The NZ E-Discovery Blog  Facilitating proportionate and efficient e-discovery

Read the Rules !

November 22nd, 2017

Leading eDiscovery commentator Chris Dale provided an excellent post this week about A proposed new disclosure rule for England and Wales. Chris makes an excellent observation that before there are rule changes, those involved in disclosure (or discovery for the rest of the world), should read the rules. I couldn’t agree more with Chris, as […]

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Substantiating your proportionality argument

October 26th, 2017

The claim of “proportionality” is too often used as justification to shy away from potential discovery obligations. The following can frequently be used to justify this –   There are far too many documents The cost is not proportionate We can just claim proportionality to the court The discovery rules are on our side here […]

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Ensuring technology is used efficiently and effectively

September 27th, 2017

Sounds a given, or is it? In fact, it doesn’t always happen this way, and in some instances far from it. Most firms will be exploring how they can innovate, and a key driver of this innovation will be technology. The discovery process is no different. With the volumes and sources of information now present, […]

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Join me at LawFest 2018

September 14th, 2017

LawFest 2018 is back on 8 March 2018 at The Langham in Auckland. The one-day conference is the one event legal professionals should attend every year. LawFest provides an opportunity for anyone involved in the intersection of technology and the law to develop their knowledge and immerse themselves in the latest topics and trends in […]

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eDiscovery does not need to be complicated

September 6th, 2017

“I just find eDiscovery so complex and frustrating and it turns out to be more expensive than I expected” An all too frequent comment that I still encounter ! But it does not have to be this way. The objective of discovery should be to get only what you need and do so it a […]

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But it worked in the past…

August 31st, 2017

What may have worked 10 years ago, last year, or last week may no longer be the most effective path to address your discovery requirements. In the past, we did not face the volumes or sources of electronic information that are now present in most organisations. We are all communicating differently than we did in […]

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LawFest – A look back at New Zealand’s premier legal innovation and technology event

June 29th, 2017

It has been a busy last few months. On the 17th of May I ran LawFest, where over 200 people from law firms, in-house legal teams and the technology industry joined some of New Zealand’s leading legal technology thinkers at the Langham in Auckland. It was great to see the amount of energy and interest […]

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I still haven’t found what I am searching for…

April 6th, 2017

Keyword searching is a very common method used in litigation or investigations to target potentially relevant information, but it is easy to get it completely wrong. A recent article of mine published in LawTalk I still haven’t found what I am searching for, highlighted how keyword search terms will not find what you are looking […]

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Increasing Acceptance of Technology Assisted Review

March 28th, 2017

In December 2016, the Supreme Court of Victoria endorsed the use of Technology Assisted Review (TAR) in the eDiscovery process in the case of McConnell Dowell Constructors v Santam. This was the first time TAR had been approved for use in litigation in an Australian Court. My article in the latest Information Governance ANZ newsletter, explored TAR […]

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Information Governance ANZ to hold New Zealand Launch

March 14th, 2017

Information Governance ANZ is holding its New Zealand launch event in Wellington on Thursday the 23rd of March. The New Zealand launch follows very successful launch events in Australia over recent months. The Information Governance ANZ mission is to bring together a community of information governance professionals in Australia and New Zealand to develop and […]

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LegalTech 2017 – a New Zealand Perspective

February 3rd, 2017

This week I joined an estimated 10,000 others in the legal technology community who converged on New York for LegalTech. This was the 36th edition of LegalTech, but this year also saw the introduction of a new format with LegalTech becoming part of the larger Legalweek. The new format provided a wider focus for legal […]

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Looking ahead to LegalTech (and now Legalweek)

January 18th, 2017

At the end of this month as many in this part of the world are still enjoying summer at the beach, I will be making my annual journey to New York for LegalTech – a journey that I have been making since 2010. This year LegalTech as we have come to know has had some […]

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LawFest: New Zealand’s Premier Legal Innovation & Technology Event

December 1st, 2016

Building on the success of the last three years of New Zealand’s dedicated legal technology event, LawFest 2017 is being held in Auckland on 17 May 2017. It’s not just ‘another conference’ – it is the one event of the year legal professionals should attend to discover how technology and innovation can impact them, their firms and […]

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Exploring Offshore Coding to List Documents

November 22nd, 2016

Since my last post, I have had many queries about LPO providers and offshore coding. I thought it might be helpful to explain how offshore coding works, together with why it should at least be an option to consider. Listing documents and managing paper may seem simple – it is not ! Leading eDiscovery Consultant […]

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Efficiently Managing Paper in eDiscovery

November 17th, 2016

As I highlighted in my last post, paper still exists in the discovery process, however it is important that we explore efficient ways of managing it. Regardless of whether paper is all you have or if you simply prefer to undertake discovery with paper, there are ways to do this more efficiently. If we don’t, […]

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Paper still exists in eDiscovery

November 8th, 2016

Like it or not, paper documents still exist in most discovery exercises ! A recent post by leading eDiscovery Consultant Terry Harrison provided some great insights into the importance of managing paper properly. I have known Terry for many years, as he previously ran one of the leading litigation support providers in the UK. He […]

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Understanding Your Client’s eDiscovery Software Requirements

October 27th, 2016

As I discussed in my last post it is important for law firms to understand their eDiscovery software requirements, but some providers also need to do more to understand what the requirements of their potential clients are. Without wanting to offend all eDiscovery providers as most are great at understanding the requirements of their potential […]

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The Importance of Understanding Your eDiscovery Software Requirements

October 20th, 2016

Too often I see law firms forced to shape their work practices around the capabilities of their eDiscovery software. This can lead to completely needless additional burden and cost. To prevent this it is increasingly important to understand your requirements to help find the right eDiscovery software. It sounds simple, but often it is not, […]

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Common Frustrations with eDiscovery Software

October 11th, 2016

To help understand what lawyers and their firms want from their eDiscovery software, I thought I would share some of the frustrations that many currently experience. Since the start of this year I have collated frustrations (or problems) that some New Zealand lawyers are experiencing with their existing eDiscovery software. These frustrations are from all […]

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What is the Best eDiscovery Software?

October 5th, 2016

Mention to anyone that I provide independent advice on eDiscovery software options, I inevitably get the question “So, what is the best eDiscovery Software”? Where do I start to respond to that one ! The short answer is that there is no ‘one size fits all approach’ when it comes to eDiscovery software. Each product […]

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Renewed Interest in eDiscovery Software

September 27th, 2016

Over recent months I have been fielding an increasing number of queries about eDiscovery software. In New Zealand over the past few years, the interest does come in waves. Back in 2012 and 2013 there was considerable interest in eDiscovery software, on the back of the new High Court discovery rules. After 2013, I can […]

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Let’s dig a little deeper into what I do !

August 17th, 2016

In my last post I explored the common issue of articulating what I did. This got me thinking about providing further detail about exactly what it is that I do. Over five years ago I decided to leave the comfortable surrounds of working inside law firms as I wanted to be able to provide more […]

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What do I do?

July 21st, 2016

One of the problems I still encounter is explaining to people what it is that I actually do. If I sit down to a dinner with someone away from the industry (I’m afraid that is quite a lot as there are not many eDiscovery specialists in New Zealand), when the inevitably “what do you do” […]

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Five years is a long time in eDiscovery

June 30th, 2016

Earlier this year I had a LinkedIn message pop up to congratulate me on my five year anniversary. Five years !!?? It took me somewhat by surprise as the time has flown! In saying that, it does seem a long time ago since I was on the law firm side of the fence, before breaking away […]

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Documents or should it be ESI ?

