Another interesting article by Rhys Novak from Charles Russell Speechlys looking at six top tips in respect of collecting documents given the current situation. Although it is starting to ease in places, which may make things easier, you never know when or if that will change! Therefore, these are very valid tips! And, as Rhys states at the end: "With a little ingenuity and creative thinking, and a lot of patience and preparation, the pandemic's barriers to an effective document collection can be overcome."
I totally agree with that statement. We have been successfully capturing data on existing and new engagements throughout the pandemic - and this includes international collections. However, there are always challenges and this is especially true when it comes to physical documents and certain mobile devices, and even more so with "the miscreant's data."
But where there is a will, there is a way. Thinking through the challenges there are many ways in which they can be overcome through different processes, technologies and approaches - although there is definitely more assistance required from the custodians themselves.
See my post on how we are dealing with these challenges at Alvarez & Marsal. If you would like to know more, please let me know.
Conducting internal investigations during the pandemic presents a number of significant barriers. The processes used in the “old normal” may not be fit for purpose in the current stage of the crisis even though lockdown measures appear to be easing. Collecting and reviewing documents and data is but one example. Continued restrictions on international travel and the inability (or unwillingness) of staff to access offices and storage facilities may affect a company’s ability to collect all relevant documents and data.