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Colin Murphy


Colin Murphy is a partner in the travel team.

Travel claims

Colin is a partner specialising in international travel litigation. He acts exclusively for claimants and he has assisted many individuals who have sustained life-changing injuries following accidents abroad.

Colin works hard to facilitate early rehabilitation for his client’s in order to maximise their recovery.

What the directories say

Very knowledgeable and a good litigator.

Star Associates: Chambers and partners 2024

What people say

“Professional, courteous, thorough and lastly – honest.” - Client of Colin

“very supportive and professional from the beginning to the end of the litigation” - J Almeida 5* review via Trustpilot

“Colin Murphy who was dealing with my case for Leigh Day guided me to what I was legally entitled to, his help was nothing short of incredible and very professional”. - Imran 5* review via Trust pilot

Legal expertise

Colin represents clients in a range of international personal injury cases including claims arising from accidents at work, accidents whilst on holiday and road traffic accidents. He has extensive experience dealing with complex jurisdiction and applicable law disputes.

Notable cases include:

  • Colin currently acts on behalf of 14 people who suffered significant and long-lasting injuries when their coach, operated by Flixbus crashed in France in 2019. The case follows several similar accidents involving coaches operated by Flixbus. The claim proceeds in the High Court. Colin has been able to facilitate access to rehabilitative therapies to help improve the well-being of his clients whilst also exploring settlement opportunities.
  • Acting for a client who fell from a significant height whilst working on an offshore oil rig in Holland. As a result of his injuries, the client will be unable to return to offshore work and will be restricted in the job roles he can perform. This has resulted in a substantial loss of earnings claim.
  • Acting for an offshore rigger, who was working in Taiwan, when a defective door closed onto his dominant hand causing significant structural and nerve damage. His overall hand function has been reduced by 50% and he has ongoing pain.
  • Settlement achieved for two American exchange students who were seriously injured when an intoxicated driver mounted the pavement and hit them in London, England.
  • Settlement achieved for an actor who sustained a brain injury whilst filming a fight scene abroad in Casablanca, Morocco.
  • Settlement achieved for an aircraft passenger who suffered a head injury when a passenger’s suitcase fell onto her from the overhead storage.

Colin was the winner of Insurance Rising Star of the Year award at the Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse awards 2024


Since qualification in 2013 Colin has worked exclusively in international travel litigation. He joined the travel litigation department at Pannone LLP in 2013 subsequently moving to Slater and Gordon. In 2018, Colin joined the travel litigation team at Leigh Day.


The Law Society, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), The Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL).

Colin Murphy in the news

“Parasitic claims under Brussels I (recast): is the CJEU finally set to consider the Arguments in Keefe” (co-authored with Tom Collins Counsel of 1 Chancery Lane Chambers)

Colin has also recently advised ‘moneysavingexpert.com’ (MSE) and CNN in relation to a number of consumer matters.

What the directories say

Colin Murphy is exceptionally intelligent and can unpick the knottiest legal problems to the benefit of his clients.

Legal 500 2024


News and blogs

News Article
Stade De France
Stade de France Liverpool Football Group claims

Leigh Day investigating Stade de France group claim on behalf of Liverpool FC fans

Law firm Leigh Day is investigating a group claim legal action on behalf of Liverpool FC fans, and others, who attended the UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris on 28 May 2022.  

News Article
Departure Lounge
Travel Travel claims travel insurance Court of Justice of the European Union Article 13

European Court ruling clarifies section of travel insurance law

A decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on a Leigh Day client’s personal injury claim has brought clarity to an important part of European Union law.

Blog Post
Coronavirus Hand Sanitiser
personal injury Coronavirus Covid-19

Long Covid and the implications for personal injury

Colin Murphy considers what Long Covid could mean for personal injury claims in the future

News Article
Road traffic collisions

Solicitor for two French coach crash victims calls for swift support

The travel solicitor who is representing two people who were injured after a coach crashed in northern France has called for swift support to be put in place for the victims.