Monthly Archives: August 2011

We are not amused

Did Queen Victoria actually say “we are not amused” or was it Queen Elizabeth I? What on earth were they talking about? Does it matter? Well no, not really but it is fun to try and ascribe words to historical personages and even more so to adapt them to and use them in a more… Read More »

Spotted, flying goats over London

A concerned reader has recently been enquiring after my health after I wrote  about being struck by a goat in Bishop’s Square in Spitalfields – Sheep from goats, Smart e-Discovery blog, 4th Aug, 2011. This sort of loose language is of course entirely unacceptable and I apologise for causing concern to my reader and can assure… Read More »

Nashville Skyline

Next week sees your correspondent jetting off to the Athens of the South, more commonly known as Nashville, Tennessee or the Music City, for the International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference 2011, known as ILTA. The conference takes place in the famous Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, said to be the largest non-casino hotel… Read More »

End of the beginning

Which is closest to your view of disclosure/discovery? •Technology created the problem so technology needs to solve it. •Electronic discovery is often the tail which wags the litigation dog, using up between 50% and 80% of the litigation budget. •I am afraid not to know it because it dominates every part of the case. •None… Read More »

Girl in a septillion

“I get it entirely when you say we should not print out electronic data”, said the trainee who approached me at the end of a recent training session, but, and here she blushed, “what do I say to the partner who insists that I print out the contents of a CD or hard drive?” It… Read More »

Sheep from goats

As a lawyer, I am all too aware of the tendency of my profession to wrap up ideas and concepts in language which, to the average outsider, sounds like impenetrable gibberish. The ability of so-called insiders to construct a special language marks out a territory to which outsiders are not admitted or are only admitted… Read More »