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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:
Simmons & Simmons
The Litigation Support Company
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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(06 July 2018)
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.
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
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!
Call for innovation agency to break legal tech “logjam” (Legal Futures) https://maas-bong.io/2KRXS9E
Public Policy Technology and Law Commission – algorithms in the justice system (The Law Society) https://maas-bong.io/2svD8gK
Landmark study calls on MoJ to test robots and self-service advice (Law Gazette) https://maas-bong.io/2KQIvyw
A beginner’s guide to AI: neural networks (The Next Web) https://maas-bong.io/2IYOsY8
Four ways to build effective agile teams (Information Management) https://maas-bong.io/2KTAo48
Doing user research in the courts on the future of access to justice (Medium) https://maas-bong.io/2IZ7Nsy
Linklaters creates new ‘Head of Innovation’ role (Artificial Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2IYfMWN
European Parliament calls for suspension of Privacy Shield (Computer Weekly) https://maas-bong.io/2KWFm0d
Why I copied you in on this email (Twitter) https://maas-bong.io/2KEFdlV
A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars/webcasts
09 Jul 1630 BSTThe changing lawyer awards: recognising innovation in Legal (Litera) https://maas-bong.io/2u9I0Iu
10 Jul 1300EST Creating litigation readiness policies and processes (MER Sapient) https://maas-bong.io/2JNo3RP
10 Jul TBD Beyond the hype: AI for investigations and compliance (FTI) https://maas-bong.io/2KEkg6p
10 Jul 1300 ET Why firms that do trial technology wrong are destined to lose (ACEDS / FTI)
11 Jul 1300 ET TAR unplugged - live Q&A with the experts (ACEDS / Catalyst) https://maas-bong.io/2KHPABv
12 Jul 1300 ET Judge goes where angels fear to tread, tells the parties what keywords to use
(ACEDS / Ralph Losey) https://maas-bong.io/2KFOshF
12 Jul 1000 ET The paralegal’s guide to obtaining evidence from electronic devices (Institute for Paralegal Education) https://maas-bong.io/2KFleTm (£)
18 Jul 1300 ET Everyday eDiscovery: using analytics to your advantage (ACEDS / FTI) https://maas-bong.io/2KCLp9H
19 Jul 1630 BSTExamining the millennial workforce and their impact on user adoption (Litera)
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)
07 Aug 1300 ET School’s out- let’s stay connected - the IoT (ACEDS / Ricoh) https://maas-bong.io/2KpDXTF
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.)