The paper gets its title, Shifting the eDiscovery Focus Back to Lawyers Looking for Evidence – from two things: one is the functionality in Equivio Themes, the latest addition to its eDiscovery platform Equivio Zoom; the other comes from my conviction that we have lost sight of eDiscovery as a route to evidence in all the stir and concern about eDiscovery process.
Equivio captures it nicely with its catchline “Themes thinks like you (just faster)“. My paper describes how Equivio Themes can be used to get senior lawyers and case strategists into the heart of the document collection as quickly and intuitively as possible. The paper sets this ability in the context of the requirements of litigation and investigations, with particular focus on the new UK requirements that parties must exchange information with opponents, and provide it to the court, at a very early stage in the proceedings.
Another relevant context is the pressure on lawyers to get more done with reduced resources. Software like Themes, and like Equivio’s predictive coding tool Relevance, reduce the hours needed to get to the evidence, with obvious benefits for strategy and tactics, as well as budgets and timelines.
Equivio’s Warwick Sharp gives good demos and you can have it online if you prefer.