A large Dublin based law firm required a team of specialist lawyers to conduct specific research on recent developments on competition and State Aid law in Ireland and the European Union which may have an impact on a potential merger and acquisition.
The firm’s client, a large global corporate, faced internal pressure to ensure that its transaction costs were kept to a minimum. A notice period of just one week was given in order to assemble the requisite personnel and identify and agree the scope of work.
The challenges faced by the client included but were not limited to the following:
- The operational expense of internal resource allocation for the agreed task.
- An over-reliance on internal resources to carry out document review management
and legal research.
- The necessitation of internal resource over-time obligations and the corresponding cost implications.
The provision of overflow support assisted the client’s obligations. A fully managed and coordinated review team was provided which achieved the client’s expectations in a short turn-around time.
Reviewers were able to apply their specialist knowledge in the field of enquiry and identified the key developments in case-law and statutory provisions over a defined time period. This was uploaded to an interactive interface which allowed the client to search for keywords and review annotated commentary as well as amendments and commencement orders.
This ensured key deliverables to include guaranteeing on-time deadline delivery and crucial review quality control and efficiency monitoring.
- The review was completed on time and in accordance with the agreed terms of engagement.
- The team of engaged Barristers was fully vetted and sourced on the basis of each individual’s specialist understanding, academic knowledge and experience of competition law. The selected reviewers had a key understanding of legal research tools and technology platforms.
- A Project Coordinator was appointed by JHI to ease the burden of the client having to communicate with the systems provider around the anticipated input of documentation and other technology related issues. Further, this person managed reviewer timesheet obligations whilst acting as an intermediary between the client and the review team around team performance and queries arising from the project team’s work product.