eDisclosure Information Project

e-Disclosure Information ProjectBefore founding the eDisclosure Information Project, Chris Dale spent 13 years as a litigation partner in a London firm of solicitors and a further 13 years developing eDiscovery software, advising on the crossover between litigation practice and technology, and doing hands-on data conversion. In 2007 he moved to commentary, drawing on all these past experiences and accumulated skills.

A common UK reaction is that “eDiscovery is something Americans do and look what an expensive mess they make of it”. This led Chris Dale to the US to learn about their procedures, to meet their judges and practitioners, and to steer a middle course between that UK perception and the equally daft US idea that “the US is two years ahead of the UK” in eDiscovery.

The primary aim of the eDisclosure Information Project is to promote the use of technology in eDiscovery / eDisclosure and to “translate” between courts, lawyers, clients and eDiscovery providers, who all have different ideas about managing the process of discovery and different skills to bring to it.

The eDisclosure Information Project crosses jurisdictional boundaries, taking in AsiaPac and any other region where discovery is required for litigation, for regulatory purposes and for investigations. That inevitably includes cross-border discovery. It extends from discovery into information governance, cyber security and other related areas.

Outputs include blog posts, Twitter, seminars, webinars, papers, panels and videos.

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Project Purposes

  • Reporting, influencing, educating
  • Writing on a broad range of eDisclosure topics
  • Speaking at public conferences or in private sessions
  • Objective discussions about technology applications
  • Input into policy and strategic thinking
  • Links with influencers in the US and other jurisdictions where discovery of documents is required
  • Helping to interpret and clarify messages between the players in the litigation support arena

Jurisdictions

Discovery of documents (renamed “disclosure” in England and Wales since 1999 for no good reason) is a feature of most common law jurisdictions. There is active interest in improving the process in:

  • England and Wales
  • US
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • New Zealand
  • Ireland

Regulatory activity and the demands of US courts and authorities require EU companies to apply discovery principles and practices.