Colin joined MTB in 1997 and was appointed Partner in 2007. He specialises in uninsured loss recovery, personal injury, specialist banking litigation and unsecured debt recovery. Colin also has wide experience in credit hire matters and licensing.
Colin graduated from the University of Dundee in 1997 with an Honours Degree in Law and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1999.
Colin holds a Certificate of Advanced Advocacy from the Law Society of Northern Ireland and is a qualified mediator.
He has been placed in the both the Chambers & Partners UK Guide and the Legal 500 for their 2018 editions.
Colin is an expert in the area of Credit Hire. He is an active member of the Credit Hire Organisation, the recognised UK trade body for the industry. Colin is also an active member of the Motor Accident Solicitors’ Society (MASS) http://www.mass.org.uk/
Colin has been a lead solicitor in the following notable credit hire cases:
McAteer v Kirkpatrick (2011) NIQB 52
Smyth v Diamond et al (2010) NIQB 52
Salt v Helley (2009) NIQB 69
Colin has acted for many individuals who have been injured in accidents and has achieved significant settlements.
Colin acts on behalf of a number of large UK Financial Institutions in the recovery of both secured and unsecured debt. He has a particular interest in specialist banking litigation and has defended cases involving technical issues such as PPI, alleged unenforceable credit agreements and unauthorised overdraft charges. Colin has lectured to the solicitors’ profession in Northern Ireland on these issues.
Colin also recovers debts on behalf of SME’s and private individuals.
Colin acts for members of the Hospitality Industry in Northern Ireland and is the co-editor of both the 2012 and 2015 editions of the “Guide to Liquor Licensing in Northern Ireland” published by Hospitality Ulster.
Colin is a former Chair of the Belfast Solicitors’ Association and is now a member of the Council for the Law Society of Northern Ireland. In addition he is Vice-Chair of the Independent Complaints Panel which administers the Joint Industry Code for the Responsible Promotion & Retail of Alcohol in Northern Ireland.
Away from work Colin is a former head of youth rugby at Instonians RFC and is a member of the Northern Ireland Solicitors’ Golf Society. Colin is passionate about projects that help others and in 2015 travelled with a local NI charity to build a school in Uganda.
Colin’s clients have this to say:
“As the largest provider of before the event Legal Expenses Insurance in Northern Ireland we benefit greatly from Colin’s outstanding legal knowledge. He is at the forefront of new developments in consumer law, consumer credit law, and litigation generally. Colin is the leading expert on the subject of credit hire in Ireland”
Michael Bennett, Director, MIS Ltd
“Colin Mitchell provides a first class service to our members. Whilst Colin is a formidable lawyer he also understands the commercial needs of the hospitality industry and always gives focused and effective advice”
Colin Neill CEO Hospitality Ulster
“When we have a client that has been injured in Northern Ireland we always recommend they go to Colin Mitchell and MTB. Colin knows the Northern Ireland court system inside out and works quickly and efficiently without compromising results”
Oonagh Burns, Principal at Emerald Law Solicitors, Liverpool