Monthly Archives: October 2013

More and better for less

The new Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales is already out of the starting blocks!

Taking office at the start of October, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd (a small village in the Brecon Beacons) addressed the members of Gray’s Inn on October 21st.  Delivering the annual Birkenhead lecture,  he sought to address the issues facing the administration of justice today.

It would take far too long to list all the problems facing the administration of justice, but His Lordship identified ten problem areas. Continue reading

Amazing Grace

I have just returned from the Fall conference of the LCA (Litigation Counsel of America), a group of eminent trial and litigation lawyers from the United States and Canada which Millnet has been proud to sponsor for the past few years.

The event was held at one of the most extraordinary hotels I have been to. The Greenbrier is a monolithic structure in set amidst the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia in the town of White Sulphur Springs. It has been a hotel for many years and has hosted numerous US Presidents in that time as well as a number of other celebrities. Its main claim to fame, however, is that it contains within its buildings, cut into the hillside, the bunker constructed at the height of the Cold War in the late 1950s/early 1960s which was to be the place of refuge for the US President, Congress and executive staff in the event of nuclear war. Continue reading

Would you buy a used car from this man?

Richard Nixon was President of the United States from 1969 until he resigned in disgrace after Watergate in 1974. Before that, he was the unsuccessful candidate in the 1960 presidential election which brought John F Kennedy to the White House, and I recall that this poster of an unshaven and rather sinister looking “Tricky Dicky” contributed to Nixon’s defeat in that election, Kennedy winning by one of the smallest margins in American Presidential history.

My purpose today is not to enter into a discourse about American politics. I want to draw attention instead to three recent cases on the general subject of e-disclosure/discovery, time limits and computer assisted review or predictive coding.

What has that got to do with Richard Nixon, you may well ask?

My answer is, nothing! But there is a connection to the car, used or otherwise, which you will see and understand if you read on. Continue reading