The Orange Rag adds its weight to litigation support on both sides of the Atlantic

I wonder what was the first legal technology development reported by Charles Christian. A new design of quill pen perhaps which, coupled with a revolutionary advance in parchment development, allowed legal clerks to write on both sides of a document at once. It might have been the outsourcing of Inner Temple deed production to monks recently made redundant by the nationalisation of the monasteries, or a steam-driven calculating machine for keeping trust accounts.

His acerbic observations on the legal technology market have been pouring out apparently for ever. His audience is legal IT professionals — the people who develop, sell, buy, implement, support and manage legal IT systems within law firms and in-house legal departments. It is unlikely that any medium-to-large law firm technology purchase in the UK has taken place without reference to the Legal Technology Insider and, more recently, the Orange Rag blog.

The American edition has been going for a little over a year and seems quickly to have achieved the same status as his UK publications. So far as I am aware, he is one of only two UK commentators with a regular audience in the US market.

Until recently, his coverage of the litigation support market has reflected the market itself – there has not been much to write about. The recent arrival of a new litigation support section on the Orange Rag presumably indicates Christian’s estimate that the market will rise and may itself prove to be an accelerating factor in the market.

Its article of 27 October headed Chris Dale says UK lawyers where are you? gets its title, I imagine, from my oft-reiterated wonder at the fewness of the UK attendees at the extremely good US conferences dedicated to electronic disclosure. The English conferences similarly should attract more of the lawyers at whom the content is aimed — any lawyer, in private practice or an in-house legal department who handles litigation involving any reasonably large (but not necessarily enormous) volume of documents.

The Orange Rag post draws attention to the Thomson Reuters e-Disclosure Forum in London on 13 November of which I am co-chair and which is the last of the mainstream UK conferences this year. It also sets out a list of reasons why lawyers should be paying some attention to electronic disclosure. The list necessarily omits what may prove to be the most significant factor of all — HHJ Simon Brown QC’s judgment in Earles v Barclays Bank which was reported in The Times on the same day as Charles Christian’s post. When you add that to the factors which are listed in the Orange Rag post, the ability to hide from this subject is fast disappearing.

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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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