Blackfords LLP feel the need for speed

“We needed focus on the solution and not the IT – I don’t care how, I just want it done. Now”, says Naureen Shariff,  Senior Criminal Lawyer, Blackfords LLP

Blackfords feel the need for speed


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Blackfords LLP are one of the UK’s top ranked firm of solicitors for Serious Fraud, Crime & Regulatory Law with a Boutique Child Care, Divorce & Mediation team.

They are a specialist White Collar & Serious Crime practice. Based in the City of London, Greater London & Cardiff, Wales,  and have offices in Croydon, Woking, London and Cardiff, the lawyers at Blackfords LLP operate throughout the UK.

Background to the case study

The Prosecution was brought by The National Trading Standards Agency (“NTS”) and concerned so called ‘copycat’ websites alleging a fraud of £30M. The NTS investigation commenced in 2013 with the premises raided in 2014.

Capture of all IT assets at the start of the investigation comprising c20.6 million digital items. NTS indexed all evidential data using NUIX which was intended to assist the defence in searching the digital material.

Initially an 18-count indictment against 5 defendants, the Case finally came to court in April 2017

The client requirement

An e-discovery platform in which electronic data can be sought, located, secured and searched with the intent of using it as evidence in a criminal case. The Prosecution imaged and had administration access to the evidence in NUIX Web Review.

Five (5) defendants were each represented by five (5) different law firms each of which required individual & unfettered access to unique data-sets of the same evidence without the Prosecution Team seeing the findings of the Defence Teams.

Blackfords LLP contracted with Ubertas Consulting to deploy a standalone NUIX solution on behalf of themselves and the other five (5) law firms.

The challenge

Blackfords LLP, working alongside a wider group of criminal law firms acting for the defence, required immediate access to evidential data held by the prosecuting body.

The data resided in an isolated, on premise deployment of the NUIX eDiscovery suite where evidence had already been collated and pre-processed.

With the trial date approaching, Blackfords LLP contacted Ubertas to deploy a Cloud based NUIX solution in order that the data could be quickly made available across a widely dispersed team.

“Ubertas immediately understood our requirement and provided the solution with the desired urgency.  From our initial contact, in deploying the NUIX solution and through the support they provide they have been invaluable to enabling us to deliver for our client”, says Naureen Shariff, Senior Solicitor, Blackfords LLP.

The solution

Speed of deployment, data integrity and solution security were fundamental to Blackfords LLP requirement given the nature of the data and the environment in which it was being utilised.

Ubertas Consulting built and launched a range of AWS compute, storage and network services on which the NUIX solution would reside.

Evidence was securely migrated from its source to the AWS London Availability Zone by AWS Snowball, a hardware device and data migration process, capable of encrypting and securely transporting the 7.5TB of data for this project.

Once the data was successfully migrated to AWS, Ubertas configured the NUIX solution and provided secure access to the user community.

Users could access the solution in less than two (2) weeks from the inception of the project.  Following its deployment Ubertas continue to monitor and support the solution via its Service Desk.

The Benefits

Speed of Deployment

AWS compute, network and storage services were available in hours. The migration of the large data set was managed using AWS Snowball. The entire NUIX solution was available within two (2) weeks.


Data encryption within AWS and during its journey from its source to the Cloud was managed using AWS services.  With AWS the solution is subject to the highest industry standards of physical and digital security.

Service Quality

Blackfords LLP could focus on the evidence rather than the IT.  Ubertas Consulting managed the implementation, providing clear communication and manage the end-to-end solution through its service desk.

Learn more about the Ubertas Consulting Cloud solution, and the benefits delivered to Blackfords LLP by downloading the full case study below:



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