Carson McDowell has unrivalled experience in the retail sector acting for some of the largest shopping centre developers and investors in Northern Ireland and a whole host of household brand name tenants including Tesco, Top Shop, Burtons, Bhs, Fat Face, Jack Wills, Waterstones, Ikea, and Argos.

We provide a full service package for new developments from site assembly, planning and environmental advice, development agreements, construction and regulatory advice, and commercial leasing. Once retail developments are up and running we offer asset management assistance, property litigation support, and a full debt collection service. In the current, volatile economic climate, our insolvency team has proven invaluable by providing sensible advice for both insolvent tenant clients and their landlords. In addition, retail clients often need support from other specialised departments within the firm such as the employment or corporate teams.

The team works closely with many of the leading retail surveying and consultancy practices in Northern Ireland and beyond, often hosting joint briefings, and the team is also actively involved in many retail organisations such as the British Council of Shopping Centres. The depth and breadth of our retail experience and our profile within the sector, helps us appreciate the unique pressures and issues faced by retail clients and assists us to find the best and most cost effective solutions.

What we do

  • Site assembly for retail developments
  • Planning and environmetal law advice for retail developments including the instigation and defence of judicial reviews of retail planning decisions
  • Development agreements
  • Construction contracts/warranties
  • Commercial leasing
  • Employment advice
  • Debt collection
  • Insolvency advice
  • Asset management support