June 15th, 2016

In today’s’ digital world many of us still refer to information that is mostly electronic as simply documents – and I can be as guilty as any ! The use of the term document can be familiar and comfortable. Much the same way traditional methods of addressing eDiscovery can be hard to shift. Even though […]

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Looking back on the NZ Law & Technology Conference

May 20th, 2016

The New Zealand Law and Technology Conference lived up to its billing, with New Zealand’s premier legal technology event attracting over 150 participants in Auckland last week – without question our best event yet ! Watch the video ! The one day conference provided a platform to educate, showcase and encourage greater adoption of technology […]

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See you at the NZ Law & Technology Conference

May 5th, 2016

It is only a few more days until New Zealand’s premier legal technology event takes place at the Pullman in Auckland, Wednesday the 11th of May. This year we will see over 130 attend the one day conference, with the event continuing to grow year on year. Putting together an event like this can be […]

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When to consider using Technology Assisted Review?

April 19th, 2016

When considering the use of TAR (technology assisted review or predictive coding), too often the question centres on the volumes involved in the matter. Even though the volumes will be a significant factor, other considerations that may also impact are the time frames that you have, together with the resources that you have at your […]

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Why are we holding TAR to a higher account?

April 12th, 2016

It would appear that many still hold the use of TAR (technology assisted review or predictive coding) to a higher account to what they do more traditional practices. With a traditional linear discovery review, we do not have to seek judicial permission over whether it is a law clerk, junior lawyer or senior lawyer conducting […]

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Getting the most out of attending the NZ Law & Technology Conference

April 5th, 2016

Attending the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference will be a beneficial learning experience for you and your firm. The event provides a platform to help educate and prepare you for how to effectively embrace technology for today and into the future. The one day conference is specifically designed to provide the latest legal technology developments and […]

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Prioritising what we look at

March 30th, 2016

Put very simply the use of TAR (technology assisted review or predictive coding), can at its simplest assist legal teams prioritise what they look at. A method that allows you to get to the most important information fast, and for less money, should at the very least be considered. By prioritising what lawyers look at, […]

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Increasing the acceptance of Technology Assisted Review

March 16th, 2016

Due to the escalating time, cost and burden of the discovery process we must look to use technology more effectively to manage today’s exponential growth in volumes of information. The use of TAR (technology assisted review or predictive coding) should at least be one of the options that is considered. So what is TAR? I […]

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Do we need Judicial Permission?

February 25th, 2016

Last week, the High Court of England and Wales issued an order approving the use of predictive coding/TAR (technology assisted review). The decision in Pyrrho Investments Ltd v. MWB Property Ltd was the first in the UK approving the use of predictive coding. Even though the Pyrrho decision was a first in the UK, predictive […]

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Rod Drury to deliver Keynote at the NZ Law & Technology Conference

February 10th, 2016

We are excited to announce Xero CEO and founder Rod Drury as the opening keynote for the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference.  Rod will provide an energizing start to the day, as the conference provides a platform to educate, showcase and encourage greater adoption of technology by lawyers and their firms. Delegates will hear a […]

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New Player Hits the eDiscovery Market

February 9th, 2016

At a time globally when there have been a number of recent acquisitions and consolidations in the eDiscovery market, Sky Discovery have launched to provide a new eDiscovery offering to the Australian and New Zealand markets. Sky Discovery is headed up by Nathan Wigginton and Jeff Jarrett, formerly of eLaw and Anderson Hind from Law […]

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LegalTech 2016 – a New Zealand Perspective

February 5th, 2016

As I post this, I am just about to make my way back to New Zealand after another LegalTech in New York. For those that have not heard of LegalTech, it is the largest legal technology event on the calendar. In early February each year legal technology professionals make the trip to LegalTech to hear, […]

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The Annual Trek to LegalTech New York

January 13th, 2016

It is nearly that time of year again as 10,000 plus legal technology professionals from around the globe make their annual journey to New York for LegalTech. For those that are not aware, LegalTech is the largest and leading legal technology event on the calendar. For anyone that has not been before, I encourage you […]

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Judge David Harvey joins as an advisor to the NZ Law & Technology Conference

December 9th, 2015

New Zealand’s leading technology Judge, His Honour Judge David Harvey has joined as an advisor for the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference. The 4th Annual New Zealand Law & Technology Conference is taking place at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on the 11th of May 2016. We are grateful to have Judge Harvey’s experience and […]

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NZ Law & Technology Conference returns

December 4th, 2015

EY and my company (E-Discovery Consulting) have again joined forces to present the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference. The event is taking place at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on the 11th of May 2016. Over the last decade advances in technology have greatly transformed the practice of law as well as the management of a legal […]

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The move to front-loading the discovery process

November 25th, 2015

The New Zealand High Court discovery rules require considerably more work in advance of the first case management conference (CMC). The benefit of this initial work is to assist in limiting the scope of discovery to what really matters and provide considerable value later in the discovery process. A recent article of mine published in […]

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NuLegal adopts Everlaw’s eDiscovery Software

November 16th, 2015

One of the leading Australian litigation support providers, NuLegal has announced it is moving to Everlaw as its preferred eDiscovery review platform. NuLegal will continue to use Nuix for processing, whilst Everlaw will be used for the review and case management post the discovery phase. Everlaw’s main focus is the review process with its ease […]

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Don’t wait until it is too late

October 13th, 2015

One of the most frequent requests I receive from lawyers is asking for assistance with their discovery. The conversation usually goes something like this – How can I help ? – We need assistance with our discovery. How much information do you have? – We have 5 boxes. Is the information available electronically? – I don’t know, I just asked […]

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Improving the application of keyword search terms

September 16th, 2015

Like it or not, keyword searching is still a very common method used in litigation or investigations to target potentially relevant information. For many lawyers the use of search terms is an approach that they are familiar and comfortable with. It is not hard to see why keywords are so comfortable, as we all use […]

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Positive signs in the New Zealand eDiscovery journey

August 19th, 2015

Over the past couple of years I have started to notice some encouraging signs in New Zealand with the approaches to eDiscovery and embracing technology generally. At the same time, New Zealand still has a long way to go to catch up with the rest of the world in how law firms embrace technology, but […]

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Getting rid of what you don’t want

July 22nd, 2015

It goes without saying that all discovery exercises now involve greater volumes of information than ever before. One of the consequences of this can be the problems with the considerable increase in the amount of irrelevant information there now is. It is also widely acknowledged that the review exercise in the eDiscovery process equates for about […]

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Ebborn Law launch new VLaw™ system

June 25th, 2015

Last week in Christchurch I was fortunate to have been invited to see first-hand a demonstration of Ebborn Law’s new VLaw™ system. The demonstration was attended by a number of stakeholders that work with Ebborn Law. One of the interested parties was the Ministry of Justice, who were eager to see how the new system […]

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But, we have always done discovery this way…

June 16th, 2015

A common response I come across with new clients, when I ask why they carry out discovery in a particular way is usually we have always done it that way. And then in almost the same breath the response is “eDiscovery is expensive and time consuming”. What is expensive and time consuming is not eDiscovery, but […]

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‘Discovery’ or ‘eDiscovery’ – the process remains the same

June 9th, 2015

It is not uncommon to come across lawyers that misunderstand what eDiscovery is. For many, the rather simplistic perception exists that eDiscovery is the process of turning documents into an electronic form. To help address this misunderstanding, LawTalk recently published an article of mine Adding the “e” to discovery. The article identified just exactly what […]

