Press Release

Exigent & Deloitte South Africa Partner For E-Discovery

Exigent and Deloitte South Africa are evolving by partnering to deliver a premium full-service eDiscovery product to clients globally.

The partnership will provide a “one stop” solution for law firms, corporations and institutions seeking eDiscovery and Data Management Services which will ease the cost and time burden markedly.

Law firms and corporations are increasingly outsourcing large document review projects for litigation disclosure or transactional due diligence to external organizations, which can carry out the review at a lower cost.

“We see this partnership as an enhancement to our eDiscovery data processing and hosting capabilities providing an end-to-end solution whereby Exigent’s legal process outsourcing expertise in document review will complete the cycle” says Clayton Thomopoulos, Deloitte Director: Risk Advisory Southern Africa.

“Organizations need to apply forensic practices to collect, preserve, and process data required for the discovery process or potential use as evidence in legal proceedings,’’ he says.

An entire business dispute, commercial investigation, or multi-million-rand litigation may hinge on identifying when a single piece of data was communicated, generated, altered or deleted, by and to whom, and under what circumstances.

Waseema Harrison, Senior Manager at Deloitte, adds, “Having worked with Exigent over the years on many legal cases I am excited about this formalized joint venture whereby our skills and expertise, backed by our best-of-breed software, Ipro, Nuix and Relativity, are enhanced by Exigent’s review offering”.

Exigent’s delivery model is founded on the principles of effective people, processes, and platforms. Now, Exigent’s expert eDiscovery and Data Management teams with tried and tested project methodologies will be supported by Deloitte’s Managed Solutions team hosting Nuix and Relativity.

“The addition of Deloitte’s extensive experience in eDiscovery and Data Management will enhance our services. We recognize the importance of an end-to-end litigation support solution for our clients and this strategic partnership enables us to deliver on this need. This unique capability wraps up quality, efficiency, consistency, and the comfort that our clients’ projects are in the expert hands of two leading eDiscovery and Data Management providers”, says David Holme, Exigent CEO.


About Exigent:

Exigent Group Limited is a global legal services organization, providing advice on and delivery of a range of legal services and business analytics to reduce risk, to increase compliance and to drive process and cost efficiencies for its clients in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and South Africa.

Legally qualified LSO advisers in the Exigent legal team have significant experience working in partnership with general counsels, department heads and fee earners to map legal processes which accurately reflect companies’ existing and proven working practices.  This consultative approach has proven extremely successful, enabling law firms to retain their brand identity (which differentiates them from their peers), and enabling in-house legal teams to retain the support of commercial colleagues, whilst exploring the possibilities of LSO.

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About Deloitte:

Deloitte ranked #1 by Kennedy in global forensics and dispute advisory services.

Deloitte Discovery combines the highly specialized skills of our people, our highly developed technologies and the power of the Deloitte global network to provide deeper insights and smarter, more efficient solutions, so clients can control costs and mitigate risks during the discovery process.

Deloitte Discovery specialists apply forensic practices to collect, preserve, and process data required for the discovery process or potential use as evidence in legal proceedings. A business dispute, commercial investigation or significant litigation may hinge on identifying when a single piece of data was communicated, generated, altered or deleted, by and to whom and under what circumstances. Our highly experienced professionals assist clients in addressing the technological challenges of today’s complex investigation and litigation environments by implementing practical approaches, supported by specialized technology and processes.

The Deloitte forensic practice in South Africa and Africa serves Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia); Central Africa (Zimbabwe Zambia, Malawi); West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana) and East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi). The South African practice provides a full range of discovery services, from data identification and collection for both electronic and hard copy, through processing and hosted document review, as well as the production of witness and trial bundles and export to courtroom presentation systems. We have skilled and experienced personnel, including technicians with nearly 15 years of experience on some of the world’s largest cases and investigations.

Deloitte South Africa has digital forensics laboratories with skilled technicians in Cape Town and Gauteng, using industry-leading forensics software. Cape Town is the hub for our discovery services, which contains the leading software for processing data, hosting and review, supported by a secure infrastructure. We have the tools and technical resources to employ advanced data analytics such as technology-assisted review, concept searching, clustering and keyword searching as components of our managed review services. We have the ability to mobilize teams with portable solutions for data collections and data analysts to investigate collected data across the African continent.

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For more information, please contact:

Jacquie Hodgson, VP Legal Solutions M: +27 73 312 6989 E:
Waseema Harrison, eDiscovery Senior Manager M: +27 791 003 395 E: