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So what is the best eDiscovery solution?

May 15th, 2024

When people hear I provide independent advice on eDiscovery software options, inevitably I still get “So, what’s the best eDiscovery software?” But there’s no simple answer to that question. It does make me laugh to still get this same question as I did 10+ years ago – sometimes from the same people too ! Like […]


Don’t let an eDiscovery product solely dictate your discovery process

March 26th, 2024

It is becoming increasingly apparent that many are solely relying on eDiscovery product(s) to dictate their discovery process. In doing so, some vital other practices and skills can be ignored. Sometimes I am alarmed to go into an organisation and their whole process and how they work is shaped around how the product works – […]


Is eDiscovery becoming over-engineered?

February 7th, 2024

Over recent years I often wonder if the eDiscovery process is becoming increasingly over-engineered and sometimes needlessly complicated. I think we can simply lose sight of the objective to get only what you need and do so in a way that is quick and cost effective. We all know if the ever-increasing sources and data […]


Let’s get rid of what we don’t need !

October 19th, 2022

The greatest obstacle in most discovery exercises is the increasing data volumes, providing new and evolving challenges for all discovery matters. So much of this information will be completely irrelevant for what we are after. The challenge is how do quickly and efficiently get to the key information that we need? No one wants to […]


Getting to what really matters, quickly and cost effectively

July 19th, 2022

Sometimes we can lose sight of the true objective of the discovery process ! The objective of any discovery exercise should be to facilitate a method of getting to the most important information quickly, cost effectively and accurately – to help resolve the dispute. To achieve this, we do need to be more proactive, targeted […]


Enhancing the value of your eDiscovery champion

May 11th, 2022

Previously I outlined why it is a significant advantage to have an eDiscovery champion in your organisation. Your eDiscovery champion will be expected to keep your organisation informed of the best practices to manage eDiscovery. To enhance their value to you it is important they continue to learn and improve their expertise. This will enable […]


Who is your eDiscovery champion?

April 20th, 2022

With the proliferation of electronic information, it is important to be prepared to be pro-active earlier in the proceeding to address how discovery will be tackled. It is a great advantage to have an ‘eDiscovery champion’ in your organisation. Gone are the days where the discovery logistics were passed to a junior team member. Sure, this […]


eDiscovery or Discovery – the objective remains the same !

February 1st, 2022

We continue to have our own preferences as to what we call eDiscovery or Discovery. Many suggest eDiscovery, others simply prefer Discovery. Within this do we have a hyphen or not, do we have a capital “E” or “D” – and that is even before the Brits throw in “Disclosure” and all the variations of? […]


10 years is a long time in eDiscovery

December 16th, 2021

Earlier this year LinkedIn kindly notified me of 10-year anniversary! It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was reflecting on a five-year anniversary. As we near the end of another COVID impacted year, it does give me time to reflect on some of the changes in eDiscovery I have seen with eDiscovery, and how my […]


Exploring the limitations of keyword search terms

September 15th, 2021

In my last post I explored how many effective eDiscovery methods can still be those that are simple and have been used for years – as long as they are thoroughly considered. One of these methods is the use of keyword search terms. Although there can be limitations of keyword search terms. In recent times, […]


Some simple eDiscovery methods can still be effective

August 31st, 2021

We know that today’s data volumes continue to increase rapidly, providing new and evolving challenges for all discovery matters. Unless effectively undertaken the costs and burden of the discovery process can easily (and quickly) spiral out of control. However, it doesn’t always mean you need the latest software or use the most sophisticated new techniques. Many effective […]


How to change your eDiscovery solution?

July 14th, 2021

I have covered why it is important to evaluate your eDiscovery software options every 12-24 months, together with what to look for in your eDiscovery solution. Now it is time to explore how to get started, how to explore the options available. I still find many firms using an eDiscovery solution (using the word ‘solution’ loosely), because […]


What to look for in eDiscovery software?

June 23rd, 2021

Evaluating your eDiscovery software options every 12-24 months should be on the mind of everyone undertaking eDiscovery to ensure you are using the most suitable eDiscovery option(s) available. I think we get the why we need to re-evaluate eDiscovery software, now I think it is important to look further into what to potentially look for in choosing […]


Myth 4 – eDiscovery is too costly and complicated

May 26th, 2021

Too often I hear “eDiscovery is too costly, complex and frustrating”. Ironically this is the rationale of why many do not embrace eDiscovery software or invest the time at the outset of the matter. But it does not have to be this way. As I often say, eDiscovery is not expensive – eDiscovery done badly […]


Myth 3 – The matter is too late for eDiscovery software

May 19th, 2021

Far too often parties turn their minds to the practical requirements of discovery far too late in the process, including if they are to use E-Discovery software. It is not unusual for lawyers to consider eDiscovery only when they are about to (or want to) turn documents into an electronic format to comply with court […]


