HP Autonomy is giving a webinar on 22 October at 15.00 BST with the title Trends, pain-points and solutions in UK disclosure.
I am one of the participants; Matthew Davis, Litigation Support Lawyer at Hogan Lovells is another; the moderator is David Kemp, Executive Director of Legal Policy at HP Autonomy.
The 2013 amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules imposed on parties an obligation to find out about their sources of electronic information, to make decisions at an early stage about the scope of disclosure, the methods of achieving it and the costs of it, and to discuss all this with opponents and the court.
The same obligations, whilst not codified in the same way, arise when a regulator seeks disclosure of documents. In both cases, there is an urgent need to get one’s arms around the potential problems very quickly.
This is seen as a burden by many and, there is no doubt that this task is both non-trivial and potentially expensive. It is not all burden, however – armed with the information which emerges from those investigations, lawyers and their clients are put into a position to make decisions about merits (and thence the likely prospects) as well as as about costs and timelines which affect both strategy and tactics.
We will look at what steps can be taken to achieve this quickly and cost effectively. We will also look at steps which fall under the broad heading information governance which will help companies meet eDisclosure challenges and uncover value in that data.