• A reputation for professional excellence with integrity

    A reputation for professional excellence with integrity

  • Accurate understanding and technical analysis

    Accurate understanding and technical analysis

  • National and International Experience

    National and International Experience

  • 34 years in private legal practice

    34 years in private legal practice

  • A focus on events and consequences, not gossip

    A focus on events and consequences, not gossip

  • Helping lawyers, brokers, accountants, surveyors and other professions

    Helping lawyers, brokers, accountants, surveyors and other professions

  • There when you need him

    There when you need him

Telling Tales May 2018

16 May 18

Clearing out rubbish.

A tale by a friend circulated on an email group recently described how, replacing a plug fuse, she found one in a kitchen drawer filled with useless bits which she promptly cleared out, only to discover that the back-plate of the plug had gone into the dustbin along with everything else. In these days of multi-directory electronic storage, information or evidence which might once have been confined to a few pieces of paper can find their way onto a myriad variety of e-files. The art, and craft, of optimum filing is therefore to sift and delete superfluous or duplicative material and keep the sensitive records in as few places as possible, easing their location and retrieval and maintaining better security. The danger, of course, is that you can never be sure what is, or might become, sensitive; apparently superfluous duplicates or drafts, or preceding email strings, are often subtly but critically different. Hence lawyers have an ill-reputed, but justified, tendency to keep everything rather than risk losing something vital in the process of staying tidy.  Their files quickly become voluminous, especially when replicated into paper, complicating and aggravating the workload of forensic investigations if the file becomes contentious; but it’s the investigator’s acuity skills, to sift and condense everything that matters, which have become most important.

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