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There are just too many documents for us to review…

May 20th, 2015

Trying to limit discovery is important, and options like trying to establish a relevant date range and targeting who are the key individuals in the dispute will all help. However I still find parties trying to limit a discovery order, simply by arguing to the Court that there are so many documents that it will […]

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Highlights of the Technology Demonstration Stream

May 13th, 2015

In my last few posts I have provided an overview of the three separate streams from the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference. In this the final summary of the event, I will take a more in-depth look at the Technology Demonstrations & Case Studies Stream.    This year we introduced a new Technology Demonstration & Case […]

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Highlights of the Legal Technology Stream

May 5th, 2015

Over the course of my next few posts, I am providing a summary of each stream from the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference. New Zealand’s premier legal technology event, which was held in Auckland last month. In my last post I summarised the Legal & eDiscovery Stream from the event. Today is the turn to take […]

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Highlights of the Legal and eDiscovery Stream

April 30th, 2015

In my last post, I provided an overview of New Zealand Law and Technology Conference, which was held in Auckland on the 18th of March. So let’s now look at some of the highlights from the Legal & eDiscovery Stream. eDiscovery 101 The conference kicked off with a breakfast workshop – eDiscovery 101 – Back […]

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Overview of the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference

April 21st, 2015

On the 18th of March, E-Discovery Consulting and EY welcomed over 120 participants from the New Zealand legal fraternity to the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference.  The conference has developed into New Zealand’s premier legal technology event, providing a platform for anyone involved in the intersection of technology and the law to develop their […]

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Preview of the Technology Demonstration Stream

March 5th, 2015

We are now less than two weeks away from the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference, taking place at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on the 18th of March 2015. As mentioned in my earlier posts, the event has been expanded this year to provide delegates with three streams with an exciting line-up of speakers. This […]

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Preview of the Legal Technology Stream

March 4th, 2015

It is two weeks today to the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference, taking place at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on the 18th of March 2015. This year the event has been expanded to provide delegates with three streams with an exciting line-up of speakers. Following on from my previous post on the Legal and eDiscovery […]

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Preview of the Legal and eDiscovery Stream

March 3rd, 2015

We are now just over two weeks away from the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference, taking place at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on the 18th of March 2015. The event has pulled together an exciting new line-up of speakers across its newly expanded three talk streams. Leading Keynote Speakers Opening the conference again this year with […]

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LegalTech 2015 – a New Zealand Perspective

February 17th, 2015

A couple of weeks back as many New Zealanders were still enjoying the beach I made my annual trek up to New York where all of the legal technology community converge for the annual LegalTech show. LegalTech attracts over 10,000 attendees For those that do not live and breathe eDiscovery, LegalTech is the largest legal […]

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Workshop provides a grounding on eDiscovery Basics

February 10th, 2015

We have designed an ‘eDiscovery 101 – Back to Basics’ workshop prior to the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference. The workshop has been tailored to provide the necessary grounding in the practical requirements of the eDiscovery process. The workshop will be an ideal starting point, or refresher session prior to exploring the wider issues […]

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Managing eDiscovery more efficiently

January 7th, 2015

The exponential growth in the sources and volumes of electronic information is making the discovery process more challenging. There is a greater intersection between the law and technology with eDiscovery an unavoidable part of any litigation or investigation. For some eDiscovery has simply meant turning documents into an electronic format. Managing electronic information in the […]

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Nigel Murray to deliver Keynote at the NZ Law & Technology Conference

November 27th, 2014

Leading eDiscovery and legal technology expert Nigel Murray will be delivering the International Keynote at the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference. The event is taking place at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on the 18th of March 2015. Nigel Murray will provide an international perspective looking at how lawyers and law firms can meet the […]

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LDM Global opens new Sydney eDiscovery Data Centre

November 20th, 2014

Global eDiscovery provider LDM Global has recently expanded into Australia and has opened a new data centre in Sydney. The Sydney data centre complements the data centres that LDM Global has in the United Kingdom and the United States. The official press release from LDM Global is available here. The new Sydney data centre allows […]

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Judge Harvey to deliver the Judicial Keynote at the NZ Law & Technology Conference

November 18th, 2014

New Zealand’s leading technology Judge, His Honour Judge David Harvey will be delivering the Judicial Keynote session at the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference. The event is taking place at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on the 18th of March 2015. Judge Harvey will present his Judicial Keynote session on “How technology Challenges Law”. The […]

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ALPMA supports the NZ Law & Technology Conference

November 3rd, 2014

ALPMA has been confirmed as a supporting organisation for the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference. The event is taking place at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on the 18th of March 2015. About ALPMA The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA), is the peak professional association representing law firm managers and leaders. ALPMA provides an authoritative […]

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Why are we still manually listing documents?

October 29th, 2014

Spending considerable time and effort constructing a manual list of documents adds unnecessary expense and burden to the discovery process. A recent article of mine in LawTalk highlighted how removing the requirement to manually list documents can reduce the considerable cost and burden of the discovery process. Most documents these days do not need to […]

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New Zealand Bar Association supports the NZ Law & Technology Conference

October 22nd, 2014

The New Zealand Bar Association (NZBA) has been confirmed as a supporting organisation for the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference. The event is taking place at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on the 18th of March 2015. The NZBA was a supporting organisation of the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference in 2014 which attracted […]

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SAVE THE DATE: NZ Law & Technology Conference – 18 March 2015

September 18th, 2014

E-Discovery Consulting and EY have again joined forces to present the New Zealand Law and Technology Conference. The event is taking place at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on the 18th of March 2015. The New Zealand Law and Technology Conference will build on the success of the last two annual conferences, which both attracted over 100 participants and were […]

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Browning Marean – An International eDiscovery Ambassador

August 28th, 2014

A few days ago we heard the sad news that Browning Marean of DLA Piper had passed away. Browning Marean was a true international eDiscovery ambassador. The contribution he made to eDiscovery touched so many throughout the world. He travelled the world over conveying positive eDiscovery messages. Wherever in the world any legal technology event […]

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An opportunity to re-evaluate eDiscovery software options

August 12th, 2014

The increasing volumes and sources of electronic information are making it difficult to use legacy eDiscovery software to meet today’s eDiscovery challenges. As these challenges will only evolve further, it is becoming increasingly important for firms to ensure they are equipped with the practices and software to manage their client’s electronic information. firms effectively have […]

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EDT promote a fresh approach to eDiscovery

July 29th, 2014

Last week I facilitated the EDT lunch forum in Auckland that also launched their New Zealand eDiscovery hosting services. There was an excellent turnout with a mix of law firms, regulators and the presence of New Zealand’s leading technology Judge – His Honour Judge Harvey. Like the lunch forums EDT ran last year, this year […]

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Launch of our monthly eDiscovery Update

July 22nd, 2014

We have established a monthly eDiscovery Update to help organisations demystify the challenges they face with managing today’s increasing volumes of electronic information. Each month I will gather eDiscovery and legal technology resources from New Zealand and around the globe, designed to help simplify the discovery process for law firms and their clients. Hopefully the […]

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EDT to host luncheon launching their New Zealand hosted solutions

July 14th, 2014

Leading legal software provider EDT is hosting a lunch in Auckland on the 24th of July, to announce its new hosted solutions for the New Zealand market and to present an Early Case Assessment (ECA) case study. The case study will show how law firms in the US have used EDT to provide lawyers with early […]

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Judiciary & industry experts promote proactive use of technology

July 9th, 2014

Last month I attended a roundtable discussion hosted by e.law and Nuix on Why information governance is key for eDiscovery. The roundtable was a prelude to my week long visit to Sydney which revolved around the Chilli IQ Information Governance & eDiscovery Summit (which I provided an overview of in an earlier post). I will […]

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“Kangaroos don’t move backwards” – Chilli IQ eDiscovery Summit overview

June 25th, 2014

Last week in Sydney I attended the Chilli IQ 8th Annual Information Governance & eDiscovery Summit. The 2014 Summit gathered together some of the world’s leading experts in the field over two days to discuss and debate what is happening with Information Governance and eDiscovery. The event continues to evolve each year, with the level of […]

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Investing time developing a discovery strategy

June 11th, 2014

Today’s rapidly increasing data volumes require a greater investment in time planning ahead developing a discovery strategy, ensuring you and your client has a smoother and less expensive discovery process. LawTalk has recently published an article of mine The importance of investing time in developing a discovery strategy (A link to the article can be found here). The […]

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Don’t Press Print !

