Colin is a Partner in the Technology and Innovation Group. He advises on data protection and privacy, information technology, outsourcing, cloud computing and e-business matters.

Colin has extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on information management issues, with his data protection and information technology practice covering all aspects of data processing across all industry sectors. His practice also has a strong emphasis on commercial IT agreements. Colin is a frequent speaker on data protection and freedom of information topics, including at the Data Protection Leadership Forum, which the Group launched in 2019. He is also a frequent contributor to various legal journals on the above-mentioned topics.

Relevant Experience

  • Advising an autonomous car part supplier on data and contractual matters
  • Advising an international educational platform on data and contractual matters
  • Advising a leading telecommunications company on data protection compliance
  • Advising a retailer on a range of information technology and intellectual property matters (including several matters of a contentious nature)
  • Advising a bank on an IT sourcing and a software dispute
  • Advising a leading supplier of database software on a range of contractual and intellectual property matters, including several matters of a contentious nature (ongoing over the last ten years)
  • Advising an Irish regulator on information technology support matters
  • Advising an existing client on a protracted IT dispute with a leading IT supplier and negotiation of the settlement of this dispute


“Colin Rooney is a partner with great experience and knowledge in the area of data privacy and data protection. He firmly approaches issues, and his case management skills are exceptional.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2023

“Colin Rooney is vastly experienced. His approach and demeanour are always positive, yet he can be firm and resolute when required.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2023

“Colin Rooney’s understanding of the complexities of the business is outstanding, and his availability and engagement are consistently exceptional.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2023

“Colin Rooney is highly experienced and always delivers for his clients, particularly in contentious regulatory matters.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2023

Education & Qualifications

  • LL M in Computer and Communications Law, 2011, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Diploma in Legal Studies, 2000, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • H.Dip Information Technology, 1999, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • BA, 1998, Trinity College Dublin
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2005

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