Category Archives: Reports & Surveys


Vilified in death to such an extent that his bones have been moved on a number of occasions to prevent attempts at desecration, Hernando (Fernando) Cortes was one of the most successful conquistadors of the 16th century. The man who conquered the Aztecs in Mexico winning vast tracts of that country for the Spanish empire, once said… Read More »

Slick as a Whistle

In 1848, a certain John Russell Bartlett published a Dictionary of Americanisms. Mr Bartlett has it that the phrase slick as a whistle is “a proverbial simile, in common use throughout the United States. To do anything as slick as a whistle, is to do it very smoothly, perfectly, adroitly.” Possibly because I do not… Read More »

The rise and rise of predictive coding

On the basis that when America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold, it is as well to take note of happenings across the water. Sharon Nelson’s Ride the Lightning service keeps me abreast of developments in the US.  Sharon’s latest piece entitled ABA Survey Shows Rapid Rise in Predictive Coding [Ride the Lightning,… Read More »

How many is a billion?

How many is a billion? Everyone knows the answer. Or do they? Does it actually matter? The official answer is that what we in England used to know as a billion has been downgraded. Is this just another example of Governments massaging statistics? I suppose it matters if you are trying to make something look… Read More »

LPO survey feedback

Thanks to all those who responded to my recent “Legal Process Outsourcing” survey – we had a respectable response rate of around 20% and some individual feedback for which we are most grateful. Here are some preliminary conclusions – Of those responding, a clear majority of about 70% had not outsourced and had no experience… Read More »

April Fowl

It may be this continuing chill frosting up my antennae but I have been a little late and somewhat inaccurate with my April Fool detection this year.. The origin of All Fool’s Day goes back to the late 16th century and the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in France under the reign of Charles 1X.  I… Read More »

Fulbright & Jaworski 2009 Survey

US law firm, Fulbright & Jaworski, has offices all around the world in places as disparate as Dubai, Munich, Riyadh, Hong Kong, London and Beijing.  This is the 6th year that the firm has polled corporate law departments on the state of global litigation and the results confirm not only that there is an upswing… Read More »