Myth 2 – The matter is too small for eDiscovery software

May 12th, 2021

Far too often when it comes to eDiscovery, the perception is that eDiscovery software is only suitable for large matters. Most matters are not too small for eDiscovery software. This is simply not the case ! The rationale is usually that this is the way that discovery has always been approached. “We have never used […]


Myth 1 – Using non-eDiscovery tools for eDiscovery

May 6th, 2021

“Why do we need dedicated tools for eDiscovery?” This is often a question I am asked, and more than what I would think. I find most of those asking these questions have not had experience with eDiscovery software – and yes, there are still many that have not, or if they have, they have very […]


Exploring some misconceptions with eDiscovery software

April 29th, 2021

The objective of the discovery process remains to get only what you need and in a way that is quick and cost effective. What doesn’t help is many common misconceptions with eDiscovery software. Equipping yourself with the right eDiscovery solutions will greatly assist this objective. The problem we all face is today’s data volumes continue […]


The AI transforming the practice of law

December 9th, 2020

The experience of COVID has demonstrated the legal profession can adapt and work differently when they have to. Even though most became totally reliant on technology, traditionally though the legal profession has been slow to adopt new technologies, let alone artificial intelligence (AI). One notable exception has been the adoption and success of AI used […]


Shop around ! See the eDiscovery software options available

October 22nd, 2020

When it comes to eDiscovery software, it has never been a better opportunity to shop around in evaluating eDiscovery software options available. Since COVID-19, many are exploring the legal tech they use to see if it is still fit for purpose. I know eDiscovery software is one of my most frequent conversations I have had […]


How can we do this better – the opportunity to re-evaluate your eDiscovery software options

September 24th, 2020

Since COVID-19, the legal profession like so many has become totally reliant on technology, as traditional practices have had to be adapted just to survive. eDiscovery is no different, as it is a great opportunity to re-evaluate how you are approaching eDiscovery. Like most technology, so much can change and quickly with eDiscovery software – […]


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 […]


Managing New Zealand’s increasing discovery volumes

June 12th, 2019

Like the rest of the world, there are increasing eDiscovery volumes in New Zealand, requiring smarter ways to manage this information. 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. Increasing […]


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 […]


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 evaluating eDiscovery software options, to see 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 […]


Embracing TAR to reduce the cost & burden of the discovery process

January 22nd, 2019

Due to increasing data volumes and the subsequent cost of managing this data require us to work smarter to find new ways that enable us to get to the most important information quickly and cost effectively. Technology Assisted Review (“TAR”) is one of these smarter ways. Needless to say it has simply become too expensive […]


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 cost of eDiscovery 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 […]


Navigating eDiscovery pricing models

November 14th, 2018

There are excellent eDiscovery software options available, however it isn’t always easy to compare their eDiscovery pricing models. This is something you need to be aware of, especially if you are new to eDiscovery. The price that you are initially presented with may not always be the true cost. You may be surprised when you […]


Do you get what you pay for?

November 8th, 2018

Is this fair when it comes to eDiscovery software or not? Just because a solution may be cheaper, it doesn’t always mean it is not as good, likewise if it is more expensive it doesn’t always mean it is better for you ! Organisations have different requirements, which could mean that certain eDiscovery software might […]


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 solution 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, […]


Ari Kaplan Podcast – Why Legal Tech Conferences Have Become a Global Phenomenon

September 27th, 2018

Recently I was fortunate to be interviewed by leading legal tech thought leader Ari Kaplan in one of his Reinventing Professionals podcasts. Ari’s podcasts “share insights with industry leaders shaping the next generation of legal and professional services”. On the podcast we talked LawFest and legal technology in New Zealand, together with why legal tech […]


Nuix acquisition of Ringtail creates powerful ‘end-to’end’ eDiscovery offering

September 11th, 2018

Today we have had the announcement that Nuix has acquired Ringtail to provide an ’end-to-end’ eDiscovery solution. This announcement probably trumps all other movements in an eDiscovery market that has experienced considerable change recently, with acquisitions and providers deploying tools that may have historically been competitors. You can read some press announcements here –  […]


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 […]


How one lawyer used Technology Assisted Review to save their client thousands

July 31st, 2018

Technology Assisted Review (“TAR”), can be a great enabler for firms that need to be nimble and innovate to compete with large firms. A perfect example was a matter I managed for a New Zealand law firm, that helped save their client thousands of dollars. Australian litigation support provider, Law In Order has produced an […]


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” ! Selecting eDiscovery software is crucial for all organisations involved in the discovery process.  If this is you, then you are being […]


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 […]


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 […]


The NZ E-Discovery Blog named as one of the top 60 eDiscovery Blogs

February 16th, 2018

Like others, I too was surprised, yet pleased to be ranked at number 50 in a list of Top 60 eDiscovery Blogs and Websites For eDiscovery Professionals put together by Feedspot. Even though there are far more recognisable people internationally, I am pleased to be included in this high calibre list. I suggest you checkout […]


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 […]


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 eDiscovery rules. I couldn’t agree more with Chris, […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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” […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


“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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]