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Changes made in October 2005 to the practice direction to Rule 31 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) have made electronic disclosure a key concern for UK litigators and the companies they represent. In order to comply with the practice direction, litigation teams will need to adopt a much more rigorous approach to the way electronic documents are collected, searched and retrieved. The revised practice direction also clarifies that businesses and their legal advisers have an obligation to consider the availability and relevance of electronic documents at the earliest stages of litigation.

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