Philip Coppel KC

Joint Head of Chambers
Silk: 2009 | Call: 1994

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Philip Coppel KC
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A versatile silk who maintains a deliberately broad practice, Philip is a recognised leader in commercial litigation (including civil fraud, bank matters and tax disputes), all areas of government law (including planning, elections, licensing and finance) and data protection/FOI/privacy law.

Experience and expertise

Philip has extensive court and tribunal experience to the highest appellate levels. Recent major court appearances have variously been concerned with financial services, bank matters, civil fraud, freezing injunctions, local government law, judicial review, planning, environmental law, privacy and data protection, and freedom of information. In addition, Philip has appeared at numerous major planning and environmental inquiries. Thorough preparation, effective use of team resources and client commitment are combined with an open style to ensure clear advice and convincing representation.


Philip is the author of the leading practitioner text on Freedom of Information (FOI) and similar rights. Now in its sixth edition, Information Rights has been widely acclaimed and is regularly cited. He is the editor of the local government and local government finance volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of England and the author of the volumes of Atkins’s Court Forms on election law, economic torts, misfeasance in public office and evidence.