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Transcript and case management made easier and more mobile

Introduction: "Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease has selected a new transcript management and collaborative case analysis solution. The law firm, which provides business and legal counsel to clients throughout the United States and globally, sought a hosted solution that would allow its case teams to streamline collaboration and share work product among its seven offices across the country."

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The Future Is Now: Global Litigation, Digital Workflows and Electronic Proceedings

Introduction: "Last year in Miami, a multi-day international arbitration involving two very large global law firms took place in a “pop-up” high-tech hearing room equipped with state-of-the-art evidence presentation and trial bundle software. Paperless trial technology was integrated with real-time interpretation services in Spanish, English and French to accommodate multinational participants and witnesses. Some case team members participated onsite, while others did so remotely from their respective branches in the U.S., the UK and continental Europe."

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Why M&A due diligence flounders in the face of Big Data and how smart technology can help

Introduction: "Is due diligence actually working in today's M&A transactions? To what extent does it help companies achieve the strategic business goals of the deals in question and pave the way for successful integration? Roger L. Martin, writing about M&A in the Harvard Business Review, suggests that "typically 70 to 90 percent of acquisitions are abysmal failures". "

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'Smart' law firms lauded for adopting tech solutions

Introduction: "A legal document-management software that helped a court hearing go almost paperless was what allowed Via Law Corporation, then a two-men team, to take on a landmark dispute in 2014 between its client Global Yellow Pages, a directory publisher, and its rival Promedia Directories.The cloud-based service, dubbed Magnum, allowed parties in a case such as witnesses and the judge to access court documents online, and this helped the firm’s director Wang Yingyu to shave the number of printed sheets from 252,000 to about 3,000 pages... "

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LegalTech News March 2017

Singapore's Judiciary is Focused on Legal Tech, Will the Industry Follow?

Introduction: "On Jan. 9, the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) launched a "Legal Technology Vision" road map, aimed at making sure all lawyers within the country are up-to-date with legal technology. But going even further than U.S.-based ethics mandates, such as the American Bar Association's Model Rule 1.1, this vision encouraged lawyers to be part of the solution rather than simply familiar with it..."

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LegalTech News January 2017

Courtrooms and Hearing Rooms of the Future: Five Key Technological Trends for 2017

Introduction: "Perhaps you've heard of fully electronic courtrooms and hearing rooms, like those being developed is Singapore and the UK? Or did you know that the first integrated, shared system hearing rooms in the U.S. were launched this year in Miami and New York? Meaningful technological innovation in legal proceedings is finally beginning to emerge, and the potential is limitless. Here are some major trends to look for:. . ."

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JusNewSG Newsletter December 2016

How technology innovations in Singapore, the UK and the US are transforming the legal landscape

Introduction: "When it comes to the application of innovative technology to legal proceedings and the pursuit of paperless litigation, Singapore already has plenty of reasons to be proud. In many ways, the country can serve as a model for other jurisdictions that are striving to create the conditions for substantially more efficient and cost-effective litigation not just in Courts and hearing rooms, but also in firms and legal departments where litigation teams collaborate in preparation for depositions, negotiations, hearings and trials. . ."

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Singapore Offers Clues on the Future of Courtroom Technology

Introduction: "After the United States recently saw the deployment of the first integrated electronic courtrooms on its soil, many were left wondering about what shape future courtroom litigation will take. For answers, one may only need to look to the city-nation of Singapore, which has already far surpassed the U.S. in its embrace and deployment of such technology..."

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Law Gazette October 2016

Digital "War Rooms" in Hearings, Trials and Beyond: How Technology Innovations in Singapore, the UK and the US are Transforming the Legal Landscape

Introduction: "When it comes to the application of innovative technology to legal proceedings and the pursuit of paperless litigation, Singapore already has plenty of reasons to be proud. In many ways, the country can serve as a model for other jurisdictions that are striving to create the conditions for substatially more efficient and cost-effective litigation - not just in Courts and hearing rooms, but also in firms and legal departments where litigation teams collaborate in preparation for depositions, negotiations, hearings and trials..."

