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"a highly persuasive advocate" - Legal 500

Year of call: 1992


Colm is a specialist barrister in the fields of personal injury and related insurance issues. Colm is also instructed in a variety of disputes outside these core fields including difficult interlocutory applications, having lectured extensively on the CPR and related costs issues.

Colm acts for both Claimants and Defendants in all aspects of injury and related disputes with a particular focus on lower limb injuries, subtle brain injury (especially those leading to an increased risk of dementia), complex loss of earnings claims, hand injuries and long-term loss claims as well as fatalities.  He is an acknowledged specialist in claims concerning the application of the Defective Premises Act, which has taken him to the Court of Appeal this year.

He is sought after by insurers for cases where fraud and exaggeration are suspected and has had success at striking out a number of such claims. Colm lectures regularly on the CPR, litigation tactics, defending fraud claims, bringing complex loss claims and issues arising from disability and interpretation of the Ogden reduction factors. Colm is also an accredited ADR Group Mediator.

Directory Recommendations

Colm is recommended by Chambers UK and Legal 500 for Personal Injury.

"His preparation for court hearings is meticulous and he is a highly persuasive advocate".



Colm is a regular contributor to legal publications on a variety of insurance-related issues and has been published in The Times as the lead article on the issue of cycle-helmet related brain injury.

Colm is a regular contributor to the CLT further education video-seminar program.

Contributor to Paul Reed QC’s Construction All Risks Insurance, Sweet & Maxwell, 2014.

Seminars and training

Colm regularly speaks at training events and seminars, and also gives webinars for Thomson Reuters.


  • B.A. (Kent)  
  • Colm came to the Bar from employment at Smithkline Beecham (now Glaxo Smithkline)

Professional Associations

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • London Common Law Bar Association