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(29 October 2019)
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!
The semantics of machine learning and artificial intelligence in eDiscovery (LinkedIn: Lia Majid [Acorn Legal Solutions]) https://maas-bong.io/2or5JVQ
“Does drawing a distinction between machine learning and artificial intelligence really, ultimately, matter?”
UK fraud prosecutor to focus on "big picture" to quicken pace (Thomson Reuters: Huw Jones) https://maas-bong.io/332FxjC
"The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has come under parliamentary pressure to quicken the pace of its investigations, some of which have taken many years, leaving companies in limbo."
Solicitor ready to defy SRA over "illegal gimmick" badge (The Law Society Gazette: Michael Cross) https://maas-bong.io/2MZ7GT7
"A solicitor specialising in technology says he will defy the rule requiring him to display the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new digital badge on his firm’s website - on the ground that it contravenes data protection law."
The latest report from the UK on how people use their phones (Ofcom) https://maas-bong.io/2BTgzHk
"We report on a range of metrics, including the share of connections across network technologies, data service availability, response time and usage patterns throughout the day, and how these vary by factors such as location, network technology, day of week and time of day."
What you need to know about dark data (Forbes: Tom Taulli) https://maas-bong.io/2Wll8Uj
"It’s all the information companies collect in their regular business processes, don’t use, have no plans to use, but will never throw out. It’s web logs, visitor tracking data, surveillance footage, email correspondences from past employees, and so much more."
The five questions you should be asking about legal tech (APAC CIO Outlook: Shaun Temby [Maddocks]) https://maas-bong.io/2BSA56P
"Any question centred around what is 'the next big thing' in legal tech is misplaced, as any approach to legal tech-focussed on what is trendy is doomed to fail."
The emasculation of the US judicial system [Part 2 of 2] (Gregory Bufithis) https://maas-bong.io/2pZbJFM
"The US promotes ‘democracy' and ‘transparency' yet is the poster child for stalemate, minority rule and executive abuse."
2019 Australia: State of the legal market (Thomson Reuters) https://maas-bong.io/2WpRwox
"The report shows that 2019 was still largely positive, and the market continues to outperform the majority of global legal markets in terms of growth - but in the back of some observers’ minds, the fear of reaching the ceiling persists."
Vendors getting it right (Tower of Babel: Nicola Shaver) https://maas-bong.io/32Ufw5W
"In my last post I wrote about some of the pitfalls vendors experience during demos at law firm clients [a very popular BONG item]. In this post (broken into two parts due to its length), I talk about some of the vendors I see doing everything right - and what useful themes emerge from an examination of these that will allow law firms to identify which vendors they should be targeting for strategic partnerships."
Wal-Mart is allowed to clawback inadvertent disclosures, but still sanctioned over what they revealed (JD Supra: Doug Austin [CloudNine]) https://maas-bong.io/2NltG9F
"Although plaintiff may not further use these documents in this case, preventing their use in analysing the pending motion for sanctions would result in a perverse result, upending the rules of civil procedure and encouraging discovery abuse."
A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars / webcasts
29 Oct 1300 EDT Shielding your organisation from data privacy nightmares (Knovos / Phillips Nizer / Baker Hostetler / McCarthy Trétrault / Winston & Strawn) https://maas-bong.io/2MlBGXK
30 Oct 1200 ET Why technology matters: A look at current trends and top eDiscovery technologies (HaystackID) https://maas-bong.io/2mhtC0F
30 Oct 1300 EDT Experience XDD’s proprietary mobile discovery service (Xact Data Discovery) https://maas-bong.io/35gRjIu
30 Oct 1300 ET Practical uses of Brainspace (ACEDS / BIA / Brainspace) https://maas-bong.io/2VI40aJ
31 Oct 1400 ET Emojis and the law: Real-world eDiscovery challenges of enterprise collaboration (Hanzo / HEB / USAA / Zapproved) https://maas-bong.io/2MmpVjz
31 Oct 1000 GMT India data protection bill and GDPR (Ankura / TechLegis / CyBourn) https://maas-bong.io/2mrludS
31 Oct 1230 GMT Ensuring your lawtech stands out in the legal sector (Kelso Consulting) https://maas-bong.io/2pGNz2P
07 Nov 1300 GMT Manage DSAR challenges through workflow optimisation and automation (ACEDS / Everlaw) https://maas-bong.io/2nJ0U9Z
12 Nov 1400 CTRe-careering: Own your power and uncover the superhero in you (The Paralegal Association) https://maas-bong.io/2PqTSCb (£)
04 Dec 1400 GMT New corporate legal ops survey results: Key forces driving change (ACEDS / Ari Kaplan Advisors / OpenText) https://maas-bong.io/2VEJuba
10 Dec 1300 GMT From data collection to analysis in 48 hours or less (ACEDS / Edmonds Marshall McMahon / OpenText) https://maas-bong.io/32eNyBB
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.)
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