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Rob Corbet is Head of our Technology & Innovation Practice, a market leading team dedicated to specialist data protection, IT and Intellectual Property law.

Rob’s practice is primarily focused on technological innovation. He acts for many of the world’s highest profile internet and technology companies, particularly on privacy, data protection and cyber-security matters. He is a leading authority on the GDPR and has represented many clients in their dealings with the Data Protection Commission, including responding to formal domestic and cross border investigations and personally defending clients in criminal prosecutions before the courts. Rob’s Betting and Gaming practice is also market leading, reflecting his over two decades of experience in Arthur Cox.

Relevant Experience

  • Advising several multinational technology companies in respect of their GDPR programmes, including 8 of the 10 technology companies identified in the Data Protection Commission’s 2018 Annual Report as having their main establishments in Ireland
  • Representing several industry bodies in their engagements with the DPC, including the industry representative groups for Insurance, Banking and Payments and Energy Suppliers
  • Representing many clients in responding to investigations and enquiries undertaken by the DPC, including defending criminal prosecutions and advising on the defence of administrative sanctions
  • Advising multiple financial institutions on all manner of data protection issues relating to a large number of loan portfolio sales, including due diligence, data room management, contractual clauses, transitional services, international data transfers and dealing with data access requests and data subject complaints
  • Advising a number clients in relation to some of the most high-profile cyber-security incidents in Ireland and internationally and assisting in the implementation of remediation measures and the resolution of regulatory investigations and civil litigation
  • Advised many third level institutions, including University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, National University of Ireland Galway and several Institutes of Technology on all aspects of intellectual property and data protection
  • Advising Science Gallery International on its international expansion


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  • BBLS, 1995, University College Dublin,
  • Qualified as an Irish and European Trade Mark Attorney, 1999
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 1999
  • Past Co-Chair of the ABA International Committee on Privacy E-Commerce and Data Security
  • Member of the International Privacy & Security Forum Global Advisory Board
  • Founder member of Data Protection & Technology Working Group of Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland (2009 – present)
  • Past Co-Chair of the Cloud Computing and Virtualisation Committee of the American Bar Association International Law Section (ABA International)
  • Former member of the Editorial Board of the leading data protection journal, ‘Privacy and Data Protection’ (2008 – 2018)
  • Founder of the Arthur Cox Data Protection Leadership Forum in 2019

“Rob Corbet has vital strategic acumen from his many years at the cutting edge of technology deals.”

The Legal 500, 2022

“Rob Corbet is a top-class operator who is among the elite of European privacy lawyers, and widely regarded as a thought leader in this field. His deep technical knowledge is complemented by his clear thinking and calm temperament, and also his no-nonsense attitude.”

Chambers Europe, 2022

“Rob Corbet is a standout performer and one of the top privacy lawyers in Europe. He sees the big picture but is also a master of the small print. His consistently excellent work in finding solutions is always impressive.”

The Legal 500, 2022

“Rob Corbet is an excellent partner who has provided excellent advice and service to our organisation over many years. He is down to earth and very easy to work with.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2021