Bird & Bird consultant awarded CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

04 July 2006

Francis Aldhouse, consultant at international law firm Bird & Bird, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2006, honouring his services to data protection.

Francis joined Bird & Bird as a consultant in February 2006 shortly after retiring from the data protection regulatory body, the Information Commissioner’s Office where he was Deputy Information Commissioner and where he had worked for 21 years. In his time working for the regulator, Francis played an instrumental role in shaping all areas of UK law while also representing the UK in EU and international initiatives.

Commenting on his honour, Ruth Boardman, co-head of the firm’s international data protection and privacy practice group said:

“We are delighted that the contribution made by Francis has been recognised in this special way. We offer him our warmest congratulations. It is of great value to clients to have access to Francis’ experience and insight”.

Francis added:

“I am pleased and grateful that my contribution to data protection has been recognised in this way and I hope it reflects well on my old office as much as on me.”

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