​​​​​​​​​​​An informal and occasional selection of recent international eDisclosure/eDiscovery/GDPR/legal IT/data protection/information governance/interesting news/articles collated by Jonathan Maas of The Maas Consulting Group in London.  Anyone can email​ Jonathan@MaasConsultingGroup.com to subscribe/unsubscribe.  Simply pick and click from below.

The below links are copied from a recent BONG! I BONG! most work days as an email to subscribers: anyone can email Jonathan@MaasConsultingGroup.com to subscribe/unsubscribe.  The email version also carries a list of upcoming and potentially interesting webinars/webcasts.

Don't forget to visit our BONG! archive.  All our BONG! items are available and searchable (via your web browser). Thought you saw it?  Now you can search for it!


New case law showing how a party's failure to share and agree their approach to disclosure, specifically Computer Assisted Review, can incur the wrath of the courts: Triumph Controls v Primus International (BAILII) https://maas-bong.io/2BoJ4xu


AI: breaking the codes.  Are corporate legal departments driving change purely from a cost perspective or are they also looking to AI as a transformative technology? (Law Society Gazette) https://maas-bong.io/2BpeqnE


Criminal justice system at "breaking point" over digital evidence: defence experts say public faith is being corroded by failures to disclose material (The Grauniad) https://maas-bong.io/2BTCn7E


Police outsource digital forensic work to unaccredited labs (The Grauniad) https://maas-bong.io/2BWi3m0


Hack the Past: how the legal profession knew nothing about technology (AKA more reality, less hype...) (The Time Blawg) https://maas-bong.io/2BTO4et


Q: What do law firm knowledge managers want? A: Automation (Artificial Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2BRxZpX


The Institute for the Future of Law Practice: a new non-profit collaboration between law schools, law firms, corporate legal departments, NewLaw service providers and legal technology companies (Legal Evolution) https://maas-bong.io/2BWejks


Winter Olympics day three – in pictures (The Grauniad) https://maas-bong.io/2BVmeic


Why letting legal marketers take the lead on client discussions could boost innovation (The American Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2BUXA1e


Lucy Bassli, former assistant GC at Microsoft, on why she has left the “best company in the world” to join LawGeex (Legal IT Insider) https://maas-bong.io/2BWjy3C

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars/webcasts

Continuous series of free events around the UK: Let's talk about artificial intelligence (AI) in the legal sector (Nalytics) https://maas-bong.io/2yMGAId

14 Feb 1300 ET eDiscovery technology in the cloud: everything you need to know (Exterro)


21 Feb 1200 CDT eDiscovery and the GDPR: ready or not, here it comes! (CloudNine) https://maas-bong.io/2Epvwnq

21 Feb 1300 ET In-place preservation: locking down data without collecting it (Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2s01YaO

27 Feb 1400 GMT Tackling the GDPR: an intelligent workflow (Index Engines) https://maas-bong.io/2nonEbf

28 Feb 1300 ET edTalks: eDiscovery thought-leaders present innovative ideas and techniques to improve your eDiscovery practices (Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2s2gjDF

01 Mar 1300 ET In-place ECA: clearly understand your eDiscovery burden before collecting any data (Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2s5BsNA

07 Mar 1300 ET Practical use-cases for leveraging AI/machine learning today (Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2s44E7g

14 Mar 1300 ET The end of point tools: how an eDiscovery technology platform approach makes life easier (Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2s44Sv8

Let me know if you have an upcoming webinar you'd like to see included in this list.

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By the way, we have noticed that sometimes the links we compile above have registration/paywall information inserted between the referenced site and you.  At the time we compose these emails there are no such distractions so we can only assume sites randomly impose registration/payment requirements on links to them.  We apologise in advance as my intention is to give you all untrammelled access to this information. 

(Incidentally, and for those outside the UK (or in the UK but without televisions), BONG! is a reference to the main evening TV news in the UK, on which headlines are read out between strikes (bongs) of the now-silent Big Ben, the bell in the Elizabeth Tower (renamed from the Clock Tower in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee) at the Palace of Westminster.  You can thank a particularly persistent pedant early on in the life of the BONG! for this rather precise explanation.)

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​​​Who we are

The Maas Consulting Group is led by Jonathan Maas, a renowned paper and electronic discovery/disclosure veteran with an unparalleled 35 years experience in the field: 29 years in international law firms and six years in international consultancies. Jonathan speaks and writes on the subject widely and has been involved in developing civil procedure in England & Wales to respond to the modern demands of litigating in the digital age.

Jonathan’s métier is acting as a verbal or written bridge between technical experts and lay people, whether it’s conveying complex technology concepts to a legal audience or explaining matters of detailed legal procedure to IT specialists. He has the ability to unite diverse teams to complete discovery exercises as cost- and time-effectively as possible. In this way he has delivered numerous successful projects for national and international businesses and local and central government.  This translates into extremely experienced and empathetic support for lawyers and IT professionals.

His experience of identifying, collecting, classifying and acting on data in the legal environments of investigations and disputes continues to add value in the current environment of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Information Governance and preparations for the UK to leave the European Union (BREXIT). Sound and defensible data management is more important in business than it has ever been.

Jonathan has also researched and implemented computer systems in law firms for the purposes of library and know-how management, litigation support, costs budgeting, collaborative working and more.

At a glance, since 1982 Jonathan has worked at:

Hogan Lovells

Simmons & Simmons

DLA Piper


Huron Legal


Maas Consulting Group

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Although based in London Jonathan has set up and managed specific case teams in Australia, Bermuda, France and Hong Kong. 

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