Monthly Archives: November 2009


Legal Week of 12th November published an article by Craig Earnshaw and Nick Athanasi of FTI Consulting entitled E-discovery Demystified The authors asked whether e-discovery technology was too far out of their comfort zones for lawyers despite its potential to save time money and effort. They set out to demonstrate that the process of electronic… Read More »

Mirror, mirror on the wall

5 weeks to go until Christmas! Having eschewed anything even faintly redolent of Christmas for the last two months since I saw the first Christmas decorations appear, I am bound to concede that with only a few days to go until the start of Advent, I am going to have to start to think about… Read More »

How green is my litigation?

Environmental awareness has been in vogue for some years but it appears to have had little impact on the consciousness of litigation practitioners. Could it be that the all-pervasive fascination with green issues, sustainability and the carbon footprint has no relevance to lawyers in the litigation process? Environmental lawyers may well be familiar with green… Read More »

UK firms falling short on EDI discovery readiness

The 3rd Annual Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Trends Report by Kroll Ontrack reveals that there is a significant gap between the existence of corporate document retention policies and ESI discovery readiness strategies. According to the Kroll Ontrack news release, ESI management is top of mind for corporations but effective implementation is falling. This year’s survey also… Read More »

Scottish Civil Courts Review

I missed the publication of the Report of the Scottish Civil Courts Review when it was launched on 30th September 2009 by the Lord Justice Clerk, the Rt Hon Lord Gill. The report is in two volumes and contains 15 chapters and a synopsis. The terms of reference are: To review the provision of civil… Read More »

Ministry of Truth

When I used to travel on business particularly in the countries of Latin America I used to enjoy the very real differences in the way lawyers worked and the institutions in which they operated. There are, of course, obvious differences between the way of life I was used to in the UK and in Continental… Read More »

Funder bolt and lightning

Less than half the funds sought by putative litigation funder Burford Capital were subscribed last month as the London market’s second biggest listing of the year flopped. Only £80 million was provided by investors in the IPO on the AIM market. Burford had sought £200 million. The company needed the money to fund commercial disputes… Read More »

Have photocopier, will travel

What are we coming to? Apparently, a recent case against five men accused of starting a brawl and charged with affray was dropped last week because the CPS did not manage to complete the photocopying in time. Six months, yes six, after the charges were brought, the CPS had not got the paperwork in order… Read More »