Private Client

Carson McDowell provides specialised advice and assistance to our private clients. The private client team work closely with their colleagues in the commercial, corporate and litigation departments to ensure that accurate advice is given and all aspects of an individual client’s circumstances are considered.

Our team also has trusted relationships with other specialist professionals and advisors and will work closely with a client’s own accountant/financial advisor to ensure that a complete service is provided.

What we do

  • Wills
  • Probate and Administration of Estates
  • Inheritance Tax Planning/Estate Planning
  • Trusts
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Controllership Applications through the Office of Care and Protection
  • Residential Conveyances

What Others Say About Us

Chambers and Partners UK 2020

Carson McDowell is "a great firm known in the province as specialists," according to a source. The firm offers a comprehensive range of private client services, including assistance with wills and estate planning, estate administration and trust matters. It also advises clients involved in estate litigation.

"In my view, the firm offers an excellent service and can be relied upon to address matters in a timely fashion," says a source, adding: "The individual strengths of their staff include a proactive approach with a style that is professional but approachable."

Notable practitioners

Neil Bleakley is head of the private client team and assists in all manner of estate planning, administration and trust matters. "He's meticulously well mannered and very professional in all he does," says a source, adding: "When he says something it's right. He has a very good bedside manner, like a doctor. He can put people at ease."

Fiona Kirkpatrick advises clients on wills, trust and estate administration and enduring powers of attorney. "She's very sensitive, respectful and has great empathy with clients," observes an interviewee, who adds: "She's very technically able on the administration of estates and trusts, as well as enduring powers of attorney." Another local source states that Kirkpatrick is "absolutely top-drawer and she's a very capable practitioner."

The Legal 500 2020

What the team is known for

Carson McDowell's 'highly efficient, compassionate and highly motivated team' has particular strength in advising on high-value, complex estate planning and administration, and also handles contentious probate matters. In addition to high-net-worth individuals, the team acts for the trustees of several high-value trusts and regularly advises clients with assets in the Republic of Ireland and further abroad.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Neil Bleakley and associate Fiona Wallace, who has expertise in trust administrations, are 'leaders in their field'.

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