Barry Schwartz, BIA: Meet and Confer Checklist

A Message from our CEO about COVID-19 - BIA

Extract from Barry Schwartz’s article “Meet and Confer Checklist”

Our Meet and Confer Checklist is the new best friend to many a COVID-weary attorney and legal professional across the globe, as many are re-examining their eDiscovery practices and trying to make the most of their Meet and Confer (M&C) procedures.

More people than ever before now are working from home. Pre-COVID-19, about 10% of full-time employees worked from home, according to the Survey of Business Uncertainty (SBU), which is jointly managed by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Stanford University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. SBU forecasts that nearly 30% of the workforce will work from home full-time post-pandemic.

In addition, the proliferation and increasing use of communications tools (Microsoft Teams, Slack and Zoom, for example) have led to exponential growth in the amount of confidential data being recorded, emailed, posted to the web and transferred between devices. Global data volumes are projected to skyrocket 530% from 2018 to 2025, according to a European Commission study.

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