Consilio, the global expert in computer forensics and e-disclosure for corporations and the legal profession, has announced that it will host a complimentary executive workshop on the subject of electronic disclosure. The event will be held on Wednesday 25th May 2011, from 2.00pm to 7.30pm at Hotel du Vin, Church Street, Birmingham, UK. The speakers will include Drew Macaulay, Director at Consilio, and Chris Dale of the e-Disclosure Information Project, a member of Senior Master Whitaker’s Working Party which drafted the e-Disclosure Practice Direction and one of the UK’s best-known speakers on the topic.
The half day workshop will provide practical advice and help to raise awareness amongst in-house Counsel and private practice solicitors involved in the fields of Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Compliance as well as individuals responsible for managing e-Disclosure processes within corporations. The first half of the programme will introduce the subject of electronic disclosure, explaining the differences between electronic and paper disclosure exercises, the key stages of an electronic disclosure project, and how to maintain control of costs.
The second half will deliver useful knowledge on the purpose and application of the new Practice Direction 31B, which introduced the Electronic Documents Questionnaire.
Drew Macaulay, Director at Consilio, commented, „One of the consequences of the migration of business documents from paper to electronic media has been a dramatic increase in the number of documents that need to be searched and reviewed in the event of litigation or a regulatory investigation. Electronic disclosure is the combination of technology and workflow techniques that makes this process possible. Our workshop will provide delegates who are new to the subject with a good understanding of what they need to know and the key questions they need to ask during an electronic disclosure project. We will also deliver an update on the procedural rules as regards electronic disclosure, so it should be useful to those who have already been through the process too.“
Chris Dale adds, „Modern disclosure applications can significantly reduce the size of the document set for manual review through a number of processes. From simple keyword searches and de-duplication processes through to language and format identification, data imaging and concept searching, the range of tools at the disposal of reviewers is becoming vast and sophisticated. However the process is still seen as complex by those not experienced in this field. Failing to search potentially important data sufficiently rigorously can be expensive and damaging if adverse inferences are taken by judges or regulators. Looking more positively, proper handling of electronic disclosure can win cases and save money for clients.“