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Philip Kolvin

Philip Coppel QC

Called
1994
Silk/QC
2009
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020 7242 4986
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A versatile silk who maintains a deliberately broad practice, Philip is a recognised leader in commercial litigation (including civil fraud and VAT/excise disputes), all areas of government law (including planning, elections, licensing and finance) and data protection/FOI/privacy law.

A versatile silk who maintains a deliberately broad practice, Philip is a recognised leader in commercial litigation (including civil fraud and VAT/excise 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, 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.

Publications
Philip is the author of the leading practitioner text on Freedom of Information (FOI) and similar rights. Now in its fourth edition, Information Rights has been widely acclaimed and is regularly cited. He has co-authored Tribunal Practice and is a contributor to Atkin's Court Forms (volumes on election law, on economic torts and misfeasance in public office and on evidence).

"He is thorough and technically excellent." Chambers & Partners 2017

"A very robust advocate." Chambers & Partners 2017

"Clear and knowledgeable." "He's excellent on complex cases where there's no margin for error." Chambers & Partners 2016

"A tireless and passionate advocate" Legal 500 2016

"A matchless knowledge of existing case law and ingenuity in developing the law further." Legal 500 2016

"A very high-calibre lawyer, at the top of his game." Legal 500 2016

"Unflinching in his approach." Legal 500 2015

Overview

Philip has always had a strong civil and commercial litigation practice. He has combined this with his other areas of practice to deliver successful client outcomes. These have included extending the law to protect client interests (e.g. Total Network SL v HMRC Revenue, where unlawful means conspiracy was used to recover unpaid tax liability, and Hone v Abbey Forwarding dealing with damages on a cross-undertaking given for a freezing injunction). He is a highly experience trial advocate who will lead a team to ensure that client resources are used effectively and efficiently.

Professional directories have rated him as a leading silk in a number of areas of law, with published client comments for the last 12 months including:

"Grasps complex legal issues, and is meticulous in his preparation."
"He has always been clear and concise in providing advice. He is very thorough in his analysis of matters."
"He is 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. He is a very strong trial lawyer, who is both personable and a great advocate."

Regulatory Law
The marriage of two of Philip's longstanding core areas of practice (commercial law and public law), regulatory law has come to assume a more central part of his practice. This has seen him already in groundbreaking appellate litigation in relation to collective investment scheme and the Financial Conduct Authority (Asset Land Investment v FCA, the first case on the topic going to the Supreme Court).

Professional directories have rated him as a leading silk in a number of areas of law, with published client comments for the last 12 months including:

"Grasps complex legal issues, and is meticulous in his preparation."
"He has always been clear and concise in providing advice. He is very thorough in his analysis of matters."
"He is 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. He is a very strong trial lawyer, who is both personable and a great advocate."

Data protection
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 oral 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.

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'."
"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.

News

City AM - Royal Bank of Scotland faces another trial
14.06.2017
City AM has reported on a case brought by London Executive Aviation (LEA) against Royal Bank of Scotland in which the private jet operating company accuses RBS of interest rates....

Overview

From the outset, Philip's practice has had a large planning component. Prior to taking silk, he had for more than 10 years regularly been instructed by the Treasury Solicitor as one of their go-to counsel on court planning appeals. Since then he has been instructed on more important cases, most recently in the Supreme Court on discontinuance notices and hazardous substances. He is also frequently instructed by and against local planning authorities. Planning inquiry experience includes windfarm developments. Mastery of technical matters saw him instructed by the Ministry of Defence in significant interventions to to protect the operation of defence radars.

He is rated in this area of the law by current issue professional directories, with published comments including "Grasps complex legal issues, and is meticulous in his preparation."

Philip has a wide-ranging environmental law practice, covering matters such as habitats and species protection, contaminated land, air quality, waste, access to environmental information, statutory and common law nuisance and all aspects of environment impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment and environmental permitting. Recent cases include HSE v Wolverhampton CC, dealing with hazardous substances, and Perry v Newmark Properties, dealing with screening opinions.

