Squire Patton Boggs is a US-led firm with a worldwide presence, with offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and beyond.
Its global legal practice is well supported by appropriate technology including knowledge management and project management tools. It has a strong focus on the use of technology in disputes and investigations.
My personal link to the firm is through Stephen Goldstein, Director of Practice Support, with whom I have had many conversations over the years about the use of eDiscovery technology in various jurisdictions. As you will see at the end of this post, my connection with the firm goes back a long way.
Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Andrew Haslam as an eDisclosure project manager in its London office. Andrew Haslam is well-known in the UK, with nearly 20 years experience in working with law firms and in writing and speaking about eDisclosure.
Most notably, he was part of the working party that produced the TCC Protocol, he produces an annual Buyer’s Guide to eDisclosure Systems, and he has developed a set of eDisclosure training courses which have attracted praise.
This is a good move for Squire Patton Boggs as they continue to develop seamless services for global clients. In addition to his technical skills, Andrew Haslam is a long-time visitor to US eDiscovery conferences and is familiar with the culture and the not-always-easy relationship between US eDiscovery demands and EU restrictions on the use of personally identifiable information.
This has nothing to do with Andrew’s appointment, but it shows how long the firm has been involved in UK-related litigation, and how far back my own connection with it goes. The Patton Boggs part of the firm was, in fact, the first US firm with which I did significant eDisclosure work in the UK, many years ago when I was a consultant and the developer of eDisclosure software. As regular readers will know, I involve two of my sons in my work. The first such involvement, when Charlie was still at school, required him to fly to Abu Dhabi after school on a Friday to deliver some data to Patton Boggs. His flight home was delayed, and he met some disbelief when he went late into school on Monday and said that he had been to Abu Dhabi for the weekend.
I wish Andrew Haslam well in his new post.