Category Archives: Part 31 CPR

Justice takes a bashing but litigation work goes on

To say, as I did in a recent article, that that “civil justice in the UK has plunged off a cliff” is not the same as saying that civil disputes are in decline. Litigation lawyers, at least at the mid- to … Continue reading

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Mitchell and relief from sanctions under CPR 3.9 Part 3: eDisclosure compliance

Two preceding articles have considered the implications of the Mitchell judgment, one in general terms and one more specifically, with a look at alternative approaches which we might see from the courts. This third post looks at what the disclosure … Continue reading

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7th eDisclosure Forum in London on 15 November. Are you ready to benefit from the new eDisclosure rules?

The reforms consequent on Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations will take effect in April 2013. A conference taking place in London on 15 November will focus on those which relate to eDisclosure, stressing the benefits which will flow to lawyers and … Continue reading

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Content Obesity: an interesting parallel between human and corporate health problems

I have two reasons for referring you to an interesting pair of articles by IBM’s George Parapadakis on his personal blog For what it’s worth…. One is that they introduce an interesting parallel between growing data volumes and a medical … Continue reading

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Interview with James Moeskops of Millnet on Predictive Coding

In the light of Judge Peck’s Da Silva Moore Opinion approving the use of predictive coding in US Federal civil proceedings, I recently interviewed James Moeskops of Millnet about the use of this technology in English courts. The result is … Continue reading

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Greg Wildisen of Epiq Systems on Predictive Coding in UK eDisclosure

The Society for Computers and Law has published on its website an article by Greg Wildisen, International Managing Director at Epiq Systems with the title E-disclosure: Training Technology. Epiq offers predictive coding through the integration of Equivio’s Relevance product into Epiq’s … Continue reading

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Disclosure and eDisclosure – filming a video primer with Dominic Regan

I took part in a video webinar with LexisNexis this week, part of their rolling programme of Butterworth’s Dispute Resolution webinars. The key fact which I want to put right at the top of this article is that 2,340 viewers … Continue reading

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Plenty happening in eDiscovery for the beginning of 2012

If Friday’s flurry of activity on my Google+ page and on Twitter suggests catch-up and deck-clearing then that is exactly what it was. The Google+ page was set up for short snippets which, whatever weight they actually deserved, were not … Continue reading

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Who explains eDisclosure sources to the lawyers and the court?

An article by US lawyer and eDiscovery expert Jon Resnick of Applied Discovery has application in UK proceedings as well as in the US. Who on your side actually understands where the client’s data is and what is involved in … Continue reading

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E-disclosure Great Debate at The Lawyer

The Lawyer today carries a report by editor Catrin Griffiths of an edisclosure  panel last week hosted by The Lawyer as part of a series of such debates. The panel included Senior Master Whitaker, Phil Beckett of Navigant, and senior … Continue reading

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Aggressive Transparency and Strategic Cooperation in Electronic Disclosure

Lieutenant Schrank: You hoodlums don’t own these streets. And I’ve had all the rough-house I can put up with around here. You want to kill each other? Kill each other, but you ain’t gonna do it on my beat. … … Continue reading

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Metadata and Data Exchange Formats in Electronic Disclosure – a US model for a common-sense approach in the UK

UK lawyers are rightly sceptical about the relevance of US e-discovery rulings to their own cases. Occasionally, however, one comes along which is grounded in universally-applicable common sense or which throws light on some basic technological point which has not … Continue reading

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LDM Global webinar on 27 January – Sampling for Dummies: Applying measuring techniques in ediscovery

We all have a notion of what “sampling” means. My dictionary defines it as a “small separated part of something illustrating the qualities of the mass”. In electronic disclosure / e-discovery terms it can be useful at an early stage … Continue reading

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International discovery, sanctions, ethics and US-UK comparisons at Georgetown

I was, I think, the only UK speaker (or, indeed, delegate) at the Georgetown Advanced e-Discovery Institute. If the primary reason for going was to talk about US-EU differences, there was progress made too on the continuing US-UK dialogue about … Continue reading

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Master Whitaker and Trilantic encourage e-Disclosure in Dubai

There is much emphasis in these pages on the fact that discovery of documents (“disclosure”, for some reason, in England & Wales) is a common law tradition not found in civil law jurisdictions such as those of mainland Europe. We … Continue reading

