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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 […]


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 […]


‘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 […]


Don’t Press Print !

June 6th, 2014

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


Reducing the reliance on traditional paper based discovery methods

September 19th, 2013

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


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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]