Carson McDowell has developed a multi-disciplinary education team, reflecting the broad section of advice that our education clients require. Our clients range from higher education, further education, schools and education service providers. Our longstanding experience in this sector gives us the ability to provide support in areas such as technology transfer, property and regulatory advice, student/staff discipline, and contracts.

What we do

  • Knowledge transfer protection
  • Intellectual property recognition and registration
  • Support on visitorial and charter issues and governance in the education sector in Northern Ireland
  • Educational property matters including support in the development of broad property portfolios for our educational clients
  • Advising on the setting and implementation of entrance and award criteria
  • Procurement support on capital projects and service contracts
  • Copyright and database legal support, in particular in the range of services required of the examination scripts
  • Preparing memorandum of understanding for collaborative projects
  • Contractual advice and support including contentious support services
  • Advising on policy and practice in relation to student discipline

What Others Say About Us

Chambers and Partners UK 2016

What the team is known for

Large commercial firm with an enviable spread of clients, including further education colleges and schools. Covers a broad array of work, such as student complaints and property matters.


Clients say: "They are timely, always good at coming back to me, and very knowledgeable. I am very impressed by them."

"Excellent firm. They are very quick to react and have a knack for resolving matters "

Work highlights

Advised South Eastern Regional College on its contract with Reed In Partnership to provide "Steps 2 Success", a Department for Employment & Learning programme.

Represented Scoil an Droichid, an Irish medium educational institution, on a number of matters including property conveyances and charity law compliance.

Notable practitioners

Declan Magee is one of the team's key partners.

Significant clients

CCEA, Belfast Metropolitan College, South Eastern Regional College, Belfast Academical Institution, and Coleraine Academical Institution.