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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  EWHC 2134 (Admin) (retention of child protection records)
- Edem v IC and FCA  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  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  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  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  EWCA Civ 758 (DWP ‘workfare’ progammes)
- Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority v IC and Leapman  EWCA Civ 388, 1 WLR 2879 (MPs’ expenses and meaning of ‘information’)
- APPGER v IC and FCO  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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