What is eDiscovery?
Electronic discovery is the electronic aspect of identifying, collecting and producing electronically stored information (ESI) in response to a request for production in a lawsuit or investigation. This is a crucial litigation and investigation asset and includes, but is not limited to, emails, documents, presentations, databases, voicemail, audio and video files, social media, and web sites.
Altlaw’s expertise, combined with leading-edge technology, allows us to identify and manage data throughout the litigation life cycle.
There are complexities around e-discovery often because of the sheer volume of electronic data produced and stored. Unlike hardcopy evidence, electronic documents are more dynamic and often contain metadata such as time-date stamps, author and recipient information, and file properties. Preserving the original content and metadata for electronically stored information is required in order to eliminate claims of spoliation or tampering with evidence later in the litigation.
How does eDiscovery work?
After data is identified by the parties on both sides of a matter, potentially relevant documents (including both electronic and hard-copy materials) cannot be modified, deleted, erased or destroyed. Relevant data is collected and then extracted, indexed and placed into a database. At this point, data is analysed to reduce or segregate the clearly non-relevant documents and e-mails.
Altlaw undertake large scale document reviews whereby data is hosted in a secure environment and made accessible to our Managed Review Team who code the documents for their relevance to the legal matter.
For production, sometimes the relevant documents are converted to a static format such as TIFF or PDF, making redaction of privileged and non-relevant information possible. The use of computer assisted review, known as Technology Assisted Review, (“T.A.R.”), predictive coding and other analytic software for e-discovery reduces the number of documents required for review by contract lawyers , and allows the legal team to prioritise the documents it does review The reduction in the number of documents cuts hours and thus costs.
The ultimate goal of eDiscovery is to produce a core volume of evidence for litigation in a defensible manner.
At Altlaw, we look to undertake this potentially complex area of litigation by maintaining quality throughout the process, whilst also reducing costs to our client wherever possible.
Altlaw partners with industry-leading technologies which enable us to process and host huge volumes of data. Our clients have access to three recognised and renowned industry-leading litigation platforms.
Contact us today for more information on our eDiscovery services.