E-disclosure, E-discovery

E-disclosure, E-discovery

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Electronic disclosure requirements have become ever more stringent as a result of the recently revised Civil Procedure Rules, placing added pressure on litigators and their clients. Coupled with increasing impatience of regulatory bodies such as the FSA, SEC, DOJ and SFO with incomplete and ill-managed disclosure, has created a strong need for you to develop a firm-wide strategy for managing the process of finding, preserving and disclosing data effectively. Ark Group's Guide to Effective E-disclosure is designed specifically to assist you in formalising your organisations approach to the disclosure of electronic documents, with a clear view to: Increasing efficiency; Reducing costs; Gaining consistent high quality results; Avoiding unexpected, and expensive, surprises.
Topics Covered: Obligations imposed on litigators by the Practice Direction to rule 31 of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998; Recognised steps for e-disclosure; strategies to employ at each stage from collection of electronic documentation to presenting it for inspection; The growing use of the disclosure protocol; How to exploit tactical advantage in the face of unwitting opposition; Selecting an external service provider; Document review tools - in-house vs hosted; Intricacies surrounding 'deleted' and foreign language documentation; How to achieve quality, cost-effective electronic disclosure. The report also examines the legal aspect of an e-disclosure exercise, ensuring that collaboration between you and your in-house or external legal service provider is focused and efficient.
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  • Paperback | 73 pages
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1906355231
  • 9781906355234

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Civil Procedure Rules 1998 The Civil Procedure Rules 1998 The Practice Direction to Part 31 of the CPR Chapter 2: The phases of an electronic disclosure exercise Information management Identification Preservation Collection Processing Review Analysis Production Presentation Chapter 3: The disclosure protocol The matter surrounding the issues The parties' client's document retention policies The individuals considered appropriate to be subject to disclosure Access to electronic document storage media The techniques used by the party to search the media identified The format of the list intended to be exchanged by parties How parties intend to provide documents for inspection Chapter 4: External service provider selection External service provider's capabilities The size and experience of the external service provider The external service provider's charging methodology The external service provider's working assumptions Filtration rates Chapter 5: The in-house review tool versus the hosted review tool The in-house review tool The hosted review tool Chapter 6: Foreign-language and deleted documentation Foreign-language documentation Deleted documentation Chapter 7: Conclusions IT education for lawyers Improve communication with IT professionals Learn from experience Adopt a firm-wide electronic document disclosure strategy Embrace new technologies and keep abreast of developments Haggle If unsure, seek external help Index
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About Mike Taylor

CALLED TO the Bar in 1998, Michael Taylor spent the first four years of his career working within government on two high-profile public inquiries: the 'Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry' (an inquiry into complex paediatric heart surgery) and the 'Shipman Inquiry' (an inquiry into the unlawful activities of Harold Shipman). Michael went into private practice in Bristol before moving to a major legal technology service provider where it was his responsibility to advise clients as to suitable solutions to their e-disclosure requirements, as well as give educational seminars and lectures to lawyers and litigation support managers on the subjects of e-disclosure, paper disclosure and computer forensics. Michael has had articles published in many newspapers and periodicals, and is a regular conference speaker. Michael set up i-Lit Limited as an independent legal IT consultancy that helps law firms and their clients appropriately scope electronic document disclosure exercises and only buy external services when it is absolutely necessary.
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