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First US Integrated Electronic Courtrooms Launched in Miami, New York

Introduction:"The fully integrated electronic courtroom has arrived on American shores. Litigation services and software company Opus 2 International announced the completion of what it called the "first integrated 'pop-up' electronic courtroom built for paperless trials" in Miami…"

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Modernizing Litigation Practice: What Can the U.S. Learn from Electronic Courtrooms and Paperless Trials Abroad?

Introduction:"Legal professionals interested in the next wave of innovation in litigation technology can look overseas to the developments over the last several years in the UK and Singapore. In the UK, government ministers and influential judges have made substantial efforts and committed funding that build on the dramatic efficiencies and cost savings that cloud technology made possible…"

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The Evolving Post-Discovery Litigation Business (Perspective)

Introduction:"With the emergence of scalable cloud technology designed specifically for the post-discovery litigation process, we’re beginning to see dramatic developments in the modernization of courtrooms, law firms and legal departments around the world. Courtrooms in the UK and Singapore have shown that existing tools can be deployed to conduct trials with little or no paper and provide opposing parties, attorneys, judges and witnesses with secure, electronic access to all relevant materials for the life of a case..."

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Electronic Courtrooms in Singapore and the U.K. Inspired U.S. Collaboration in the Cloud

Introduction:"As electronic courtrooms burgeon abroad, litigators in the United States are using the same technology to create online global workspaces to prepare for depositions, motions and trial. While a few U.S. courtrooms are nominally paperless, American litigators are adopting the same cloud-based technology used in electronic courtrooms abroad, but as a collaboration tool legal teams can use as online workspaces before a case makes it to trial..."

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The Evolution of Transcript Management Technology

Introduction:"On the other hand, the management of transcripts--once created and converted to a digital format--is undergoing a rapid and substantial transformation that is streamlining the work of paralegals and attorneys and, ultimately, helping them do better legal work faster and lower cost..."

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Has the Electronic Courtroom Finally Arrived? Paperless Proceedings in the U.S.

Introduction:"In the final installment of this series, we examine the U.S.' approach to courtroom technologies and compare it to those abroad. Yes, there has been a steady progression of improvements to ediscovery software and services and the adoption of mobile and cloud technologies is gaining momentum among American lawyers. Yet so far we have been comparatively slow to adopt more powerful technologies like those found in the UK and Singapore in our own courtrooms and deposition rooms. While the technology needed for an electronic courtroom is readily available, the U.S. has yet to fully embrace the 'big vision' in which the entire litigation cycle transitions to a process that is faster, more transparent and more efficient..."

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Has the Electronic Courtroom Finally Arrived? How Singapore is Leading the Way in Asia

Introduction:"Legal professionals in the West interested in the evolution of digital litigation may already be aware of recent initiatives in the UK to manage courtroom evidence electronically. Or perhaps they may be following new developments with the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) program - which began to roll out in US federal courts nationally in 2002 and is currently transitioning to a 'Next Generation' version with new functionality. Maybe they are tracking the rather uneven adoption in the US of electronic filing in state courts. But how many judges and attorneys in the US or the UK are aware that Singapore has modernized its court system with a mandate for 'the world's first nationwide paperless litigation'..."

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Has the Electronic Courtroom Finally Arrived? The UK Embraces Digital Modernization

Introduction:"It all began in 2011 with what was reported at the time as the most expensive private litigation ever brought before a British court. Valued at more than $9 billion, the trial was a massive dispute involving two Russian billionaires, Roman Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky. The proceedings generated a trial bundle containing 5,257 e-discovery documents in multiple languages, along with hundreds of expert reports and case law/research citations, not to mention the countless applications/motions, realtime court transcripts, witness statements, exhibits, pre-trial orders -- the list goes on. Apart from the sheer size and the publicity it generated, the case stands as a seminal event in the evolution of electronic litigation in European courtrooms..."

