A recent article by Erica Vowles and Jeremy Story Carter from the ABC (9 March) highlights the sort of challenges lawyers face today and that are only set to increase in the months and years to come! Are you ready?
Once upon a time a client would come to a lawyer seeking advice. That lawyer would ordinarily hear the client's problem and request from them some further information and documentation. Now historically, this would be available within the client's own knowledge and locked away in some filing cabinet somewhere, in some sort of (relatively) chronological order. Obtaining (most of) the required information was usually quite easy to do - there simply was not that much of it.
But then came email, electronic document management systems, mobile computers and phones, text messages, other proprietary communication tools, digital cameras, high definition audio and video recording, cloud storage and the rest...
It has become incredibly simple to create information, in an almost infinite number of ways, and for that reason create (lots of) information we do - and it is not set to stop there. Take, for example, the ABC article attached to this post - latent data held within an Internet of Things device located in the kitchen next to a suspected crime scene simply wasn't an evidentiary paradigm considered by a lawyer even 5 years ago. In the same way, having to approach the massive task of investigating 30TBs of construction project data (located amongst countless sources and obtained from innumerable project stakeholders) would not have even been contemplated as a possibility.
But this is our present reality and one that is only set to become more and more complex. Now whilst these circumstances may seem somewhat daunting, there is still plenty of hope, just not in the way lawyers might be accustomed to receiving it. These are not traditional problems and will require a non-traditional solution.
We have been working with clients for the past 19 years assisting them to overcome their challenges in day to day practice, in whatever form they may take. Now, we assist them to overcome challenges like those listed above. If you find yourself dealing with a less than traditional challenge relating to data for an investigation, regulatory response, litigation or arbitration, make sure you leverage the experience of our dedicated team and find the solution that works best for you.
Today's problems require today's solutions.