June 6th, 2014

One of the common issues that we still come across is law firms with clients that still insist on printing out electronic information. Printing documents that already exist in an electronic format is adding considerable (and unnecessary) burden and expense to the discovery process. In this day in age where almost all documents originate in […]

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Preview of the Chilli IQ 8th Information Governance & eDiscovery Summit

May 20th, 2014

Chilli IQ’s 8th Annual Information Governance & eDiscovery Summit is only a few weeks away, taking place in Sydney on the 17th and 18th of June at the Swissotel Hotel. The Chilli IQ event has long been acknowledged as the leading event on the Australian eDiscovery scene, attracting delegates from all around Australia and further […]

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Recommind raise eDiscovery expectations in New Zealand

May 13th, 2014

Leading eDiscovery firm Recommind held the New Zealand launch of their new Axcelerate 5 eDiscovery software last week in Auckland. The launch was in the form of a sit down lunch with many of New Zealand’s leading law firms present. I was invited by Recommind to present a session on how eDiscovery has evolved in […]

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Recommind head to New Zealand for Axcelerate 5 Launch Party

April 30th, 2014

Leading global eDiscovery firm Recommind is holding a launch in Auckland on the 8th of May for their new Axcelerate 5 eDiscovery software. The event is the first public demonstration of Axcelerate 5 in New Zealand. I have been invited by Recommind to address the event about how the discovery process has evolved. It will be […]

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eDiscovery software talking to each other

April 23rd, 2014

Many firms stay with eDiscovery products or adopt the same software as the opposing party, solely because they believe other products ‘don’t talk to each other’. This couldn’t be further from the truth as all the leading electronic discovery products now talk to each other with data being able to be migrated from one system to […]

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LegalTech – World’s largest legal technology event

April 9th, 2014

With technology evolving at an alarming rate it is increasingly important to continue to develop knowledge in an area of the law where the technology and practices are constantly evolving. Recently, LawTalk published an article of mine World’s largest legal technology event (a link to the article can be found here). The article detailed my visit back in […]

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Overview of the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

March 25th, 2014

On Wednesday 19th of March, E-Discovery Consulting and EY welcomed over 100 participants from the New Zealand legal fraternity to the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The event attracted senior lawyers, barristers, in-house legal counsel, government departments and regulators – most organisations involved in litigation were represented in some capacity. The Conference has now […]

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Two days away from the New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

March 17th, 2014

There are only limited tickets available for the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference being held at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland this Wednesday.    The 2014 event will build on the success of the inaugural event in 2013 which attracted over 100 participants. The conference has now developed into New Zealand’s leading eDiscovery and […]

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One week away from the New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

March 12th, 2014

We are now less than one week away from the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The event is being held in Auckland at the Stamford Plaza on the 19th of March.  The event will provide an awareness of the evolving issues and complexities in managing electronic information, and importantly, provide delegates with a practical […]

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Final programme confirmed for the New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

March 6th, 2014

The final programme with all the confirmed speakers has been finalised for the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The conference is taking place in Auckland at the Stamford Plaza on the 19th of March. Many law firms, barristers, corporate organisations and government agencies have already registered with many of the organisations involved in litigation […]

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NZ eDiscovery Conference introduces leading eDiscovery providers

March 4th, 2014

Some of the world’s leading eDiscovery and legal technology providers are participating in the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. Nuix, EDT, FTI, Symantec, Recommind, Law In Order and InfocentriK are all sponsoring the event, which takes place in Auckland at the Stamford Plaza on the 19th of March. We are fortunate to have Nuix, EDT and […]

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InfocentriK sponsors the New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

March 3rd, 2014

InfocentriK has been confirmed as one of the sponsors of the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. About InfocentriK If you have eDiscovery challenges, InfocentriK can offer you one solution! We deliver world-class Information Management solutions offering you a complete Information […]

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FTI sponsors the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

February 28th, 2014

FTI has been confirmed as a Silver sponsor for the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. About FTI FTI Technology is the E-Discovery Practice of FTI Consulting (NYSE:FCN). Corporations and their law firms choose FTI Technology to […]

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Large number of Regulators attending the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

February 28th, 2014

There is a large contingent of delegates registered from regulatory organisations and government agencies for the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Markets Authority (FMA), Commerce Commission, Crown Law and the Inland […]

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A New Zealand Predictive Coding success story

February 20th, 2014

Australian litigation Support provider Law in Order recently published a case study about how Predictive Coding, using kCura’s Relativity Assisted Review was successfully used on a large New Zealand litigation.  The Law In Order case study can be found here. The matter in the case study was one where I was engaged by the global corporate client […]

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Looking back on LegalTech New York 2014

February 19th, 2014

LegalTech 2014 is over for another year and since I am now back in New Zealand (and having the chance to thaw out), I have now found the opportunity to share my observations from the latest iteration of the industry’s leading Legal Technology event. This year’s LegalTech will be remembered by the cold and the snow […]

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Predictive Coding – facilitating a proportionate eDiscovery process

February 14th, 2014

Practicing law today has simply become too expensive to ‘eye ball’ every document. We need new practices to respond to these challenges to enable lawyers to get to the key documents quickly and cost effectively. The rapid growth of electronic information is substantially increasing the cost of litigation and at the same time brings greater […]

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Early Bird discount closing soon for 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

February 13th, 2014

The Early Bird discount for the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference is closing on the 19th of February. Many law firms, barristers, corporate organisations and government departments have already registered to take advantage of the discounted rates. Most organisations involved in litigation are represented in some capacity. The 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference […]

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Tom Gelbmann to deliver International keynote at the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

February 12th, 2014

Internationally renowned eDiscovery expert Tom Gelbmann of Gelbmann & Associates, LLC will be delivering an International Keynote session at the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The Conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. Tom Gelbmann is the principal of Gelbmann & Associates, LLC, a consulting […]

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Recommind sponsors the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

February 11th, 2014

Recommind has been confirmed as a sponsor for the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The Conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. In the age of Big Data, Information is the lifeblood of organisations. At Recommind we make breakthrough software applications that harness the […]

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Symantec sponsors the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

February 11th, 2014

Symantec has been confirmed as a sponsor for the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The Conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. Symantec Enterprise Vault in conjunction with the Clearwell eDiscovery platform are the leading and most comprehensive archiving and eDiscovery solutions on the […]

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Sponsorship opportunities still available

