Content Assessment: 2021 eDiscovery Trends and 2022 Predictions from Everlaw
Information - 91%
Insight - 90%
Relevance - 94%
Objectivity - 87%
Authority - 90%
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Background Note: Shared with permission from Everlaw, this new report provides an in-depth analysis of 2021 user trends and behaviors on the Everlaw platform. It also shares predictions for what is to come in 2022. Notable among report observations is the view that cyber, data, and legal discovery professionals may no longer need a Frankenstein-type solution where every step in the EDRM requires a different piece of software or separate solution. Instead, they are looking for ways to have fewer solutions that manage more aspects of legal work. From beyond 2021 to beyond Frankenstein-type solutions, a report extract and copy of the complete report are provided for your review and consideration.
Lighting the Way: 2021 Ediscovery Trends & Everlaw’s 2022 Predictions
Based on what we saw in 2021, here’s what we see coming around the corner in 2022. COVID forced people to consider new technologies and paradigms, which can be beneficial in many ways. We will likely see an increase in dispute resolution, regulation, and the following:
A GREATER VARIETY OF FILE TYPES (VIDEO, MOBILE, CHAT) MEANS LONGER AND MORE COMPLEX REVIEW PERIODS.
Recorded video conference calls are discoverable evidence, and if you’ve ever been a participant in one, you know how long meetings can take (people ramble!). Automated transcription will become crucial for parsing through audio/video data. Also, the need to collect, process, review, and produce structured mobile device/ app, chat, and message data types will accelerate as data volumes increase in size.
MORE ORGANIZATIONS RELYING ON CLOUD SERVICES WILL RESULT IN MORE DISCOVERABLE DATA FROM UNUSUAL SOURCES.
In the next year, more companies will be consuming cloud SaaS (software-as-a-service) platforms (e.g., Salesforce, Google Workspace, Box, DocuSign) to help solve business problems. Again, this will result in more discoverable data, and legal teams will need an efficient way to review data and information from these cloud services. Software providers will need to keep pace with the new file types and provide a way to easily upload and view these unusual file types.
AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY WILL INCREASINGLY INFLUENCE DECISION-MAKING.
Whether it’s prioritizing documents to review by leveraging predictive coding, or assigning documents out to multiple people to review, legal teams will increasingly be relying on automated technology to speed up cumbersome processes. We’ve already seen an increase in certain workflows, like legal holds and redactions, and we expect this to continue into 2022.
REMOTE WORK ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE, AND COLLABORATION IS STILL PARAMOUNT.
Remote depositions, hearings, and trials are here to stay. Fewer lawyers will be traveling to hearings and motions, and more legal work will be done virtually, as has already been the case. That being said, collaborative features like real-time editing and secure sharing of documents must be part of any ediscovery software platform. This evolving work style will be pervasive by the end of the next year.
Lighting the Way- 2021 Ediscovery Trends & Everlaw's Predictions
*Shared with Everlaw permission.
Everlaw blends cutting-edge technology with modern design to help government entities, law firms, and corporations solve the toughest problems in the legal industry. Everlaw is used by Fortune 100 corporate counsels and household brands like Hilton and Dick’s Sporting Goods, 76 out of the AM Law 100, and all 50 U.S. state attorneys general. Based in Oakland, California, Everlaw is funded by top-tier investors, including CapitalG, Menlo Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and K9 Ventures. Learn more at https://www.everlaw.com.
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