LexisNexis and LDM Global were hosts at a party on 6 November at the Andaz Hotel at Liverpool Street. The occasion was a link-up between them which brings together LDM’s role as a provider of a wide range of legal technology services and LexisNexis’ Hosted FYI.
The Andaz Hotel proved to be the former Great Eastern Hotel, which I remembered as a place of decaying plasterwork and dark corridors, selling curled sandwiches from under plastic domes or board-like plaice and soggy chips. It is now a cool destination, with dark walls hung with eye-catching pictures, glass tables and some extremely decent food and drink. My recollection of it, I realised, dates back to 1962, so a few changes might have been expected.
There are no marks for originality when describing a supplier’s products, and unless their own descriptions are top-heavy with hyperbole (in which case I remove it) it is easiest simply to pass on what they say about themselves. LexisNexis’ own description of Hosted FYI is as straight up-and-down as you can want – it delivers comprehensive data management know-how, online review and disaster recovery for law firms, corporations and government agencies. Hosted FYI is a secure, centralised, multi-user web review solution for processing, storing, retrieving, analysing, reviewing, redacting and sharing disclosure documents and Concordance databases quickly and easily.
LDM Global is a well-known provider of legal document management and litigation support solutions who can now add LexisNexis Hosted FYI to the range of destinations where they can host their clients’ data. One can see how the arrangements between them will benefit both of them and their clients. I had in fact had coffee a couple of day’s earlier with Scott Merrick, LDM’s newly-appointed International Marketing Director, so I was up to date with some at least of LDM’s plans.
I describe LDM as well-known, Unbeknownst to me they were about to become rather better known amongst those with an interest in weighing the proportionality of extracting data from potentially hard-to-access sources. I asked Greg O’Reilly of LDM if he had heard about the newly-published judgment in Digicel v Cable & Wireless which had reached my desk but was as yet unread. Er, yes, he said, he did know a little bit about it, because LDM were the experts engaged by Cable & Wireless to consider the tapes in question and give evidence about them to the court.
It must have been rather frustrating, in marketing terms, to have been involved in such a high-profile case but to be unable to talk about it. The publication of the judgment at least allows Greg to mention LDM’s work on the case to the extent that it is referred to in the judgment.
One drawback to parties held in dark rooms is the difficulty of identifying people. I was introduced to someone who said “I know who you are. I have heard your talk. Three times”. He conceded, without much duress, that since he went to quite a lot of conferences, it was not really surprising if he had come across variants of the same message from me – where a vicar has the whole Bible to choose from when selecting the texts for his weekly sermons, I deliberately focus on a narrow range of sources – three Parts of the Civil Procedure Rules (Part 1, Part 3 and Part 31, dealing respectively with the overriding objective, case management and disclosure). The Digicel case does at least mean that I have more authority for my assertion that the courts are well aware of the power which those rules give them.
I tend to measure the success of an evening by the time of the train I catch home. I was very late home that night, after the party had removed to Corney & Barrow in Broadgate Circle.
Matthew Grant firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg O’Reilly email@example.com