​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​An informal and occasional selection of recent international eDisclosure / eDiscovery / GDPR / legal IT / data protection / information governance / interesting news / articles collated since 2011 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!


Technology Assisted Review – empowering David to tackle Goliath in eDiscovery (E-Discovery Consulting) https://maas-bong.io/2nkTxlo


EY acquires Riverview Law (Legal IT Insider) https://maas-bong.io/2niGmBz


US court grants defendant’s motion to compel various records from plaintiff in “slip and fall” case (CloudNine) https://maas-bong.io/2M2aIH6


Artificial intelligence in the legal industry: adoption and strategy - Part 1 (Information Age) https://maas-bong.io/2LX6TTA


Why proofreading legal documents needs more than spillchuck (Intelligent Editing) https://maas-bong.io/2M3qr96


Legal transformation or disruption? A new rule for talking about it (Prism Legal) https://maas-bong.io/2vKKca9


Lex Machina extends its analytics to insurance litigation (LawSites) https://maas-bong.io/2njEHM1


AI security hype putting businesses at risk (Computer Weekly) https://maas-bong.io/2M2MxZn


Welcome to the New Normal: the state of law firm marketing (LexisNexis) https://maas-bong.io/2nl9vvQ


Story telling is essential to get adoption of innovations (3 Geeks and a Law Blog) https://maas-bong.io/2nkos1i

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars/webcasts

07 Aug 1300 ET School’s out- let’s stay connected - the IoT (ACEDS / Ricoh) https://maas-bong.io/2KpDXTF

07 Aug 1900 BST Creating a data placement strategy for unstructured data (MER Sapient)


07 Aug 1900 BST Avoid surprising litigation discoveries - leveraging tech for complex litigation 

(EDRM / tcdi) https://maas-bong.io/2LHKB49

08 Aug 1300 EDT Significant developments in social media discovery (The Sedona Conference)


14 Aug 1700 BST The rise of legal operations: designing data-driven legal processes (Juro)


14 Aug 1300 ET Government agencies discuss: solving eDiscovery / public records request headaches (Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2LGniaU

22 Aug 1300 EDT Tips for streamlining eDiscovery activities with your law firm(s) (ACEDS)


28 Aug 1300 EDT Negotiating a forensic examination protocol (ACEDS / Craig Ball) https://maas-bong.io/2K4gr9C

29 Aug 1300 EDT When things go wrong: avoiding loss of ESI (ACEDS / Dentons) https://maas-bong.io/2mUAvlH

30 Aug 1300 EDT Ask the expert: Mike Quartararo on the eDiscovery project management landscape - tools overview (ACEDS) https://maas-bong.io/2LA0LAF

05 Sep 1700 BST Theft of trade secrets: forensics best practices (HaystackID) https://maas-bong.io/2LPqC7S

12 Sep 1630 BST Getting lost in semantics - selecting the right search engine (Concept Searching)


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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 36 years experience in the field: 28 years in international law firms and eight 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

​The Litigation Support Company

DLA Piper


Huron Legal


Maas Consulting Group

This is the home of the BONG!  Jonathan regularly sends out a popular daily email alert (see to the right, his “
BONG!”) to subscribers, containing brief snippets of interesting and current discovery, GDPR, legal technology and other news.  Every weekend The Project Counsel Group sends out curated selections from that week's BONGs to an international distribution list of some 12,000 individuals, from Swiss paralegals to US judges.

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

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(07 August 2018)