Professional Indemnity

Carson McDowell has a sizeable and experienced team of lawyers specialising in the defence of professional negligence claims. We act for professional indemnity insurers and professionals across the broad spectrum of professional negligence claims.

What We Do

Our lawyers act regularly in high value, complex claims and are well versed in effectively managing and protecting the interests of both the insurer and the insured. We provide commercial, pragmatic advice as well as a high level of technical expertise and experience. We adopt a strategic approach designed to deliver an efficient, cost effective service and the successful resolution of claims whether by way of settlement negotiation, mediation or trial.

We understand the needs of both the insurer and the insured and have a proven track record in acting for insurers of solicitors, accountants, brokers, valuers, architects, engineers, surveyors and other construction related professionals, financial advisors and directors and officers, doctors, dentists, optometrists, occupational health physicians and pharmacists. For more information on the service we provide for healthcare professionals and their insurers click here.

What Others Say About Us

Chambers and Partners UK 2018

What the team is known for Exceptional practice advising on all aspects of professional negligence, with regular work relating to solicitors' negligence. Sizeable team composed of experienced lawyers at every level. Highlighted for its ability in complex mediations between multiple parties. Clients include a wide range of market-leading insurers.

Strengths Clients value the lawyers' diverse knowledge: "They have an array of talent. A one-stop shop for us no matter what we encounter."

A further interviewee comments on the team's "experienced and committed personnel and detailed advice."

Significant clients Willis Towers Watson, Hiscox, Novae, Medical Protection Society, Medical & Dental Defence Union of Scotland.

Notable practitioners

Declan Magee is highly experienced in the representation of insurers and their insureds, including construction and legal professionals. Market sources regard him as a "very capable lawyer."

Hugh McGrattan acts for clients in a number of areas including real estate and insurance brokerage. He is praised for his skills on contentious and non-contentious matters by clients, who highlight him as "a very skilled litigator who provides good advice."

Chambers and Partners UK 2016 (Band 1)

What the team is known for

Market-leading practice with wide-ranging expertise which includes advising insurers on claims against solicitors and valuers. Also active on cases involving architects, lenders and financial advisers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is excellent in speed of response and depth of knowledge, and they instil confidence when handling litigation."

Notable practitioners

Hugh McGrattan is “very widely respected in Northern Ireland” for his litigation practice.

Declan Magee has extensive experience in defending high-value and complex professional negligence claims on behalf of both insurers and solicitors.