Rosemary Carson - Consultant

Rosemary Carson

Key Practice Areas

Real Estate

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Rosemary Carson graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with a first class honours degree in law in 1993. Having trained with another Belfast firm, she joined Carson McDowell as an assistant solicitor in 1997, becoming an associate in 1999 and a partner in 2001. Rosemary led the firm’s Real Estate team for a number of years but following her recent change of role from partner to consultant within the practice in September 2018, she has stepped down from a management role and going forward will solely concentrate on transactional work for key clients of the firm.

She has worked exclusively in the field of commercial property since qualification in 1995 and has been consistently listed in the top tier of real estate advisors by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 for many years. In the Chambers UK guide 2021, an impressed client states: "Her knowledge of property matters is second to none and she has the ability to meet tight deadlines." Rosemary is recognised as a "leading individual" by The Legal 500.

Rosemary acts for a very diverse range of clients, ranging from very large estate owners such as Belfast International Airport Limited and The Belfast Harbour Commissioners, multiple retailers such as the Arcadia Group and Tesco Stores and many significant private investors. She is considered to be an expert on the Business Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 and has lectured and published widely on this subject. In addition, she is qualified commercial mediator with particular interest in real estate disputes.

Landmark Transactions

Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Rosemary has acted for BHC in relation to several recent key investment purchases leading to the continued expansion of the Belfast Harbour Estate.

Persons involved: Rosemary Carson

Bywater Properties

Rosemary has acted for Bywater in relation to various Northern Irish investment and site assembly projects.

Persons involved: Rosemary Carson, Chris Phillips

J D Wetherspoon plc

Rosemary recently acted in the disposal of a portfolio of five public houses for Wetherspoons and the acquisition of two new landmark sites for them in Belfast city centre.

Persons involved: Rosemary Carson, Cathy Colton

Tesco plc

Rosemary has acted in the disposal of several significant sites for Tesco variously by way of surrender, some outright sale and some by way of sub-lease as it continues to consolidate its Northern Ireland land holdings.

Persons involved: Rosemary Carson, Chris Phillips