Carson McDowell Announces New Senior Appointments

12 December 2018


Northern Ireland’s largest independent law firm Carson McDowell has today announced two senior appointments, effective from May 1, 2019.

Roger McMillan and Neasa Quigley will take over the responsibilities of the managing partner role from Michael Johnston, who has served eight years as Managing Partner and will continue to act as a consultant to the firm after stepping down.

From May, Roger McMillan will become 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 will assume a parallel role as Senior Partner, leading the firm’s overall strategic direction and its external engagement with clients and stakeholders.

Michael Johnston said: “The firm has grown significantly in terms of people and practice areas since I first became Managing Partner in 2011 and the partners agreed it now makes sense to split the managing partner role into two. This will enable both Roger and Neasa to continue to undertake valuable client work while also driving the growth of the firm.

“Roger will be focused on the internal running of the business while Neasa will lead the firm’s strategic direction and represent the firm in an external capacity. I believe it will be a powerful combination that will deliver fantastic results for the clients and staff of Carson McDowell and I congratulate them both on their appointments.”

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 167 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.”

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. He is currently head of Carson McDowell’s Healthcare team and joint head of its litigation team, specialising in the defence of clinical negligence claims and healthcare regulatory matters. Following Roger’s new appointment, current joint head of litigation Declan Magee will become head of the litigation team.

Neasa Quigley joined Carson McDowell in 2010 and is currently the joint head of the firm’s corporate team. 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, current joint head of corporate Richard Gray will become head of the firm’s corporate team.


PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured (L-R) are Carson McDowell’s current Managing Partner Michael Johnston, new Managing Partner Roger McMillan and Senior Partner Neasa Quigley.