posts is down in a particular week, suggesting as it does that people do not merely … Continue reading

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Peer-to-peer networking at the IQPC Corporate Counsel Exchange in Brussels

The night before I left for IQPC’s Corporate Counsel Exchange in Brussels, I gave a short talk at an event organised by 7Safe in London. I will write about that separately, but its theme was that we are seeing a … Continue reading

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Cable & Wireless beats off Digicel claims

Cable & Wireless has beaten off Digicel’s claim that its entry into the Caribbean telecoms market was deliberately and wrongfully blocked by Cable & Wireless. According to an article in the Guardian, Cable & Wireless Communications wins legal war with … Continue reading

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Cowen Group survey shows US e-Discovery workload and jobs increasing

It is always hard to know what weight to attach to anecdotal evidence about the litigation and e-Discovery market place. I personally take notice of sniff-the-breeze impressions derived from the people I talk to and what I read. It is … Continue reading

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Al-Sweady v Secretary of State for Defence: blame for e-Disclosure failures gets personal – and public

The Court of Appeal has castigated a Minister, the Treasury Solicitor, and a serving army officer by name, for disclosure failures in a judicial review application derived from the Iraq war. You do not need such an elevated cast of … Continue reading

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Marketing political parties is like marketing anything else

No one interested in marketing could fail to appreciate a British general election. I do not disguise my own political affiliation (broadly described as “anything but Labour”) but I will both try to be even-handed in my observations on the … Continue reading

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Hear Master Whitaker at ILTA INSIGHT 2010 on 27 April

ILTA INSIGHT 2010 takes place on 27 April at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel.  INSIGHT 2010 is ILTA’s 5th annual event in the UK and brings a pocket-sized and UK-focussed version of the excellent main ILTA conference, which I go … Continue reading

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Reminder: 7Safe eDiscovery networking event tomorrow

A reminder that 7Safe are hosting an eDiscovery networking event tomorrow evening at the The Hoxton Hotel, 81 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HU at 6.30pm. I will be giving a brief overview of the many developments which are going … Continue reading

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IQPC Corporate Counsel Exchange in Brussels 18 – 20 April

I am off to Brussels at the weekend for IQPC’s Corporate Counsel Exchange. The format for this conference is rather different from the conventional series of panel discussions and platform speeches – there are plenty of these, but the primary … Continue reading

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LSB OK for BSB’s ABSs and LDPs under the LSA – what does it all mean?

I don’t really do cutting edge when it comes to reporting legal developments. Sometimes there is a story worth running on the day – one software supplier buys another, or an important judgment comes out. Occasionally I get a tip-off … Continue reading

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Substantial e-Disclosure figures exercise for charity

Andrew Haslam of Allvision and Nigel Murray of Trilantic have one or two things in common: they are both long-time and well-known figures in the UK e-Disclosure scene, and are both figures of substance in more ways than one, usually … Continue reading

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Ofsted has shown us WHY we should collect data properly and now lawyers must find out HOW

We do not yet know if Ofsted’s failure to give proper disclosure in the Shoesmith litigation was the result of cock-up or conspiracy – I am hedging my bets and assuming both that Ofsted fouled it up and that the … Continue reading

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Jonathan Maas joins Ernst & Young

Jonathan Maas has joined Ernst & Young as an Assistant Director in its Forensic Technology & Discovery Services team in London. This is good news for both of them. It is also good news for the development of electronic Disclosure … Continue reading

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Marketing: put yourself in the position of the putative punter before publishing

Marketing legal IT solutions has more in common with marketing a political party than one might think – the product in both cases is something which the target audience would like to be able to do without, and all the … Continue reading

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eDiscovery April Fools

I have already written about Applied Discovery’s Reviewitter.  CaseCentral came up with the first eco-embedded, carbon-neutral, green platform for environmentally efficient eDiscovery. Good stuff, albeit slightly undermined by the fact that so much verbal effluent is tossed out into the … Continue reading

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Ofsted altered report against Shoesmith and ordered deletion of documents

The title of the BBC report about the Sharon Shoesmith / Ofsted / Ed Balls disclosure row now reads Ofsted changed Shoesmith report. The documents in the BBC’s possession also apparently show an instruction to delete documents relating to “Baby … Continue reading

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Germany focuses on data protection and privacy

Americans may be tempted to think of EU data protection and privacy laws as being an obstacle deliberately placed in the way of conscientious US lawyers who are merely trying to do their job. That reaction is unsurprising, since that … Continue reading

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Ofsted report was “beefed up” to remove Shoesmith

The Guardian newspaper is the first to carry a substantive report following the release today of papers relating to Ofsted’s late disclosure of documents in Sharon Shoesmith’s action against Haringey, Ofsted and Ed Balls – see Baby P report on … Continue reading

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Applied Discovery launches Reviewitter – a new review tool for e-Discovery

Today, 1 April, Applied Discovery announces the launch of a new review tool. Called Reviewitter, it is designed to allow the truncation and review of unstructured data into 140 character reviewable documents. The press release carriers an endorsement from Greg … Continue reading

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More coming on the Shoesmith – Ofsted – Balls e-Disclosure fiasco

We do not really do breaking news here, but rumour reaches me that we may hear more today about Ofsted’s disclosure failures in Sharon Shoesmith’s application for judicial review of the decision to dismiss her. Even as I write, apparently, … Continue reading

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