Sector Forensics will guide you from start to finish throughout electronic discovery investigations, from small matters to large complex cases and everything in between.
Advice given on planning including filling out Electronic Document Questionnaires (EDQ) and managing ediscovery and edisclosure exercises based on the eDiscovery reference model (EDRM), that are proportional to your case so that costs don’t escalate out of control.
- Fixed Price Consultations
- Advice on Information Governance, Identification, Preservation, Collection, Processing, Review, Analysis, Production and Presentation.
- Fixed Price Quotations and management of costs in line with Lord Justice Jackson’s civil litigation reforms (“Jackson Reforms”).
- Fully Project Managed
What is eDiscovery
Electronic discovery (also called e-discovery or ediscovery) is simply a process of finding, securing, searching, reviewing and presenting electronic data to be used as evidence in/or in preparation for a civil or criminal legal case.
Electronic data encompasses all electronically stored information including emails, documents, spreadsheets, PDF's, scanned files, pictures, Auto CAD, databases, voice mails and phone calls, social media, accounting software and deleted data.
eDiscovery Reference Model (EDRM)
The EDRM model is an overview of the e-Discovery process that is broken down into a number of steps that may be needed depending upon the size and complexity of the process. Each step can be repeated any number of times to refine the process to reduce final costs.
Information Governance: Organising your electronically stored information (ESI), to mitigate risk and additional costs, should e-discovery become an issue. Also see Cyber Security Essentials
Identification: Knowing where the sources of the ESI exist and ascertaining the size of data and accessibility. (local storage, cloud storage, removable media..)
Collection and Preservation: Utilising a company like Sector Forensics in the early stages to gather the ESI in a forensic manner with full continuity to protect against data manipulation, deletion or destruction. This secured data is then available for use by any party in the e-discovery process.
Processing, Review and Analysis: Reducing all of the data preserved and converting it if necessary into suitable formats (e.g. OCR to scanned documents to allow the text to be searched). Evaluating the data to redact any 'privileged' or 'confidential' information from the searching process. Carry out the searches based on specified criteria like keywords, dates, patterns and supplied data.
Production: Delivering the findings of the ESI to others using the most appropriate methods (remote viewing, usb, hard disk etc.).
Presentation: Attending meetings, hearings, trials as expert witnesses etc, to present the data in simple form, to answer questions, validate facts and elicit further information from the ESI.
- Sector Forensics can also act as a single joint expert or can aid you as a consultant on complex cases where multiple e-discovery companies have worked on your case.