January 30th, 2014

There are still sponsorship opportunities available for organisations that want to be part of New Zealand’s leading eDiscovery and legal technology event. The 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on the 19th of March 2014. We have been fortunate to attract leading eDiscovery providers with Nuix, […]

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EDT offers free LegalTech New York passes for NZ delegates

January 28th, 2014

One of the sponsors of our 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference, EDT is offering a limited number of free delegate passes to LegalTech New York 2014 for any signed up delegates for the March New Zealand conference. The delegate passes are valued at $1,495.00 (US Dollars). EDT has recently expanded into the US with […]

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Counting down to LegalTech 2014 – a NZ perspective

January 28th, 2014

We are only a week away from LegalTech 2014, when anybody that is involved with legal technology converges on New York for the largest eDiscovery and legal technology event of the year. The show is taking place in New York from the 4th-6th of February, as always at The Hilton New York in midtown Manhattan. […]

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Nuix sponsors the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

January 24th, 2014

Nuix has been confirmed as Gold sponsor for the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The Conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. Nuix is a worldwide provider of information management technologies, including eDiscovery, electronic investigation and information governance software. Nuix solutions scale to meet the […]

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Building on the success of the inaugural New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

January 21st, 2014

The 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference will build on the success of the inaugural Managing eDiscovery in New Zealand conference held in February 2013. The conference is presented by E-Discovery Consulting and EY, taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on the 19th of March 2014. The inaugural event attracted over 100 participants […]

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Law In Order sponsors the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

January 16th, 2014

Law in Order has been confirmed as a sponsor of the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The Conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. Law In Order is the leading supplier of document processing services to the Australian legal industry. Established in 1999, Law […]

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EDT sponsors 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

January 14th, 2014

EDT has been confirmed as one of the main sponsors for the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The Conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. EDT is a recognized international provider of technology that manages discovery, disputes, investigations, and litigation. For over ten years, […]

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Super Saver discount closing soon for 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

December 17th, 2013

The Super Saver discount for the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference is closing on the 20th of December. The Super Saver rate provides delegates with a $200 discount off the standard registration price. Many law firms and government departments have already taken advantage of the super saver discount. $200 Super Saver discount The 2nd […]

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Discounted accommodation rates for the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

December 11th, 2013

E-Discovery Consulting and EY have secured discounted accommodation rates at the Stamford Plaza for attendees of the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The conference is being held in Auckland on the 19th of March 2014. The rates secured have been discounted by up to 50% off the standard rates. Space at these discounted rates is […]

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New Zealand Bar Association supports the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

December 5th, 2013

The New Zealand Bar Association (NZBA) has been confirmed as a supporting association for the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The Conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. The 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference is again presented by E-Discovery Consulting and EY on the […]

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Judge Harvey to deliver Judicial keynote at the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

November 29th, 2013

New Zealand’s leading technology and eDiscovery Judge, His Honour Judge David Harvey will be delivering the Judicial Keynote session at the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The Conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. Judge Harvey has been a District Court Judge in New Zealand […]

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Browning Marean to deliver International keynote at the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

November 19th, 2013

Internationally renowned eDiscovery expert and senior counsel, Browning Marean from DLA Piper in the United States has been confirmed to deliver the International Keynote session at the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The Conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. Browning Marean is a senior […]

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2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference – Sponsorship Opportunities

November 12th, 2013

E-Discovery Consulting and Ernst & Young are again looking for sponsors and exhibitors to join with them to support the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The conference is being held at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on the 19th of March 2014. “70% of attendees in 2013 being lawyers” The conference has now developed […]

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Save the date – 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference – 19 March 2014

November 8th, 2013

E-Discovery Consulting and Ernst & Young have again joined forces to present the 2nd Annual New Zealand eDiscovery Conference. The Conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 19th of March 2014. The event will build on from the success of the inaugural New Zealand eDiscovery Conference earlier in 2013 […]

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eDiscovery Software – Gaining a competitive advantage

October 29th, 2013

An increasing number of New Zealand law firms are gaining a competitive advantage through their choice of eDiscovery software to meet their discovery requirements. Last week, LawTalk published an article of mine Gaining a competitive advantage (A link to the article can be found here). The article highlighted how firms that may not have the […]

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New Continuing Professional Development obligations for lawyers

October 2nd, 2013

The New Zealand Law Society has introduced new rules requiring lawyers to undertake a mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme. These rules require lawyers to plan and undertake at least 10 hours of CPD activities each year. The first full CPD year commences on 1 April 2014, although a 6 month transitional period commenced on […]

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Reducing the reliance on traditional paper based discovery methods

September 19th, 2013

In today’s digital world almost all information is generated electronically, but many still rely on traditional paper based discovery methods. This reliance on a paper based approach will only add significant burden and cost to the discovery process. Traditional practices are becoming unsustainable  Many traditional practices can lead to avoidable expense. Managing electronic documents in […]

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Reinforcing the requirements of the discovery checklist

August 29th, 2013

A discovery checklist was introduced as part of the new discovery rules that came into force in New Zealand in February 2012. Parties must now address a discovery checklist on all matters and then discuss the issues raised with the other parties to agree the scope and practical arrangements for conducting discovery. The checklist provides […]

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EDT lunch forums promote best practices and raises awareness

August 13th, 2013

Legal software provider EDT hosted a series of lunch forums last week in New Zealand to discuss issues and trends relating to eDiscovery and legal technology and help raise the awareness in the industry. Forums were held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with invited guests from the industry, including representatives from law firms, corporations, regulators […]

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EDT to host New Zealand lunch forums

July 26th, 2013

EDT is holding a series of lunch forums next month in New Zealand. The forums are to discuss the impacts and opportunities presented by emerging technology trends and the likely ramifications of our new discovery rules.  The purpose of this event is to canvass the views regarding the needs of New Zealand law firms and […]

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NuLegal promotes the Predictive Coding message in Australia

July 24th, 2013

Australian litigation support provider NuLegal has been hosting a series of lunch seminars throughout Australia promoting Predictive Coding using Equivio Zoom. Yesterday I was fortunate to be able to attend the event they held in Brisbane. Mark de Bruyn from NuLegal and Jon Prideaux of Clayton Utz joined forces to present the seminar, focusing on a […]

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The importance of discussing the electronic exchange format

July 4th, 2013

The importance of discussing the electronic exchange format with the other parties at an early stage cannot be underestimated. The Discovery Checklist (which was introduced as part of the new discovery rules in New Zealand in February 2012), expects parties to discuss the format for the listing and exchange of documents, on all matters. There […]

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E-Discovery – Australian Style

June 21st, 2013

I spent last week in Sydney attending the 7th Chilli IQ Information Governance & eDiscovery Summit. The Chilli IQ event has become somewhat of an institution on the eDiscovery landscape ‘downunder’ as it attracts the major local players in the industry. Overview of the Chilli IQ E-Discovery Summit Like last year, I will direct those […]

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Greg O’Reilly joins Recommind to grow Asia Pacific presence

June 7th, 2013

Greg O’Reilly has joined Recommind as the Regional Manager for Asia Pacific. Greg will spearhead Recommind’s growth plans for the region with Recommind’s eDiscovery and Information Governance solutions. Recommind has been acknowledged as one of the leaders in unstructured data management, analysis and governance technology. Many in the eDiscovery industry will be aware of Recommind through its Predictive […]

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Jo Sherman to chair Chilli IQ Information Governance and E-Discovery Summit

