Professor Robin Callender Smith is an expert in the practical aspects of commercial and individual privacy, data protection and the protection of confidential information. He has experience in the energy, financial services, higher education, insurance, judicial, media and telecommunications sectors.

He is available to chair and conduct public or confidential disciplinary and other inquiries and to provide independent expert reports.

He is a Council of Europe expert on judicial matters. He led the European Interdisciplinary team - with colleagues from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy and Moldova - which presented its report to the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan on the Standards for Accessibility to Judicial Decisions.

During his work as a Deputy Chair of the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the Financial Conduct Authority and as a legal Chair of the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime he concluded high-level professional disciplinary hearings and sanctions. He was a Deputy District Judge (Crime) for six years and a legal Chair of the Ofcom-appointed Phonepaid Services Authority’s Code Adjudication Panel, dealing with the regulation of premium rate phone-paid services in the UK.

He has 10 years’ experience as an Information Rights Judge, dealing with data protection, environmental information and freedom of information appeals against decisions of the Information Commissioner. This practical, judicial experience is supplemented – at the other end of the information spectrum - by over 40 years’ experience defending the rights of freedom of speech and expression as a national tabloid media law barrister.

For a number of years, he was a Principal Crown Prosecutor for CPS London. Key cases during this period included:

  • Resolving the evidential and legal issues arising from the multiple rape and attempted murder of an Austrian tourist on the Regent’s Canal in London by a gang of 10 youths.
  • The prosecution of the robbery of the husband of the (then) Director of Public Prosecutions outside their home in Camden.
  • The prosecution of the 16-year-old murderer of West London head teacher Philip Lawrence.
  • The prosecution of John Edmonds, then national organizer of the British National Party (BNP), for race-related violence in the East End.

He is author of Celebrity and Royal Privacy, The Media and the Law, published by Sweet & Maxwell. He is a co-author of the data protection and privacy practitioners’ bible The Encyclopaedia of Data Protection and Privacy published three times a year by Sweet & Maxwell.

Independent disciplinary and harassment reports

ARBITA chairs and conducts independent public and private inquiries and undertakes the compilation of expert reports. For further information, please contact us.