The cost of litigation is objectively large. It is generally expected that litigation will be a costly process overall but there are some aspects of the process that can result in additional, unexpected and blowout costs that make the process even more expensive than it needs to be.

By engaging eDiscovery Collab early in the process, our team can help you manage and avoid these scenarios.

Three common mistakes in document management that can add avoidable costs.

  1. Document transfer. During initial investigations, eDiscovery consultants work through the project files with their clients to locate the potentially relevant document sources. Often this results in copying files to a location to be accessed at the eDiscovery consultant’s office later. What is not discovered until much later is that when these documents were copied, the metadata was altered and the dates of the documents were changed at the time of copying. This results in the costly process of manually recording the correct dates, often with a disclosure deadline looming.
  2. Email management. Clients often forward relevant emails as they discover them or as they are received. This process of forwarding emails adds additional information that needs to be redacted (their email to you in the chain) requiring time and resources.
  3. Sifting through data. An easy way to share data is for clients to create copies of their entire laptop and send it to you on a hard drive. This captures everything required but it also captures large volumes of data not required, including operating files. Removing the irrelevant data takes time and costs money.

If you are responsible for managing all of the litigation costs effectively, then you will be managing more than just the external legal costs.

Other costs to remain aware of include:

Claim ManagementThis role is potentially undertaken by a range of people inside an organisation, such as the CEO, an in-house lawyer or other trusted individual and with high degrees of variation in approach.

Independent litigation project managers can be highly valuable, especially on large claims, as they often bring other valuable skills to the claim team and can focus on leveraging the firm’s resources and structures to support the case.
Witnesses timeThe time it takes for a witness to prepare their witness statement is substantial. Witnesses also need time to be prepared for and supported in the process of giving evidence (including visiting court and preparing for cross-examination).
Document ManagementMost large matters involve managing great volumes of documents. Specialist technical support is essential to drive the effective handling of these documents.

Substantial savings can be found in this area where support is in place early and plays an active role with the claims team to find the right tools and drive efficiencies.
Software/IT SupportTeams benefit from the use of shared IT platforms where the business and the external law firm and others can manage the case together.
Technical ExpertiseIf the matter involves a technical issue, external legal teams will require technical specialists to help them understand the case and the documents.
Internal GovernanceThis will vary according to your organisation, the size of the claim and number of stakeholders involved. However, the internal governance of claims needs to be considered, involving internal briefings and decision making, as well as intense roles during meditations and settlement discussions.
Other Potential CostsTravel and accommodation, media, catering, organisational psychologists.
Business Impact CostsLost opportunity, reputational damage, inefficiency and distraction, key staff unavailability and future insurance premium impacts.

Unexpected costs can emerge at any stage of the litigation process.

Partnering with an eDiscovery consultant means that in the document management phase of the process, the likelihood of these surprises emerging is significantly reduced.

An eDiscovery partnership streamlines the process and eliminates unnecessary stressors, allowing you to focus on the other costs outlined above, making for an overall more successful and efficient litigation experience.