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:
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.