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2020 eDiscovery Industry Snapshot (New Infographic)

2020 eDiscovery Industry Snapshot

At LegalWeek this year, Ipro conducted a survey to capture a snapshot of the eDiscovery industry in 2020, focused on these three areas:

  • Data sizes
  • Solution deployments
  • Use of alternative legal service providers (ALSP)

Each of these continue to be significant within the eDiscovery world; however, this survey brought back some interesting results, reminding us that while there are definitely some overall changes happening in the industry with these trends, there are still some aspects of the process that may run counter to the big-picture reports.

eDiscovery industry snapshot

Data Sizes:

The overall trend with the tech industry in general and the legal industry specifically, is that data sizes are growing. And this is undeniably true. However, when we asked about the average data size per matter, 53% of respondents said under 10GB. This draws an important distinction between the data sizes a corporate legal team or a law firm has to manage overall versus the data sizes that may be involved in a singular case or triggering event.

 

eDiscovery industry snapshot

Solution Deployment:

For several years now, the benefits of the cloud have been touted in the eDiscovery industry, and there’s no doubt there are many. So it’s not really a surprise to see cloud deployments leading the survey results for this question. On-Prem deployments are still prevalent, most likely because of the demand for data control and security, particularly for corporate in-house legal teams. And interestingly, hybrid deployments – where a blend of on-prem or local deployments are scaled using the cloud and/or eDiscovery managed services – came in strong amongst respondents, solidifying this rising trend in legal tech.

eDiscovery industry snapshot

Use of ALSPs:

And speaking of legal teams utilizing managed eDiscovery services, a large majority of respondents said Alternative Legal Service Providers were a regular part of their eDiscovery workflow. There are several reasons for this — predictable pricing, scalable eDiscovery on-demand, help with complex litigation – and as we can see, more and more legal teams are taking advantage of this option for an agile response to challenges that may arise.

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Ipro’s 2020 eDiscovery Snapshot

2020 eDiscovery industry snapshot
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New Study Shows In-House Legal as Strategic Enterprise Partners

In-House Legal enterprise partners

New Study Shows In-House Legal as Strategic Enterprise Partners

In a recent stat-filled infographic, General Counsel: From Lawyers to Strategic Partners (released by Raconteur with data from Walters Kluwer), large shifts with in-house corporate legal teams are showing from as recently as two years ago.

One of the main changes is in-house legal departments are becoming valued partners within large enterprises and are increasingly being called upon for their input on business decisions. From data privacy management to regulatory risk mitigation, general counsels now provide a host of vital services for companies to compete in today’s uncertain business environment.

For example, in 2017 the biggest priority for corporate legal departments was improving internal efficiency. This year’s respondents overwhelmingly said that adding to the business and becoming a strategic business partner was their main priority. This is probably a result of the C-Suite seeing the legal department’s ability to bring significant strategic and economic impact to the company as a whole through the use of technology.

Another big arena of change was the priority of data security and data privacy shifting away from in-house legal teams in 2019. This isn’t to say that data management is no longer a priority for companies as a whole but could be a result of more and more corporations creating separate departments focused solely on data, allowing legal to focus on risk mitigation, internal investigations, and compliance.

But even with the growth of in-house legal, only 14% of eDiscovery work was done internally, with the rest being outsourced to traditional or specialist law firms or to alternative legal services providers (ALSP). As companies continue putting a focus on how legal teams can contribute more to business needs overall, this could be a significant area of savings. However, in order to do this, in-house teams will have to develop mature eDiscovery processes and workflows as well as invest in eDiscovery technology.

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Written by Jim Gill, Content Writer, Ipro

What Percentage of Your Cases Go to Trial Each Year?

Percentage of Cases Go To Trial

 

What Percentage of Cases Go to Trial?

In a recent Ipro survey, 68% of respondents said that less than 5% of their cases go to trial each year. This probably isn’t a surprise to those of us working in the legal industry. For many, the goal is absolutely that: get to a resolution as quickly as possible and skip trial all together. Because of this, a large portion of legal teams working in the eDiscovery space don’t ever consider tools that are designed for fact management and trial presentation. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for them outside of the courtroom.

Percentage of Cases Go To Trial

For example, whether or not a case goes to trial, the legal team has to build a strategy around the facts and the evidence. A fact management tool allows a legal team to connect those facts with specific pieces of evidence or custodians, along with annotations by attorneys or lit support, so they can begin building a case strategy while conducting document review.

Another example of using trial-based tools before trial is presentation software. Often, presentation software can be connected directly to your fact management tool, allowing a legal team to present the strategy or case during mediation, at a meet and confer conference, or any other time where they may need present key elements of the case (including documents with highlights and call-outs, or video deposition clips) in a clear and organized fashion.

That’s where a solution like Ipro for desktop comes in: it’s a full eDiscovery processing and review tool with built-in fact management (Case Story) and trial presentation (TrialDirector 360) components, allowing for a seamless workflow from data ingestion through eDiscovery to presentation. So if you never see the inside of a courtroom, or a large percentage of your cases end up at trial, eDiscovery and Trial technology can level the playing field for your firm.

 

 


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