Public law and Judicial Review
With over 20 years' experience in all aspects of public law, this is a mainstay area of Philip's practice with regular instructions both from those challenging decision of public authorities and from public authorities seeking to defend such challenges. Particular specialist aspects of judicial review in which he has both expertise and experience include:
- claims involving customs, tax and excise. Recent reported cases include Bampton v HMRC (corporations tax, discretions, legitimate expectations etc), Daniel v HMRC (residency, concessions etc), Millenium Cash & Carry v HMRC (excise, seizure etc) and, on the other side, Seabrook Warehousing v HMRC (judicial review of delegated legislation).
- claims involving pharmaceutical provision, doctors and dentists contracts. Reported cases include Assura Pharmacy v Moss and Hussain v Secretary of State for Health.
- traffic regulation including parking. Reported cases include Djanogly v Westminster CC (motorcycle charges) and LB Camden v Parking Adjudicator (parking charges).
- social care: B v Cornwall Council
Philip is a rated silk in the practice area, with current directory entries in this field describing him as:
"...a very good silk who is aggressive, will fight his client's corner and will go the extra mile to get the desired result. He's very focused on what can be achieved, and is very creative."
"He is careful, quietly spoken and superbly well informed."
"Creative and tenacious."
Philip co-authored (with Saima Hanif of 39 Essex Street) Jordan's Tribunal Practice . Reviews have described it as being "what will probably become the leading textbook on the current tribunal structure and an indispensable guide for those who act for both appellants and respondents alike."
Local Authority Governance and Services
Philip is an experienced local government lawyer. In addition to working for or against many local authorities across the country in his other core areas (planning, judicial review, election law, information rights and licensing), he regularly advises monitoring officers on governance matters.
He is recommended in current edition directories in this area of the law, and published client commendations include: "He has always been clear and concise in providing advice" and "He is very thorough in his analysis of matters."
Philip has appeared in most of the important cases involving the Freedom of Information Act, including Kennedy v Charity Commission (Supreme Court's consideration of whether the ECHR guaranteed journalists any rights to government-held information), Browning v ICO (challenging the use of closed hearings in FOIA appeals) and Corporate Officer of the House of Commons v Leapman (MP's expenses). He has successfully established the principle of commercial confidentiality as a ECHR right to override statutory disclosure obligations (Veolia v Nottinghamshire CC). His knowledge of the area extends to the less well-known statutory and common law rights of access (see e.g Perry v Newmark Properties), including medical records.
Rated as a leading silk in this area of law in both professional directories. Published client comments include:
"His knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject are prodigious."
"An eminent name in the field, who is recognised for his considerable depth of knowledge and for being the author of a definitive data protection text, 'Information Rights: Law and Practice'."
Philip is the author of the leading practitioner text in the area, Information Rights, already in its 4th edition, variously described in reviews as "a scholarly work of intensely practical use", as a "magisterial work..comprehensive and incisive" and as "encyclopaedic and authoritative."
Philip Coppel is a leading expert in the area of data protection and personal privacy. He was invited by the Leveson Inquiry to give expert written and ora evidence on data protection and the protection of personal privacy. That evidence formed the basis of numerous recommendations by Lord Justice Leveson. Philip regularly represents individuals, ensuring wherever possible that their interests are secured without the spotlight of litigation.
Published client comments include:
"He is excellent, user-friendly and willing to look at innovative ways of making data protection law work for clients."
Philip Coppel lectures regularly on data protection.
Election law has always been a central part of Philip's practice. With more than 20 years' experience of this specialised area of the law, he has appeared in many of the major election trials, including successfully defending the returning officer in the Birmingham postal ballot rigging trials and the appeals that followed, and the registration officer in the prisoner-voting rights claim. Regularly instructed by returning officers as well as by the Electoral Commission, he is also retained by returning officers to provide advice and assistance in the run-up to elections, on election night questions and following the count.
He has lectured for the Association of Electoral Administrators and he has written the last three editions of the elections law volume of Atkin's Court Forms, including a total re-write of the precedents.
Philip understands the special requirements of this area of the law, with the need for quick authoritative advice. Arrangements can be made to ensure that this can be delivered, whatever the hour.