find the latest legal job
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Adelaide CBD · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
Freelance Project Finance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Australia
· Vario are looking for freelance lawyers with experience in project finance ideally within the renewable energy sector
View details
Vario Freelance Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Australia
· We are looking for lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Freelance Construction Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· We are looking for construction lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
5 ways that eDiscovery can help your business

5 ways that eDiscovery can help your business

Promoted by

eDiscovery techniques have numerous applications beyond litigation

 

 

ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY (eDiscovery) as a process is not limited to discovery in legal disputes. The use of the term eDiscovery has now become synonymous with the process of handling large volumes of electronic data and goes far beyond the traditional definition. Compliance, statutory regulation, internal investigations and information governance are all areas where the eDiscovery process is used to effectively identify relevant information. Here’s how you can apply the eDiscovery process, outside of eDiscovery:

 

1. Untangle your web of data 

All your data is collated and copied into a central data store. It is then categorised by type and all duplicates are eliminated.

 

Data is created in many different forms, using a wide variety of software applications – PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, email, etc. Often this data is duplicated, backed up and shared with others, resulting in multiple copies. There are very few limits to the organisation of data and therefore the structure it is stored in is inconsistent.  When the business need arises for your data to be categorised, it is very di_ cult to do so without applying structure to it. This is the basic premise in the first stage of eDiscovery processing.

 

2. Remove the junk and find the gold in your data 

Wouldn’t it be great to find the gems amongst your mass of documents?

 

Computer Assisted Review is the most recent development in the eDiscovery process and is geared towards large amounts of data – 100,000 documents or more. Using Computer Assisted Review, you can teach the software what a relevant document is for your purposes. This is done by reviewing a very small proportion of your data, then applying that same logic to the entire data set. Each document is then assigned a relevancy ranking and can then be reviewed in order of priority based on that relevancy.

 

3. Group similar documents together 

With near-duplicate detection you can group together documents with similar text content so they can be classified together.

 

This not only helps with consistency, but can also save you time as it is often possible to review just one document and apply the determination to the rest of the similar documents.

 

 4. Remove those unwanted emails 

Did you know there are about 182.9 billion emails sent and received per day worldwide? (source: digite.com).

 

To reduce the load of emails to be searched, Email Threading is used to identify emails which exist within chains of other emails so they can be discarded or grouped with the rest of the email chain. Due to the nature of email communication, this can reduce the number of documents which need to be reviewed by a considerable amount, which will save you time and money.

 

5. Don’t miss a thing in your data 

You can go one step beyond standard keyword searching with Keyword Expansion.

 

Most people are familiar with keyword searching, and with search engines at our fingertips this is now second nature. Keyword expansion uses search technology to suggest additional keywords related to those you have already chosen. The suggested keywords will often come up with terms which directly relate to your data set but which you may not have thought of otherwise.

 

Martin Flavell is the eDiscovery Manager at Law In Order.  For more information visit www.lawinorder.com.au

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

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

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

5 ways that eDiscovery can help your business
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Jan 23 2018
Disrupting traditional archiving and storage methods
Promoted by Fileman TRENDS COME and go but technology and its disruption to the legal landscape h...
Scales of Justice
Jan 23 2018
WA to close ‘legal loophole’ on gender reassignment laws
Laws in Western Australia will soon change to permit married people to undergo gender reassignment s...
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
Jan 22 2018
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
The #mypathtolaw hashtag has been embraced by legal eagles to swap stories with the Twitter communit...
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 & ...