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Arbitration: The Technology Advantage

Introduction:"As the numerous economic initiatives in Asia begin to bear fruit and spur cross-border trade, companies are inevitably bound to find themselves entangled in commercial disputes. In no other setting is the ability to deliver legal services in an efficient and cost effective way more important. In recent years, modern technology has become one solution to delivering seamless and efficient legal services, and has started to play a bigger role in the dispute resolution process. The use of technology in the legal space is not a new phenomenon. But providers like UK-headquartered Opus 2 International are at the forefront of crafting new solutions that can provide immediate benefits to clients involved in litigation or arbitration cases..."

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'Old School' Tools May Hinder Attorney Collaboration

Introduction:"Collaboration is both commonplace and highly valued among legal professionals, and yet the tools and methods that case teams use to perform case analysis and deposition preparation can be frustratingly primitive and likely to hinder meaningful collaboration. That's one of the key findings of "Case Team Collaboration in the 21st Century," a 2015 litigation practices survey, conducted by Opus 2 International Inc., of 650 U.S. litigation-oriented professionals -- including attorneys, paralegals, litigation support specialists, knowledge management professionals and IT staff.

The survey was conceived against the..."

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Opus 2 Develops the 'Legal Cloud of the Future' with Ubuntu Open Stack

Introduction:"London-based Opus 2 International is an independent software and services provider specialising in technology for the legal profession. Its founder, Graham Smith-Bernal, pioneered the revolutionary electronic transcription methodology, launching LiveNote in 1999 and, after transforming British courtrooms and US litigation practices, sold it for an estimated $70 million to Thomson Reuters (owners of Westlaw).

Opus 2 Magnum, the company's flagship service -- built entirely on Ubuntu OpenStack -- has dramatically simplified the way in which evidence is managed and is making paperless trials more of a reality than ever before. Opus 2 is the only worldwide legal services company that blends sophisticated cloud technology with excellence in court reporting to modernise evidence management during high-stakes cases..."

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In Cloud We Trust

Introduction:"Legal case management software has become a vital part of the dispute resolution process. Used by lawyers firms and courts to leverage knowledge and methodologies for managing the life cycle of a case, such software helps to better use, manage, consolidate, share, and protect information. The best kinds can integrate data from multiple systems, departments and parties.

Among the market leaders in the space today is the UK-headquartered Opus 2 International, which is able to blend sophisticated cloud technology with high-quality court reporting to modernise evidence management for high-stakes matters across the globe, including litigation, arbitration hearings and government inquiries. Currently, it is in use in about 70 to 80 percent of all major litigation and arbitration in the UK..."

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In Search of a Tool for Collaboration

Introduction:"Bartlit Beck was seeking a single tool to allow its collaborative legal teams to look at documents electronically, search them, and easily link and organize related documents, passages, notes and annotations from multiple sources. We envisioned the equivalent of a secure online 'war room' where team members could easily access the most important case content to prepare for depositions, motion practice and early case assessment (ECA). The product would also need to function like an electronic 'whiteboard' where we could capture ongoing dialogue and interpretations of the relationships among key documents, testimony and research, and from those discussions create supporting outlines, timelines, structured arguments and designations.

We employed a host of tools to accomplish a range of individual tasks for the entire project we had embarked on, but nothing gave us a complete solution. We were using trial presentation software, in-house tools..."

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The API Economy and the Interconnected Future of Legal Technology

Introduction:"Much like the cosmic derivation of bacon from pig, the "API economy" has become the trendy term for the reimagining of traditional software development methodologies into packaged digital assets that are shaking up the world of business. Driven by demand for greater mobility and ollaboration, APIs are now being showcased in the cloud as part of an evolving technical landscape, which helps satiate the clamorous demand for interconnectivity between software applications.

For the uninitiated, an application programming interface (API) is a devised set of bleeps and bloops that allow for one application to be called by another in order to perform a specific function or routine. You just booked tonight's restaurant on your mobile app, you push a button that says "location" and it's very likely that your application will have a chat with Google Maps to do the heavy lifting, before ultimately serving you the geographical content you desire.

