Year of Call 1994

Coppel QC

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Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Law
  • Planning and Environment
  • Public Law and Judicial Review
  • Licensing


  • QC 2009

Professional Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Attorney General’s Civil Panel: Oct 2000 – Mar 2009


Philip is a highly skilled advocate specialising in a broad spectrum of practice areas. He 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.

Notable Cases

Commercial law

Rocker v Full Circle Asset Management [2017] | EWHC 2999 (QB) – Liability of asset manager for investing client’s portfolio – breach of a mandate – breach of stop-loss policy.

ABC & Others v HMRC [2017] | EWCA Civ 956 – Injunction to maintain the ability to trade pending tribunal review of governmental refusal to grant a permit to trade.

Ackerman v Thornhill [2017] | EWHC 99 (Ch) – Setting aside a judgment for fraud; res judicata.

Safe Cellars Ltd v HMRC [2017] | EWHC 1957 (QB) – Interim injunction; alcohol warehousing.

Rocker v Full Circle Asset Management [2016] | EWHC 3665 (QB) – Litigation disclosure; ongoing duty.

Norcross and others v Estate of Georgallides [2015] | EWHC 2405 (Comm) – Director’s breach of duty, misuse of funds.

National Crime Agency v Azam [2014] | EWHC 2722 (QB) – Civil recovery of proceeds of crime; whether certain assets constitute “recoverable property.”

Hone and others v Abbey Forwarding Ltd (In Liquidation) [2014] | EWCA Civ 711 – Damages for breach of an undertaking given in order to get a freezing injunction.

Asset Land Investment plc and another v Financial Conduct Authority [2014] | EWCA Civ 435 – What is a collective investment scheme; damages for operating an unauthorised one.

Serious Organised Crime Agency v Azam [2013] | EWCA Civ 970 – Release of frozen funds in order to defend proceedings.

Cosmichome Ltd v Southampton City Council [2013] | EWHC 1378 (Ch) – Restrictive covenant and right of pre-emption.  Whether pre-emption void by the expiry of the perpetuity period.

Ministry of Defence v Wallis & Anor [2011] | EWCA Civ 231 – Employment law; extra-territorial application of legislation.

Veolia ES Nottinghamshire Ltd v Nottinghamshire County Council [2010] | EWCA Civ 1214 – Commercial confidentiality.

Checkprice (UK) Ltd (In Administration) v HMRC [2010] | EWHC 682 (Admin) – Excise warehousing.

Oakley v Osiris Trustees Ltd & Ors (Isle Of Man) [2008] | UKPC 2 – Directors’ resolutions; intention to create legal relations; jurisdiction clauses; trustees’ powers and duties.

Total Network SL v HM Revenue & Customs [2008] | UKHL 19 – Unlawful means conspiracy.

Data protection/privacy and FOI

Stunt v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2017] EWHC 695 (QB) | Scope of press exemption from the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to the protection of personal privacy.

Ittihadieh v 5–11 Cheyne Gardens RTM Co Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 121 | Subject access request, who is a data controller and discretion to refuse relief.

Cooper v National Crime Agency UKEAT/0016/17/LA | The ability of an employer to rely on information acquired in breach of data protection legislation to dismiss an employee.

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority v Information Commissioner [2015] EWCA Civ 388 | Freedom of information, MP’s expenses, the meaning of “information.”

Browning v Information Commissioner [2014] EWCA Civ 1050 | Freedom of information; closed hearings; access to the material.

Kennedy v Charity Commission [2014] UKSC 20 | Media and freedom of information; inquiry exemption; information rights under ECHR and common law.

Veolia ES Nottinghamshire Ltd v Nottinghamshire County Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1214 | Access to information; commercial confidentiality.

Government law, including planning, judicial review and tribunal appeals

R (Shimbles) v City of Bradford MDC [2018] EWHC 195 (Admin) | Planning – Energy from waste; listed buildings. Interpretation of NPPF.

Whittalls Wines Ltd & Anor v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 36 (TC) | Review of HMRC revocation of approval to operate a duty-suspended warehouse – fit and proper person.

ABC & Ors v HMRC [2017] EWCA Civ 956 | An injunction to maintain the ability to trade pending tribunal review of governmental refusal to grant a permit to trade.

Medway Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWHC 644 (Admin) |  Planning, release from affordable housing obligation, s 106 Agreement.

