Paul Motion: Now is the time to outsource a really good data protection officer

The data protection landscape for businesses and public authorities changed beyond recognition on 25 May 2018 when the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 came into force. It seems remarkable that nearly two and a half years has passed. At the time, no-one could have predicted that for the majority of UK businesses, working from home with customer and client data would become the norm, writes Paul Motion.

Published 18 November 2020

Social housing litigation expert Stephen Humphreys joins BTO

BTO has announced the appointment of social housing litigation specialist Stephen Humphreys as a consultant.

Published 11 November 2020

Blog: The Private Rented Tenancy Regime… one year on

Marking one year since the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act saw private rented civil cases transferred to the Housing and Property Chamber, BTO solicitor Lauren McLeod provides comment on how the tribunals have been working in practice.

Published 15 January 2019

Blog: Housing Associations: Is more regulation a good thing?

Patrice Fabien responds to Chris Dun’s recent blog about changes to regulation.

Published 10 July 2018

Blog: Registered Social Landlords and the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018 and will change the way organisations within the EU process personal data.  The GDPR will be supplemented by a new UK Data Protection Act and will increase the obligations on all organisations using or processing personal data. However, despite its imminence, and significant fines faced by those in breach, the recent Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018*, commissioned by the UK government, found that just 38% of businesses and 44% of charities had heard of the GDPR.

Published 16 February 2018

Blog: Freedom of information net closing on housing associations

Paul Motion and Muneeb Gill from BTO explore the implications of a draft order that will designate Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and RSL subsidiaries as “public authorities” for the purposes of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 from April 2019.

Published 12 December 2017