​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.  Simply pick and click from below.

These links are copied from a recent BONG! We BONG! most work days as an email to subscribers: anyone can email Jonathan@MaasConsultingGroup.com to subscribe/unsubscribe.  Subscription is free.

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Nuix acquires Ringtail eDiscovery platform from FTI Consulting (Artificial Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2CGiUsu


A lesson in document review, spurred by US Senator Harris’ comments at Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing (The National Law Journal) https://maas-bong.io/2oUOXLp


Meet Author, the new legal AI system taking on the world (Artificial Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2MZXA62


What's the EU ever done for us? Well, search by UK postcode and find out exactly what has been done in your local area (MyEu) https://maas-bong.io/2CQgffZ


Law firm innovation takes more than talk (Legaltech News) https://maas-bong.io/2N3vIO4


Machine learning makes its way (slowly) into eDiscovery (KM World) https://maas-bong.io/2N4wGKc


Blank Rome hires its first Chief innovation and Value Officer (Legaltech News) https://maas-bong.io/2oUgDjp


How will legal education and training keep pace with change? (Forbes) https://maas-bong.io/2MZxKih


21 phrases you use without realising you're quoting Shakespeare (Mental Floss) https://maas-bong.io/2MZyd41


DWF promotes Badrock to head of R&D and brings in new manager from Pinsents (Legal IT Insider) https://maas-bong.io/2oV36YZ

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars / webcasts

11 Sep 1300 ET Everyday eDiscovery: using analytics to your advantage (ACEDS / FTI) https://maas-bong.io/2My8XBI

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


13 Sep 1800 BSTHow to evaluate and improve your eDiscovery process (EDRM / Exterro)


18 Sep 1900 BST eDiscovery dirty tricks (and how to defeat them) (Logikcull) https://maas-bong.io/2Nitbzb

20 Sep 1330 CEST Will smart contracts replace lawyers? (MC Academy) https://maas-bong.io/2NL8qsP

20 Sep 1630 BST The changing lawyer: technology and lawyers - what they need to know (Litera Microsystems) https://maas-bong.io/2NdYOtF

26 Sep 1300 EDT Hold on - get a grip on conducting effective legal holds (XDD) https://maas-bong.io/2MxuaMd

26 Sep 1800 BST Preparing for litigation before it happens (CloudNine) https://maas-bong.io/2MB4uyf

03 Oct 1700 BSTDebunking the top ten myths of document review (HaystackID) https://maas-bong.io/2N2Epse

Let me know if you have an upcoming webinar / webcast 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. 

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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

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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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