R (RB Kensington & Chelsea) v SSLG [2016] EWHC 703 (Admin) | Mega-basement planning permission; challenge.

R (RB Kensington & Chelsea) v SSLG [2015] EWHC 2458 (Admin) | Certificate of lawful use; basements.

R (Morris) v Health Service Commissioner [2014] EWHC 4364 (Admin) | Access to medical health records; a complaint to ombudsman; reviewability of decision.

R (Perry) v London Borough of Hackney [2014] EWHC 3499 (Admin) | Planning; access to commercially confidential information submitted by a developer.

Sanger and Another v Newham London Borough Council [2014] EWHC 1922 (Admin) | Planning enforcement notices; general permitted development; splitting the house into two flats; service of notices.

R (Lanner Parish Council) v Cornwall Council [2013] EWCA Civ 1290 | Planning; misconstruction of planning policy.  Reliance on after-decision evidence.

Truro City Council v Cornwall Council [2013] EWHC 2525 (Admin) | Planning; interpretation of planning policies.

Walsall MBC v SSCLG [2013] EWCA Civ 370 | Planning; mobile phone mast; service of notices.

Daniel v HMRC [2012] EWCA Civ 1741 | Availability of judicial review of tax decision appealable in tribunal; stay of tribunal proceedings.

R (Bampton Property Group Ltd) v HMRC [2012] EWCA Civ 1744 | Corporation tax; group relief; extensions of time; notification and legitimate expectations.

Health and Safety Executive v Wolverhampton City Council [2012] UKSC 34 | Planning; discontinuance notices; hazardous substances.

Mereworth v Ministry of Justice [2011] EWCA Civ 1796 | Peerage.

Djanogly v Westminster City Council [2011] EWCA Civ 432, [2011] RTR 21 | Judicial review; road traffic; parking charges.

Corporation of the Hall of Arts and Sciences v The Albert Court Residents’ Association [2011] EWCA Civ 430 | Judicial review; licensing.

Savva v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2010] EWCA Civ 1209 | Judicial review; social care.

Maroudas v Secretary of State for Environment Food & Rural Affairs [2010] EWCA Civ 280 | Planning; rights of way; footpath.

Seabrook Warehousing Ltd & Ors v HMRC [2010] EWCA Civ 140 | Judicial review; taxation; delegated legislation.

B v Cornwall Council & Anor [2010] EWCA Civ 55 | Judicial review; social care.

Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) v SSCLG [2009] EWCA Civ 333 | Planning.

Assura Pharmacy Ltd, R (on the application of) v E Moss Ltd (t/a Alliance Pharmacy) [2008] EWCA Civ 1356 | Judicial review; pharmaceutical provision.

Baker & Ors v SSCLG [2008] EWCA Civ 141 | Planning; discrimination; human rights.

Betterment Properties (Weymouth) Ltd v Dorset County Council [2008] EWCA Civ 22 | Rights of way.

Election law

English Democrats Party v Electoral Commission [2018] EWHC 251 (Admin) | Power of Commission to remove a party’s registered description.

Labour Party v Electoral Commission [2016] Lexis Citation 561 | Civil penalties for non-recording of election expenses – “reasonable excuse.”

Major inquiries

Windfarm development in Northumberland, acting for the Ministry of Defence to protect the operation of defence radars. Report published 27 November 2009.

Election inquiry, Birmingham election 2007. Report published 2 April 2008.


Information Rights, Hart Legal, 4th ed, 2014

Tribunal Practice, Jordans, 2012

Halsbury’s Laws of England, vol 38 (Protection of the Environment and Public Health), 4th ed, 2000 re-issue, section on statutory nuisances

Halsbury’s Laws of England, vol, 29(1) (Local Government), 4th ed,  2001 re-issue, section on members of local authorities

Atkins Court Forms, vol 19(2), “Evidence” title

Atkins Court Forms, vol 18(1) “Election” title

Atkins Court Forms, vol 38(1) “Torts” title

Other matters:

Mr Coppel was an expert witness to the Leveson Inquiry on Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press, where his evidence formed the substance of a chapter of the Report (vol 3, pp 1065-1096) and founded the basis of a significant number of its recommendations (vol 3, pp 1111-1112; vol 4, pp 1810-1814).

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