Creating an impactful overview of complex processes and legal issues

Challenge

In this litigation case, our client asked us to enhance timelines and process in their written arguments in a procedural matter. In this complex procedure, it was essential to bring forward a brief yet accurate flow of events and key dates, while remaining fairly classical in style.

Process

The first step was to identify key facts and dates in the external counsels’ written submission, those in particular which would evidence that the other party did not meet a number of validity conditions. Thanks to our extensive litigation experience, we first created an architecture of key dates and facts, with logical connectors. Working hand-in-hand with external counsels, we had these logical connectors validated, then created a visual timeline to support our client’s written arguments. We also ensured that the timeline would integrate seamlessly within the text, in a way which would make the graphic design almost unnoticeable, but just naturally clear.

Obviously, it was key to empower external counsels to remain fully in control of their document until the very end. Final edits at 2am before the deadline, we’ve been there! Thus, we worked in Word document, the most familiar to lawyers. As Word isn’t a design tool at all, this was an additional challenge. Our super talented designer made it and even enjoyed having to go back to the very essence of design: information structure with very little adornment! We also chose a minimalist design, almost imperceptible, to align with courts standards and ensure judges would remain in a familiar environment.

Results

Redesigned submissions that gave both lawyers and judges mental oxygen.
The written submission is crital-clear and concise, standing out in comparison with the opposing party’s lengthy and wordy arguments.
We created a seamless document, in which visual timelines & processes integrate naturallyin the text – not just as exhibits. We also used subtle changes in colors and fonts to highlight key dates and exhibits.

We were thrilled by our great collaboration with the external counsels involved ! One of the litigators on the case shared with us that our methodology and approach had helped him “analyze the case differently and to see it from a new perspective”. In other words, design enables better thinking!

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