​Appointment of new Managing Partner and Senior Partner at Carson McDowell

01 May 2019

Author: Roger McMillan


Roger McMillan and Neasa Quigley have today (1st May) taken over the responsibilities of the managing partner role from Michael Johnston, who has served eight years in the position. Michael will continue with the firm as a Consultant.

Roger McMillan becomes Managing Partner, with a primary focus on the internal running of the firm and core operational matters such as finance, staffing and IT.

Neasa Quigley assumes a parallel role as Senior Partner, leading the firm’s overall strategic direction and its external engagement with clients and stakeholders.

Roger McMillan said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of Managing Partner at Carson McDowell. The firm currently has 96 lawyers and over 170 staff and represents some of the most prestigious and successful businesses and organisations in Northern Ireland, which is testament to our commitment to hiring and retaining the best lawyers. The partners would like to thank Michael for his long service and commitment to the firm and acknowledge his role in driving the growth of the business.”

Neasa Quigley said: “I look forward to the opportunities that my new position as Senior Partner with responsibility for strategy and relationships will bring. It is essential that Carson McDowell continues to build on its recent success and reputation in the Northern Ireland marketplace and farther afield. The firm has room for further growth and I look forward to playing a hands-on part in that process.”

Roger McMillan joined the firm in 2001 and jointly heads up the firm’s litigation team along with Declan Magee. Following Roger’s new appointment, Declan will become Head of the Litigation and Roger will continue as head of Carson McDowell’s Healthcare team.

Neasa Quigley joined Carson McDowell in 2010 and is joint head of the firm’s Corporate team along with Richard Gray. She has practised as a corporate and commercial lawyer throughout her career in Dublin and Belfast, working across a number of sectors and specialising in energy and technology. When Neasa takes up her new role, Richard will become head of the firm’s Corporate team.