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Over-estimating both costs and risks in the eDisclosure Practice Direction

There is a general sense that the eDisclosure Practice Direction has broad acceptance amongst lawyers – those who have read it before commenting on it, anyway. It is not just another CPR burden, nor is it something to fear – … Continue reading

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E-Disclosure in Liverpool with Cats Legal, Epiq Systems and Dominic Regan

I have to take back what I said yesterday about my rail trip to Liverpool. I had expected the usual shambles, those delays with risible explanations and insincere apologies which are the norm on our overcrowded, badly-run rail network. In … Continue reading

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IQPC the best London e-disclosure conference again

The three-day IQPC Information Retention and eDisclosure Management Summit is over for another year. It is the biggest and best conference in the London calendar and one which genuinely aspires to do better each year. Everyone I spoke to seemed … Continue reading

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E-Disclosure law, practice and technology in one educational package

The first of the E-disclosure seminars organised jointly by Professor Dominic Regan and me took place yesterday at Ely Place Chambers. Dominic and I were joined by Senior Master Whitaker and by speakers from three technology providers, 7Safe, Legal Inc … 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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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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Vector Investments: successful claimant made to pay for unhelpful disclosure

Is quite rare to come across UK cases where the quality and costs of disclosure become the subject of a reported judgment. In rare cases such as Digicel, Earles or Goodale, disclosure is either the primary subject-matter of the judgment … Continue reading

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New e-Disclosure articles on the SCL website

The website of the Society for Computers & Law has two new articles about electronic disclosure. One is by barrister Clive Freedman of 3 Verulam Buildings and is called Disclosure: the Proposed Rule Changes. It summarises succinctly the elements in … Continue reading

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Standards and outcomes: Hitler, the NHS, the police, social workers – and e-Disclosure

My heading, I appreciate, looks like the components of some random word game. There is in fact a connection, and it is to do with the supremacy of result over procedure and of destination over the journey. Hitler, the NHS … Continue reading

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Goodale v MoJ – a template judgment for active management of eDisclosure

The publication of Senior Master Whitaker’s judgment in Goodale v Ministry of Justice is important for reasons beyond the fact that the parties used the ESI Questionnaire which is annexed to the proposed e-Disclosure Practice Direction and which is also … Continue reading

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You cannot really complain at a full InBox and lots of tweets

A day in London leaves me with a pile of e-mails and a heap of tweets – all signs of a lively market, and to be welcomed despite the time it will take to catch up. Add a crusading podcast, … Continue reading

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There is more to FTI Technology than Attenex and Ringtail

My self-imposed job description involves flitting between all the players in the electronic disclosure / electronic discovery world, picking up information and ideas from one place and dropping them in another. I talk to judges, lawyers and technology suppliers, read … Continue reading

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Containing the interest in the eDisclosure Practice Direction and ESI Questionnaire

There has been much interest in the draft eDisclosure Practice Direction and the Questionnaire which forms part of it. Lawyers and education providers keep asking for a sight of it. Lord Justice Jackson commended it. Rule-makers in other jurisdictions have … Continue reading

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Letter in the Times about destruction of ESI

Amongst my predictions for 2010, published on the website of the Society for Computers & Law on 21 December, was this one: Another side-effect of the Earles judgment will be a debate as to what the law of preservation and … Continue reading

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The e-Disclosure Information Project in 2009 and 2010

My e-Disclosure predictions for 2010 are up on the website of the Society for Computers and Law. I have not checked back to my previous years’ SCL predictions, but I think that this batch have much more, and much better-grounded, … Continue reading

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Strategic alliance allows 7Safe to host Anacomp’s CaseLogistix

What is the seating etiquette if you go to a wedding knowing both parties? Do you have to make an invidious choice between one side of the church and the other? Perhaps you sit in the aisle or hang from … Continue reading

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Parallel and cross-border developments in handling electronically stored information

The second session at the Thomson Reuters Fifth Annual e-Disclosure Forum in London on 13 November was called Parallel and cross-border developments in handling electronically stored information. I was the moderator, although if Air Miles were the qualification for talking … Continue reading

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Welcome to Stratify as new Project sponsor

