Corporate Counsel

TVA|The Legal Outsourcing Network has a team of lawyers who are available to conduct extensive document review in class action and other document-intense litigation or transactions including:

- due diligence reviews
- subjective coding for relevance and privilege
- issue-based coding;

either on-site, or off-site through secure internet connections.

All of our Virtual Associates are members in good standing of The Law Society of Upper Canada and/or other law societies across Canada ensuring confidentiality, privilege and avoiding the application of the Patriot Act. They all carry E&O insurance and upon request, TVA can arrange excess E&O insurance coverage. We are able to deploy a team of document review lawyers of virtually any size. Our current capacity is in excess of 1,000 hours per week.

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The Ontario Bar Association has posted a series of model e-discovery and e-trial precedents, that can be found at: www.oba.org

In one of the articles, 10 Guiding Principles to Minimize E-Discovery Costs, at pages 3 and 4, the Ontario E-Discovery Implementation Committee endorses the use of contract lawyers and says,

…lawyers and clients should consider available methods of reducing the cost of the lawyers’ work, even if lawyer involvement is required. This can involve increasing efficiency (such as through use of precedents, pre-set procedures, and the like) or using lawyers who charge a lower billable rate (such as contract lawyers, who can be engaged to review documents for relevance and privilege at a much lower hourly rate than the average lawyer bills their client).

In addition to this cost saving, TVA actively manages its network of vetted, trusted and experienced contract lawyers. Below are the profiles of eight Virtual Associates with recent experience on document review projects:

Year of Call

Profile


2000 

Experience with completing document review in an ongoing national class action

2001

Almost seven years experience completing document review projects for both Gowlings, LLP and Smith Lyons, LLP

2001

Over four years experience completing document review projects for both Gowlings, LLP and Ogilvy Renault, LLP; Called to B.C. Bar in 2003

2001

Two months experience completing a document review project for The Walkerton Inquiry; Articling student at Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP

2002

Seven years experience completing document review projects for both Gowlings, LLP and Smith Lyons, LLP

2002

Over two years experience completing document review projects for both Gowlings, LLP and Ogilvy Renault, LLP

2004

Almost two years experience on a document review project for Gowlings, LLP

2004

Five months experience completing document review projects for both Sullivan and Cromwell, LLP and Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, LLP; Summer and articling student at Blake, Cassels and Graydon, LLP; Clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario.