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Rob Corbet is Head of our Technology Practice, the largest legal team in Ireland dedicated to specialist IT, data protection and Intellectual Property law.

Rob’s practice is primarily focused on technological innovation and, in particular, the protection and commercialisation of data and other forms of intellectual property. Rob also leads our Privacy, Data Protection and Information Management practice where he has unrivalled experience in all aspects of privacy, data protection and cyber-security law. He has represented many clients in their dealings with the Data Protection Commission and he has personally defended multiple clients in prosecutions brought by the Data Protection Commission in respect of data security, direct marketing and other offences. Rob’s Betting and Gaming practice is market leading, reflecting two decades of experience.

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 is “a leader in IT/IP who remains focused yet flexible in his approach.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2019

Rob Corbet is “commercially aware, practical, responsive and has a great breadth of knowledge.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019

Rob Corbet is “excellent: very commercial, responsive and solution-focused.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019

Rob Corbet is a “top technology lawyer who can cut to the chase and distil information.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2018