Congratulations to Tim Constable of Matthew Arnold & Baldwin who seems to have been the first solicitor to get out some information to clients on Senior Master Whitaker’s judgment in Goodale v Ministry of Justice.
His article E-disclosure – the new questionnaire gets its first outing was published during Sunday morning. The judgment was published only at the end of last week.
There is a perception in some quarters that electronic disclosure is of relevance and interest only to very big City firms and their clients. It is important to get across to such people that nearly all commercial clients create, receive and keep their documents in electronic form. Solicitors who are on top of this, as Matthew Arnold & Baldwin appear to be, deserve to win clients as a result, and are entitled also to expect the courts to keep up with them.
As it happens. Matthew Arnold & Baldwin was the first law firm to whom I ever gave a legal technology presentation, in March 1993. They were ahead of their apparent peers then, and seem still to be so.