Welcome to the web site of The Maas Consulting Group.  We specialise in working with lawyers, IT people and suppliers, negotiating, delivering cost-effective solutions, writing, speaking, listening, hearing, attention to detail, humour, determination, tact and diplomacy, project management, encouraging the best out of people, removing problems, team work and getting things done.


(18 July 2018)

​​​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 daily email alert (see to the right, his “
BONG!”) to subscribers containing brief snippets of interesting recent discovery, GDPR, legal technology and other news.

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

Click here for information about some example projects from Jonathan's long career.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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!


Topics of interest at UK and EU eDiscovery / eDisclosure events so far in 2018 (Chris Dale) https://maas-bong.io/2LkE964


Marie Bernard, CEO of Nextlaw Labs talks "innovation as a service" (Legal IT Insider) https://maas-bong.io/2LplaXY


Google hit with €4.3bn (£3.9bn, $5bn) Android fine from the European Commission over anti-trust breach (BBC) https://maas-bong.io/2LiCa2h


New York Law School launches Business of Law Institute to prepare for legal tech careers (Legal IT Professionals) https://maas-bong.io/2Lg5I0x


Why GOV.UK content should be published in HTML and not PDF (Government Digital Service) https://maas-bong.io/2Lgxmdz


More on law firm Weightmans' AI-backed decision engine developed to help identify arguments for settling cases (Legal IT Insider) https://maas-bong.io/2Llr1O5


Archiving the Internet: the "Wayback Machine" in the courts (Legaltech News) https://maas-bong.io/2LmqNGz


The inaugural Changing Lawyer Awards – deadline for applications is 27 July (Legal IT Insider) https://maas-bong.io/2LmGzkH


Top exports to the US by country (Twitter) https://maas-bong.io/2LpsBym


It looks like IBM is still trying to build a robot lawyer one publicity stunt at a time (Above the Law) https://maas-bong.io/2uGcHW9

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars/webcasts

18 Jul 1300 ET Everyday eDiscovery: using analytics to your advantage (ACEDS / FTI) https://maas-bong.io/2KCLp9H

18 Jul 1730 BST Next generation eDiscovery collection: from custodian direct to review with Relativity and X1 (X1) https://maas-bong.io/2NzxvHs

18 Jul 1900 BST Anatomy of a hack: learning from successful law firm cyberattacks (Logikcull)


19 Jul 1630 BSTExamining the millennial workforce and their impact on user adoption (Litera)


22 Jul 1400 BST Scaling for the future: evolving your intelligence-driven digital investigations (Nuix)


25 Jul 1300 EDT Trending - social media in eDiscovery (XDD) https://maas-bong.io/2KoY2Zj

25 Jul 1800 BST Key US eDiscovery case law review for first half 2018 (CloudNine) https://maas-bong.io/2KG6vY1

26 Jul 1300 ET Artificial intelligence and machine learning: the future of eDiscovery (ACEDS / Stratagem Tech) https://maas-bong.io/2KBh9w5

26 Jul 1100 EDT Uncovering secrecy: three trends shaping corporate investigations (FTI)


01 Aug 1700 BST Mobile device Forensics and beyond: the new frontier (Haystack) https://maas-bong.io/2LmBngU

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)


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)


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


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.)