Reports are often core to litigation management, especially for project managers who need to translate the litigation life cycle into pieces that partners and attorneys can readily grasp and act on.

Liquid Litigation Management (LLM) this week announced it would be integrating reports directly into its project review management platform, Liquid Lit Manager. LLM CEO Cas Campaigne explained that the move is intended to give reviewers actionable insight on litigation,

Here’s a look at the integration in effect:

Who it serves: LLM’s platform is aimed at law firms and corporate legal departments managing litigation. Generally, litigation reports are a greater staple of firms managing lots of large litigation matters, but Campaigne said that the platform itself and the integrated reports are scalable to both large and small firms.

What it does: With the new integration in place, review reports will be automatically run and built into the platform’s main review management screen. The newly integrated reports are intended to give reviewers a sense of key information at a glance, such things as which reviewers have completed batch sets or the number of remaining documents.

Campaigne noted that the reports aren’t the only litigation review metrics available. Users can still create their own customized reports as needed. “If there’s information on review that someone wants which is not shown, there are additional reports that users can create and customize available in the product from before this release,” he said.

Are these reports actually helpful? Designing useful, actionable reports can require some key tailoring, so project managers may be wary of a system that promises to do this work automatically. Campaigne noted that the software company ran focus groups to get a sense of what kinds of information project managers need, and came up with a series of metrics on progress, review rates, estimated completion times, and documents remaining to review, intended to give project managers actually actionable data. These seem like fairly rudimentary metrics, so reviewers may still want to tailor their reports to their exact needs.

Where LLM’s integration is most poised to lend a hand is in its visualizations. The platform isn’t proposing any new or off-the-wall visuals, but it does make use of things such as color coding and progress bars in its dashboards for quick, skimming-level review. For reviewers used to accountant-like reports, these simple design details can make a big difference.

Is this a Big Data play? Sort of, but mostly not. Big Data, in the most ideal sense, is a way for a large organization to collect broad swaths of data that can help it make core business decisions. LLM’s reports collect some of this data, but Campaigne said the company intended for its integrated reports to focus on individual reviewers rather than big-picture data. 

“We chose to keep the reporting specific so those managing review could understand the differences of individual review sets based on the resource [person] and data they were working with. Perhaps they identify someone going slower than others who needs additional training,” he explained. One of the platform’s other features, the Review Predictor, does look at broader data to forecast trends in remaining litigation documents.