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eDiscovery in SA - Herbert Smith Freehills follow the sun!

Regular readers will know that I rarely dedicate an entire post to one firm or another but I am making an exception as what is happening here at HSF is radical and could have a major impact on SA, especially with regard to eDiscovery, which of course is my major interest. 

Going back in time, Herbert Smith was a Silver Circle law firm in the UK with a big reputation in litigation. In my time in the UK I did a great deal of work with them. Then in 2012 they merged with the top 6 Australian law firm Freehills and now have 27 offices and employ almost 5000 people worldwide.  They operate as one global team using best of breed and innovative systems looking after all legal services. If you look at their website you will see that they care about their markets and communities in which they operate and one of their aims and missions is to be the leading global law firm in relation to the attraction, retention and promotion of women. I will refer later to the latter point.