Belfast law firm launches first Legal Tech Group

  • Photo: Cleaver Fulton Rankin's Jonathan Forrester and Kerry McCloy

    Belfast-based Cleaver Fulton Rankin have become the first law firm in Northern Ireland to launch a Legal Technology Group, providing expert eDiscovery services and large scale document review to nearshore law firms.

    The company has appointed Kerry McCloy as the Director to lead the new team, alongsde eight project managers, solicitors and legal professionals.

    Kerry said, “I am pleased to join Cleaver Fulton Rankin and lead the new Legal Technology Group launch. The addition of this new service offering will add to the already strong reputation the company and its people have in the market.

    “Discovery is probably one of the most difficult, yet vitally important, aspects of litigation. It can be an onerous process. However, we can use the technology’s advanced analytics and search filtering technology to conduct early case assessment, identify patterns and trends in the documents at the outset and reduce the document pool to a much smaller, more manageable set for review. This presents the client with a high quality, more efficient offering in terms of time and cost.”

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    eDiscovery is the process of legally reviewing and sharing electronically stored documents, traditionally in the context of litigation.

    Law firms have historically dealt with information management and document review using labour-intensive hard copy review solutions with paralegals and junior lawyers.

    During lockdown, Cleaver Fulton Rankin also used the Consumer Code for Online Dispute Resolution (CCODR) platform to resolve a client dispute using remote mediation, and deliver their legal services seamlessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Director at the CCODR organisation, Aaron Moore, is also a director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors.

    "Innovation and legal tech have, undoubtedly, enabled us to streamline our services and grow our business," added Jonathan Forrester, the firm's Managing Director. "It is at the heart of our company.”

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