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Dispelling the Myths that Prevent Legal Innovation in Hong Kong

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, International, Law Firm, Litigation Support

051917-hong-kong-innovation.pngThis article originally appeared in Legal IT Insider.

What is it like to litigate in Hong Kong?

At the recent Global Pound Conference in Hong Kong, attendees were asked about how to improve the dispute resolution process for all parties. Data generated from a live, technology-enabled poll of the audience led to a thought-provoking discussion on the priorities and limitations to innovating the dispute resolution process—specifically in Hong Kong.

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5 Bad e-Discovery Search Habits and How to Break Them

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

042517-Five-Bad-Search-Habits.pngNo one likes to start the day with a frantic email: a search won’t run or isn’t providing the expected results, and because you’re trying to complete a review project on a tight deadline, you have no choice but to fire off a panicked request for help to your litigation support team. But you don’t have to find yourself trapped in this position. A bit of better search hygiene can make all the difference.

There are many tools available to help you create accurate and healthy searches. Check out these most common searching snafus and their best methods of prevention to accelerate your review.

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Email Threading 101: An Introduction to an Essential e-Discovery Tool

2017-05-26+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_email-threading-101Originally published more than a year ago, this post is a helpful look at one of the easiest wins in all of e-discovery analytics. We've updated it to reflect the current capabilities of Relativity, and are republishing it to give you another look.

According to the Radicati Group, the average businessperson sends 36 emails per day. It may not sound like much, but if you do the math, it means a single employee creates nearly 10,000 emails per year (more if they work weekends).

With these numbers, it’s no wonder email is the dominant data form in e-discovery. Even in cases involving only a few custodians, you’re looking at a data set filled with thousands of emails, one for every time your custodian hits send.

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4 Top-of-Mind Topics for UK e-Disclosure Experts

2017-05-26+0000| | International, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

041117-Top-of-Mind-Topics-in-UK.pngThe e-disclosure field is not for those adverse to change and uncertainty. It’s always been fast paced, but practitioners—especially those in the UK—are now facing a triad of changes in data privacy regulations, technology, and politics. While these types of changes are far from new to these professionals, there are higher stakes and more uncertainty with Brexit and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  

Ahead of Relativity Fest London, here are four topics on the minds of UK e-disclosure experts in our community as they keep up with this evolving landscape, as well as a few tips on how you can learn more about each subject. 

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Cybersecurity Regulation & You: Time to Become Part of the Solution

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Litigation Support

040617-Cybersecurity-Regulation.pngSlowly but surely, law firms and e-discovery service providers are beginning to tackle cybersecurity risks. Firms are starting to appreciate that they're susceptible to the same privacy and data security concerns as other businesses and, as aggregators of confidential, protected, and sensitive data, they’re a high-value target for cyber criminals.

Nevertheless, many firms still consider cybersecurity a "should have someday"—as opposed to a "must have today"—goal. New York's Department of Financial Services (DFS), the state's financial regulator, has recently changed that thinking.

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How to Win the Race for Defensible Productions

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

160513_FRONTEO_logo_H_RGB_Color.pngThis article was originally published on the FRONTEO blog. It's a good look at the many workflow components that can maximize your team's efforts during review, so we wanted to share it here as well.

The review phase of an e-discovery project can look and feel like a lap of a relay race, where the baton has been handed off and the rest of the team cheers from the sidelines. Yet, a truly successful review requires planning and continued buy-in among all stakeholders. This starts with the development of a workflow, or defined project timeline. By preparing ahead and sticking with this workflow, the team can work together as partners towards efficient, defensible productions.

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5 Spreadsheet Redactions Headaches and How to Relieve Them

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_spreadsheet-redaction-headaches.pngThere is no denying that creating and quality checking redactions on images of Microsoft Excel files during e-discovery makes us all run for a bottle of over-the-counter analgesic relief. The struggle is real whether you’re a project manager, litigator, opposing party, or the reviewer.

The trouble comes down to this unavoidable fact: all the functionality and dynamism of Excel files is reduced by static imaging in preparation for your production, which is preceded by endless hours of redactions involving manual clicking and painstaking lining up of rows and columns that stretch across dozens, if not hundreds, of images.

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5 Online Tools to Help You Build Better Searches

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_5-online-tools-to-help-you-build-better-searches.pngSearching has been at the crux of e-discovery since the inception of modern platforms for digital data review. Before analytics, searching options like Boolean strings and dtSearch were the only ways to parse through large volumes of information and get to the important stuff fast—and now that analytics options are here, these tactics are still an important step in many e-discovery workflows.

Unfortunately, heinous searches have also been at the crux of e-discovery since its earliest days. Many folks from the industry have shared horror stories about overly complex or inclusive searches that turned project timelines upside-down.

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Two Words Every e-Discovery Professional Should Know

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support, Relativity Product Spotlight

blog_event-handler.pngTechnology is, of course, a big component of e-discovery, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who works in this industry is a tech genius. Most lawyers and litigation support professionals don’t know (or care) about JavaScript or the nitty gritty of how their smartphone ticks. Using technology shouldn’t require expertise under the hood.

Technophile or technophobe, every attorney and review manager who wants to do e-discovery faster should know these two words: event handlers.

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What 85 Percent of App Users Want—and e-Discovery Pros Need

2017-05-26+0000| | Mobile, Law Firm, Litigation Support, Relativity Product Spotlight

blog_what-85-percent-app-users-want.png.pngIn a recent study about mobile use in the legal industry conducted by Ari Kaplan Advisors, a sample of 25 law firm partners all said it’s essential they have mobile access to their work. When asked how frequently they use mobile in their jobs, all 25 partners said “every day” with one partner clarifying: “It’s probably every minute. I’m constantly on something.”

Every minute sounds pretty intense, but maybe not so when you consider how often your mobile device is likely with you. If you’re constantly using it for work purposes, your mobile experiences need to be fast and reliable. This is what we, as mobile consumers and busy professionals, have rightfully come to expect.

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