Litigation management software is some of the most powerful and complex technology that is available to legal practitioners, in-house counsel, insurers and insolvency practitioners.

In the past it has been tremendously costly and complex to deploy, limiting its use to big litigation where the cost and resources are justified.

The introduction of SaaS platforms changed that and there are now a number of tools that are both affordable and efficient to use for all matter sizes.

Even when you have only a small document set, for example 3,000 documents from someone’s Inbox account (a PST file), eDiscovery Collab can ingest this material into the database, remove duplicates for a cost that is most likely less than the cost of time it would take for you to review all 3,000 manually documents.

Continuing with the Inbox example, what usually happens is you take your client’s PST file to your IT department who then (sometimes grudgingly) uploads it into your Inbox for you to review.

You will soon discover there can be serious limitations when reviewing inside your Inbox has limitations, including:

  • You can’t easily track what you’ve reviewed, did you check the deleted and sent folder as well?
  • Threads of emails may be distributed across the Inbox and hiding in subfolders meaning you review and read these multiple times and out of order.
  • As you review emails you risk changing, reorganising or (worst case) accidentally deleting emails or replying to these emails. 
  • It is difficult for anybody to help you with the review.
  • Your searches are unlikely to penetrate the non-searchable attachments.

With the SaaS platforms, eDiscovery Collab can upload the PST file and return it to you (in most cases) in under a day. You can then review the email and documents through the secure online platform which our team will train you to use. 

The emails you review will exclude duplicates and can be sorted into chronological order if you prefer. 

Everything is searchable and as you carry out your tracked review you can build your bundles of key documents to use for later advices or briefings. 

eDiscovery Collab can also help with the more advanced features of the technology (such as AI) if the task demands it.

There are real benefits in the security and traceability of this approach, the improved accuracy in the document review and the improvement in the overall organisation and efficiency of the review. 

In addition to the value driven by improved use of the lawyer’s time, this approach can drive savings down the track when preparing briefs for counsel and experts.