Bloor welcomes Peter Howes

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Bloor is very pleased to welcome Peter Howes who is a specialist in the practical issues of compliance and governance with over 35 year’s relevant experience in the business application of information systems.

Peter has an in-depth and pragmatic working knowledge of the Law as applied to all aspects of the use of Information Technology including document, information and record management requirements of the widest range of industries coupled with the ability to help organizations achieve compliance with the full range of regulation and legislation including, but not limited to, the Data Protection Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Human Rights Act, the Financial Services and Markets Act, the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), and standards such as BS 10008.

Peter is a BSI Management Committee member who has contributed to the BSI Codes of Practice for Evidential Weight and Legal Admissibility of Information Stored and Communicated Electronically since 1994; this was adopted in late 2008 as a Standard, BS10008. Peter is also the Joint Author of the associated Compliance Workbooks and a BSI Guide on the Legal and Record Keeping implications of doing business on the Internet.

In addition, Peter has worked with the British Standards Institution to deliver a wide range of workshops on Email Records Management, Email and the Law, Information Security and the Law, Legal Admissibility and associated topics since 1996. Peter is an accredited trainer for the ISEB IT Law qualification and has resented papers on the impact of existing and planned legislation on information storage at events across the UK.

Peter’s consultancy assignments have enabled respected public and private organizations such as the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Halifax, Marine Investors, M&G, Companies House, Brown & Root, Canon, Bank of Scotland, MEB, Ernst & Young, ABN Amro, Deutsche Bank, and a number of law enforcement organizations to understand their own cost/risk profiles, the legal constraints, the strengths and weaknesses of their existing processes, procedures and internal controls and, as a result, safely move from a reliance upon paper and microform based records to dependency on electronic records.