Over the past 30 years, Colin has had the unique experience of advising insurers and managed insurance operations in general insurance and life insurance related disciplines. As a lawyer he has conducted litigation and advised on policy wordings and compliance issues on behalf of life and general insurers, reinsurers and insurance brokers, including cyber policies. In the insurance industry he has operational management experience, including managing binding authorities on behalf of local and Lloyd's underwriters, and has managed administration agreements as well as master policy arrangements on behalf of life insurers.
Colin advises underwriters and brokers on cyber insurance policy wordings and handles cyber insurance related claims, including notifiable data breaches. He also oversees the firm's Life Insurance and Accident & Health Insurance practices.
Colin works with both local and Lloyd’s cyber underwriters, cyber response teams and insurance brokers. He also works with life insurers, superannuation funds and accident and health underwriters.
Colin has a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Law from the University of Sydney, as well as holding a Diploma of Financial Services (SPA3). Colin was a responsible manager under a number of Australian Financial Services Licences and has sat on the Board of a number of private companies.
Colin was a partner at Abbott Tout in the period 1986 to 1994 and a partner at McCabes (including a period as managing partner and chair of partners) in 1994 to 2004. In 2004 he joined IUS as Group General Counsel and became Group Deputy Managing Director in 2006. Following the merger of IUS and Coverforce in 2011, Colin became Chief Operating Officer at Coverforce. He left Coverforce in early 2013 and became a partner in a small Sydney law firm before joining Sparke Helmore in June 2014.
Colin now leads a quiet life in Sydney's inner east. He enjoys watching live sport, live music, walking and free meals at his wife's café on the weekends.