I am very pleased to welcome electronic discovery software company Stratify as a sponsor of the e-Disclosure Information Project. Their addition to the list of sponsors coincides with the opening of their London office and data centre, as well as … Continue reading

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The Continuing Challenges of Preservation, Collection and Exchange

The first session at the Thomson Reuters e-Disclosure Conference in London last week was called The Continuing Challenges of Preservation, Collection and Exchange. George Socha’s panel included a solicitor, a software provider and a judge – Matthew Davis of Lovells, … Continue reading

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Master Whitaker addresses London Solicitors Litigation Association on e-Disclosure

I went to listen to Senior Master Whitaker speak last night to the London Solicitors Litigation Association about electronic disclosure. I was not expecting to hear much that was new to me – I have heard him speak five times … Continue reading

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Discovery explorers need a map

You can kill an analogy with overuse, just as every cliché was once a clever new phrase. Describing e-discovery / e-Disclosure in terms of explorers and maps, however, does not become hackneyed, because exploration itself continues to excite and because … Continue reading

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Costs penalty for non-compliance with e-disclosure obligations

A judgment given yesterday by His Honour Judge Simon Brown QC sitting as an Additional High Court Judge in the Birmingham Mercantile Court, will focus minds on the need to comply with the requirements of Part 31 CPR and the … Continue reading

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Packed programme for Masters Conference

The 2009 Masters Conference takes place in Washington on 12 and 13 October. Its title, Global Corporate Change – Navigating Discovery, Risk and Security covers only a fraction of the subjects covered in two days. The best part for me … Continue reading

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Reaching informed agreement that e-disclosure is not needed

Having just published an article about whether electronic disclosure is needed in all cases, I turned to Ralph Losey’s blog to discover that he had just published an article about whether electronic discovery is needed in all cases. We do … Continue reading

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Outsource edisclosure and share the load

The outsourcing of legal functions is suddenly topical as a result of Rio Tinto’s decision to set up an outsourced legal resource in India and Pinsent Masons’ plan to have first pass litigation review done in South Africa – see … Continue reading

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Cooperative hands across the sea

My post about the increasing exchange of ideas between the US and UK on matters of electronic discovery (Preserving the old ways, protecting the new ways) followed a spate of references in US e-discovery commentaries to what is happening in … Continue reading

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Preserving the old ways, protecting the new ways

This column, as you may have noticed, is deeply attached to the old principles of discovery of documents as a means of bringing evidence before the court. It is also a determined advocate of new ways of managing it. The … Continue reading

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Australia at the centre of the discovery world

The default map of the world shows Britain in the middle and near the top, with Alaska at top left and New Zealand at bottom right. Perhaps that is because Europe invented the Greenwich Meridian; maybe it is a legacy … Continue reading

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Ark Group e-Disclosure Conference 2009

You can generate a lot of notes in six conference days in three countries in nine days and have little time to transcribe them. I am quite good at actually recording what people say, less so at the small but … Continue reading

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Making a play to sugar the e-disclosure pill

In a previous post (The discovery of disclosure commonality with a trans-Atlantic judicial panel)  I told how IQPC had, at my suggestion,  invited US Magistrate Judge John Facciola and Chief US Magistrate Judge Paul Grimm to come to their Information … Continue reading

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Keyword searching for e-disclosure documents is not like using Google

There is no one-size-fits-all answer when deciding what keywords (and what else apart from keywords) to use to arrive at the “right” set of documents for disclosure. You have to educate yourself to know what the court expects. There is … Continue reading

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Irish discovery rules embrace electronic documents

By happy chance, the discovery rules in Ireland have the same number as those in the Civil Procedure Rules of England & Wales. Order 31 of the Rules of the Superior Courts give the court the power to order discovery … Continue reading

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Catching up with KPMG

Part of the function of the e-Disclosure Information Project is to keep up with what the providers of software and services are doing. Given my emphasis on the human aspects of this business (which recurs in this blog and elsewhere … Continue reading

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Explaining the Procrustean Bed

My post Zander sees his Woolf CPR predictions fulfilled refers you to an article by Michael Zander QC. As an aside, a generation deprived of a classical education may be puzzled by Zander’s reference to a “Procrustean bed”, as I … Continue reading

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