Litigation is expensive business these days, and the discovery process is a significant line in the litigation budget. At many law firms, each department (and in fact, each litigator) approaches e-discovery differently, which often increases cost and risk for clients.
What’s a law firm to do? Think standardized plans that outline best practices for your law firm.
The plan is a series of practices that bridge information governance (records management) and the discovery process. These plans standardize the discovery process to ensure no steps are missed, and that cost-saving opportunities are maximized. A good plan will be written in plain English (no geek speak here), be appropriately scalable (to suit the small files, and the huge ones), and will contain iterative processes that form the foundation for the discovery plan.
Law firm management loves these plans because they provide best practices to be applied uniformly across practice areas, thereby lowering risk. Clients love them because they minimize risk of missing something important and keep the rising costs of discovery in check. Adopting standardized best practices guidelines is a win/win proposition.