Professional directories have rated him as a leading silk in a number of areas of law, with published client comments for the last 12 months including:

"Grasps complex legal issues, and is meticulous in his preparation."
"He has always been clear and concise in providing advice. He is very thorough in his analysis of matters."
"He is 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. He is a very strong trial lawyer, who is both personable and a great advocate."

Philip is the author of the leading practitioner text on environmental information, 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."

Cases

Going underground - High Court shines a light on basement development rights
08.10.2015

In the face of rising property prices and a limited supply of land, particularly in central London, the creation of a basement below your property has become one of the most attractive options for extending your home.

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R (on the application of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2015)
17.06.2015
Led by Philip Coppel Q.C., Ryan Kohli acted for the Secretary of State defending a challenge brought under s. 288 to the grant of lawful development certificates to property owners....

News

Philip Coppel QC interviewed on the One Show
16.05.2016
Philp Coppel QC has been interviewed on the BBC One Show about a campaign to save local pubs from closure. Philip has been advising on a successful planning appeal to....

Journal of Planning & Environmental Law - Confidential information in planning applications
22.02.2016
Philip Coppel QC has written an article for the March edition of the Journal of Planning & Environmental Law on the use and disclosure of confidential information in planning applications.....

Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015
31.05.2015
Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, Mark....

Overview

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."


Information Law
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."


Data Protection
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
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.

News

Cornerstone’s Electoral Legislation 2016
16.05.2016
Cornerstone's Electoral Legislation 2016 by Philip Coppel QC of Cornerstone Barristers is now available to purchase. The guide is the first comprehensive single-volume collection of the numerous laws governing the conduct....

Philip Coppel QC interviewed on the One Show
16.05.2016
Philp Coppel QC has been interviewed on the BBC One Show about a campaign to save local pubs from closure. Philip has been advising on a successful planning appeal to....

Journal of Planning & Environmental Law - Confidential information in planning applications
22.02.2016
Philip Coppel QC has written an article for the March edition of the Journal of Planning & Environmental Law on the use and disclosure of confidential information in planning applications.....

Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015
31.05.2015
Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, Mark....

Overview

An important component of Philip's practice is licensing law. Notable recent cases have included representing the Royal Albert Hall in the Court of Appeal in Corporation of the Hall of Arts and Sciences v Albert Court Residents' Association, enabling boxing matches to take place in the Hall.

Cornerstone’s Electoral Legislation 2016

16th May 2016

Cornerstone's Electoral Legislation 2016 by Philip Coppel QC of Cornerstone Barristers is now available to purchase.

The guide is the first comprehensive single-volume collection of the numerous laws governing the conduct of elections and referendums in the United Kingdom, covering all five of the principal kinds of UK elections: Parliamentary; European; Local Government; Parish; and Referendums.

Legislation governing the conduct of elections is technical and highly prescriptive, requiring absolute adherence to the rules. With legislation amended every year, this guide is an invaluable tool for election administrators and local government counsel, and a helpful resource for members of the electoral commission, members of parliament, elected members of local authorities and candidates.

The guide includes all the Acts of Parliament and Statutory Instruments applicable to elections; limited annotation on commencement dates; transitional references; defined terms and subordinate legislation.

Cornerstone's Electoral Legislation is available in hard copy and Ebook format on the Bloomsbury Professional website and in bookshops. For further information and to access the discount rate, click here.

Journal of Planning & Environmental Law - Confidential information in planning applications

22nd February 2016

Philip Coppel QC has written an article for the March edition of the Journal of Planning & Environmental Law on the use and disclosure of confidential information in planning applications.

Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct

1st September 2015

Edited by Philip Kolvin QC, Head of Cornerstone Barristers, and written by members of Chambers, Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct identifies and explains the standards that govern the conduct of those elected to Local Government in England and Wales.

Contributors to Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct include: James Findlay QC, Philip Coppel QC, Robin Green, Harriet Townsend, Wayne Beglan, Damien Welfare, Estelle Dehon, Ryan Kohli, Robert Williams, Emma Dring, Zoe Whittington, Jack Parker and Matt Lewin.

