The successful candidate will work closely alongside the Unit Team Lead, a senior solicitor, and an existing junior e-Disclosure Technical Analyst. The Unit is also supplemented by paralegals, and trainee solicitors on an ad hoc basis.
The role will focus upon project managing and utilising an innovative e-Discovery platform (which has been pioneered by Macfarlanes and is not currently used as an in-house platform by any other law firm in the UK), as well as developing skills in the use of leading forensic software, and in coordinating forensic data collection exercises.
The role offers the opportunity to become an integral part of the busy Litigation Department at a leading London firm.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record in eDisclosure and knowledge and understanding of eDisclosure in the context of litigation. Either a law degree or a computer sciences degree would be an advantage.
The majority of the successful candidate’s time is likely to be spent assisting with and managing large document review exercises from collection through to production, and in particular:
- project managing and administering the Macfarlanes’ eDisclosure platform: uploading documents, setting up coding panels, running searches and QC checks and preparing productions etc;
- providing on-going technical support and basic troubleshooting of the platform, and liaising with the provider of the platform in relation to more complex issues;
- carrying out quality-control measures and privilege checks to ensure integrity of disclosure;
- undertaking the processing and searching of forensically collected data using Nuix software;
- working with other members of the team, the lawyers and clients to provide processing, collection and review solutions for eDisclosure projects;
- working with other members of the team to ensure projects and tasks are allocated and attended to on a case by case basis;
- providing user training and support to clients and lawyers in the use of the Macfarlanes’ eDisclosure platform; and
- ensuring all project and procedural documentation is kept up to date and accurate records are retained for all phases of a project.
The successful candidate will be expected to undertake training and certification programmes for both the eDisclosure platform and for the use of Nuix.
In relation to data collection, the role will involve the following:
- conducting data mapping exercises with clients (and in particular client IT consultants) so as to identify the likely sources of evidence;
- formulating defensible and robust data collection strategies;
- conducting basic data collection exercises; and
- for more complex matters, liaising with external forensic IT consultants, clients and fee-earners in order to co-ordinate the forensic collection of data.
The Technical Analyst will also be responsible for:
- developing and continuing our relationships with external litigation support service providers (e.g. eDisclosure companies); negotiating Master Services Agreements, monitoring and analysing invoices;
- using Excel spreadsheets to run costs comparisons of panel eDisclosure providers;
- keeping abreast of technological developments in the marketplace;
- assisting in considering new technological offerings and forging new relationships with market leaders of various litigation support offerings; and
- keeping up-to-date with developments in case law concerning privilege and the deployment of data management and forensic services in adversarial proceedings.
This job description encompasses the main duties of the role and is by no means exhaustive. It is anticipated that duties may vary from time to time accordingly in line with the needs of the practice area.
The ideal candidate will have a background in eDisclosure and in particular good experience of the technical aspects of a review platform, such as uploading and processing data, setting up searches and coding panels, creating batches and assignments etc.
It would be a bonus (but is not essential) if the individual concerned was able to:
- code in a computer programming language (e.g. Java, Ruby, PHP etc); and/or
- understand network topologies and typical corporate IT systems, and ask pertinent questions to ensure that all relevant material has been identified in relevant systems.
The successful candidate will be technically very savvy and have an intuitive ability to understand and utilise new software. They will also have strong academic qualifications from GCSE level, with a minimum 2:1 degree (if applicable).
The individual will also demonstrate:
- excellent time management skills and an ability to manage multiple, simultaneous tasks;
- excellent oral and written communication skills;
- strong attention to detail, ability to keep project documents and status up to date;
- proven analytical and problem solving skills;
- ability to work in a fast-paced production environment and to prioritise their work;
- a willingness to be a team player, and to be flexible in terms of the support they will be asked to provide both the CMU and the wider Litigation Department; and
- commercial awareness, both in relation to the businesses of our clients, and in relation to the work of the Litigation Department.
This is a full-time, permanent role and the successful candidate will be expected to commit to at least one year’s employment.