I am not sure how I have worked in the litigation support industry for 15 years without meeting Noel Kilby, nor why it should, eventually, have been easier to do so in LDSI’s office in New York when we are both based in the UK.
That is how it turned out, however. I went, with Mark Dingle of Simmons & Simmons, to meet Noel, to see LDSI’s offices, and to have a look at their in-house document review application, called LiveReview.
First the office, which was opened exactly a year ago. We were shown round it by George Thornton, LDSI’s managing director for North America. I have written a couple of times recently about how it is the human factors – security breaches or procedural failures – which let the side down and the data out. I am sure their rivals do much the same, but LDSI make a major point of the systems and procedures which protect the work, and which track it into, round and out of the office.
Then LiveReview. Like Discovery Mining, LDSI develop their own tool for data review both in house and at clients’ offices. It is in use and well advanced, but LDSI are keen to move it onward and upward and to take in comments – they say, as I did when I was a developer of litigation software, that the best parts come from user reactions. Mark Dingle has a sharp eye for detail on these things and made some useful comments. LiveReview looks good as it is though, and it will be interesting to see how far LDSI take it (and no, you are not getting a software review out of me after a short demo on the afternoon of the most intensive three days of the year).
I met Larry Morris, LDSI Group Chairman and CEO, and Deborah Coram who was appointed managing director of LDSI’s UK operation in December – both, again, names I have known of for ages without actually meeting them.
LDSI describe themselves as the world’s first truly international provider of a complete range of forensically-sound legal document services, and the increasing number of office locations bears out the description. They are moving office in London shortly, and I will then pursue the connection further.