Carson McDowell Announces 18 Promotions

04 December 2020


Carson McDowell has announced eighteen promotions, including ten senior associates and eight associates across its teams.

Roger McMillan, Managing Partner at Carson McDowell, commented: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has been promoted this year. Everyone who has been recognised today has gone above and beyond, showing complete dedication to our clients, which has been more important than ever during the past nine months.

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have concentrated on helping clients meet the challenges facing their organisations. It has not been an easy year for any business, including our own, but I am incredibly proud of the contribution that our people have made across multiple service lines to support our clients as they adapt and adjust to challenges caused by COVID-19.

“Our ongoing investment in technology and support systems has enabled our teams to advise on a significant number of deals and transactions the year.”

Neasa Quigley, Senior Partner at Carson McDowell added: “The firm has a longstanding policy of hiring and developing the best talent and I know from the feedback our clients give us that they really value the expertise our teams provide.

“All of those being promoted today have had their mettle tested this year and have not been found wanting, which gives us confidence that our next generation of lawyers stands ready to support the firm’s clients through whatever challenges lie ahead.”

The new senior associates are Oliver Tighe (Real Estate), Niall Hargan (Real Estate), Stuart Nelson (Real Estate), Deborah Boyd (Healthcare Claims NI), Olivia Carroll (Healthcare Regulatory/Professional Discipline), Rachel McAllister (Corporate), Joanne Harrison (Healthcare Regulatory/Professional Discipline), Sarah Dunlop (Planning/Environmental), Lucy Clarke (Commercial Litigation), Cathal O’Neill (Defence Insurance).

The new associates Claire Elliott (Real Estate), John McCloskey (Defence Insurance), Brian Roulston (Commercial Litigation), Stephanie Johnston (Healthcare Regulatory/Professional Discipline), Rachel Toner (Commercial), Aaron Roddy (Commercial), Donia Reynolds (Real Estate), Alan Martin (Healthcare Claims ROI).

The firm is the top ranked Belfast firm in the legal profession’s two most respected industry guides, Chambers UK and the Legal 500, with the most practice areas and most lawyers achieving the highest ratings in both publications.

Carson McDowell employs 112 lawyers, over two thirds of whom are women and has a total headcount of over 181 across its offices in Belfast and Dublin.