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Legal IT Insider Guest Post: Who is Responsible for eDiscovery?

Yerra’s director of eDiscovery consulting Will Wilkinson looks at the rise of eDiscovery to become the vast industry we now recognise today in which corporate legal teams are increasingly taking control. He asks and answers the question, who owns eDiscovery?

Yerra Solutions Launches Yerra Clearly to Offer Legal Departments a More Comprehensive Legal Spend Management Solution

BASEL, Switzerland – 1 February 2016 – Yerra Solutions AG, a global Legal and IP services company providing consulting, managed services and technology solutions to Global Fortune® 500 clients, has announced that it will launch a new service offering called Yerra Clearly at the Legaltech New York show taking place 2-4 of February at the New York Hilton Midtown.

Yerra Clearly combines process management, proprietary software and expert consulting to deliver superior management of a company’s legal spend and improved cost-control results. The hybrid approach provides in-house legal teams with a level of support and sophisticated analysis typically missing in purely technology-driven solutions and more traditional outsourcing operations.

Both technological innovation and human intelligence is leveraged in the Yerra Clearly legal spend management process.

1.       Legal invoices are received in any format, the data is codified, standardised and loaded into Yerra’s proprietary analytics tool with no requirement for complicated technological integrations with other systems.

2.       Invoices go through both system and human review by Yerra’s trained staff in managed service centers around the world.

3.       Yerra’s highly experienced legal spend management specialists perform in-depth analysis of spend metrics to identify additional strategic savings and make recommendations on how to implement new processes and policies to accomplish those savings. Yerra Clearly incorporates data from a variety of systems and provide a complete view of legal spend from every angle.

4.       Yerra’s legal and procurement specialists negotiate with law firms directly on your behalf, saving you time and money. Yerra Clearly is system agnostic and is compatible with, and adds value to, whatever eBilling, legal spend management or enterprise legal management system a legal department is running. Clients have full visibility into their invoice data and reports at all times. Clients may also choose to have Yerra administer an existing eBilling system as part of this managed services engagement, eliminating the administrative burdens on legal department staff that have exploded in the decades since eBilling systems were introduced. Expert consulting services are included in cost of implementation, eliminating the need for costly external consultants.

Yerra invites all attendees at Legaltech New York to stop by booth 401 for more information.

Yerra Solutions Annual Conference to Explore Connection between Strategy, Operations and Technology in Successful Law and IP Departments

BASEL, Switzerland – 29 July 2014 – Yerra Solutions AG, a company offering legal and IP consultancy, managed services and products to Fortune® 500 clients, today announced that registration is now open for its second annual conference. With a focus on “Connecting the Dots between Strategy, Operations and Technology” and scheduled for 15-16 October in London, the conference will host executive-level thought leaders from organisations such as Hoffmann-La Roche, Philips, Reckitt Benckiser and Credit Suisse. Ari Kaplan, principal of Ari Kaplan Advisors, will moderate the event.

Participation at the conference is limited and designed for general counsel and legal and IP department chief operations officers.

“Strategy is one thing, but getting operations and technology aligned effectively as well is critical to the success of general counsel and their legal departments, and this in turn can impact the overall performance of Fortune 500 corporations,” said Rajitha Boer, founder and director of Yerra Solutions AG. “With this conference, we are offering legal executives the opportunity to explore challenges and insightful solutions as well as connect with peers who are facing similar situations.”

Presentations, which begin on 15 October, will include:

·       “A New Path to Successful Panel Management”, led by Karin Brühlmann, head of controlling, IT & Services Group Patents, Hoffmann-La Rochec

·       “Relishing the Challenge: Finding the Right Legal Strategy for the World’s Leading Business Strategy Advisers”, presented by Jeremy Barton, group GC, Boston Consulting Group

·       “IP Licensing as a Business Model”, featuring Hugo Sakkers, head of the legal department, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

·       “The ‘i-Legal’ Team Concept – Using Technology Intuitively to Make Life Better for Lawyers”, presented by Bill Mordan, group GC, Reckitt Benckiser

·       Visit the Yerra Solutions 2014 Annual Conference page to learn more about the conference and view the full agenda.

Yerra Solutions Releases New UTBMS Knowledge Management Code Set for Public Comment

Yerra Solutions AG, a company offering Legal and IP consultancy, managed services and products to Fortune 500 clients, today announced that the Knowledge Management (KM) Uniform Task Based Management System (UTBMS) Code Set is open for public comment. The new Code Set creates a legal industry standard to enable law departments to better leverage the benefits of KM within their organisations. The Code Set was spearheaded by Corinna Codd from Yerra Solutions, and sponsored by Jane Bennitt, founder of Global Legal Ebilling, and the LEDES (Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard) Oversight Committee.

The KM Code Set allows law departments to track time spent on KM activities and is designed to be applicable to organisations at all levels of KM maturity. It includes a definition of each KM task and supplemental definitions with test questions to provide further clarity on the scope and purpose of each task.

“High-performing law departments recognise the need to effectively manage their organisations’ knowledge to improve productivity, reduce risk, and elevate the quality and value of the legal support they provide,” said Rajitha Boer, founder and director of Yerra Solutions AG. “However, to date the essential tool that would help them accomplish this feat – a universally accepted task-based coding system for the tracking and billing of KM activities – has not existed. This standard will allow law departments to define and implement strategies to handle KM more effectively and we’re honored to work with the LEDES Oversight Committee establish it.”

“Since 1998, the LEDES Oversight Committee has been dedicated to establishing and maintaining universal standards for legal organisations no matter where they are located,” commented Bennitt, a former president of LEDES. “We welcome the insight and leadership of Yerra Solutions as we review and establish this important legal standard.”

“Since 1998, the LEDES Oversight Committee has been dedicated to establishing and maintaining universal standards for legal organisations no matter where they are located,” commented Bennitt, a former president of LEDES. “We welcome the insight and leadership of Yerra Solutions as we review and establish this important legal standard.”

The Code Set is open for public review through 11 July at http://svy.mk/1qYLQPA. To learn more about the Code Set, visit http://bit.ly/1nhQTsT.

About the LEDES Oversight Committee

The Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard (LEDES) Oversight Committee is an international, voluntary, not-for-profit organisation comprised of legal industry representatives and is charged with creating and maintaining open standard formats for the electronic exchange of billing and other information between corporations and law firms. Originally established in the mid-1990s by the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel and PricewaterhouseCoopers to address e-billing, the UTBMS group morphed into the LEDES® Oversight Committee and is permanently tasked with maintaining the standards for the exchange of billing and other information related to the delivery of legal services. For more information, visit www.LEDES.org.

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