Colm is developing a strong practice across all of Chambers' core areas. He specialises in Employment, Commercial Litigation, Professional Negligence, Insurance & Reinsurance, Tax and Personal Injury work.
Before commencing pupillage, Colm worked as a legal assistant/researcher for one of the leading construction sets.
Colm is currently instructed:
- (as junior to Akash Nawbatt QC and Christopher Stone) on a multi-million pound residence case in the First-tier Tribunal;
- (as junior to Akash Nawbatt QC) for HMRC in Fowler v HMRC a taxpayer's appeal to the Court of Appeal on the interpretation of 'employment' in the UK-South Africa Double Tax Treaty (Upper Tribunal decision  UKUT 219 (TCC));
- (as junior to Jolyon Maugham QC) for the taxpayer in its appeal to the First-tier Tribunal concerning the valuation and apportionment of goodwill in the purchase of a partnership and a limited company.
He appeared for HMRC (as junior to Christopher Stone) in Peck v HMRC  UKFTT 770, a pre-SRT residence case.
Colm represented a taxpayer in bankrupty proceedings against HMRC, succeeding in securing an adjournment on favourable terms after filing a notice of objection to HMRC's s.28C determinations.
During pupillage, Colm gained experience of litigation and advisory matters including IR35, transfer of assets aborad, SRT residence, inheritance tax, capital allowances, follower notices, discovery assessments, and costs. He drafted both statements of case for First-tier Tribunal proceedings, and grounds of appeal for the Court of Appeal.
Colm accepts instructions from both HMRC and taxpayers.
During pupillage, Colm gained experience of a wide variety of employment matters, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and harassment, unlawful deductions from wages, redundancy and TUPE transfers.
Colm has written talks on limb (b) worker status.
Recently, Colm was instructed to draft pleadings and represent the network arm of a national utility in proceedings brought by a construction contractor, raising issues of contractual interpretation and misrepresentation. This built on his experience as a legal researcher in a leading construction set prior to commencing pupillage.
Colm has been instructed in a variety of insolvency matters including personal bankruptcy and company administration.
As a pupil to Richard Harrison, Colm worked on a multi-million pound professional negligence claim brought against accountants. He also drafted advices on the operation of the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Acts 1930 and 2010, and pleadings in coverage disputes with insurers in the context of mesothelioma claims.
Colm accepts instructions in all areas of commercial work.
As a pupil to Richard Harrison, Colm was exposed to a range of insurance and re-insurance work. He drafted advices on the operation of the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Acts 1930 and 2010, and pleadings in coverage disputes with insurers in the context of mesothelioma claims.
Colm was also the finalist and best speaker in the 7KBW-Clyde&Co Insurance Law Moot, judged by Eder J.
As a pupil to Richard Harrison, Colm experienced a range of professional negligence disputes. He assisted and carried out extensive research in a multi-million pound professional negligence claim against accountants, including research on the judgments denominated in foreign currencies and the applicability of recent professional negligence authorities.
Colm is regularly instructed in County Court RTA and credit hire claims, and infant approval hearings.
During pupillage, Colm gained experience of drafting pleadings in clinical negligence claims, including claims brought under the Fatal Accidents Act and Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions Act).
Colm also assisted in providing research to Rob Weir QC on the correct measure of damages and issues of economic loss in the upcoming Supreme Court appeal in Greenway v Johnson Matthey plc  EWCA Civ 408.
LLB - Trinity College, Dublin (First Class)
LLM - Christ's College, Cambridge
BPTC - University of Law
PIBA, COMBAR, ELA, RBA, LCLCBA
Scholar - Trinity College, Dublin
Syprou LLM Scholar - Christ's College, Cambridge
Hardwicke Scholar - Lincoln's Inn
Lord Denning Scholar - Lincoln's Inn
Sunley Scholar - Lincoln's Inn
‘Evidence to believe in – the meaning of FIDIC sub-clause 2.4’ (2016) 169 ICE Construction Law Quarterly 135
‘Reconciling the Irreconcilable: Ostensible Authority after Kelly v Fraser’ (2013) King’s Inns Law Review 1 (co-author)
Winner - University of Southampton Inter-Inns Moot
Winner - University of Law Moot
Finalist and Best Speaker - 7KBW/Clyde & Co Insurance Law Moot
Finalist - National Student Law Society Moot