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 advices, 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.
Rosemary Carson, Partner, Real Estate, Head of Retail Team
Emma Cooper, Partner, Real Estate
Orlagh O’Neill, Partner, Head of Employment Team
Dawn McKnight, Partner, Corporate and Commercial
Stuart Murphy, Partner, Construction
Gary McGhee, Partner, Planning and Environmental Law
Darren Toombs, Partner, Real Estate Litigation
Victoria O’Hara, Associate, Real Estate
Mary-Kim Doherty, Associate, Real Estate
Grant McBurney, Associate, Planning and Environmental Law
Neil Allsopp, Associate, Construction
What We Do
- Site Assembly for retail developments
- Planning and Environmetal Law advices 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
What Others Say About Us
Chambers and Partners UK 2015
Rosemary Carson, Real Estate (Band 1)
Gary McGhee, Planning (Band 1)
Gary McGhee maintains an undisputed position as a leading figure in the sector, acting across the spectrum of complex, high-profile planning work. Sources call him "a master tactician," "forensic, responsive and client-focused,"and "without doubt a planning lawyer through and through."
Stuart Murphy, Construction (Band 1)
Stuart Murphy's skills are recognised by market commentators. He heads the department and has more than 20 years' experience of construction matters. One client comments:"We go to him for advice on which course of action would get the best result. He knows his subject matter inside out."
Orlagh O’Neill, Employment
Head of department and "exemplary lawyer" Orlagh O'Neill handles a variety of employment-related cases, with a focus on contentious matters. Variously described by clients as "practical, pragmatic and knowledgeable," and "down to earth and sensible," she is praised as "one of the best client-focused lawyers in Belfast."