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Roger McMillan

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Carson McDowell

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Litigation (clinical negligence unit).


Partner in and joint head of litigation department. Head of healthcare team. Considerable experience dealing with mixed but primarily high-value clinical and dental negligence cases on behalf of Medical Protection Society (MPS), Dental Protection Limited (DPL), Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS), Association of Optometrists (AOP) and Lloyd’s Underwriters. Claims included failure to refer, failures to diagnose, delays in diagnosis, failures to treat, medication errors and intra-operative complications. Extensive experience in representing the interests of healthcare professionals at inquests, statutory inquiries, disciplinary hearings, matters before the Ombudsman and PSNI investigations. Many cases successfully defended and significantly reduced settlements negotiated on behalf of clients. Presentations given on all aspects of healthcare law. Considerable previous experience acting on behalf of many hospital trusts and the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA).


Trained McGrath & Co, Birmingham; qualified 1997; assistant Mills & Reeve, Birmingham 1998-2000; assistant Browne Jacobson, London 2000-01; assistant Carson McDowell 2001-02, associate 2002-05, partner 2005 to date.


Law Society of Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland Medico-Legal Society; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


Coleraine Academical Institution; Brunel University (1994 LLB (Hons)); College of Law, Chester (1995).

Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Carson McDowell ’s disputes practice provides ‘an excellent level of service’, as well as ‘straightforward advice’ relating to construction, insurance, media, energy and administrative disputes, among others. Highlights for 2017 included the ‘determined litigatorDeclan Magee defending the Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland in a judicial review made by a life sentence prisoner challenging the decision not to release him from custody; the defence was successful. Other clients include Belfast International Airport, the National Trust and Translink. McGee leads the practice with Roger McMillan , who is well known for his expertise in healthcare matters. The ‘knowledgeableHugh McGrattan acts for insurers and is a key name for professional negligence cases.

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Northern Ireland: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Roger McMillan - Carson McDowell

Within: Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Industrial disease claims, catastrophic motor accidents and employer and public liability cases are key areas of instruction for Carson McDowell’s personal injury and healthcare practice, which is also adept at handling high-value healthcare claims. Claire Harmer, who is highly recommended for her expertise in industrial disease and inquests, heads the personal injury practice; the group represents companies in catastrophic injury and related criminal investigations. Recent clients include Faraday Insurance and Riverstone Insurance. Senior associate Catherine Carton has experience in defending clients in personal injury litigation resulting from motor claims and industrial disease cases, and senior associate Niall Skelton is well versed in representing the Motor Insurance Bureau in road traffic accident claims. On the healthcare side, Roger McMillan , who is singled out for his ‘superb client care’, heads the team, in which Jacqueline McAleese  (‘hardworking and a tough negotiator’) is a key name for defending medical and dental practitioners and clinicians in litigation, and is well known for representing the Medical Protection Society.

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