Craig Ball on the differences between US eDiscovery and UK eDisclosure

Craig Ball was the keynote speaker at IQPC’s eDiscovery and Information Governance Summit in London in May 2015.

His theme in his keynote speech was an important one – the idea that lawyers who understand their documents and who know how to manage them and to abide by the rules, have a distinct advantage over opponents who do not. Along the way, he gave us well-illustrated examples of things which the lawyers ought to know about without necessarily understanding the deep technology behind them.

As one has come to expect from Craig, he had done his research on the English rules relating to eDisclosure and, in this video, he offers some thoughts on the differences between US discovery and UK disclosure.

As Craig says in opening, there is a perception in the US that US eDiscovery is somehow two years ahead of the UK and anywhere else. Those who look at the excesses of US discovery from the outside have a different view. I, for one, am proud of the components in our rules which provide for restraint – for control of the scope, method and costs of disclosure, even if they are as yet misunderstood and underused.

Craig considers the comparison and finds that the UK rules and practice have some advantages over those of the US.


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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