Epiq Systems is holding an E-Disclosure / E-Discovery Solutions Showcase at the Barbican in London at 4.30pm on 8 November. Its title is The Power of Options, which seems appropriate for an event which includes several leading software solutions as well as the consultancy and document review services which Epiq offers in conjunction with the technology. There will also be a seminar led by costs expert Professor Dominic Regan, adding a timely and relevant educational element to the solutions on show.
Epiq was described as a “niche player” in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software of May 2011. The word “niche” somehow implies narrow specialisation; I am not sure that it was the right word to use of Epiq in May, but it certainly seems inappropriate now that the full effect of its April 2011 acquisition of Encore Discovery Solutions becomes clear. The London Showcase will demonstrate just how broad its range is.
Epiq has long had its own proprietary processing and document review software (eDataMatrix and DocuMatrix) to support its broad consultancy function. In September, Epiq announced the availability of the web-based eDisclosure review software Relativity in the UK – it is the only Relativity Best in Service Premium Hosting Partner with data centres in both the US and the UK, and is the largest global provider of Relativity.
There is more to electronic disclosure than the technology. Alliances like those which Epiq has made emphasise the consulting role which they play, which goes beyond merely selling a technology solution. Scale, time constraints, and the budget must be considered along with the issues and the clients’ objectives. Some cases need merely advisory input, at least at the outset, such as help with completing the Electronic Documents Questionnaire annexed to the new EDisclosure Practice Direction 31B or with preliminary discussions with the other side. Others need the brute application of powerful culling tools to cut the initial document collection to a manageable size. Epiq’s own IQ Review, a mixture of technology and services designed to prioritise documents for review, is the right answer for many cases (I have an article coming up about one particular implementation of IQ Review). For others the right course is an managed document review service – something else which Epiq offers.
None of this is necessarily intuitively understood by those who need the software and services. Even those who have experience with electronic disclosure find it hard to keep up with the technology developments, with the range of wrap-around services and with the context of practice and procedure, which is why an event which pulls them altogether is worth attending, especially with the bonus of a Dominic Regan seminar. Dominic was asked by Lord Justice Jackson to monitor the Birmingham Costs Pilot, and has unrivaled knowledge of costs law and practice, the overriding driver for clients and courts alike.
All this is reason enough to attend Epiq’s Showcase on 8 November, though champagne and the opportunity for discussion with others provide additional motive. Click here for a link to an invitation.