​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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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The MoD on the disclosure naughty step again: Indemnity costs where disclosure conduct falls outside the norm (Chris Dale) https://maas-bong.io/2u6jbNW


Smart Time infographic: A 50 year history of tech in legal (Legal IT Insider) https://maas-bong.io/2u486NA


Compelled-password decision is "death knell" for Fifth Amendment, US state justice argues (ABA Journal) https://maas-bong.io/2uc5H3D


Why Legal Operations matters and how to optimise its impact (Mixner Consulting) https://maas-bong.io/2u3quGo


The middle way - an integrated approach to legal technology (Artificial Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2u3jOrH


Small firms, small bars and tech training (Above the Law) https://maas-bong.io/2u2NFR2


To maintain regulatory compliance you need to capture context (JD Supra) https://maas-bong.io/2u0YXFs


What happens in an Internet minute (Twitter) https://maas-bong.io/2u3w37S


Metrics? What metrics? KPIs that legal ops professionals need to track (Part II) (Above the Law) https://maas-bong.io/2u11ob4


Purple rain of sanctions falls on the record company in the “Prince Case” for their intentional destruction of text messages (e-Discovery Team) https://maas-bong.io/2u2slv5

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars / webcasts

12 Mar 1300 EDT Big data in litigation: Leveraging analytics for jury selection, trial costs and determining case strategy (Strafford) https://maas-bong.io/2HovYDD (£)

12 Mar 1400 EST How to identify the right KPIs for eDiscovery success (Zapproved) https://maas-bong.io/2HkDdML

13 Mar 1100 PT Best practices for selling the investment in legal technology internally (Logikcull / SimpleLegal) https://maas-bong.io/2HjXEJF

13 Mar 1300 EDT Three US judges discuss the 2019 federal judges survey results (ACEDS / Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2UPO30C

14 Mar 1300 ETLearn from the experts how to solve eDiscovery and open records requests (Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2u0xAvl

20 Mar 1300 EDT eDiscovery essentials: Best practices from collection to production (XDD) https://maas-bong.io/2HpyFo6

21 Mar 1300 EDT Client prep in the 21st century: What you need to know (Red Cave / Empower Legal) https://maas-bong.io/2XdVG2Q

28 Mar 1400 ET Deposition evolution: How litigators are re-thinking what’s possible (Planet Depos) https://maas-bong.io/2Hjjhdc

12 Apr 1700 BST Think-tank: State of the legal industry (High Performance Counsel) https://maas-bong.io/2H7HbrX

25 Apr 1300 ET Optimise your eDiscovery spend with business intelligence (ACEDS / Ricoh) https://maas-bong.io/2UZVN0j

07 May 1230 BST Evidence and disclosure in 2019 (LexisNexis) https://maas-bong.io/2QJOsPS

02 Jul 1230 BST Cybercrime in 2019 (LexisNexis) https://maas-bong.io/2QJPfQQ

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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


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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.  Also, every month Jonathan distills the more important eDiscovery news from that month's BONGs into a column - "ICYMI" (In Case You Missed It) - for Legal IT Insider, with a brief note putting each selected item into context.

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

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