Wednesday 20 September 2017

Colourful Dublin barrister leaves nothing in his will

Colm Allen
Colm Allen

The colourful Dublin barrister Colm Allen SC has left nothing in his will, according to documents lodged in the probate office in Dublin last week.

Mr Allen, who died suddenly in April 2011, had an estate valued at €3,259,507, but after payment of unspecified creditors, the net value of his estate came to €0.

The bearded barrister was one of the best known figures in the Irish legal profession. He was also a personal friend of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. He represented the leading English football club manager in his high-profile dispute with the owner of Coolmore Stud John Magnier when the two men fell out over the ownership of the champion racehorse Rock of Gibraltar.

Sir Alex visited the barrister in Dublin to brief him on the case, which almost led to protests against Mr Magnier at Cheltenham racecourse.

As legal adviser he was a central figure in the settlement talks, which eventually ended the dispute.

Mr Allen, who was a wellknown Fine Gael supporter and was once talked about as a possible Attorney General, had a top class client list and was involved in many major court cases and tribunals.

Among those he represented were the equally colourful developers Tom and Mick Bailey at the Flood/Mahon tribunal.

And he was counsel for former Fianna Fail press officer, turned lobbyist, Frank Dunlop, who was later jailed for bribery.

He also represented Tim Allen, husband of celebrity chef Darina Allen of Ballymaloe, after he was charged with internet pornography offenses.

Mr Allen died suddenly at his home in Ailesbury Road, Dublin, on April 14, 2011.

Irish Independent

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