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James Perry’s top 10 tips for an effective disclosure exercise

 
Disclosure is probably the most important stage of any civil case. Here, James Perry sets out his top tips for conducting a decent disclosure exercise.
 
TIP 1 - Understand the Importance of Disclosure:
 
Firstly, as a client, understand the importance of disclosure. The disclosing of documents is a critical part of a dispute. The success or failure of a claim often hinges on what you disclose so a good search is of paramount importance. Getting it right in one-sitting is also the sort of optics you want for you case. Proper disclosure ensures transparency and credibility during the legal proceedings. There is nothing worse than pulling out a document late that you should have found at the start. That’s the kind of look you want to avoid!
 
TIP 2 - Prepare Early:
 
It is never too early to start the task of disclosing documents and you need to understand that preserving documents from the very outset is important so make sure nothing is about to be destroyed. Waiting until the last minute to deal with disclosure can also lead to inefficiencies and mistakes so think about it from the outset, think about how you are going to do it and stick to your plan. Map out your process, make sure everyone in the business that needs to know about it is sent a copy, and don’t deviate from it unless you have to. There is nothing worse than explaining to a Court a piecemeal disclosure exercise which lacked logic so make sure you identify relevant documents properly and organise them systematically.
 
TIP 3 - Know the Rules:
 
Do not leave the rules to your lawyers. Get a basic understanding of them because it will help with the exercise. Familiarise yourself with Part 31 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) and Practice Directions on disclosure and ask if you don’t understand something. We don’t bite!
 
TIP 4 - Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate:
 
Work closely with your legal team. They can guide you through the process and help you comply with the rules. Do not leave it to them. Help them by organising things for them or don’t complain about the end at the end. It will be far more expensive. Make sure you seek advice on what documents to disclose and how to handle privileged information.
 
TIP 5 - Maintain a Document Trail:
 
Keep tight records of your disclosure process. Document the steps you’ve taken, searches conducted, and decisions made. Set out how you found something, particularly if it is the key piece of evidence you needed for your case. This helps you to demonstrate diligence and compliance if challenged later.
 
TIP 6 - Be Thorough:
 
Conduct a comprehensive search for relevant documents. This includes electronic records, emails, contracts, and correspondence. Don’t overlook minor details; even seemingly insignificant documents may be relevant. Have a method in place for cracking the dreaded email chains. How are you going to handle email chains to ensure the story makes sense? Email chains are back-to-front. What is your plan to handle that problem? This is where the most mistakes happen if you don’t master this problem.
 
TIP 7 - Consider Privilege and Redaction:
 
Try to have at least a working understanding of legal privilege (e.g., legal advice privilege, litigation privilege). Some documents may be exempt from disclosure and you may be able to redact sensitive or irrelevant information to protect confidentiality. This is the part when your lawyer comes in very handy!
 
TIP 8 - Use Technology Wisely:
 
Use e-discovery tools and software to manage large volumes of data efficiently. Consider using keyword searches, filters, and categorisation. When you are buying in software make sure your procurement team assess how easy it is to search and extract data should the software form a part of a disclosure exercise. There is nothing more frustrating than taking screenshots because the data is too tightly locked into the software.
 
TIP 9 - Be Transparent with the Other Party:

 
Yes, they are perceived as the enemy but if you communicate openly about the disclosure process you are less likely to end up at Court arguing over disclosure points and spending even more money on the exercise. Share relevant information promptly and make the process of disclosure smooth even if you are at loggerheads with each other regarding the dispute. It benefits everyone if you conduct a disclosure exercise in this way.
 
TIP 10 - Review and Update:

 
Do not think that when the list is done, you’re done. Regularly review your disclosure list. Update it as new documents become available or you spot new searches that need to be conducted. Always be prepared to justify your decisions during the case and recognise that being quick to report a change in circumstances is going to put you in the best light.
 
Remember, proper disclosure contributes to a fair and efficient legal process. It also gives you the best possible chance of settling your dispute before you get to Trial so make it count.
 
 
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LexisNexis 2024 report

Disloyal lawyers: has the partner track lost its lustre?


According to a recent LexisNexis report of more than 500 lawyers across the UK (Disloyal lawyers: has the partner track lost its lustre?) Lawyers are increasingly opting not to pursue partnership positions within law firms due to concerns about burnout and work-life balance.