May 29th, 2013

Jo Sherman of EDT (eDiscovery Tools) is to chair the Chilli IQ Information Governance & eDiscovery Summit, taking place in Sydney on the 12th and 13th of June at the Sheraton on the Park. Jo has been involved in the legal technology, eDiscovery and Courts space for over 20 years now. She has unique expertise […]

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Preview of the Chilli IQ Information Governance and E-Discovery Summit

May 21st, 2013

Chilli IQ’s Information Governance & eDiscovery Summit is only a few weeks away, taking place in Sydney on the 12th and 13th of June at the Sheraton on the Park. The Chilli IQ event has long been acknowledged as the leading event on the Australian eDiscovery scene. New challenges – making informed decisions The exponential […]

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Adopting logical document numbering

May 8th, 2013

Something that has puzzled me for many years with discovery exercises is parties that make their document numbering so unnecessarily long. This was highlighted to me again recently when I was involved in a small matter where the parties used 9 and 10 characters respectively for their document numbering. To illustrate how superfluous this was, […]

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The rise of Legal Process Outsourcing

April 26th, 2013

There is a growing trend internationally to outsource lower end legal work, freeing up lawyers to focus on their core business – the law. Electronic discovery is one exercise where parts of the process can be outsourced to more efficient and cheaper options. Last week, the NZ Lawyer magazine published an article of mine entitled […]

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Raising awareness of electronic discovery

April 18th, 2013

As published in LawTalk, issue 816, 12 April 2013 NEW ZEALAND’S INAUGURAL eDiscovery Conference attracted over 100 participants from across New Zea­land’s legal fraternity, including senior lawyers, barristers, in-house legal counsel as well as electronic discovery service providers. The event, held in Auckland on 13 February, was organised by Ernst & Young and E-Discovery Consulting. […]

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Managing information electronically

April 3rd, 2013

It has now been over 12 months since the new discovery rules commenced in New Zealand, but it is apparent that many may not be realising the full potential of the rules. One observation I have found is there are a number of people that are not managing their information electronically. Many are still carrying […]

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Don’t let your choice of eDiscovery software turn into the next Novopay situation !

March 7th, 2013

When deploying eDiscovery software, no one wants a repeat of the current Novopay situation. Deciding upon the right ediscovery software can be a challenge for law firms, as it can be a complicated and burdensome process. There are many e-discovery software options available – it is just a matter of finding the right software to […]

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New Zealand eDiscovery Conference – an overview

March 1st, 2013

On Wednesday 13th of February, New Zealand’s inaugural eDiscovery Conference took place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland. The event was organised by Ernst & Young and my company E-Discovery Consulting, as we joined forces to assist in raising the awareness of eDiscovery in New Zealand. The conference was a one day event specifically designed […]

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LegalTech New York 2013 – a New Zealand perspective

February 14th, 2013

LegalTech 2013 is over for another year which gives me time to reflect on this year’s event. Since LegalTech most of my time has been dedicated to making the final arrangements for the NZ eDiscovery Conference (which concluded yesterday). Luckily I have now found some time to share my observations from the latest version of […]

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New Zealand eDiscovery Conference – eDiscovery Tools confirmed as a sponsor

February 12th, 2013

eDiscovery Tools has been confirmed as a sponsor for the Managing eDiscovery in New Zealand Conference. The Conference is being held at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland this Wednesday (13th of February 2013). eDiscovery Tools offers its product eDT Toolbox, a next generation software suite designed to support litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory compliance. An […]

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New Zealand eDiscovery Conference – see who is coming

February 11th, 2013

Registrations are still coming in just a couple of days out from New Zealand’s inaugural eDiscovery Conference. The event is being held in Auckland at the Stamford Plaza this coming Wednesday (13th of February). At last count we had over 90 attendees for the event. Firms attending include – Anderson Creagh Lai, Anderson Lloyd, Anthony […]

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New Zealand eDiscovery Conference – Vound confirmed as an exhibitor

February 7th, 2013

Vound will be exhibiting their software at the Managing eDiscovery in New Zealand Conference. The Conference is being held at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on the Wednesday the 13th of February 2013. Vound is a world leader and pioneer in the development of applications for forensic search, eDiscovery and email investigation. Vounds software is […]

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New Zealand eDiscovery Conference – one week to go

February 7th, 2013

We are now less than a week away from New Zealand’s inaugural eDiscovery Conference. The Managing eDiscovery in New Zealand Conference is presented by Ernst & Young and E-Discovery Consulting. The event is being held in Auckland at the Stamford Plaza on Wednesday the 13th of February.  The conference is specifically designed to look at […]

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New Zealand eDiscovery Conference – Symantec confirmed as a sponsor

February 1st, 2013

Symantec has been confirmed as a sponsor for the Managing eDiscovery in New Zealand Conference. The Conference is being held at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on the Wednesday the 13th of February 2013. Symantec Enterprise Vault in conjunction with the Clearwell eDiscovery platform are the leading and most comprehensive archiving and eDiscovery solutions on […]

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Understanding the practical impact of the High Court Discovery Rules 12 months on

January 30th, 2013

Electronic discovery in New Zealand has grown significantly over the last year and there is a clear need for an event which allows NZ practitioners to develop their knowledge of this evolving area. Ernst & Young and E-Discovery Consulting have joined forces to present the Managing eDiscovery in New Zealand Conference. The conference is taking […]

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New Zealand eDiscovery Conference – Nuix confirmed as a sponsor

January 29th, 2013

Nuix has been confirmed as a Gold sponsor for the Managing eDiscovery in New Zealand Conference. The Conference is being held at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on the Wednesday the 13th of February 2013. Nuix is a worldwide provider of information management technologies, including eDiscovery, electronic investigation and information governance software. Nuix solutions scale […]

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New Zealand eDiscovery Conference – Merrill Corporation confirmed as a sponsor

January 21st, 2013

Merrill Corporation has been confirmed as a sponsor for the Managing eDiscovery in New Zealand Conference. The conference is being held at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 13th of February 2013. Merrill Corporation is a global provider of transcription, court reporting, e-discovery, captioning and digital audio transcription services to government bodies, legal and […]

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New Zealand eDiscovery Conference – Early Bird Discount extended to 25 January

January 16th, 2013

Ernst & Young and E-Discovery Consulting have extended the Early Bird Discount for the Managing eDiscovery in New Zealand Conference until the 25th of January. With 4 weeks to the conference there has been considerable initial interest. Registered attendees currently include lawyers and legal support staff from large and small law firms, as well as […]

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Calling potential sponsors – New Zealand eDiscovery Conference

December 18th, 2012

Ernst & Young and E-Discovery Consulting are looking for sponsors and exhibitors to join with them to help develop the e-discovery industry in New Zealand. The Managing eDiscovery in New Zealand Conference is the first of its kind in New Zealand being held in Auckland on the 13th of February 2013. The Conference is an […]

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Managing eDiscovery in New Zealand Conference – 13 February 2013

December 14th, 2012

Ernst & Young and E-Discovery Consulting have joined forces to present the Managing eDiscovery in New Zealand Conference. The Conference is taking place at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland on Wednesday the 13th of February 2013. Understanding the practical impact of the High Court Discovery Rules 12 months on Electronic discovery in New Zealand has […]

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E-Discovery presents challenges and requires new skills

November 28th, 2012

Electronic discovery has often been a process that is unfamiliar to many involved in litigation. E-discovery requires new skills and a greater appreciation of technology than was previously required in a traditional paper dominated discovery world. In today’s digital world the increasing sources and volumes of electronic information is making the discovery process more challenging. There […]

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Finding the right e-discovery software

October 29th, 2012

As published in LawTalk, issue 807, 26 October 2012 E-discovery software is becoming an essential part of any litigator’s toolkit. Deploying suitable software will be an advantage for anyone tackling discovery under the new court rules. E-discovery software has matured from the days when it was primarily designed to handle scanned documents, but this brings many […]

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Are your redactions as secure as you think?

