​​​​​​​​​​​​​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!


GDPR, eDiscovery and cross-border disputes – a seamless transition or an endless headache? (Lineal) https://maas-bong.io/2wbTUpB


Business crossing the border? Hire local lawyers but beware of pitfalls, experts say (Corporate Counsel) https://maas-bong.io/2w8DXAB


Young lawyers call for revamping of law firm offices to meet new industry needs (The American Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2HSD9RQ


Can non-lawyers bring more benefit to the legal profession than lawyers? (LawSites) https://maas-bong.io/2wc0HQ8


Legal search: what does the future hold? (Future of Law) https://maas-bong.io/2w72BS2


Soon, we may give more rights to artificial intelligence than to animals (Slate) https://maas-bong.io/2HSEisz


CyberSecurity at law firms: infographic (Twitter) https://maas-bong.io/2wewQGI


Four ways to be proactive in the eDiscovery process (JD Supra) https://maas-bong.io/2wdZ5FH


Innovation and technology are bringing big changes to the courtroom (Australasian Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2wl4hHZ


May the fourth be with you: the Guardian Star Wars Day quiz (The Grauniad) https://maas-bong.io/2jv3aw3

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars/webcasts

08 May 1800 BST Are you missing critical evidence?  eDiscovery search accuracy (Craig Ball)


09 May 1300 ET GDPR is here.  Now what? (Yerra / Exterro / Swiss Re) https://maas-bong.io/2qQAO37

09 May TBC BST New discovery rules in Germany for anti-trust damage claims

(Inventus) https://maas-bong.io/2HPxg85

16 May 1300 ET Maura Grossman, Ralph Losey and Geoffrey Klingsporn discuss three cutting-edge eD concepts (Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2jpx8Bj

19 May 1000 EST Let’s chat about eDiscovery (The Power Paralegal Collective) https://maas-bong.io/2F1VKso

24 May 1000 BST Let’s talk about AI (Nalytics) https://maas-bong.io/2qnNTks

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

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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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.


(04 May 2018)