Some key findings of the report are:
 
Only a quarter of associates want to become a partner at their firm in the next five years.
 
Half of leaders have noticed a decline in the number of associates seeking to become a partner.
 
Work life balance is the most important factor for associates when seeking to move firms.
 
According to the report Elizabeth Rimmer, the CEO of LawCare, says. "Junior solicitors are no longer aspiring to be partners," she says. "They will likely take one look at the lifestyle of current partners and be put off."

 

How is Legal Studio different?

 
How is the consultancy model at Legal Studio different to the traditional model?
  
At Legal Studio we prioritize collaboration and support. Avoiding the politics and targets that can come with a traditional law firm. By becoming a Consultant Solicitor you are free to practice law on your own terms by choosing your own hours and clients. All while retaining up to ninety percent of the fees you generate.

We look after compliance, provide admin and cashier support as well as market leading legal software, freeing up your time to practice law and enjoy work.
 
At Legal Studio we are different to a traditional law firm and this difference is reflected in our consultant retention rate which was 100% in 2023.
 
 

Full report:

https://www.lexisnexis.co.uk/insights/disloyal-lawyers-and-the-partnership-model/index.html



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How Legal Studio is part of the movement redefining the legal profession

In the ever-evolving world of legal practice, the recently published, Codex Edge report has shone a light on a seismic shift toward platform law firms. This shift isn't just about changing where lawyers work; it's about transforming how they work, why they work, and importantly, how they feel about their work. At Legal Studio, we're riding the crest of this wave, not just participating in the trend but leading the charge toward a more fulfilling legal profession.

Here's what the report reveals and how we’re helping lawyers fall back in love with practicing law.

The Allure of Platform Law Firms

The report lays bare a truth many have felt but few have quantified: platform law firms are burgeoning. With a compound annual growth rate head and shoulders above traditional practices, these nimble, innovative firms are not just surviving; they're thriving. But why?

It's simple, really. Lawyers are seeking more from their careers than billable hours and bottom lines. They're looking for autonomy, flexibility, and the chance to do meaningful work on their terms. They're looking for a way to rediscover the joy in their work. And that's where platform law firms, (especially Legal Studio, and yes, we would say that) come into play.

The Legal Studio Difference

At Legal Studio, we're not just a platform law firm; we're a community. A tribe of lawyers from all walks of life who've found a home where they can practice law as they've always wanted to. But what makes us stand out in the crowded landscape of platform law firms?
  • Diversity and Inclusion: We attract lawyers from diverse backgrounds and specialisations, not just because we're a platform for everyone, but because we believe diversity drives innovation. Whether you're a seasoned partner tired of the traditional grind or a mid-career lawyer looking for a more meaningful way to practice, you'll find a place here.
 
  • Retention That Speaks Volumes: The Codex Edge report highlights the churn traditional firms face, losing talent as fast as they gain it. At Legal Studio, we're proud to buck that trend. Our retention rate? A staggering 100%. This isn't just a number; it's a testament to how well we support our lawyers, helping them build practices that are not only successful but enjoyable.
 
  • A Culture of Enjoyment: Here's the secret sauce—enjoyment. We believe that enjoying your work is non-negotiable. This means creating an environment where lawyers have the autonomy to choose their projects, the flexibility to work how they want, and the support to grow personally and professionally. It's about making sure that every lawyer who joins us finds more than just a place to work; they find a way to work that brings joy back into the equation.

The Future is Bright (and Enjoyable)

As the Codex Edge report suggests, the trend toward platform law firms is more than just a blip; it's the future of legal practice. And at Legal Studio, we're not just ready for the future; we're shaping it. We offer a space where lawyers can truly enjoy their work, ensuring that they're not just part of our present but our future.
 
And, while the report shines a spotlight on the broader trends within the legal industry, it's the stories of individual lawyers finding joy, balance, and fulfilment at Legal Studio that truly illustrate the potential of platform law firms.

Our unique blend of support, community, and flexibility means that we're not just attracting lawyers from all walks of life; we're retaining them by helping them rediscover the joy in their work.

Link here to the Codex Edge report in full Platform Firms Report 01.2024 (codexedge.com) for all the data etc.
 
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Ian Mccann