Here’s our latest round-up of People & Places News, this week focussing on the wonderful world of the ediscovery and litigation support services industry, including QDiscovery + Nuix + Epiq Systems + DTI + Hobs Legal Docs + LDM Global + Xact Data Discovery + Kroll Ontrack.

• Quantum Discovery LLC has changed its name to QDiscovery. The company says “the new, streamlined name better represents the company’s cornerstone commitments to its Fortune 500 and law firm clients and their projects: quality expertise in the form of consultation, project management and trial presentation and qualified results”. During 2013, the company established two additional offices – one in Los Angeles and one in Indianapolis – in response to high client demand + doubled the number of employees to include talent focused on top-tier project management + expanded its collections and trial presentation groups.

• Nuix has appointed Rob Attoe as Senior Vice President of Investigations Training & Services. US-based Attoe will be in charge of building and delivering training course content for Nuix customers and partners in the global digital investigations community. Attoe has more than a decade of experience developing digital forensics and decryption training programs, most recently as Director of Training at AccessData. He has worked as a Computer Crime Specialist with the US National White Collar Crime Center, where his primary focus was developing a curriculum on file system analysis and automated forensic tools, and with the Kent Police as a Forensic Computer Analyst.

Nuix has also appointed Stuart Clarke as Director of Investigation Services. Clarke will be responsible globally for developing the Nuix Investigator product suite and collaborating with customers and partners to ensure Nuix software helps them improve the way they conduct digital investigations. Clarke is highly experienced in criminal and civil computer forensic investigations and holds a first class honours degree in Computer Forensics from Northumbria University. He was most recently Head of Forensics & Technical Operations at Millnet and formerly Principal Consultant at PA Consulting Group. He has also provided expert evidence to civil and criminal courts across multiple jurisdictions including the United Kingdom’s Technology and Construction Court.

• Epiq Systems Inc has announced that Richard ‘Rick’ Seabrook has joined the company as Vice President & General Manager, eDiscovery Europe. Seabrook has 17 years of experience in professional services, systems integration, and application and business process.

In other Epiq news… the company has increased document review centre space by 50% at Epiq’s 11 Old Jewry, London location and  expanded client services and operations teams by 40%. And Dianne Drummond has joined Epiq’s London office as Senior Director of Client Services. She has 15 years of experience in the legal sector with in-depth knowledge of eDisclosure processes and client services management in the UK and the US.

• DTI announced that Yvette M. Thompson has joined the company’s Knowledge Solutions business unit as document services manager. Thompson has held roles managing document services, training and information services at several AmLaw 100 firms including Sullivan & Cromwell, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Hughes Hubbard & Reed. Thompson will be based in DTI’s Atlanta Knowledge Center.

• Hobs Legal Docs Ltd has announced two key appointments of highly respected technical specialists as it expands its bespoke solutions for the legal industry: Rob Crowley is General Manager & Director of Hobs Legal Docs, who joins from Recommind and previously held forensic technology management roles in two of the Big 4 accountancy firms. Jonathan Chan is Director of Technical Services, having joined Hobs Legal Docs from Ernst & Young where he was a Manager in their Forensic Technology and Discovery Services team.

• LDM Global has appointed Hannah Gary as Project Manager and Joan Allsberry as the new east coast Business Development Manager. Hannah Gary holds a master’s degree in education with a strong background in customer service and technical support. Joan Allsberry was previously in sales for Citicorp Financial Bank.

• Xact Data Discovery (XDD) announced that Shannon Mickelson is the company’s new director of sales & operations for its Minneapolis and St. Paul offices. Her most recent role in the legal industry was as general manager of Esquire Litigation Solutions’ local Minneapolis office. Other legal experience includes her role as executive director with Special Counsel and as an employment litigation case manager with both the law firm of Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly in St. Paul and Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing (3M).

Xact Data Discovery has also expanded its offshore operations with a new location now open in Bangalore (Bengaluru) India. The facility was added to support XDD’s growing electronic discovery business, and in particular its document review offering, which has seen significant growth in the past year.

• Kroll Ontrack has announced the appointment of Paul Le Messurier as its new Head of Programmes and Operations for Western Europe. Based at Kroll Ontrack’s data recovery facilities in Epsom, Paul will oversee the delivery of services by Kroll’s engineering team to businesses and consumers. Paul has a proven track record with over 17 years’ IT management experience including project management and service delivery. He joins Kroll Ontrack from his most recent role at Samsung SDS Europe, where he was Head of Business Development for the EMEA region.