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:
Simmons & Simmons
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 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!
The Sedona Conference publishes its Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(b)(2) primer: Practice Pointers for Responding to Discovery Requests (Kenneth Withers) https://maas-bong.io/2H78jI4
The Accord Project, the legal profession's body for smart contracts, welcomes magic circle law firms (PR Newswire) https://maas-bong.io/2H7YZU1
Venio Systems enters Asia market with Litigation Edge partnership (Litigation Edge) https://maas-bong.io/2H9vK3p
Court refuses to allow EU privacy laws to shield US company from discovery obligations (JD Supra) https://maas-bong.io/2Hat2L4
Should justice be delivered by artificial intelligence? (Policy Options) https://maas-bong.io/2HchnLw
The literal translation of every country's name in one world map (Mental Floss) https://maas-bong.io/2H729Yl
“Follow the money” and metrics: a user’s guide to proportionality in the age of eDiscovery
(e-Discovery Team) https://maas-bong.io/2H9WMHV
Corrs Chambers Westgarth spins out eDiscovery start-up called Telesto (The Australian Financial Review) https://maas-bong.io/2ID4Qhf
A new AI “journalist” is rewriting the news to remove bias (Futurism) https://maas-bong.io/2GN4cxi
A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars/webcasts
11 Apr 1300 ET Ensuring defensible preservation and collection post-FRE 902 (ACEDS / AccessData) https://maas-bong.io/2IEO3ux
12 Apr 1800 BST Managing corporate eDiscovery to save millions of dollars (Wayne Matus)
17 Apr 1300 ET Twitter: #GroundZero (ACEDS) https://maas-bong.io/2IEhXie
18 Apr 1300 ET TAR for smart chickens: the webinar Part II (ACEDS / Catalyst) https://maas-bong.io/2IEgWH1
25 Apr 1800 BST Getting off the sidelines and into the game using Technology Assisted Review (CloudNine) https://maas-bong.io/2FTG3sA
25 Apr 1300 ET Everything in moderation: proportionality in eDiscovery (ACEDS / Xact Data Discovery) https://maas-bong.io/2GIAMQP
08 May 1800 BST Are you missing critical evidence? eDiscovery search accuracy (Craig Ball)
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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(09 April 2018)