October 16th, 2012

A document recently published on the Ministry of Justice website, highlighted the importance of properly redacting documents. This example preceded the current data security issues from the Ministry of Social Development computer systems in New Zealand. The document in question was a cabinet paper about Modernising Court Services. The paper contained sensitive material that was intended […]

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Keyword searching – is there a better option?

October 4th, 2012

Over the last few years there has been a lot written about the (in)effectiveness of keyword searching as an approach to targeting important information. Many have focussed on the problems of keywords to justify the need to move toward more sophisticated approaches like Predictive Coding. Last week, the NZ Lawyer magazine published an article of […]

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E-Discovery software – options for small firms with small matters

September 18th, 2012

The perception that ediscovery software is expensive and only suitable for large matters could not be further from the truth. There are many options available, with some starting at only a few dollars a month. It is just a matter of finding the e-discovery software that best suits your individual requirements. Small firms with small matters want […]

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E-Discovery seminar promotes the importance of cooperation and proportionality

September 7th, 2012

The importance of proportionality and cooperation were key messages to come from the Auckland District Law Society’s seminar on E-Discovery which I spoke at last week. Joining me as speakers at the seminar were Judge David Harvey and Kiri Harkess from McElroys. The seminar was designed to look at the basics of E-Discovery, but also […]

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Keeping track of the Jackson Reforms

August 21st, 2012

The new Jackson reforms are due to commence in the UK in April 2013. Over recent weeks we have seen a number of interesting articles commenting on the new reforms and in particular the impact on the disclosure process (discovery for the rest of us in the world). The first articles to catch my eye […]

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Launch of new E-Discovery CPD Seminars

August 9th, 2012

E-Discovery Consulting has launched a programme of CPD seminars on electronic discovery and legal technology. The aim of the CLE seminars is to provide all those involved in litigation the opportunity to be better prepared and informed to tackle electronic discovery. Further information about the CPD seminars can be found on here. E-Discovery requires new […]

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Facilitating a forensic search

July 26th, 2012

We are all faced with similar issues with electronic data levels increasing at an alarming rate. Not everyone has the option to invest in sophisticated technology or the necessary skills to operate such technology. I am starting to find tools that could be classed as enabling a ‘forensic search’ becoming more popular. By a ‘forensic […]

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A day in the life of an E-Discovery Consultant

July 11th, 2012

As published in LawTalk, issue 799, 6 July 2012 Over recent years there has been an exponential growth in both the volume and sources of electronic information. Nearly all information now originates in electronic form. This has complicated the discovery process as it has created many new challenges for lawyers. Managing electronic information in the […]

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A week in Australian E-Discovery

June 29th, 2012

I am currently getting back to work that I had to put on hold as I visited Australia last week on an E-Discovery information gathering mission. The week involved meeting up with a number of providers and players in the ediscovery space in Australia to evaluate what was happening across the Tasman, as well as looking to […]

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New resource for the new discovery rules

June 27th, 2012

‘Due to public demand’ I have created a dedicated page on our website consolidating all of the new New Zealand discovery rules. The page contains links to all the rules relating to discovery as well as direct reference to the practical requirements of the Discovery Checklist and the Listing and Exchange Protocol. The page can […]

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Strong Judicial Presence for Chilli IQ’s E-Discovery Summit

May 29th, 2012

The Chilli IQ 6th Information Management & E-Discovery Summit is only a few weeks away and with the list of confirmed speakers and content, this year’s event promises to be a valuable experience for all those involved with E-Discovery. Looking through the conference programme there are some excellent subject matters for a number of the […]

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Launch of The E-Discovery Update

May 25th, 2012

E-Discovery Consulting is pleased to announce the launch of The E-Discovery Update. The E-Discovery Update is a daily online newspaper consolidating the latest E-Discovery news, collated from articles, blog posts mainly from Twitter. It is a collection of global e-discovery news, but with a New Zealand focus. The information is presented to readers in the format of any […]

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A busy few weeks in e-discovery

May 23rd, 2012

It has been a busy time of late in the e-discovery space in New Zealand. An unfortunate result of which is that I have somewhat neglected my blog over the last couple of weeks, which I only realised when a couple of my readers contacted me directly about when I am posting my next blog […]

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AccessData visit NZ to promote the new Summation

May 2nd, 2012

AccessData are continuing their worldwide ReDiscover Summation roadshow this week with sessions in both Auckland and Wellington. The seminars will provide an opportunity for AccessData to showcase the redesign of Summation to existing clients and potential new clients. The session will be led by Kate Paslin who is Assistant General Counsel for AccessData. I have […]

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Chilli IQ’s E-Discovery Summit – Raising the awareness of electronic discovery

May 1st, 2012

Providing education to raise the awareness of electronic discovery is essential to assist navigate the challenges of electronic information both efficiently and cost effectively. Chilli IQ’s 6th Information Management & E-Discovery Summit is one of very few events in Australasia that is designed to help those in the industry expand their knowledge about dealing with […]

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A Judicial Commentary on New Zealand’s New Discovery Rules

April 19th, 2012

This week His Honour Judge David Harvey has written an article which summarises New Zealand’s New Discovery Rules and also provides a practical insight of how technology can be used through the discovery process. The article called New Zealand’s New Discovery Rules and Electronic Discovery was published by the Society for Computers and Law (from the […]

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Embracing an Electronic Documents Questionnaire

April 12th, 2012

Recently I have pointed clients in the direction of the UK Electronic Documents Questionnaire to assist them undertake discovery under the new NZ court rules. Tools from other jurisdictions (like the Electronic Documents Questionnaire), can provide good practical guidance for parties to tackle discovery more proportionately and cost effectively under the new e-discovery rules. With […]

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Raising the awareness of electronic discovery

March 30th, 2012

Raising the awareness of electronic discovery has become something of a mission of mine of late. Electronic discovery is an area that continues to evolve with new challenges arising, as well as new solutions developing – it is just a matter of sharing this knowledge. Historically in New Zealand there were not any court rules […]

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LegalTech New York 2012 – a NZ perspective

February 24th, 2012

The 2012 edition of LegalTech in New York yet again proved to be an opportunity that could not be missed for anyone in the ediscovery industry. Since it has been a couple of weeks since LegalTech (and having time to catch up on my ‘day job’), I thought I would put together a short post […]

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Growing litigation support options in NZ

February 9th, 2012

A common concern that I have heard of late is that there are not enough litigation support options available in New Zealand. Fortunately this is not the case, as it has never been a more important time to have litigation support options available since the new electronic discovery rules commenced on 1 February. Over the […]

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New discovery rules – being more informed at an earlier stage

January 20th, 2012

We are now only a couple of weeks away from the new discovery rules commencing in New Zealand on the 1st of February. Currently I am busy assisting firms prepare to comply with the new requirements. One point I have been highlighting is those parties that are more informed about their information at an earlier […]

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Lawyers embracing technology – has the iPad been the catalyst for change?

