​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

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eDiscovery in Asia: Rajah & Tann Technologies acquires LegalComet (ComplexDiscovery) https://maas-bong.io/2OArlWR


Brexit and data protection: Blue passports for data exports? (Fieldfisher) https://maas-bong.io/2OAeB2t


Virtual hearings “could improve quality of expert evidence” (Litigation Futures) https://maas-bong.io/2OC3N3U


Round table: A changing profession; redefining the role of lawyers [PDF] (Legal Business) https://maas-bong.io/2OAQOzx


The UK has a citizenship test and it’s dreadfully hard (Quick: What’s the Statute of Rhuddlan?) (The Wall Street Journal) https://maas-bong.io/2Ozh1hW


101st CPR update: Welcome to the video link world (Civil Litigation Brief) https://maas-bong.io/2OChmAe


New business models - not technology - will transform the legal profession (Forbes) https://maas-bong.io/2Owjnhu


Turning the law department into a profit centre (Above the Law) https://maas-bong.io/2OCuLbP


How to document your chain of custody and why it's important (D4) https://maas-bong.io/2OxPJbz


New EU regulation to strengthen the free movement of data (Morrison Foerster) https://maas-bong.io/2Owq2bu

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars / webcasts

09 Nov 1800 GMT Decoding the DNC hack: A technical analysis of cyber-espionage (AccessData)


12 Nov 1800 GMT Office 365 to the rescue: Using eDiscovery functions like a pro (RVM) https://maas-bong.io/2P2zSa6

14 Nov 1200 CT Findings from the law department operations survey 10th anniversary report (Consilio)


27 Nov 1800 GMT Still crazy after all these years: A TAR case law survey (XDD) https://maas-bong.io/2yxhDzk

28 Nov 1200 ET Amended Federal Rules of Evidence and new eDiscovery processes and pricing: significant implications to the year ahead (The Knowledge Group) https://maas-bong.io/2yhWJ79 (£)

28 Nov 1800 GMT EU privacy concerns versus US discovery obligations (Valora / Epiq / Littler Mendelson) https://maas-bong.io/2O6C230

28 Nov to 12 Dec 1600 PT Advanced eDiscovery bootcamp (Organization of Legal Professionals)

https://maas-bong.io/2O4zjY3 (£)

28 Nov 1800 GMT The “Luddite” lawyer: Will lawyers ever embrace technology? (CloudNine)


04 Dec 1700GMT Blockchain and eDiscovery (Part Two): Investigations from bitcoin to blockchain

(HaystackID) https://maas-bong.io/2O1DROT

04 Dec 0800 PT to 1515 PT A series of webcasts to mark eDiscovery Day 2018 (Various) https://maas-bong.io/2Ofngaq

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

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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


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