The cost of a litigation support group
or outside vendor should be offset by the reduction in attorney review time.
He was like a modern day gladiator," said Seltzer, "I got my firm's litigation support group
to get me all of the technology that David Boies had, and we were extraordinarily visual.
Peter Silk, chairman of the ICAEW litigation support group
which organised the conference, said any money laundering so far discovered in the UK was merely the 'tip of the iceberg'.
Yet this request is analogous to those that defendants make when they seek to learn what a plaintiff's lawyer has obtained from a litigation support group.
The issue usually arises when a defendant seeks to discover which of its documents the plaintiff's lawyer has acquired from a litigation support group. A request like this should be challenged immediately on the ground that it will not produce evidence relevant to the case.
What possible relevance to a defendant's case is the identity of materials--which have been generated by the defendant--that the plaintiff's counsel has obtained as a result of membership in a litigation support group? The defense lawyer's knowledge of the existence of these documents is not relevant because it will not lead to the acquisition of admissible evidence in support of the defendant's case.
In some discovery disputes, defendants have claimed that information a lawyer gets from a litigation support group is not attorney work product because it was prepared by the group, not the attorney representing the plaintiff.
Chairman of the panel's Litigation Support Group
Peter Silk said: 'Small businesses are highly vulnerable to fraud and should seriously consider developing strategies on a day to day basis to minimise their exposure.
The warning came ahead of a forensic accounting conference organised by the litigation support group
of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Peter Silk, chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants' Litigation Support Group
which organised the annual conference at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, said: 'Forensic accountants need to be able to communicate the facts, which can be highly complicated in fraud cases, in a way that is easy to understand.
Around 150 financial sleuths from all over the country were taking part in the event at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, organised by the litigation support group
of the ICA.
Additionally, discovery sharing has evolved from the mere exchange of materials from one attorney to another to the practice today of selling confidential discovery information for a profit, (3) and the rise of plaintiffs' litigation support groups
creating databases of confidential discovery materials for open and ready dissemination to their paying or otherwise supporting members.