Subject matter experts
Laura is a Partner in the Data Protection Team at BTO Solicitors LLP. She is an experienced Solicitor Advocate and a regulatory lawyer. She has a particular interest and expertise in data protection, privacy and information law.
Laura was co-counsel in relation to the first, and to date, only, successful appeal against an ICO fine for a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. As a result Scottish Borders Council had their £250,000 fine returned to them.
Laura regularly provides contentious advice and assistance following data and cyber incidents to clients in the private, public and third sectors. She assists clients in handling subject access requests and how to comply with Data Protection Act 1998 and how to plan for the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force on 25 May 2018. Laura is assisting several clients in the lead up to this significant regulatory change in the way that personal data is handled.
Laura is particularly passionate about data protection and according feedback from training sessions, makes an inherently dull subject entertaining.
Laura is a respected adviser on Cyber Resilience – the Scottish Government’s strategy in this crucial area. She is a Director of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre due to her expertise in cyber security law and is regularly asked to provide advice and training in this area.
Joined REaD Group as Data Quality and Governance Manager in 2016 to spearhead the company's commitment to providing industry leading standards of data quality and governance. A ket part of Andrew's remit is ensuring REaD Group remains at the forefront of the EU regulatory landscape, in particular the new General Data Protection Regulation. Andrew has specialist expertise within European legislation and data regulation and information security. From 2012-2016, prior to joining REaD Group, Andrew held the roles as EMEA Data Governance Manager at AIMIA. During this time, Andrew led the formation and implementation of a universal governance framework across the company's European business divisions, as well as acting in an advisory role on key data management capabilities and design.
Having started his data protection and direct marketing career in the travel industry, then moved to the Financial Services sector when the current 1998 Data Protection rules came into force, before deciding to set-up PMA his consultancy. A direct marketing practitioner and advocate of the power of data driven marketing, he is always keen to champion customer value management through effective segmentation and data complianec.
Initially worked with charities in 2016/2017 heping them become compliant with the current regulations and in preperation for GDPR. He has advised various businesses on their GDPR complaince, including car retailers, online/Smartphone app providers and legal firms. A member of the GDPR Institute and the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), also a judge for the annual Loyalty Awards.
Tim is a data marketing technologist and is responsible for privacy and compliance for RedEye, Tim is an experienced and qualified Direct Marketing professional and BCS certified data protection practitioner. Tim also holds a Masters level qualification on Data Protection law and Information Governance.
Tim's experience covers a number of vertical markets, as well as industry wide risks, unravelling the complex issues of data protection and privacy law and finding workable solutions for the data marketing industry and its clients.
Tim is a regular industry blogger and euthor of a numerous white papers, including the DMA white paper email and cookies legislation.
Tim is an active industry contributer via the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and contributes to the following groups;
- Chair of the DMA GDPR task force
- Member of the Responsible Marketing Committee
- Chair of the email council GDPR working group
Specialities: Data Protection, Information Governance, ISO27001, Digital and Direct Marketing Strategy