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Which documents in a case should be retained - and for how long?

We have had a spate of questions around the general topic of how long an expert should keep documents from old cases, prompted in part by the renewed focus on such material generated by the new data protection regulation. Any documents that are received, prepared, assessed, considered and/or created by an expert in the course of proceedings are papers of significance. Indeed, a document which at the time of the original hearing might have been considered trifling could suddenly take on new importance. It is not inconceivable, therefore, that an expert witness might be asked for a document months or years after the original case has been concluded. The expert, then, is faced with a dilemma. Which documents in a case should be retained – and for how long?

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