​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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!


US Tinder date murder case highlights the increasing complexity of eDiscovery in criminal investigations (CloudNine) https://maas-bong.io/2LTE0mV


Law Society commission to review the impact of big data and AI on the justice system (Legal IT Insider) https://maas-bong.io/2LRxUn7


Meanwhile, Canada also launches major legal AI and justice research project (Artificial Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2HQ0v9V


You can now officially join the European AI Alliance - a forum engaged in a broad and open discussion of all aspects of AI development and its impacts (Europa) https://maas-bong.io/2LTiYom


Digital privacy in the US requires a cohesive federal solution (Big Law Business) https://maas-bong.io/2HPZmiC


Law firm accused of having an on-site bar not liable for death of intoxicated paralegal (ABA Journal) https://maas-bong.io/2LUlM4r


Asked and answered: should you go to law school in 2018? (Part I) (Above the Law) https://maas-bong.io/2LTcZjc


Panic over GDPR non-compliance fines: is it overblown? (Corporate Counsel) https://maas-bong.io/2LPQ8VY


Costs can be proportionate even if they exceed damages, senior costs judge says (Litigation Futures) https://maas-bong.io/2JZH97v


Milbank and Weil make headlines; UnitedLex, Dentons, and Deloitte make waves (Legal Business World) https://maas-bong.io/2JODCZB

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars/webcasts

19 Jun 1600 BST Call me Ishmael: whaling, phishing and other emails threats that compromise your organisation’s cybersecurity (Stroz Friedberg) https://maas-bong.io/2JOYVtM

20 Jun 1300 EDT US eDiscovery case law: 2018 half-year review (Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2JOoZWa

20 Jun 1800 BST Collecting ESI from difficult places (CloudNine) https://maas-bong.io/2sv6ZWR

21 Jun 1030 CT Improving lawyer efficiency and reducing frustration (Litera) https://maas-bong.io/2JaPo0y

26 Jun 1300 ET The state of the industry: eDiscovery, cybersecurity (and privacy) (ACEDS / TRU Staffing) https://maas-bong.io/2JQKiX8

27 Jun 1800 BST Taking the bull by the horns: eDiscovery programme management

(Xact) https://maas-bong.io/2JSEo7J

27 Jun 1900 BST Six steps for moving eDiscovery in-house (EDRM / Zapproved) https://maas-bong.io/2KMSpkb

02 Jul 1300 BST Social media for lawyers - gold mine or minefield? (APIL) https://maas-bong.io/2sK1ra9 (£)

10 Jul 1300 EST Creating litigation readiness policies and processes (MER Sapient) https://maas-bong.io/2JNo3RP

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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

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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(15 June 2018)