Managing documentary evidence using eDiscovery

Key areas of collaboration.

Time is money. For litigation, the more time spent on preparing for an upcoming court case, the more expensive the process becomes. In investigations, the longer it takes to identify and stop fraud, the more time the perpetrator has to obtain, spend and hide stolen funds. Investigators and lawyers need to focus on the activities that will result in a successful prosecution or litigation.

COVID-19 and POPIA, combined with an economic downturn, has triggered an increase in disputes and corruption as well as more onerous data privacy requirements for organisations. This has complicated the management of documentary evidence for fraud investigations, insolvency, liquidation, business divestments and mergers, litigation and regulatory matters.

eDiscovery assists organisations in digitising their forensic and legal services. Globally, the eDiscovery industry has invested heavily in people, process and technology. It is best known for its advanced technology for properly, and efficiently, managing costs and time in preparing for litigation and investigations. The modern-day lawyer and investigator is challenged by the need to project manage multiple specialist skills for effectively managing evidence.

To learn more about how eDiscovery can help your organisation, download our suite of articles:

In “Managing documentary evidence through COVID-19, POPIA and beyond: Business unusual for business rescue practitioners, investigators, lawyers and regulators”, we set out key considerations for organisations in managing documentary evidence, navigating the unique risks associated with the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and the further complication of the implementation of the long awaited South African privacy rules.

In “Key areas for collaboration between lawyers and eDiscovery professionals in South Africa”, we consider how a law firm that collaborates with an end-to-end eDiscovery specialist will gain a competitive advantage in the market and how it could have an ethical duty to do so.

In, “Key areas for collaboration between investigators and eDiscovery professionals in South Africa”, we consider how an investigation team that collaborates with an eDiscovery specialist can derive value through a more flexible, agile and reduced-costs approach for smaller investigations and a consolidated end-to-end approach in a large investigation. 

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