Big data technology brings ease to e-discovery


Big data technology brings ease to e-discovery

Compiling case evidence is complex. These solutions can help.

These days, evidence in a case is not going to be primarily from tape recorders or handwritten notes. Instead, it’ll reside in emails, social media accounts and on websites. Lawyers must have the capability and support that’s necessary for collecting this data to successfully use it in their cases.

Finding the right platform

When lawyers take on clients and cases containing a large amount of data, they may not know where to turn for guidance. By going hands on and utilizing big data technology and software, or by hiring an e-discovery firm, lawyers can retrieve the information they need to support their cases.

"The simple fact is that data is expanding at an exponential rate every hour of every day," says Andrew Guilbert, senior manager at Deloitte Discovery. "While storage of data is becoming easier to manage affordably, its proliferation is a major information management and litigation risk. We are far past the days when all information potentially relevant to a matter could fit into a law firm conference room."

If lawyers want to keep e‐discovery in‐house, they can use software from a number of different providers. Some of the available software currently on the market being used by law firms and e-discovery businesses alike are:

  • Symantec's Clearwell eDiscovery Platform
  • Accessdata
  • Relativity
  • Exterro

Hiring help

Lawyers may not have the in‐house employees to handle e‐discovery even if they have the right software in place. If they can afford to pay for the support, they should consider hiring an ediscovery business instead. When looking for an e‐discovery provider, lawyers should start with the actual employees who will be working on the case.

Lawyers also need to ask e-discovery businesses about the security precautions they're taking with the sensitive data. They should inquire whether the data is being stored on private servers or on the cloud, and who within the company has access to the data.

Lawyers need to take precautions on their end, too. They need to protect their data with firewalls, and use the appropriate application security tools, says Andrew Guilbert. This might involve limiting access with passwords and tracking to see who's been accessing the data.

Through e-discovery, lawyers are able to find accurate evidence and the support they need to win their cases.

E-discovery keeps evolving

Though the amount of data out there may seem overwhelming, lawyers can use it to their advantage. Through e-discovery, they’re able to find accurate evidence, and have the support they need to win their cases.

“As an e‐discovery practitioner, these are exciting times,” says Guilbert. “There is always a new challenge around the corner and with it the opportunity to build new tools or apply time‐tested tools to help our clients address complex—often global and always unique—discovery issues.”

More information?

Want to know more about Big data technology? Please contact Baldwin Kramer on +3188 288 7215.


Baldwin Kramer

Baldwin Kramer


Baldwin is a Financial Advisory partner at Deloitte the Netherlands. Baldwin specializes in the smart use of technology to assist clients solve complex business issues while he recognizes that human b... More