Cost-effectiveness of using existing resources, even if available. Many legal projects involve process-driven tasks which do not require expensive law firm or in-house legal team resources. Our experienced legal freelancers are charged at around one third of the cost of law firm trainees.
Lack of project management expertise within the existing team. Running a legal project efficiently may involve a different skill set to those in the existing team, especially in projects which involve or would benefit from the use of technology.
We improve outcomes for our instructing lawyers and their respective clients in terms of the accuracy, cost-effectiveness and efficiency of any legal project.
We have extensive experience in providing eDisclosure and equivalent document review services in disputes of all kinds, for leading UK, City and US law firms and for corporates directly.
Our eDisclosure legal project managers are experienced litigtors, who have been the advising associate for similar reviews.
We know the task inside and out. Our PMs provide the single point of contact between the Jandr team and the instructing lawyers, minimising the management overhead and freeing the lawyers to manage the rest of the dispute.
We can source the eDisclosure platform or work with a client’s chosen provider. Most of our projects involve the Relativity or Everlaw platforms, but we have experience across all of the leading vendors. We combine legal and technology knowhow, so we’re well placed to bridge the gap and ensure the optimum use of technology to support the desired outputs.
Courts increasingly expect parties to consider and, if appropriate, make use of AI and other forms of machine assisted review. We have worked on projects which used clustering and predictive coding technology, and we have a deep understanding of their strengths and weaknesses in order to make the optimal decision depending on the circumstances.
We’ve worked on reviews involving hundreds of thousands of documents down to single digit thousands. The efficiency gains are such that we are cost-effective on reviews of any size.
Investigations can take many forms, but a common thread is a need to review large volumes of documents – emails, chat logs, social media streams and office documents. eDisclosure tools and workflows have a large role to play in investigation reviews.
A key difference between investigations and eDisclosure reviews is that rather than looking for documents relating to known issues, an investigation review delves into the unknown. Our experienced legal freelancers are much better placed than trainees and junior lawyers to identify new issues, extract the relevant information and report on them in an accurate, coherent and efficient manner.
We have conducted numerous investigations in disputes and in compliance matters. On the latter, we regularly perform searches for potential misuse of material, non-public information when principal finance divisions of banks trade in securities in relation to which they might hold confidential information from their advisory divisions.
We work with our clients to understand the purpose and to define the scope of the search, and how best to report back findings in a way that will be as useful as possible for the advising lawyers.
Employee DSARs are often the first salvo in an employment dispute. They pose a dilemma for the employer: incur the cost of complying with the DSAR or apply the sum to a settlement package to make the claim go away. If the anticipated DSAR costs are too high, employers might be tempted to throw in the towel even on weak claims.
We help companies to prepare compliant responses to DSARs at a fraction of the law firm cost.
The preparation of DSAR responses has some parallels with eDisclosure document reviews, but key differences as well. We use eDisclosure review platforms for the efficiency savings they provide and we have manual processes to fill in the gaps between the platform functionality and DSAR requirements.
Get in touch to find out more about our proprietary DSAR methodology to guarantee an efficient, cost-effective and compliant response.
We perform contract and other legal document reviews and data extraction tasks on due diligence and other review projects.
Our experienced legal freelancers will review documents and extract key clauses and data points according to an agreed pro-forma report or on a more general, qualitative basis if required.
We have a wide range of experiences across our legal freelancer pool available to perform general commercial due diligence or with specialist expertise.
Redaction tasks often arise in eDisclosure reviews, but they can also arise in entirely unrelated fields, for example when sharing sensitive commercial information in M&A due diligence exercises.
We use eDisclosure platforms and our pool of experienced legal freelancers to perform redaction tasks of any kind accurately, cost-effectively and efficiently.
Countless other kinds of legal projects arise, which might have similar attributes to projects listed above or be completely bespoke. Common to all projects are the need for planning and some combination of people, processes, technology and data. We can propose a solution and competitive pricing for any kind of legal or compliance project.
End-to-end document review services, from disclosure order to production. Our ACE outcomes are achieved through the use of experienced project managers and legal freelancers, leading technology platforms and secure remote collaboration processes. We provision autonomous teams to provide on-demand Review-as-a-Service on any size of dispute, investigation or audit, with same-day starts if required. We produce detailed estimates to provide you with a realistic plan for the cost and duration of our reviews. We report progress against the plan and other review metrics throughout to ensure our projects are delivered to time and budget and that our work product dovetails into the instructing lawyer workflows.
Disclosure reviews must be performed to a defensible standard; if not, the entire exercise is a waste of money. Mistakes can be costly in non-monetary ways as well, for example if key documents are missed or incorrectly classified for relevance or privilege.
Our project managers have acted as the advising associate on equivalent disputes and matters. Our experienced legal freelancers have 5-10 years’ experience as dispute resolution associates or as specialist document review lawyers. The upshot is that our review teams are significantly more experienced than typical managed review suppliers or teams consisting of law firm paralegals and trainees.
We recommend a ‘calibration’ exercise at the outset of our projects. This is designed to get detailed feedback across the entire period of review, before the large majority of the review effort is incurred. Once calibrated by the instructing lawyers, our teams are well-placed to make coding decisions fully aligned with those that the instructing lawyers would make.
Our remote working arrangement allows us to offer experienced legal freelancers for around one third of the cost of a law firm trainee. We’re free to select or work with the right technology for any given job which, if sourced, is charged at cost. We have no biases in our business model towards excessive use of human review hours or technology costs; we’ll always use the optimal mix and right tools for a job.
Attractive headline hourly rates tell only half the story – they can be a false economy if they come with a slow review speed or a high error rate. We prioritise accuracy, with review speed a close second. Each review has its own target review rate based on the complexity of the documents and nature of review decisions to be made, and we support our freelancers to meet or exceed this once they are up to speed in the matter.
If we spot categories of documents that can be safely removed from the review, for example marketing emails, near duplicates or documents returned by a false positive match on a key word search term, we’ll let you know. We often knock out thousands of documents from human review workflows on each project.
Disclosure reviews usually have an external deadline for sharing with the other side, and various internal milestones leading up to production. It is common for reviews to be delayed while the parties explore settlement options or debate the scope of the review. The upshot is that they always feel urgent! We can provision remote review teams of any size at very short notice – even for same/next day starts. We have a pool of around 50 UK-based legal freelancers to draw on. When additional hands are required, we can call on the services of up to 130 qualified Indian lawyers working from a secure business park in central India, thanks to a master services arrangement we have in place with a leading Indian LPO.
Review speed is improved through the review design and workflows and through smart use of technology such as email threading and grouping, clustering and predictive coding. We will work with the instructing lawyers and third-party technology providers to come up with a carefully designed baseline plan. During the review we will constantly look for opportunities to improve the plan as new information comes to light.
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Our freelancers have complete control over their working hours and locations, allowing them to build a flexible and sustainable working arrangement.
Ours is a service provided by lawyers, for lawyers. As such, we understand the high standards of quality and accuracy that are required, even for the more mundane, less glamorous tasks.
Our remote working arrangement combined with a commitment to entirely offset our carbon footprint is sustainable for the planet.
We support our freelancers on their journey with us, with guidance and constructive feedback to develop their skills and expertise. This is especially true in the case of our freelancers who are returning to work after a period of time out to start a family or to pursue other non-legal interests.
We provide immediate and much-needed support to our lawyer clients. Our fully formed teams are lead by an experienced legal project manager, freeing up the instructing lawyers to focus on their more urgent matters.