December 16th, 2011

Recently I have witnessed a considerable change in the number of legal professionals using iPads or tablet devices. The iPad appears to be gaining acceptance by many who had previously been very reluctant technology users. I refer to iPads as they are arguably the most recognisable tablet device (they definitely are for the people that […]

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Lord Justice Jackson: “New Zealand is ahead of us”

December 1st, 2011

“New Zealand is ahead of us” maybe a commendable headline, but it is important to put Lord Justice Jackson’s comment into context. Lord Justice Jackson made this comment last week in a speech about ‘Controlling the Costs of Disclosure’. A full copy of the speech is available on the Judiciary of England and Wales website. […]

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Continuing to promote the new discovery rules

November 22nd, 2011

I continue my ‘mission’ to try and raise the awareness of the new discovery rules, with the commencement just around the corner on 1 February 2012. The Law Society helpfully published an article of mine in their Law Talk magazine last week entitled “Promoting the new discovery rules”. A link to the full article can […]

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Providing technology options for small matters

November 15th, 2011

A common misconception by many in the legal profession is that technology is always expensive and only suitable for large matters.  This does not have to be the case, as there are eDiscovery solutions available for smaller matters that do not need to cost the earth. ‘We do not have large volume matters…’ Since the NZ […]

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NZ Law Society seminars: Judicial endorsement of new discovery rules

November 1st, 2011

I have spent the last week travelling the country presenting seminars on behalf of the New Zealand Law Society explaining the new discovery reforms. Laura O’Gorman of Buddle Findlay and David Friar of Bell Gully joined me in presenting these sessions, adding valuable legal insight into the new discovery rules. Judicial endorsement We were fortunate […]

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Get advice before you buy

October 20th, 2011

Choosing the right eDiscovery software can be a daunting process for many firms.  For most lawyers, software selection is foreign to them as their experience and expertise is with the law, not the technology. Experienced independent advice can assist you in your software selection, as the advice can help you decide what the best solution is […]

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Removing the uncertainty – new discovery rules

October 14th, 2011

I like many, were pleased to see the new discovery rules finally made public last week with the announcement that they will come into effect on 1 February 2012. There had been considerable uncertainty around when the new discovery rules would commence and also when the new rules would be made available. Personally it has […]

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New discovery rules – training sessions

October 7th, 2011

As I announced yesterday, the new NZ discovery rules are now publicly available. They commence on 1 February 2012.  To assist the profession understand what the new discovery rules will mean for them, I have established dedicated training sessions on the new discovery rules. Details of the sessions are available here. The new rules contain […]

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New discovery rules commence 1 Feb 2012

October 6th, 2011

The new NZ discovery rules have been passed and will commence on 1 February 2012. The rules were passed this week and were today published on the New Zealand Legislation website. The new rules substantially change the way that discovery will have to be conducted. The reforms modernise discovery rules in an attempt to curb […]

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NZ E-Discovery reform – a global context: #5 – Exchange Protocols

September 13th, 2011

The NZ discovery reforms introduce a mandatory listing and exchange protocol (the protocol) to facilitate the production of information. A key feature of the new NZ rules is that there is flexibility to modify the protocol to suit the requirements of the matter. Continuing my series of looking into the NZ discovery reforms, I will […]

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Raising the Bar – a look at the NZBA Annual Conference

September 6th, 2011

Barristers can become more efficient in their practice by effectively using technology. This was a key theme that came out of the NZ Bar Association Annual Conference last Friday, which I was fortunate enough to be a speaker. We had a number of industry experts all delivering the messages of how there is technology available […]

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NZBA Annual Conference – promoting the use of technology

August 31st, 2011

I will be presenting at the New Zealand Bar Association Annual Conference this coming Friday, where the topic this year is “The Modern Barrister”. The conference has an impressive list of speakers, with many focussing on how technology can be used more effectively to assist the role of the barrister – a topic that is very […]

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Rules Committee approves new NZ discovery rules

August 30th, 2011

The New Zealand Rules Committee has approved the final draft of the new discovery rules. The Courts of New Zealand website now outlines the current status with the rules – At the meeting 22 August 2011, the Committee approved a draft set of rules on discovery, revised after a substantial period of consultation with the profession.  […]

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NZ E-Discovery reform – a global context: #4 – The effective use of technology

August 24th, 2011

There is a significant difference between merely using technology and using technology efficiently and effectively. Continuing my series of looking into the NZ discovery reforms, I will look at how the effective use of technology has been fundamental in comparative global discovery reforms. In addition to the new obligations of cooperation and proportionality in the […]

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NZ E-Discovery reform – a global context: #3 – New reasonable search obligations

August 16th, 2011

There is a new defined requirement in the proposed New Zealand discovery reforms for parties to make a reasonable search. The obligation to undertake a reasonable search brings NZ into line with the developments in other jurisdictions. As I continue my series of looking at the NZ ediscovery reforms from a global perspective, I will […]

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NZ E-Discovery reform – a global context: #2 – A Proportionate approach to discovery

August 11th, 2011

Facilitating a proportionate approach to discovery is fundamental to the proposed New Zealand discovery reforms.  In recognition of not every dispute being the same, the new rules allow for discovery orders to be tailored to suit the specific requirements of each matter. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, the volumes and sources of electronic […]

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NZ E-Discovery reform – a global context: #1 – Early cooperation at the heart of discovery reforms

August 9th, 2011

Continuing my series of looking further into the NZ e-discovery reforms, today I look further at the requirement for parties to cooperate, and compare to reforms in other jurisdictions. All jurisdictions are faced with similar issues of increasing burden and cost associated with discovery, but all still have the same obligations to identify, preserve, review […]

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NZ E-Discovery reform – a global context

August 2nd, 2011

As New Zealand is finalising its discovery reforms, I thought it an opportune time to look at the reforms from a global perspective, comparing the reforms to what has happened in other jurisdictions. Other jurisdictions have faced similar concerns as we are experiencing in New Zealand with the existing discovery rules becoming out-dated over recent […]

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Final draft of the new NZ discovery rules released

July 14th, 2011

The final draft rules of the New Zealand discovery reform have been published by the Rules Committee. The profession are being asked to raise any specific drafting issues by 10 August 2011, with the anticipation that the new rules will come into force in early 2012. The rules can be found on the Courts of […]

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Launch of ‘The NZ E-Discovery Blog’

July 12th, 2011

E-Discovery Consulting is proud to announce the launch of The NZ E-Discovery Blog. The NZ E-Discovery Blog is an objective commentary that will look to promote the understanding and awareness of electronic discovery issues. Complementing the services of E-Discovery Consulting, the blog will be a valuable resource to make it easier for lawyers to be […]

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Achieving a more efficient discovery process

February 13th, 2011

Andrew King looks at the issues created by electronically generated documents Today, 90 per cent of all documents are generated electronically. The substantial escalation in the volume of electronic documents has added new, unique challenges to an already expensive and time-consuming discovery process – and if we don’t directly address the issue, the discovery process […]

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Addressing discovery proportionately

February 11th, 2011

The proposed discovery reforms are a necessity to modernize existing rules by directly addressing the complexities that the exponential growth of electronic documents has added to the discovery process. These changes should reduce the current burden associated with discovery as we look to take a more proportionate and cost-effective approach that is tailored to suit […]

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Welcome to E-Discovery Consulting’s new website!

February 10th, 2011

Thank you for visiting E-Discovery Consulting new website. At E-Discovery Consulting we specialise in providing professional litigation support consulting services to the legal industry. Our services provide you with the advice and support to manage all litigation support logistics. Our expertise will assist you manage litigation more efficiently and reduce your burden. Our services are […]

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