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Caroline McColgan

Call 2010

"She expertly deals with particularly difficult and robust challenges to her position, whilst maintaining a cool, pragmatic and commercial head."
(Legal 500, 2020)

Caroline McColgan joined chambers in October 2011 following successful completion of her pupillage. Since then she has been developing a practice which is strongly focused on property damage, professional negligence, construction and insurance work. She is a confident advocate and regularly appears in the High Court and County Courts as well as before the Court of Appeal.

Caroline’s present caseload includes 2 Entertain & Ors v Sony DADC, an £8m insurance dispute arising out of the London Riots in 2011, and TRW v Whirlpool & Ors, a £9m product liability claim on foot in the TCC. She was previously instructed as junior counsel on the major reinsurance case of Amlin Corporate Member Ltd & Ors v Oriental Assurance Company [2013] EWHC 2380 (Comm), appearing as junior counsel for the defendant at trial in the commercial court and on appeal to the Court of Appeal (see Amlin Corporate Member Ltd   & Ors v Oriental Assurance Company [2014] EWCA Civ 1135).

Before coming to the Bar, Caroline read history at Magdalen College Oxford and then undertook the law conversion course in which she received a distinction. She is a contributing editor to Emden on Construction Law, co-authoring Chapter Two: “Formation and Validity of Contract”.

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  • Major Scholar, Inner Temple (2009 – 2010)
  • BVC, BPP Law School (Very Competent) (2009 – 2010)
  • Exhibitioner, Inner Temple (2008 – 2009)
  • GDL, BPP Law School (Distinction) (2008 – 2009)
  • Demyship, Magdalen College, Oxford (2006 – 2008)
  • BA (Hons) University of Oxford (2005 – 2008)


  • PNBA

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