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Are you approaching eDiscovery in the most effective way possible?

December 3rd, 2019

Discovery practices continue to evolve, largely due to impact of technology. Yet these are also exciting times, as we can approach discovery more effectively to remove much of the cost, complication and burden.   Recently LawTalk published an article of mine – “Are you approaching eDiscovery in the most effective way possible?”. The article highlighted how […]

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Paper is still not going away…yet!

November 26th, 2019

I probably said 5 years ago (maybe longer) that the days of paper are numbered. Sure, there is more electronic material, but paper is still not going away. Often it is not paper itself, but the decisions made by legal professionals to deal with documents in paper format. Like all aspects of the discovery process […]

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eDiscovery does not need to be costly or complicated

September 25th, 2019

eDiscovery is not expensive, eDiscovery done badly is ! Too often I hear “I just find eDiscovery so complex and frustrating and usually turns out to be more expensive than I expected”. But it does not have to be this way. The objective of the discovery process should be to get only what you need […]

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It may have worked in the past, but now…

July 17th, 2019

The rationale “We have always done discovery this way” no longer cuts it ! What may have worked 10 years ago, last year, or last week may no longer be the most effective way to manage the discovery process. In the past we did not face the volumes of electronic information that are now present […]

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Managing New Zealand’s increasing discovery volumes

June 12th, 2019

Globally the data volumes experienced in the discovery process are increasing rapidly and this is no different in New Zealand. Recently LawTalk published an article of mine – “Effectively managing New Zealand’s increasing discovery volumes”. The article highlighted how important it is to effectively manage the increasing data volumes that exist in the discovery process. It is […]

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Turn your mind to discovery early

May 22nd, 2019

Far too often parties turn their minds to the practical requirements of discovery far too late in the process. If we are to reduce the time and cost of the discovery process, then it is essential that how to tackle discovery is considered at an early stage. With today’s proliferation of information, coupled with Court […]

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Looking for easy wins in your discovery approach

April 30th, 2019

It is not always the use of Technology Assisted Review (TAR), or the utilisation of other powerful technologies that will be right for you. For some it is simply looking at existing practices and seeing if there is anything that could be performed more efficiently. Some of the technology out there is fantastic, but sometimes […]

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Evaluating eDiscovery software options, every 12-24 months

March 28th, 2019

Even if you are currently satisfied with your existing eDiscovery software, it is worth exploring what else is available. Find out what others are using – is it giving them an advantage over you? To ensure you are equipping yourself with the most effective tools, you should evaluate your eDiscovery software options every 12-24 months. […]

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Understanding the potential cost of eDiscovery

November 22nd, 2018

Too often I have seen good eDiscovery solutions end in a difficult relationship as there was not a full appreciation of potential costs at the outset. The scenario usually goes something like this –  Client – your estimate was XX Provider – you asked us to undertake additional work, any further work was itemised in the […]

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Helping find the right eDiscovery solution to suit you

October 16th, 2018

Today’s escalating data volumes and the rising cost of managing that data, make it increasingly important to use the right eDiscovery software to tackle the discovery process. Recently LawTalk published an article of mine – Finding the right eDiscovery solution to suit you. The article highlighted where to start to find the best eDiscovery software, […]

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Technology Assisted Review – empowering David to tackle Goliath in eDiscovery

August 7th, 2018

Technology Assisted Review (“TAR”) is often thought of as a tool primarily for large firms working with high document volumes, however TAR can be just as valuable for smaller firms that may have limited resources and budgets, as they often have to look for smarter ways to work to compete. Today’s increasing volumes of information […]

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Technology Assisted Review – Enabling you to Work Smarter

July 17th, 2018

Recently there have been some good commentaries on the use of Technology Assisted Review (“TAR”) in the discovery process. The first was an excellent guide to the TAR process from leading eDiscovery Consultant Terry Harrison, who is based in South Africa. The other was a case study by Australian litigation support provider Law In Order, […]

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Shop around when selecting eDiscovery software

April 24th, 2018

I still find many firms using an eDiscovery solution (using the word ‘solution’ loosely), because they have always used the product, or justify its continual use on “sticking with the devil you know” ! If this is you, then you are being left behind by others that are open to exploring options that better meet […]

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What do you want to achieve with your eDiscovery software?

March 28th, 2018

This is a question that is often over looked when exploring eDiscovery software. More frequently, I am simply asked – what is the best eDiscovery software? It is increasingly important to firstly, consider what you want to achieve. Considering the software options in many circumstances will be your final consideration Software should be your final consideration […]

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Don’t shape your practices around the capabilities of your software

February 27th, 2018

When it comes to the discovery process, many firms that I speak with are still being forced to shape their litigation practices around the capabilities of their existing eDiscovery software. How they work can be considerably impacted by the limitations of their existing software. Most of the issues experienced, simply should not happen. Some of […]

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New Zealand’s Commerce Commission and SFO invest in Relativity eDiscovery software

January 24th, 2018

The New Zealand Commerce Commission and Serious Fraud Office (SFO) have recently invested in Relativity as their preferred eDiscovery solution. About Relativity Relativity is widely regarded as one of the leading eDiscovery software solution internationally, with nearly 14,000 organisations using Relativity in over 40 countries, totaling over 165,000 users. Relativity has over 800 employees, with […]

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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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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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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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