Colin is an experienced insurance lawyer who rejoined Sparke Helmore's liability team in 2017. He has more than 23 years' experience advising on most areas of insurance litigation, including public liability, professional indemnity, property loss, fraud, statutory lines and local government.
Colin advises clients across most areas of general liability. He has managed many major and complex claims, including claims against statutory authorities, local government authorities and government agencies. He thrives on helping clients achieve better than expected results and, particularly helping less experienced lawyers and claims staff become more proficient, more quickly. He has recently joined the Law Society's Women's Mentoring Program.
Colin works with insurers, brokers, and public and private entities.
Colin has a Bachelor of Laws from University of New South Wales and a Graduate Diploma in Advocacy from Australian National University.
It's hard for Colin to remember a life before Sparke Helmore because he joined the firm as a young lawyer in the mid-1990s. Like most young people he wanted to have other experiences and, after an enjoyable few years, he joined Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) where he worked for five years before joining South Australian firm, Thomson Playford (now Gilchrist Connell), as a founding partner of its Sydney office. He went on to establish his own boutique insurance firm and ran that for more than 10 years before re-joining Sparke Helmore in 2017, where he has reconnected with former colleagues and is a valued team member and mentor.
Colin loves acting and musical theatre. Last year he made a dashing Darcy in the Bridget Jones Does Blackheath Review. He was the only actor who could wear his work clothes, while singing, dancing and making the audience weep with laughter. He also loves to unwind by playing the guitar, golf and soccer.