Monthly Archives: March 2013

Whither the Arsenal?

No, this is not a post by a disgruntled North London fan fed up with the inability of Arsene Wenger’s team to win a trophy! We are on much more interesting territory!

It appears to me that there has been a lull recently in the flood of articles and comment on predictive coding or computer assisted review. I do not take that to mean that the subject has gone away. Indeed from our own evidence of cases involving predictive coding and lawyers wanting to know about it, the opposite is true.

It may be that the whole subject is becoming more mainstream or that the objections to the use of a computer to assist in the process of selection of relevant documents, after a seed set has been selected by a lawyer familiar with the issues in the case, have been overcome.

In fact, I am not sure that either of those is true. Continue reading


I would not want you to think that I spent all my recent skiing trip pondering the technical aspects of computer assisted review.

In fact, I confess to spending almost all my recent seven days in Austria doing nothing much except enjoying the atmosphere, the food and, by and large, the snow conditions.

However, one day, while looking out over the snow capped Omesberg from the terrace of a mountain hostelry, nursing a well earned glass of Jagertee (rum and hot water, should you want to know), the strains of Elgar’s Nimrod, wafted over the speaker system. Listen here:

Who was Nimrod? Continue reading

Plane speaking

Sitting on a plane recently, I was passing the time between one gin and tonic and the next by reading The Daily Telegraph. With thoughts about today’s Budget filling the columns I was bemused to learn from an article by Ian Cowie that we paid a truly mind boggling £437.6 billion in taxes in the fiscal year ended April 2012.

I find that if I explain to a lawyer that the USB stick in her hand might contain a certain number of gigabytes of data, she is likely to be more bewildered than if I explain what that means in terms she understands, for example, if I say that the data might run to a number of yards or even miles of lever arch files. At least she can visualise the line of files stretching into the distance because it is a measurement she understands and can see. Continue reading

Outlook cloudy

As we continue to see how the various technologies in the e-disclosure space continue to converge, it has become all the more important to know your third party vendor, to get on with the project manager and to enjoy working with them. Preferably, you will have gone through the process of due diligence and getting to know them before time limits and the exigencies of a particular case render that exercise no more than putting a pin in the list of vendors and hoping to come up with someone you can work with.

This was not always the case. It was possible only a short time ago to select technology on the basis of the bells and whistles offered. Now it really pays to know your vendor and like them as well. Continue reading