The Healthcare Sector in Northern Ireland is a core area of focus for Carson McDowell. Our multi-disciplinary team draws on commercial expertise across the firm to provide our public and private healthcare clients with clear and pragmatic advice and support. The team advises healthcare professionals, private clinics, Health Service bodies, residential and domiciliary care homes, third sector organisations, medical defence organisations, medical malpractice insurers.

What We Do

We advise and assist our healthcare clients in relation to:

  • PFI/PPP projects
  • Partnership agreements
  • Funding and shareholder arrangements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • EU & Competition queries
  • Real estate purchases
  • Transfers/restructures
  • Banking advice/security reviews
  • Defending clinical negligence/medical malpractice claims
  • Investigations and prosecutions by regulators, for example, the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, the General Medical Council, General Dental Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland
  • Data protection and confidentiality of patient information
  • Inquests
  • Planning issues
  • Contentious and non-contentious employment matters
  • Contentious and non-contentious construction matters
  • Fee recovery
  • Insurance
  • Dispute resolution
  • Training
  • Public Inquiries, including the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry (Scotland) and the Hyponatraemia Inquiry
  • Judicial review proceedings, including procurement challenges

What Others Say About Us

Chambers and Partners UK 2016

Clinical Negligence (Band 1)

What the team is known for

Highly esteemed firm with an impressive track record for handling a range of high-profile cases. Well equipped to act for defendant clients on medical, dental and healthcare matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's great to have them involved because you know you're going to get excellent service and the matter will be handled well."

"They are exceptional. They have an excellent understanding of this area; they're first-class."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Roger McMillan is "a great strategic thinker," according to peers. Clients describe him as "supportive and readily available," as well as "extremely hard-working and thorough."

Clare Bates continues to be commended for her work on dental claims. Sources highlight her expertise as a litigator, and describe her as "very efficient and well informed."

Jacqueline McAleese is respected for her expertise in this field. Peers report that they"think highly of her," owing to the fact that "she's very sensible" when acting on complex cases.

Sources attest that Claire Harmer is "very competent" at handling a variety of clinical negligence claims. She is praised by sources for her efficiency and reliability.

Significant clients Medical Protection Society, Dental Protection, Medical & Dental Defence Union of Scotland, National Pharmaceutical Association, Association of Optometrists.

Professional Discipline

What the team is known for

Respected team of practitioners frequently handling healthcare regulatory matters. Frequently acts for medical professionals at all stages of proceedings, ranging from interim to substantive hearings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide an across-the-board service on regulatory and disciplinary advice and ombudsman cases - top-notch service."

"They're excellent at client management and very good at keeping us up to date. Always a pleasure to work with."

Notable practitioners

Leigh Linton is singled out for her "absolutely terrific knowledge of the legal aspects of medicine" and her "attention to detail which is second to none." She regularly defends healthcare professionals.

Roger McMillan is described as "an individual of remarkable tenacity and vigour who really gets his teeth into things." Other sources remark upon his "encyclopaedic knowledge of the health system in Northern Ireland."

Significant clients MPS, MDDUS, Dental Protection.