Rely on the most comprehensive, up-to-date legal content designed and curated by lawyers for lawyers
Work faster and smarter to improve your drafting productivity without increasing risk
Accelerate the creation and use of high quality and trusted legal documents and forms
Streamline how you manage your legal business with proven tools and processes
Manage risk and compliance in your organisation to reduce your risk profile
Stay up to date and informed with insights from our trusted experts, news and information sources
Access the best content in the industry, effortlessly — confident that your news is trustworthy and up to date.
Find up-to-date guidance on points of law and then easily pull up sources to support your advice with Lexis PSL
With over 30 practice areas, we have all bases covered. Find out how we can help
Our trusted tax intelligence solutions, highly-regarded exam training and education materials help guide and tutor Tax professionals
Regulatory, business information and analytics solutions that help professionals make better decisions
A leading provider of software platforms for professional services firms
In-depth analysis, commentary and practical information to help you protect your business
LexisNexis Blogs shed light on topics affecting the legal profession and the issues you're facing
Legal professionals trust us to help navigate change. Find out how we help ensure they exceed expectations
Lex Chat is a LexisNexis current affairs podcast sharing insights on topics for the legal profession
Discuss the latest legal developments, ask questions, and share best practice with other LexisPSL subscribers
Dispute Resolution analysis: How can law firms make the most of technology in the disclosure process? Adrian Palmer, chief executive officer at Proven Legal Technologies, explains how the latest technology can give law firms an advantage over the other side.
Why do you think e-disclosure consultancies became so relevant?
All the procedural changes that have been coming along have been playing towards our strengths. The early part of the commercial litigation timetable, after proceedings have been issued, is now very compressed. In 2010 when the Civil Procedure Rules 1998, SI 1998/3132 PD 31B (CPR) came into play, it was an attempt by the courts to try and get parties organised with their disclosure as the process had started to become problematic. Parties were trying to deal with disclosure towards the end of the timetable and by that point they simply had too much to do so the process had become shambolic.
CPR PD 31B was designed to get lawyers talking to each other on important aspects of the disclosure—systems, document types, etc—and to start to agree about the disclosure process early on.
What does the involvement of a consultancy in e-disclosure offer?
Thrusting litigators do not necessarily speak ‘IT’. Despite CPR PD 31B having been around for some time now, I still see a lot of dreadful electronic disclosure questionnaires (EDQs) and think that sometimes fee earners are not the best people to be talking to their clients about what IT systems they have. E-disclosure providers are instructed to have that technical conversation with IT teams to ascertain:
• the types of data available
• the systems involved (and how they have evolved)
We will then use this information to go through a ‘data mapping’ process for the relevant time period.
This initial exercise goes beyond simply firing off a written questionnaire to an IT department as one answer to a question might set you off down a completely new line of enquiry. By fully questioning the IT team, we can
Access this article and thousands of others like it free by subscribing to our blog.
Read full article
Already a subscriber? Login
0330 161 1234