The book has been designed as a readable, practical guide for all those involved in local government, including officers, councillors, monitoring officers and lawyers.

With the foreword kindly contributed by Cllr David Sparks, the Chairman of the Local Government Association, topics considered within the guide include:

  • The standards regime
  • Councillors' conduct and decision-making
  • Complaints procedure
  • Challenging council decisions
  • Offences

Reviews include:

Cornerstone Barristers has produced a "book which is not only extremely useful from a professional standpoint, but it is also eminently readable." It "is not just a handy reference book to Councillors' conduct: it is an indispensable guide and should be the first port of call when questions arise." James Button and Co-Bulletin

The publication"skilfully navigates its way through the dense and dangerous jungle of intervening statutory, guidance, caselaw and other foliage from the former Standards Board regime (following the Donnygate scandal) to the present slimmed-down but imperfect present." Nicholas Dobson, a Consultant with Freeths LLP writing for Local Government Lawyer

Click here to purchase a copy.

Philip Kolvin QC discusses the issues confronting local councillors and the need for a consistent approach to standards of conduct in an interview with Bloomsbury Professional.

Atkin's Court Forms

1st September 2015

Philip is a contributor to Atkin's Court Forms (volumes on election law, on economic torts and misfeasance in public office and on evidence).

The Times - Family postal fraud raises prospect of challenge to result

22nd April 2015

Philip Coppel is quoted in The Times concerning The Law Commission's review of electoral law. Philip's comments relate to a letter he wrote to the Commission in which he set out proposals for consideration under the review, namely changing the days on which electoral votes take place and confining postal voting to those who are unable to attend a polling station in their electorate.

Click here to read the article in full.

Information Rights

1st April 2014

Philip is the author of the leading practitioner text on Freedom of Information (FOI) and similar rights. Now in its fourth edition, Information Rights provides complete, authoritative coverage for anyone either making, handling or adjudicating upon requests for official information.

Click here for further information.

Tribunal Practice

1st November 2012

Philip has co-authored Tribunal Practice; a major work on the practice and procedure of the new Tribunal system, established under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

Click here for further information.

News

City AM - Royal Bank of Scotland faces another trial

14th June 2017

City AM has reported on a case brought by London Executive Aviation (LEA) against Royal Bank of Scotland in which the private jet operating company accuses RBS of interest rates....

News

Cornerstone’s Electoral Legislation 2016

16th May 2016

Cornerstone's Electoral Legislation 2016 by Philip Coppel QC of Cornerstone Barristers is now available to purchase. The guide is the first comprehensive single-volume collection of the numerous laws governing the conduct....

News

Philip Coppel QC interviewed on the One Show

16th May 2016

Philp Coppel QC has been interviewed on the BBC One Show about a campaign to save local pubs from closure. Philip has been advising on a successful planning appeal to....

News

Journal of Planning & Environmental Law - Confidential information in planning applications

22nd February 2016

Philip Coppel QC has written an article for the March edition of the Journal of Planning & Environmental Law on the use and disclosure of confidential information in planning applications.....

Case

Going underground - High Court shines a light on basement development rights

8th October 2015

In the face of rising property prices and a limited supply of land, particularly in central London, the creation of a basement below your property has become one of the most attractive options for extending your home.

....

News

Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct

26th June 2015

Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct, the definitive guide to local government standards, produced by Cornerstone Barristers, goes on sale today.

....

Case

R (on the application of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2015)

17th June 2015

Led by Philip Coppel Q.C., Ryan Kohli acted for the Secretary of State defending a challenge brought under s. 288 to the grant of lawful development certificates to property owners....

News

Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015

31st May 2015

Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, Mark....

News

The Times: Family postal fraud raises prospect of challenge to result

22nd April 2015

Philip Coppel is quoted in The Times concerning The Law Commission's review of electoral law.

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News

Australia and Cornerstone

3rd March 2015

Cornerstone Barristers is unique in having two QCs who are also admitted to practise in Australia.

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