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Navigating eDiscovery pricing models

November 14th, 2018

There are excellent eDiscovery software options available, however it isn’t always easy to compare their 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 compare […]


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 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, […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


‘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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 – 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]