Gibson & Co launches eDiscovery service

eDiscovery North East
(left to right: Mark Nordstrom (SRM), Jane Gibson, James Hopper (SRM), Toby Gibson, Tom Fairfax (SRM), Alan Batey (SRM)

(Press release 11/01/18)

Leading North East litigation practice Gibson & Co. has invested in a world class eDiscovery service to support client litigation cases. By partnering with Gosforth-based Security Risk Management (SRM) Ltd, Gibson & Co. obtains access to its own Relativity platform, the market leading eDiscovery solution, coupled with the technical and forensic expertise and experience of a highly regarded and established eDiscovery provider.

A vital tool in the management of electronically stored data (ESI) as evidence in litigation, eDiscovery is the process of sifting, sorting, reducing and redacting data for legal expert review in a way that meets the ultimate test of court acceptance.

Tom Fairfax, Managing Director of SRM, says: ‘Gibsons wanted to go further than simply buying into an eDiscovery platform; they wanted to be able to provide their clients with an exceptional service experience from the outset. By working in partnership with SRM they are able to provide a cost-effective and fully managed process which optimises the best available technology while also using the forensic skills of an expert team. In this way, the initial stages which usually take several weeks are completed in just a few hours.’

Toby Gibson, partner at Gibson & Co. says: ‘We face two important and related challenges to our litigation practice.  The first is costs pressure from clients.  The second is how to make best use of the available technology.  Our cases often involve the management of a large volume of data and we need to store, review and use that data as efficiently as possible.  In SRM we have found a partner that has been able to provide a bespoke product to meet that technology challenge.  We are convinced that we have an excellent collaboration tool in Relativity which will be of potential benefit to all of our clients.  This partnership will make us more efficient via the inherent collaboration benefits while keeping costs down. We are delighted to have teamed up with SRM.’

The SRM eDiscovery team is made up of forensic professionals drawn from law enforcement, government agencies and the military with over 60 years’ combined eDiscovery experience. SRM has conducted thousands of successful eDiscovery projects since the company established in 2002.  Gibson & Co. is ranked highly by the Legal500 as an ‘incredibly well-regarded’ litigation team.  In 2018, Chambers & Partners awarded both Toby and Jane Gibson ‘Top Ranked’ lawyer status for the seventh year running.


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