(29 September 1957- 28 October 2012)
Colin was born and grew up in Liverpool attending the Bluecoat School (1969-76) before reading Law at University of Leicester (1976-1979). He then attended the Inns of Court Bar School before being called to the Bar in 1980. He had a varied, colourful and successful legal career spanning over 30 years starting with a pupilage at 1 Brick Court and 3 Paper Buildings and practicing at the Bar at 3 Paper Buildings. He was a legal advisor at Lloyd’s of London for a while before then re-qualifying as a solicitor in 1987. He remained in London with Simmons & Simmons and then Boodle Hatfield before forming his own two partner firm, Shepherd Gibbons. He returned to his Liverpool roots in 2000 joining JST and then DLA Piper in 2002. In 2005 he moved with many friends and colleagues to the then new Halliwells Liverpool Office to head up the Liverpool Commercial Litigation Team before then moving with his friends and colleagues to Hill Dickinson in 2010.
Colin was a tenacious and enthusiastic litigator carrying on his longstanding “city” practice from the Northwest. He was charismatic, ebullient and always great fun to work with. He was held in very fond and high regard by his many friends and colleagues.
Colin always lived life to the full, he was a keen fly fisherman, enjoyed excellent food and wine and all things Spanish. He enjoyed reading, music and art; even picking up a paintbrush himself on occasion. Last, but by no means least, he was from the “Blue” side of the city being an enthusiastic season ticket holder at Everton FC.
Colin sadly and suddenly passed away on 28 October 2012 aged 55.
Colin is survived by his wife Emma, son James and the rest of his wider family including his father and mother, Colin and Jean, brother, John and sister, Lyndsey to whom all at Hill Dickinson send their sincere condolences. He will be very sadly missed by his many long standing friends, by the partners and staff of the firm.
His funeral service will be held at Springwood Crematorium, Springwood Avenue, Liverpool L25 7UN on Friday 9 November at 2.30pm. Family flowers only with donations if desired in Colin’s name for Professor P Clark’s work at Clatterbridge Hospital. Cheques can be sent to “Prof P Clark, Clatterbridge Hospital” c/o Pearson Collinson Funeral Service, 91 Allerton Road, Liverpool L18 2DD.