It may be a slight exaggeration to claim e-Discovery could ever really be easy. The tremendous amount of information created and stored electronically makes complying with rules of discovery in civil litigation a challenge. And that is never easy. But avoiding court sanctions and penalties for non-compliance — not to mention the staggering cost of collecting and reviewing the data — is the goal of any legal team, and with the right technology tools, managing the e-Discovery process is as easy as it can be.
Most general counsel and procurement officers would probably agree that collaboration in contract negotiations is a challenge even when all parties are in the same room. So what happens in our virtual world where the new normal is that people are spread across multiple locations and time zones? What does virtual collaboration look like?
At ContractRoom, our mission is to make contracting easy and efficient. I recently came across an article by Cindy Cox in Inside Counsel about making the contracting process more efficient. The article, Contracting efficiency for your legal department in 3 easy steps, is a good read. And Cox’s advice dovetails perfectly with what ContractRoom offers.
Have you ever uttered the words painless – or better yet, happy – and contracting in the same sentence? Probably not, and you wouldn’t be alone. Even the savviest business and legal minds know that getting to a signed contract is a tedious, friction-oriented process. Additionally, the legal landscape is constantly evolving, meaning that business owners, corporate execs and their legal counsel (GCs) need stay current with the regulatory environment as well as staying on top of current industry trends and emerging technologies. Sound painful?… Doesn’t have to be.
Collaborative editing tools for agreements/contracts (also, referred to as “redlining”) have been used for decades by contract negotiators (both attorneys and business people). The question is, are the current tools really suitable? Redlining has all the appearances of a wonderful collaboration tool, letting people see exactly what changes the other party is proposing and accepting or rejecting them. Therefore, on the surface, the answer may be, “Yes”. However, looks can be deceiving… and after reading on, you’ll probably quickly change your answer to, “No Way”.