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Privilege Review

Lighthouse recognizes that a disproportionate amount of time and money is spent on privilege review and privilege logs. Potentially privileged documents need close reading for subtleties of work product and attorney-client privilege. This exacting review requires more experienced attorneys, which makes privilege review much more costly than responsiveness review. The traditional approach to privilege review has been to first run search terms to capture potentially privileged documents, then to painstakingly review those documents.

Privilege review prioritization

PrivSmart, a proprietary patent-pending application displayed in Relativity, refines the typical privilege review by helping you prioritize documents according to the likelihood that they are actually privileged. PrivSmart groups documents into several categories, from unlikely to be privileged (i.e., false hits) to most likely to be privileged.

In a recent matter, Lighthouse found that the documents in the two “unlikely privilege” categories had 0% and <1% actually privileged documents respectively. These were also the categories with the largest percentage of the documents, so eliminating these categories from review, or spot-checking them, can result in savings of up to 50% on privilege review.

Privilege log creation

PrivSmart is automatically creates privilege logs so that clients can focus on privilege review, rather than spend time on trivial tasks such as manually editing logs.

It provides a centralized repository where clients can create, edit, and store draft and final PDF privilege logs in one place, eliminating version control challenges. Privilege descriptions are automatically created based on privilege coding during review, removing the need to concatenate multiple fields in an external tool. PrivSmart also predicts normalized names, which will appear on the privilege log based on document metadata, eliminating the manual work typically required for name normalization. Normalized names and privilege descriptions are automatically included in the draft privilege log, which is fully editable within Relativity. Our privilege log creation wizard then guides you through the process of generating your final log in minutes.

Using PrivSmart, you can intelligently proceed with your privilege review and generate a defensible privilege log. By categorizing documents into groups based on their likelihood of being privileged, your reviewers can make more accurate privilege calls. By automating the data entry and editing of privilege logs, PrivSmart allows your teams to focus on ensuring that the descriptions comply with the legal requirements of the relevant jurisdiction. PrivSmart reduces review volume, without reducing reviewed content.