find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
LAW FIRMS seek guidance on electronic route to discovery

LAW FIRMS seek guidance on electronic route to discovery

IT’S AN exciting time for those at the forefront of computer forensics, Forensic Data CEO Nicholas Adamo told Lawyers Weekly,“It’s revolutionised the industry. I think that the next 18…

IT’S AN exciting time for those at the forefront of computer forensics, Forensic Data CEO Nicholas Adamo told Lawyers Weekly,

“It’s revolutionised the industry. I think that the next 18 months will be probably some of the most exciting we’ve seen to date. I mean, I started my company 10 years ago, well before computer forensics was even a discipline.”

The pace of change has been rapid, and law firms and regulatory bodies are working hard to keep up. Law firms are proactively seeking advice, asking specialists in Adamo’s team: “How do we get the best [system] available to support our activities, without having to build it all ourselves?”

“This is one of the classic areas where people are saying to us, particularly the lawyers not just in law firms, but in corporate counsel and some of the big corporations, saying ‘we don’t want to have to build a 20 person litigation support function’. What they want to do is keep control of it, but get advice on how to make use of those services,” Adamo said.

According to Deloitte partner Tim Phillip, advisory work (as opposed to event-driven work) now comprises about 50 per cent of the computer forensic and electronic discovery group’s practice.

So what are the hot topics on the minds of the nation’s top law firms? “First and foremost is dealing with legacy media,” Phillips explained. “These are the old backup tapes that every company has, that they can no longer read because they don’t have the hardware. They no longer have the software. They no longer have the staff who can use the software to read the tapes. So legacy media is the first point.”

Information overload poses a serous challenge to the modern lawyer. Firms are struggling to cope with the volume of data being unearthed in class actions and other litigation. The falling cost of technology is partially to blame. “Even a few years ago, the thought of a 100 gigabyte drive was fairly uncommon. Now you can buy a terabyte hard drive for literally under $500,” Phillips said.

“Everyone seems to have a significant increase in the total volume of data that they’re storing at any one time. That’s causing real issues. Most backup tapes for example are incremental in nature, and to get 100 backup tapes the total volume of unique data might only be 15 per cent. But, they still need to look through the 100 to get what they need from the ultimate 15 per cent.”

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

LAW FIRMS seek guidance on electronic route to discovery
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice
06:03
Timing ‘critical’ in unusual contempt of court ruling
A recent case could have interesting implications for contempt of court rulings, according to a Ferr...
Dec 14 2017
International arbitration and business culture
Promoted by Maxwell Chambers. This article discusses the impact of international arbitration on t...
Papua New Guinea flag
Dec 14 2017
World-first mining case launched in PNG
Citizens of Papua New Guinea have launched landmark legal proceedings against the country’s govern...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...