5 Essex Court

Robert Cohen

Call 2009

Information Law

Robert has an extensive knowledge and experience of information law. This dates back to his work in Parliament (where he was involved in the disclosure of MP’s expenses claims under the Freedom of Information Act 2000).

He is regularly asked to advise parties on the proper approach to data protection (including under the new General Data Protection Regulation) and Freedom of Information.

Robert is especially well versed in the complexities that can develop when state bodies hold personal data which also engages Public Interest Immunity considerations. He regularly appears in the civil courts in relation to disclosure issues and has participated in a large number of PII applications.

Notable cases:

Clark v ICO and National Archives (ongoing) - Instructed in these ongoing proceedings in the Information Rights Tribunal concerning a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for records of a historic criminal inquiries into ‘the nude murders’ (a number of serial killings in London in the 1960s).  

Re X (Children) (Disclosure of Judgment to Police) [2014] EWHC 278 (Fam) – Acted for a Chief Constable, making submissions on why an especially sensitive fact finding judgment should be disclosed to police.