All this wizardry comes long after Web 2.0 companies such as Amazon, Netflix and Salesforce began to put APIs at the core of their strategic business thinking, helping to propel them into the billion dollar revenue club and transform them from traditional widget stores, disc-by-mail services or humdrum database applications into the cloud platform powerhouses of today...

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SMEs Are Optimistic But Are The Economic Conditions Right for Growth?

Introduction:"After coming through some difficult times, people are looking on the bright side in the business world. While that's great news, it raises the question: how rational and well-founded is their optimism? According to research that was carried out by Bibby Financial Services, more than two-thirds of respondents felt optimistic about the future of their companies. Here we explore the different perspectives of two successful entrepreneurs who founded companies in 2008, just as the credit crunch began to bite and many businesses started to flounder in the straitened economic conditions.

When Graham Smith sold his legal services business LiveNote to Thomson Reuters in 2006, he retired to his medieval abbey in Umbria. After two years of la dolce vita, he returned to the fray and founded Opus 2 International, which created the world's first cloud-based technology for the litigation and arbitration industries.

Opus 2's proprietary Magnum programme allows lawyers and judges to access and annotate court proceedings remotely in real time, facilitating the international mega-trial for which London is renowned (Magnum made its debut in Abramovich v Berezovsky). It has also introduced the paperless trial, since Magnum allows all legal documents to be securely stored in the cloud..."

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Collaborative Technology and E-Litigation in US Courts

Introduction:"In spite of the United States' prominent role in technological innovation, when it comes to electronic filing and the promise of paperless trials, we lag behind other countries. The U.S. Supreme Court, for instance, is only now developing an electronic filing system, expected to be operational in 2016 (noted in a PCMag article by David Murphy). However, official filing of documents will still be paper-based, at least for a while, after the system is introduced. While the report "Courts Plunge Into the Digital Age" states that e-filing is making some headway at the state level, very few courts can claim to be approaching the paperless ideal in the near future. The collective caution of the U.S. legal community regarding e-litigation continues, despite the affordable, infinitely scalable and user-friendly technology already being used in this country and abroad that makes electronic litigation not only possible but demonstrably practical..."

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Selection of Opus 2 Magnum as a Litigation Workspace

Introduction:"While a robust technology and services market is now in place to assist in the processing and review of large volumes of electronic information, support for the organization and analysis of this information in resolution of matters has largely remained an unmet need. Recently, a crop of solutions has begun to emerge in response, offering workspaces and various approaches to information management and collaboration among attorneys. As these solutions become available, they present new options for how legal departments and law firms coordinate stakeholders, operations, and information through litigation. For these organizations to assess the opportunities presented by these solutions, they must be able to understand their existing opportunities for improvement as well as the changes presented by the new solution.

In order to assist organizations with this evaluation process, this report identifies key drivers, solution evaluation factors, and performance impact that drove three organizations to select Opus 2 Magnum case collaboration platform to provide for the centralized management of case information and attorney workspace..."

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Practical Considerations for Conducting Cross-Border Litigation

Introduction:"As the economy becomes increasingly globalized and more corporations routinely conduct business across borders, litigation spanning international boundaries is more common. Domestic law firms are expanding to other regions of the world, in many instances collaborating with foreign counsel or forming intercontinental mergers to better represent clients.

Even legal matters that are not strictly "cross-border" can have international characteristics: Co-counsel may be located abroad, lawyers within a firm may be working from different countries, or domestic cases may require depositions of witnesses or evidence-gathering abroad.

There are also increasing numbers of "parallel" legal matters being tried in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously. These scenarios underscore a new reality in which the traditional limitations on the geographic and jurisdictional scope of law practice are rapidly disappearing..."

