Who we are
The Maas Consulting Group is led by Jonathan Maas, a renowned paper and electronic discovery/disclosure veteran with an unparalleled 37 years experience in the field: 27 years in international law firms, seven years in international consultancies and three years leading the Maas Consulting Group. 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 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.
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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 since 2011 by Jonathan Maas of The Maas Consulting Group in London. Simply pick and click from below.
These 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. Subscription is free.
Don't forget to visit my BONG! archive. All my BONG! items are available and searchable (via your web browser). Thought you saw it? Now you can search for it!
Please feel free to recommend BONG! to friends and colleagues who may be feeling somewhat disconnected whilst newly working from home. It is, and will remain, free.
The tsunami of legal and eDiscovery work to come (Gregory Bufithis) https://maas-bong.io/2VwEoiY
"Just as public health officials tried flattening the curve of Covid-19 to avoid straining US hospitals, bankruptcy practitioners are thinking of ways to slow the spread of financial distress to ease the burden on the US bankruptcy system."
FCA: “most” business interruption policies will not cover Covid-19 (Pinsent Masons) https://maas-bong.io/2VR7ZCv
"The regulator has, however, told BI insurance providers to settle claims made by small businesses that are within policy as quickly as possible. Prompt payment should include the use of interim payments where there are reasonable grounds to pay part of a claim but not the claim in full."
Coronavirus: how have courts across Europe responded? (Pinsent Masons) https://maas-bong.io/2KERpRj
"Courts across Europe are expanding their use of electronic processes and teleconferencing, postponing less urgent cases and extending time limits to ensure that disputes can still be heard during the coronavirus outbreak."
As traditional firms pull back, virtual firms' opportunities could be growing (Legaltech News: Frank Ready) https://maas-bong.io/2VwZFbW
"With little overhead and a growing number of job applicants seeking refuge from the lay-offs, furloughs and salary cuts, virtual law firms may be built to endure a worsening economy. But can they keep that edge in a post COVID-19 world?"
Law firms going virtual (Prism Legal: Ron Friedmann) https://maas-bong.io/2xKfjIe
"I’ve long believed that lawyers and law firms could work on a more virtual basis, or what we now call work from home. The COVID-19 crisis and lockdown is an awful way to learn that is true."
Long-term aspects of office downsizing: Can’t downsize? Then hire... (LinkedIn: Neil Cameron [Neil Cameron Consulting Group]) https://maas-bong.io/2VwF6g8
"If you absolutely cannot reduce your office size, then one possible way forward is not to shrink office space but, instead, to grow the firm: to grow quickly and in a managed way and take the potential benefit by getting to the requisite staff/office space ratio through hiring additional staff, rather than reducing their current square footage."
Quarantined stuntmen fun (Twitter: Martin Montague) https://maas-bong.io/2XY4eOh
Sit back, kick off your shoes (or slippers) and enjoy.
“Hope is not a strategy”: ILTA to make redundancies and staff furloughs (Legal IT Insider: Caroline Hill) https://maas-bong.io/2VU8P19
"The International Legal Technology Association is to make eight members of staff redundant and furlough a further five members of staff in direct response to the impact that COVID-19 has had on the legal industry."
EDRM announces the EDRM Hub, an online job, event and service provider portal (eDiscovery Today: Doug Austin) https://maas-bong.io/2zoSUR6
"The Hub is available to job seekers and organisations in the eDiscovery, privacy, security, information governance, IT and compliance areas specifically and will reach EDRM’s global community comprised of corporations, law firms and software and service providers in 113 countries spanning six continents."
New York’s new Data Breach Notification Law: What businesses should know (JD Supra: Peter Baldwin, Lucas Michelen [Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath]) https://maas-bong.io/3eM5QAv
"The SHIELD Act, which went into effect on March 21, 2020, significantly alters New York’s prior data breach notification law, both by expanding the reach of information covered and by imposing new data security requirements on regulated entities."
How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes (Science: Meredith Wadman, Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, Jocelyn Kaiser, Catherine Matacic) https://maas-bong.io/2x6DX5u
"As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 surges past 2.2 million globally and deaths surpass 150,000, clinicians and pathologists are struggling to understand the damage wrought by the coronavirus as it tears through the body. They are realising that although the lungs are ground zero, its reach can extend to many organs including the heart and blood vessels, kidneys, gut and brain."
A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars / webcasts (please check the local times yourself)
23 Apr 1200 ET Online courts and the future of justice (Harvard Law School / Susskind) https://maas-bong.io/2yCgObv
23 Apr 1300 ET The ethics of eDiscovery (ACEDS / BIA) https://maas-bong.io/2RCn4GP
23 Apr 1700 BST Best practices in multi-language eDiscovery (Transperfect) https://maas-bong.io/350zZba
28 Apr 1300 BST Leveraging the technology you have: Using enterprise technology for legal operations (ACC / Consilio / Eneco) https://maas-bong.io/34ojkOc
28 Apr 1400 ET Tech tips for WfH from two techno geeks (ACEDS / Tom O’Connor / Fenwick & West) https://maas-bong.io/2xCd2hU
29 Apr 0930 ET How to deliver document review virtually and securely (Morae) https://maas-bong.io/34ZTroi
29 Apr 1300 EDT Recent US eDiscovery case law, viewed from the bench (The Sedona Conference / Driven / District of California / District of Colorado / Littler Mendelson) https://maas-bong.io/3aeFTq4 (£)
29 Apr 1800 BST Evolving trends in US eDiscovery case law (KLDiscovery) https://maas-bong.io/2zh1vFj
30 Apr 1700 BST eDiscovery collection strategies for the remote workforce (X1) https://maas-bong.io/3532DrV
30 Apr 1800 BST The practical role of AI in eDiscovery (EDRM / Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2NBMlPd
07 May 1600 BST Remote working capabilities for mobile, computer and cloud collections (EDRM / Cellebrite / Black Bag) https://maas-bong.io/2NBMlPd
07 May 1700 BST Managing an investigation when your entire team is remote (ACEDS / OpenText) https://maas-bong.io/2XGQt6C
12 May 1200 BST COVID-19 eDiscovery impact: Report findings & how in-house professionals can reduce legal spend (ACEDS / Baker McKenzie / FTI / DAS / Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2VgS4hX
12 May 1800 BST Exploring electronic information in criminal investigations Part 3/3 (EDRM / Ron Hedges / James Francis) https://maas-bong.io/2NBMlPd
20 May 1300 ET What happens to litigation during a recession? (ACEDS / Logikcull) https://maas-bong.io/3a8Qlze
17 Jun 1700 BST From remote collections to ReviewRight: eDiscovery in our new remote world (EDRM / Haystack) https://maas-bong.io/2NBMlPd
Let me know of any upcoming webinar / webcast you'd like to see included in this list.
By the way, I have noticed that sometimes the links we compile above have registration / paywall information inserted between the referenced site and you. At the time I compose these emails there are no such distractions so I can only assume sites randomly impose registration/payment requirements on links to them. I 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.)