Carson McDowell is Leading NI Firm in Chambers UK and Legal 500

05 November 2018


Carson McDowell has been recognised as Northern Ireland’s leading law firm in the latest editions of the two main reference directories for the legal profession.

Carson McDowell was the leading Northern Irish firm in the 2019 edition of the Chambers UK guide, ranked as a “band one” firm in more practice areas than any other local firm for the fifth year running, with 28 individual solicitors listed in the guide, including 24 partners.

The Chambers UK guide, which ranks the best law firms and lawyers, covers 50 cities and counties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Published annually, the rankings are based on extensive research and the independent opinions of clients.

In the latest edition, Carson McDowell has been ranked in 25 different practice areas, 19 of which have been given the highest ranking of “band one”.

Northern Ireland’s largest independent law firm was also ranked as a Top Tier firm in 10 practice areas in the Legal 500 series, more categories than any other Northern Ireland firm.

The Legal 500 directory is an independent series which is regarded as the world’s largest legal referral guide. Over four million users visit The Legal 500 website each year, where firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit. Published annually, the rankings are based on the independent opinions of clients and research carried out by a team of editors.

Of the 14 categories reviewed Carson McDowell was recommended in them all and ranked in the top tier for 10 in total, including Dispute Resolution, Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, Employment, Energy, Construction and IT and Telecoms (TMT).

Michael Johnston, managing partner at Carson McDowell, said: “We are delighted to once again have such a large number of recommendations in the Chambers UK Guide and Legal 500 and I would like to thank all of our clients who took time to provide feedback.

“That the firm has achieved top tier rankings in Chambers for so many of our lawyers is testament to our continued efforts to recruit and retain the best talent, and the importance we place on delivering for our clients. It is also pleasing that we have maintained our position as a top tier firm in the Legal 500 for the tenth year running.”

He added: “The past 12 months have been particularly exciting for the firm and we recently announced that our corporate team has had a record year, advising on transactions with a combined value of more than £750 million for clients in Northern Ireland and other markets.

“We continue to provide a full-service offering to clients with accomplished specialists in each practice area. This month we expanded our litigation practice with the merger of defence insurance litigation specialists Francis J Irvine Solicitors into the business.”

“Businesses in Northern Ireland are demonstrating ambition and resilience in the face of uncertainty around Brexit negotiations and the lack of our own devolved government. We look forward to the future with the same optimism and commitment to bringing in the best talent and delivering the best service for our clients.”