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Lawyering in the Cloud

Introduction:"Litigation isn't what it used to be. Several key trends are creating profound changes in the way lawyers work in the current century. Foremost among these trends is globalization. Today's legal teams are more diverse in their expertise and more widely dispersed geographically, and organizations face significant new challenges with respect to communication, logistics, data management and collaboration. Law firms and legal departments are also now routinely conducting business across international borders, time zones and jurisdictions.

A second important trend--the widespread adoption of mobile technology--has made it possible for legal professionals to work from virtually anywhere and at any time, whether they are in the office, at home or on the road. Mobile devices have become more sophisticated, powerful and intuitive, and easy to use on-demand tools that can be accessed anywhere from any device have made us more efficient and productive..."

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Managing Cross-border Litigation in a Mobile World

Introduction:"A recent report on legal technology in the 21st century highlights two fundamental, closely related trends expected to have the biggest impact on business and the legal profession over the next decade: the rapid mobilization of people and data, and the increasing globalization of business activity.

Ubiquitous mobility has begun to erase the traditional geographic and jurisdictional barriers to business and make possible a truly global marketplace. Accordingly, it is now commonplace for large corporations to conduct business across borders and find themselves engaged in multi-jurisdictional or parallel litigation..."

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5 Notable Litigation Technology Trends

Introduction:"The primary trends in litigation technology: Right now, it's a really fast-changing canvas; there are a lot of things that are having a direct impact on litigation on a global level. I think the most obvious trend is cloud-based technology: cloud-based tools that are specifically designed for use by lawyers, that are becoming increasingly simple and easy to use, and that help even the most technophobic lawyers to work hands on. Some of these tools that are being developed are seemingly new to the US market, but they are actually quite mature in markets like the U.K. and Singapore.

The adoption of cloud-based technology in law firms: An interesting component that helps explain why things have been progressing in the last two to three years is the fact that cloud-based tools not only allow participants of these major hearings -- litigation and arbitrations -- to work more effectively and efficiently, but corporate clients are also getting on board with the potential of these tools because they are actually helping them control outside litigation costs..."

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Beyond eDiscovery: New Technology for Legal Collaboration

Introduction:"When we think of technology in the legal profession, we tend to focus on electronic discovery and its potential to save time and reduce costs by sorting through and filtering out massive amounts of data, particularly before it undergoes the labor-intensive and expensive phase of document review. Often overlooked, however, are other, lesser-known technologies that make the substantive work lawyers do every day easier, more efficient and more productive.

Among these "other" technologies are cloud-based legal workspaces designed to facilitate collaborative and cooperative work in litigation. These workspaces are now being accessed by legal teams, their clients, outside counsel, consultants and expert witnesses -- and in some cases, even opposing counsel and the judge during the course of a hearing or a trial..."

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Introduction:"A pioneering electronic system to manage legal documents is being used by the inquiry into historical child abuse -- potentially saving millions of pounds.

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry is one of the first government investigations to use Magnum technology, an electronic storage system which enables thousands of pages of evidence to be saved and managed without the need for physical copies.

The system has proved so successful that a team from the UK's inquiry into child sexual abuse, which will begin later this year, recently visited the Island to view and test the technology.

It is estimated that the system could save millions of pounds for the inquiry in printing costs and work time..."

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Introduction:"My law firm, Bartlit Beck, discovered a tool that enhanced its existing workflow for case analysis by allowing attorneys to work and collaborate more efficiently. This workflow includes activities like highlighting, underlining and attaching notes to key passages, or engaging in dynamic group discussions about pieces of evidence or annotations with particular relevance to case strategy. It also includes bookmarking and grouping content that pertains to a particular legal issue (or witness or date) with color-coded tags and custom binders for quick and easy retrieval. Most legal professionals analyze cases and build arguments in this manner -- by finding connections and stringing together a series of documents, passages, research, testimony and other pieces of evidence that begin to tell a story. Such activities typically take place at the nexus of case management: e-discovery and litigation support..."

