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The paper trail 

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Legal dramas thrive on courtroom scenes. Who is not familiar with the plucky, blonde (and frequently Northern) defence barrister wittily scoring points over a curmudgeonly judge? Or with the courageous witness turning trembling to the dock and declaring “It was HIM!”?  Truth be told, a more accurate staging of a legal drama would involve hours…

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Happy Mondays 

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Lawyers returning to work this week might have spotted newspapers reporting that this Monday was officially the most depressing day of the year. Dubbing it ‘Blue Monday’, gleefully gloomy reports cited post-Christmas blues, New Year debts and even a surge in filings for divorce as factors in a miserable return to the office.   Despite the Guardian’s annual plea for scientific rigour…

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View The Bluebird Sings: Twitter and eDiscovery

The Bluebird Sings: Twitter and eDiscovery

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Last year’s ruling by a Manhattan judge that Twitter must release tweets deleted by a user charged with criminal activity during the Occupy Wall Street protests was met with defiance from the social media giant.  Despite their published privacy policy stating that posted tweets will be released “as lawfully required by appropriate legal process such as subpoena, court order or other…

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View Alternative Use of eDiscovery: Employment Law

Alternative Use of eDiscovery: Employment Law

Monday, July 29th, 2013

eDiscovery technologies are being increasingly recognised as a crucial legal tool – and something of a Swiss army knife, at that, with numerous applications beyond merely slicing through court-ordered eDisclosure obligations. Firms keen to use eDiscovery expertise beyond its litigation applications should be aware that employment law in particular brings its own set of challenges….

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Bring Your Own Device

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Already tired of your iPad mini, or your Galaxy S4 with its photos-with-sound gadgetry? Unimpressed by the Google glass technology, and jonesing for your next IT fix? Then consider this: it’s predicted your next investment will not live in your pocket or briefcase, but will be wearable tech to rival anything sported by James Bond….

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View The Paper Bundle – An Outdated Icon?

The Paper Bundle – An Outdated Icon?

Friday, July 5th, 2013

The opening episode of BBC legal drama Silks featured feisty Northern lawyer Maxine Peake triumphantly scrawling NG (Not Guilty) on her case file in lipstick. This single scene effectively played every card in the legal-drama deck: the youthful blonde in the barrister’s wig, the weary jury, the relieved defendant, and perhaps most iconic of all…

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