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Empowering businesses with Litigation Hold and eDiscovery in Microsoft 365 Business Premium

18th June 2024

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In the fast-paced world of business, data plays a pivotal role in decision-making, collaboration, and overall success. However, with great data comes great responsibility, especially when it comes to legal matters. Litigation Hold and eDiscovery are crucial tools for businesses to navigate the complex landscape of legal compliance and electronic discovery. Now, with Microsoft 365 Business Premium edition, these powerful features are more accessible than ever, ensuring businesses can confidently manage their data in the face of legal challenges.

Businesses can confidently manage their data in the face of legal challenges”

Understanding Litigation Hold and eDiscovery


Litigation Hold

Litigation Hold is a feature that allows organisations to preserve and protect electronic information that may be relevant to a legal case. Whether it’s emails, documents, or other data stored in Microsoft 365, Litigation Hold ensures that this information is safeguarded against deletion or modification during the course of legal proceedings. This capability is crucial for compliance with legal obligations and regulations, helping businesses maintain transparency and accountability.



eDiscovery, short for electronic discovery, is the process of identifying, collecting, and analysing electronically stored information (ESI) as evidence in legal cases. With the growing volume of digital data, eDiscovery tools streamline the search and retrieval process, saving time and resources. Microsoft 365’s eDiscovery capabilities enable businesses to efficiently manage the legal discovery process, making it easier to respond to litigation requests and regulatory investigations.


The inclusion of Litigation Hold and eDiscovery in Microsoft 365 Business Premium

Microsoft 365 Business Premium is designed to be an all-encompassing solution for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), offering a suite of productivity and security tools. The recent inclusion of Litigation Hold and eDiscovery in this edition signifies Microsoft’s commitment to providing comprehensive solutions that address the evolving needs of businesses, including those related to legal compliance.


Key benefits for businesses


Simplified compliance management: With Litigation Hold and eDiscovery integrated into Microsoft 365 Business Premium, businesses can seamlessly manage legal compliance within the familiar Microsoft 365 environment. This streamlines workflows and reduces the learning curve associated with implementing additional third-party solutions.


Cost-effective legal preparedness: SMEs often face resource constraints, making it challenging to invest in specialised legal tools. By including Litigation Hold and eDiscovery in Microsoft 365 Business Premium, Microsoft is empowering businesses to enhance their legal preparedness without incurring additional costs for separate eDiscovery solutions.


User-friendly interface: Microsoft 365’s user-friendly interface extends to its legal compliance tools. This means that even businesses without dedicated legal teams can easily navigate and leverage Litigation Hold and eDiscovery to meet their legal obligations.


Centralised data management: The integration of these features into Microsoft 365 Business Premium ensures that businesses can centralise their data management efforts. From communication in Microsoft Teams to file storage in OneDrive and SharePoint, Litigation Hold and eDiscovery cover a wide array of data sources, providing a holistic approach to legal compliance.


Getting started with Litigation Hold and eDiscovery


Implementing Litigation Hold and eDiscovery in Microsoft 365 Business Premium is straightforward. Businesses can access these features through the Microsoft 365 compliance centre, where they can configure and manage legal holds, search for relevant content, and export data for legal purposes.


Microsoft provides comprehensive documentation and support to guide businesses through the setup and usage of Litigation Hold and eDiscovery. Additionally, businesses can leverage training resources to ensure their teams are well-equipped to handle legal compliance within the Microsoft 365 environment.


If you are running Business Standard, consider upgrading to Premium: An upgrade from Microsoft 365 Business Standard to Premium would add enhanced productivity and robust security with advanced security features to protect against cyber threats such as phishing and ransomware.





The inclusion of Litigation Hold and eDiscovery in Microsoft 365 Business Premium marks a significant step forward in empowering SMEs with the tools they need to navigate the legal landscape effectively. By seamlessly integrating these features into the Microsoft 365 ecosystem, businesses can enhance their legal preparedness, simplify compliance management, and confidently address legal challenges as they arise. As data continues to be a cornerstone of modern business, Microsoft’s commitment to providing comprehensive solutions ensures that businesses of all sizes can thrive in an increasingly complex and regulated environment.

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Empowering businesses with Litigation Hold and eDiscovery in Microsoft 365 Business Premium

By Gary Jowett

Gary has always focused on making sure the most appropriate solution is provided to help customers, not just what's new and shiny. With over 30 years in the IT industry Gary has the experience to tell the difference between something that's game-changing or is just a passing fad!


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