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Introduction:"Technology has opened up new worlds for corporate legal departments and law firms. Powerful, sophisticated ediscovery platforms have made it possible to achieve significant time and cost-efficiencies in managing large volumes of electronic information and quickly identifying the most relevant data. That's hardly news to anyone following the industry these days.

But ediscovery is only part of the story in litigation technology. We are also seeing promising developments in the way that legal teams approach the more traditional work of practicing law - analyzing evidence, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a case, sharing and discussing insights with colleagues, working together to map out a legal strategy, and managing the various stages of a matter from the early stages of discovery to trial. This work requires regular and intensive collaboration among attorneys and their support staff.

Here's the problem: As attorneys become increasingly mobile, and as more matters have global reach, it can be difficult to collaborate effectively using traditional means like printing and copying hard copies of documents and organizing them into binders..."

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Introduction:"Just as doctors are leveraging new technologies to make faster, more accurate diagnoses, attorneys now have access to technology that offers a more dynamic view of everything that goes into crafting a promising legal argument and increasing the strategic value of their litigation and evidence-management practices. Likewise, law firms advocate effective collaboration among their top legal minds and co-counsel as a means to solidify long-term partnerships with clients.

Cloud computing is rather ubiquitous for disciplines like time and billing, client management and electronic discovery, but cloud solutions are just now gaining momentum for the collaborative work of mastering the evidence, assessing the strengths and weakness of the case, building arguments that will best support the interests of the client and preparing for depositions, negotiations and trial..."

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Introduction:"Today's law firms face unprecedented challenges in a highly competitive and rapidly evolving marketplace. Corporate clients, under intense pressure to cut costs and increase efficiency within their own organizations, are no longer willing to simply pay an hourly rate for services rendered in good faith. They are unapologetic in demanding increased accountability and demonstrable value from the legal teams who represent them. In particular, they are seeking more predictable litigation schedules and budgets and, understandably, they expect legal outcomes that reflect the costs of the services they are paying for. Further, as users of progressive technologies themselves, corporate clients expect that their law firm will also embrace and be well-versed in technology to offer more effective representation and lower costs.

Meanwhile, law firms are struggling to get rapidly increasing costs under control in a global information economy that has ushered in exploding data volumes, diverse data formats, dispersed legal teams, and large-scale, complex litigation which frequently crosses geographical and jurisdictional borders..."

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Introduction:"Big data strains the complex eDiscovery process; scores of eDiscovery providers and reviewers navigate troves of ESI and separate the wheat (relevant documents) from the chaff (irrelevant or duplicate data). This reduced data set is extracted and advances to the highly-strategic phases of litigation in which the senior attorneys prepare for depositions, develop arguments and proceed to trial or alternative dispute resolution.

Oddly enough, it's rather common for some amount of "re-duplication of data" to occur at this stage. The core case team members may output multiple hardcopies of key documents to organize them for motions practice and depositions. Other team members save one-off copies of documents to jump drives or network folders.

These actions enable the team to circumvent review platforms and document databases that are intended for a more technical user profile and to dodge the complications arising from firewalls and co-counsel using different software. In this honorable attempt to focus on building their case as opposed to building another database, they unwittingly hinder collaboration and increase administrative overhead..."

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Introduction:"Graham Smith-Bernal characterizes his company as a racing yacht that is powerful, nimble, and responsive to the changing conditions in the legal tech arena. As the Founder and CEO of Opus 2 International, Graham says, 'We have positioned our business like a chessboard where the battles of litigation take place. Our secure cloud-based technology, Opus 2 Magnum, allows lawyers to access, manage and collaborate across the full litigation content which could not be done behind the firewall of the law firm server..."

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Introduction:"A computer software that allows lawyers to save paper, time and cost is being used in a court case here for the first time.

The hearing in question involves an intellectual property (IP) dispute between directory publisher Global Yellow Pages (GYP) and its rival Promedia Directories in the High Court. GYP, which produces the Yellow Pages Consumer and Business directories here, contends that its rival breached its copyright when it reproduced thousands of phone listings and addresses in its publications. Promedia is behind the Green Book, a printed as well as online telephone directory.

