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Robin Hopkins

Robin Hopkins

Robin Hopkins

Practice Overview

Robin is a leading specialist in information law: data protection, privacy and freedom of information.

He is ranked as a Band 1 Junior (Chambers and Partners) for data protection, and has vast experience on issues such as subject access requests, preparations for the GDPR, data-sharing, direct marketing, monetary penalties, DPA compensation claims, surveillance and privacy/media disputes.

Robin regularly appears in leading information rights appeals (FOI and environmental information) and maintains 11KBW’s Panopticon blog.

He also practices in public, human rights and local government law, including assets of community value disputes.


  • Information Law
  • Media and Privacy
  • Public Law
  • Human Rights
  • Local Government


"He is bright and articulate and clearly very familiar with issues in the DPA." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

"He is capable of absorbing huge amounts of detail quickly and reaching a legally correct but commercially sensible solution."
(Chambers and Partners 2017)

“Very easy to deal with and switched-on, very responsive and experienced.”
(Chambers and Partners 2016)

“What he doesn’t know about data protection law isn’t worth knowing.”
(Legal 500 2016)

Recent Cases:

  • Ittihadieh v 5-11 Cheyne Gardens/Deer v Oxford University [2017] EWCA Civ 121 (subject access)
  • Holyoake v CPC and Nicholas Candy [2017] EWHC 52 (subject access, surveillance, investigations, LPP)
  • DWP v IC and Zola [2016] EWCA Civ 758, Times, October 17 2016 (FOI; DWP ‘workfare’ programmes)
  • R (MS) v Independent Monitor [2016] EWHC 1629 (Admin), [2016] 4 WLR 88 (police disclosure)
  • DB v General Medical Council [2016] EWHC 2331 (QB), (2016) 152 BMLR 106 (mixed personal data)
  • R (C) v Northumberland CC & ICO [2015] EWHC 2134 (Admin) (retention of child protection records)
  • IPSA v IC and Leapman [2015] EWCA Civ 388, 1 WLR 2879 (FOI; MPs’ expenses)
  • 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)
  • Edem v IC and FCA [2014] EWCA Civ 92 (Court of Appeal; definition of ‘personal data’)
  • Niebel v IC [2014] UKUT 255 (AAC) (privacy and electronic communications; monetary penalty)
  • Re Southern Pacific Personal Loans Limited [2013] EWHC 2485 (data protection in commercial insolvency context)


Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (B Panel)

Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Chichester


Maintains and regularly contributes to 11KBW’s Panopticon blog


Rhodes Scholar (South African College School, 2001)
City University, London: Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)
Oxford University: BA (PPE); Master of Studies (Philosophical Theology)
University of Cape Town: Bachelor of Business Science (Finance)



Regulatory Information

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Professional title: Barrister

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

VAT Number: Gb 979813357

Legal Status: Sole Practitioner

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