LitSavant Ltd - Thinking outside the box ...
Mark Dingle

Mark Dingle

LitSavant was established by Mark Dingle in 2010.

Mark has been working in the litigation support industry for over 11 years. His past employment includes two top 20 law firms and one of the largest service providers. In these roles Mark has managed edisclosure projects on behalf of leading financial institutions and insurers as well as high profile energy and pharmaceutical companies.

Mark was a founding member of LiST and a member of the LiST group committees responsible for their proposed "Revised Disclosure Statement", "Data Exchange Protocol", "Draft Technology Questionnaire" and "Practice Direction for the use of IT in Civil Proceedings".

Mark is currently a member of the working party chaired by Senior Master Whitaker charged with drafting a practice direction governing the handling and disclosure of Electronically Stored Information (ESI). This draft Practice Direction was recently favourably referred to by Lord Justice Jackson in his Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Final Report.

Disclosure
The process formerly known as discovery by which documents are exchanged between parties in litigation in England and Wales.
more ...
Disclosure

The process formerly known as discovery by which documents are exchanged between parties in litigation in England and Wales.  Technically the process has three phases - a) disclosure - making it known that the documents exist by providing the other party with a list, b) inspection - allowing the other party to look at the documents c) the provision of copies.  Typically all three phases are dealt with together.  Unlike the US, production of documents is initially driven by "push" i.e. there is an obligation on a party to disclose their documents which are material to the case.  For full details see CPR 31 and PD 31.

Acceptable conduct
The standard of acceptable conduct is determined through experience ...
US District Judge Shira Scheindlin (SDNY Jan. 15, 2010)

more ...
Acceptable conduct

The standard of acceptable conduct is determined through experience. In the discovery context, the standards have been set by years of judicial decisions analyzing allegations of misconduct and reaching a determination as to what a party must do to meet its obligation to participate meaningfully and fairly in the discovery phase of a judicial proceeding. A failure to conform to this standard is negligent even if it results from a pure heart and an empty head.

US District Judge Shira Scheindlin (SDNY Jan. 15, 2010)

© 2010 LitSavant Ltd. All rights reserved.