Facing a considerable amount of court documents - totalling some 170,000 pages - lawyers in the case turned to a first of its kind legal document management software that has allowed courts overseas to go almost paperless. The technology, which is named Magnum, is a secure Web- and cloud-based service that allows parties in a case, including witnesses and the judge, to access court documents online..."

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Introduction:"For many of us, paper documents are a thing of the past. Sure, we might keep a copy of our birth certificate, marriage certificate or perhaps our driver's licence, but that's about it. From bank statements to utility bills, from share certificates to medical records, technology is rendering paper documents obsolete.

Despite the overwhelming trend towards e-documents, certain industries continue to drag their feet. Anyone that has ever been involved in a litigation case will know that the legal industry is one of the laggards. We estimate that for the average 20-day litigation trial around eight printed copies of up to 80 lever arch files, each with up to 40 pages will be required. That's over 200,000 printed pages! Surely there is a more efficient way? With this question in mind, the Lawyer Research Service conducted a survey of over 200 legal practitioners including Trainees, Paralegals, Barristers and QCs to identify exactly how much time and money is currently..."

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The Lawyer

Paperless Courts: Screen Savings

Introduction: "Technology is taking over the courts and the early indications are that professionals are seeing the benefits. Q: How can technology assist lawyers in trial preparation process? Joanna Bromhead, partner, Bond Dickinson: On a recent large case the availability of an electronic trial bundle had significant benefits, including in relation to interpartes collaboration on document selection and last-minute amendments to the trial bundle, which were more easily incorporated and shared between the parties..."

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Building Magazine

The paperless trial

Introduction: "It is said that lawyers are historically slow to adapt to change. Yet lawyers are using the latest technologies in their law practices on a scale unheard of only a few years ago. In my practice we have used computers extensively for word processing and accounts since at least 1986, for data crunching and research since 1989 and we started using email and the internet in 1997. I insisted all qualified staff had Blackberrys from their launch in 2013."

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The Telegraph

Legal challenge to Put an End to Court Papers

Introduction: "Saying you're going to end the legal worl'd reliance on paper sounds almost as audacious a claim as announcing you're going to stop banks paying bonuses. Graham Smith, however, believes his small London-based business is set to revolutionise the way trials and other hearings are managed all over the world by doing exactly that..."

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The Sunday Times

How I Made It: Graham Smith-Bernal, of Opus 2 International

Introduction: "GRAHAM SMITH-BERNAL was the only one in the courtroom smiling. Boris Berezovsky, the Russian tycoon, was at war with Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea football club, in one of Britain's most expensive legal cases . . ."

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The Evening Standard

Magnum Opus

Introduction: "Rags to riches may be a tired cliche in the world of business, but sometimes it is the only phrase that works. Rory Ross meets a man who in his lifetime has made a huge success of three businesses. And who came from nothing.
'Graham Smith, Court Reporting Tycoon', may not be an introduction that resonates in A-list circles, but in the forensic world of Crown Court trials and multi-million pound hearings and public inquiries, Graham Smith's reputation as an enabler to barristers and high court judges in the equivalent of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs rolled into one . . ."

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The Evening Standard

End of Paper Trial: Technology Saves 5M Pages in Court Case

Introduction: "The days of dusty law books and yellowing court documents could soon be over as new technology is heralding a revolution in the High Court. Cloud computing technology saved an estimated five million sheets of paper in the recent Boris Berezovsky v Roman Abramovich case alone. With demand growing for paperless trials the new system is a further example of how London is the world's leading centre of arbitration. . . "

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The Lawyer Magazine January 2012

Well-Documented: Court Cloud System Gets Fans On Berezovsky

Introduction: "With the Ministry of Justice keen to make the most of London's court as an exportable asset, it was only a matter of time before the technology gurus descended. But persuading a traditional judiciary to invest in technological developments to enhance case management was never going to be plain sailing. . . "

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