How do I find out about electronic disclosure?

The e-Disclosure Information Project began in response to a perceived need for different players in the e-disclosure field to know more about what the others were doing. In the last few months, I have heard or heard of things like:

We know we ought to be doing something about e-disclosure but we don’t know where to start (after a lecture).

Can we schedule a call to pick your brains about every aspect of the UK market? (from more than one US supplier).

How do I meet others who are interested in finding about more about electronic disclosure? (from several UK law firms).

What is e-disclosure anyway? (from a huddle of solicitors who had just emerged from a Case Management Conference with a flea in their collective ears).

I hope to have retired before all this becomes compulsory (from a litigation partner in a large law firm).

If I am expected to pick up the essentials of patent law on the hoof during a case, I am sure I can cope with managing disclosure (from a High Court judge).

Perhaps the most interesting of these questions is the one about getting in touch with others. I don’t just mean would-be customers finding the right supplier or vice-versa, but peer-to-peer type networking. That might mean two law firms at a similar stage who might pool resources on identifying next steps. It could be two suppliers whose products or services are in fact complementary to each other but whose focus on their own strands makes them appear to the market to be rivals. It might be two judges who face similar case management issues, unaware that the same wheel is being invented in a parallel court at the other end of the country.

My role is in part to try and tie up these loose ends and to put people in touch with each other or to point them to resources – conferences, seminars, webinars or web sites – which may help. One route, which I have only recently discovered for myself, is the professional network LinkedIn. Here you can enter as much or as little (I recommend the latter) as you like about yourself and find links with others who share your business interests. Have a look, and perhaps join one or both of the Litigation Support Professionals Groups – look on my profile to find them. The more of you who do so, the more useful a resource it will become when filtered down to UK links.

Otherwise, just contact me if you want to be put in touch with others whose interests in this field match yours.


About Chris Dale

I have been an English solicitor since 1980. I run the e-Disclosure Information Project which collects and comments on information about electronic disclosure / eDiscovery and related subjects in the UK, the US, AsiaPac and elsewhere
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