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Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Carson McDowell LLP

Standout matters for Carson McDowell LLP’s disputes practice included representing Belfast International Airport in its dispute with Aer Lingus, and acting for building, civil engineering and facilities management contractor McLaughlin & Harvey in a procurement dispute which ultimately settled through mediation. The merger with insurance litigation boutique McCloskeys Solicitors and the resultant arrival of Hugh McGrattan has significantly strengthened the firm’s contentious capability, particularly in the professional liability area. Declan Magee and Roger McMillan head the team.

Leading individuals

Declan Magee - Carson McDowell LLP

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Northern Ireland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Carson McDowell LLP

2015 highlights for Carson McDowell LLP’s corporate team included advising McKesson Corporation on its €407.5m acquisition of UDG healthcare’s Irish pharmaceutical distribution businesses. The group’s sector expertise covers manufacturing, construction and healthcare and its client roster includes H&J Martin, Irish Energy Investments and Graham Investment Projects. Neasa Quigley and Richard Gray head the six-partner team, which includes managing partner Michael Johnston and Gerard Armstrong.

Leading individuals

Michael Johnston - Carson McDowell LLP

Neasa Quigley - Carson McDowell LLP

Richard Gray - Carson McDowell LLP

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Northern Ireland: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Carson McDowell LLP

Carson McDowell LLP advises on major financings for local and international banking groups. The team recently advised Bank of Ireland on the financing of a management buyout of a medical equipment business. Other clients include Ulster Bank, Danske Bank, several international investment funds, and First Trust Bank, which appointed the firm to its panel in July 015. Sinead McGrath leads the team, which includes Tom Adair.

Leading individuals

Sinead McGrath - Carson McDowell LLP

Tom Adair - Carson McDowell LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Carson McDowell LLP

Carson McDowell LLP acts for appointed liquidators, administrators and accountancy firms in Northern Ireland. The team has advised on the workout of distressed loan portfolios for clients including Derbyshire Building Society. Practice head Sinead McGrath and Darren Toombs are recommended.

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Northern Ireland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Carson McDowell LLP

Carson McDowell LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is noted for its ‘practical approach’ to employment issues, and acts for a client base that includes Chain Reaction Cycles Limited and Royal Mail Group. The firm acts as sole Northern Ireland employment law adviser to the latter client and has handled numerous tribunal cases arising from discrimination and dismissal claims. Practice head Orlagh O’Neill is noted for her expertise in contentious employment matters and for her track record in large-scale redundancies and reorganisations, as well as dealing with TUPE matters. Rachel Penny is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Orlagh O’Neill - Carson McDowell LLP

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Northern Ireland: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Carson McDowell LLP

Carson McDowell LLP’s merger with defendant insurance defence firm McCloskeys Solicitors has considerably expanded the firm’s insurance team. Claire Harmer heads the personal injury practice, which acts for clients including Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Faraday Insurance and Riverstone Insurance on a range of disputes, including hearing loss, catastrophic injury, mesothelioma and road traffic accidents. Roger McMillan leads the clinical negligence and healthcare teams, which acts for clients including the Medical Protection Society and the National Pharmaceutical Association.

Leading individuals

Hugh McGrattan - Carson McDowell LLP

Roger McMillan - Carson McDowell LLP

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Northern Ireland: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Carson McDowell LLP

Carson McDowell LLP is home to a team of ‘experts in private client matters’, including ‘professional and considered’ practice head Neil Bleakley. The group is particularly adept at complex estate planning for high-net-worth individuals.

Leading individuals

Neil Bleakley - Carson McDowell LLP

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Carson McDowell LLP

Carson McDowell LLP’s ‘excellent and committed team’ is headed by Neasa Quigley and is active on a wide range of energy projects. 2015 saw the practice advise on wind farm sales, electricity pylon planning applications and solar farms; highlights included advising River Ridge Recycling on a high-value waste-to-energy project. Dawson McConkey has an excellent reputation advising on the property aspects of energy matters.

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

Carson McDowell LLP

Carson McDowell LLP’s sector expertise encompasses education, hospitals and roads. The team is advising Amey Roads on operational issues arising from the client’s role as concessionaire on the DBFO 2 roads scheme. Practice head Gerard Armstrong is noted for his ‘commitment to his clients, which is second to none’.

Leading individuals

Gerard Armstrong - Carson McDowell LLP

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Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 1

Carson McDowell LLP

Carson McDowell LLP’s ‘market-leading’ practice advises on a broad range of commercial property, including hotels and office space. It also has an extensive track record in large-scale residential and student developments. The team acted for Rockspring Capital on the £46m purchase of Fairhill Shopping Centre and associated properties, and is advising Belfast Harbour Commissioners on a £107m energy-to-waste project. The ‘highly regardedRosemary Carson heads the team, which includes Jeremy Hill and Dawson McConkey, who is particularly adept at renewables-related real estate issues.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Hill - Carson McDowell LLP

Rosemary Carson - Carson McDowell LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Carson McDowell LLP

The ‘first-classStuart Murphy heads up the ‘highly competent’ team at Carson McDowell LLP, which acts for a number of developers and construction companies on a range of matters, including issues relating to energy, social housing and ports. The group continues to advise the Belfast Harbour Commissioners on the construction of the City Quays development. Other clients include McAleer and Rushe, John Graham Construction and Helm Housing Association. It also acts on contentious construction matters.

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

Carson McDowell LLP

Carson McDowell LLP’s ‘top-notch practice’ ‘provides clear and consistent advice’ to a client base that includes the Lagan Group, Northstone and Elgin Energy. The practice covers the full range of planning and environmental matters, including enforcement notices and planning applications and their related judicial reviews for major residential, office, energy and shopping centre developments. Highlights included advising Elgin Energy on the planning law aspects of a 50MW solar farm. Gary McGhee leads the team.

Leading individuals

Gary McGhee - Carson McDowell LLP

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Carson McDowell LLP

Carson McDowell LLP’s diverse IT and telecoms sector client base includes Graphical Data, which it advised on a range of issues throughout 2015, including a template software as a service agreement and on the use of VAR agreements. Other clients include broadcast facilities provider Pi Communications. Dawn McNight leads the group.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Carson McDowell LLP

Declan Magee and Dawn McKnight head the IP team at Carson McDowell LLP, which advises on contentious and non-contentious IP matters covering copyright, patents and trade marks. The practice is continuing to defend a local company in patent infringement proceedings.

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