Loren Harper is Head of eDiscovery Solutions at Simmons & Simmons. Simmons was the first law firm outside the US to take Relativity in house and I was interested to hear from Loren Harper about how the firm was using Relativity after eight years of experience. I interviewed her at Relativity Fest – the interview is below.
Loren Harper said that Relativity had become integrated into the practices of the lawyers and those who support them – it is on everyone’s desktop and everyone knows how to use it.
Interestingly, Relativity is used for more than eDiscovery. Loren described how she uses it to run her department. The firm has been using analytics in house for over five years. They did their first predictive coding case in 2013 and the lawyers (and clients) have acquired expertise in working with it.
The last part of the interview is about how Simmons & Simmons works with external service providers. The firm has a panel of eDiscovery providers in the UK as an extension of its own internal team; the combination of internal and external teams, when added to the flexibility of Relativity, makes it possible to meet the requirements of the lawyers and clients instead of simply reacting with “the computer says No”.