There is a webinar today at 2:00pm EDT given by Patrick Burke, Assistant General Counsel at Guidance Software, and me, with the title Five Best Practices in eDiscovery Readiness. Corporations of any size face litigation, regulatory requests, or the need to undertake internal investigations at very short notice. Regulatory requests in particular are increasing in number and can have serious implications for the organisation. The need to find and produce electronic documents quickly will not go away.
Our webinar identifies five best practices which organisations should adopt to put themselves in the best position to face such demands and to find what they need promptly and efficiently. The side-benefits lie partly in the improved negotiating position which results from being able to show that you are on top of your data and partly in the saving of expense – it is a costly business conducting your information governance at short notice at lawyer rates, which is generally the effect of waiting until you have been hit.
The webinar includes discussion about developments in UK civil procedure which are aimed at identifying data sources promptly for the purposes of the discussions which are now required before the first case management conference. Being able to meet this this obligation is a tangible example of the advantages which flow from investment in the technology and processes described in the rest of the webinar.