​​​​​​​​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!

We have just launched a BONG! Specials page, from where you will be able to access all of our

growing number of BONGS! dedicated to specific subject areas.  At the moment Specials are only available for the very topical subjects of the GDPR and AI, but the number will grow over the coming months.


​​​​The interplay between GDPR and eDiscovery (Cognia Law) 


Jury duty from home? Online courts are open for business (Ross Intelligence) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qM5


Postcard from Europe Part 2: Technology's impact on the legal professions in Germany and The Netherlands (Forbes) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qM6


US court characterises plaintiff’s request for spoliation of celebrity images still available as “frivolous” (CloudNine) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qM7


Sexual predators and the “bro culture” in technology (Gregory Bufithis) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qM3


NetApp becomes first LTC4-certified in-house legal team (Legal IT Insider) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qM9


PwC survey: UK large law firm slipping on tech, restrained by partnership model, face new competition (Legal Futures) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qMA


Not your father's eDiscovery: emoji evidence (Strategist) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qMB


And they thought keeping the kids off school today would help (Twitter) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qMC

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars/webcasts

17 Oct 1900 BST 2017 In-house eDiscovery Trends (BDO/Exterro/EDRM)


19 Oct 1400 BST How to Fund a GDPR Strategy from Existing Budget (Index Engines/Alvarez & Marsal) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qM8

25 Oct 1800 BST Lessons Learned from Recent eDiscovery Disasters (CloudNine)


25 Oct 1000 ET Obtaining Evidence from Electronic Devices (National Business Institute)

http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qKU (£)

26 Oct 1800 BST Your Early Warning System to Reveal Possible Issues and Risks (Advanced Discovery) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qLa

27 Oct 1530 ET A Change of Tack: How to Extend Your eDiscovery Team and Technology for Better Results (FTI/Exterro) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qLn

15 Nov 1130 EST What you don't Know may Hurt you - Achieving Insight and Knowledge Discovery (Concept Searching) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qAa

15 Nov 1300 EDT Cybrrr Attacks - How to Mitigate the Cold Harsh Realities of a Potential Cyber Attack (XDD) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qLG​

01 Dec 2100 GMT Updating your eDiscovery Toolkit: Experts Discuss (Ball/Losey/Grossman/Socha) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qLW

01 Dec 1800 GMT Murphy’s eDiscovery Law: How to Keep What Could Go Wrong from Going Wrong (CloudNine) http://bong.maasconsultinggroup.com/qLt

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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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.

​​​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

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

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(16 October 2017)