Predictive coding - changing the legal landscape

The first formal judicial endorsement of the use of predictive coding in e-disclosure in the UK came from Master Matthews in his High Court ruling in the Pyrrho Investments v MWB Property Ltd case. Noting the excessive cost and time required to manually review documents, the judge approved predictive coding as acceptable for navigating the millions of electronic documents involved in the case. In this paper, we look at the landmark decision and how it is likely to impact e-disclosure costs and proportionality arguments in UK courts, and increase the willingness of legal teams to use predictive coding in document reviews as part of a wide range of disputes and investigations.

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