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Robin Hopkins

Robin Hopkins

Robin Hopkins

Practice Overview

Robin Hopkins practices in public, human rights and local government law and is particularly recognised as a specialist in information law.

He is highly experienced in data protection and privacy, social media and the 'right to be forgotten', freedom of information and the re-use of public sector information.

Chambers & Partners lists him as a ‘Band 1 Junior’ for data protection and describes him as “very easy to deal with and switched-on”, “immersed in the work on a daily basis” and “very responsive and experienced”. Robin is said to have a “detailed knowledge of the law, and is very familiar with how the ICO and the tribunal implement data protection law in practice”. Legal 500 (2016) list him as a leading junior, commenting that “What he doesn’t know about data protection law isn’t worth knowing”.

His recent high-profile data protection and privacy work has included:

  • R (C) v Northumberland County Council & ICO [2015] EWHC 2134 (Admin) (retention of child protection records)
  • Edem v IC and FCA [2014] EWCA Civ 92 (Court of Appeal; Durant and the definition of ‘personal data’)
  • R (Catt) and R (T) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and Others [2015] UKSC 9 (Supreme Court; application of Article 8 ECHR and the DPA to policing information)
  • In the Matter of the Southern Pacific Personal Loans Limited [2013] EWHC 2485 (Admin) (High Court; data protection in commercial insolvency context)
  • Acting for both appellants and respondents in monetary penalty notice appeals on DPA and PECR matters, e.g. Niebel v IC [2014] UKUT 255 (AAC)
  • Extensive advisory work on privacy and data protection in the contexts of social media and apps, medical research and publication, CCTV/ANPR cameras and other surveillance
  • Contentious subject access and DPA compensation claims

Robin has appeared in more Freedom of Information and Environmental Information cases than any other counsel in recent years – often against silks or senior juniors. Notable recent cases include:

  • DWP v IC and Zola [2016] EWCA Civ 758 (DWP ‘workfare’ progammes)
  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority v IC and Leapman [2015] EWCA Civ 388, 1 WLR 2879 (MPs’ expenses and meaning of ‘information’)
  • APPGER v IC and FCO [2012] 1 Info LR 258 (security services, international relations and UK’s alleged role in extraordinary rendition)
  • LB Southwark v IC, Lend Lease and Glasspool (EA/2013/0162) (acting for property developer in case concerning financial viability assessment)

Robin co-edits the Panopticon blog and the Law Society’s Freedom of Information Handbook.

He is a member of the Attorney-General’s B Panel of counsel and practices in all areas of public and local government law.

Robin has particular recent experience of Asset of Community Value appeals, including Idsall School (CR/2014/0016) (meaning of ‘ancillary use’), St Gabriel’s Properties (CR/2014/0011) (validity of nomination), The Pheasant Inn (CR/2013/0007) (financial viability of pub) as well as the first Upper Tribunal judgment on Assets of Community Value (Banner Homes; relevance of trespass).

Robin also practises in ecclesiastical law with experience of clergy disputes and faculty matters (e.g. Re St Mary the Virgin, Eastry (Canterbury Commissary Court: Ellis C-G, October 2012)). He is the Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Chichester.


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Professional title: Barrister


Full name (as registered with Bar Standards Board of England and Wales):
Robin Hopkins


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