Carson McDowell > Dublin, Ireland > Firm Profile

Carson McDowell
D02 YF30

Ireland > Insurance Tier 3

Carson McDowell has continued to develop its Dublin practice following the appointment of Sinéad Keavey as head of the office in November 2020. She is building an offering that leverages the expertise of other senior colleagues that split their time between the firm’s Belfast headquarters and its office in Dublin; this includes Jacqueline McAleese, the head of clinical claims, and clinical negligence specialist Claire Harmer. Personal injury, employer’s liability and public liability claims are also a forte for the team.

Practice head(s):

Roger McMillan; Jacqueline McAleese; Sinéad Keavey; Claire Harmer

Other key lawyers:

Cathal O’Neill; Sam Francey


‘Very efficient, client focused firm. High standard of partners and associates. The detail and clarity of instructions to barristers is second to none.’

‘The team is very well managed and there is appropriate supervision of junior members of the team at all times. However, they are also utilised effectively. They are good at discerning what we as an organisation actually want and need from them and they respond appropriately. When necessary they work well with their IT colleagues to come up with solutions to assist. For example, during a recent trial their IT department brought monitors to court and set them up so that the other parties could look at medical scans in a meaningful way.’

‘Jacqueline McAleese is a thorough, excellent and incredibly hardworking solicitor. She is a pleasure to work with and for. She utilises a collaborative approach to solving problems arising during the course of litigation. She is smart and practical and a true people person.

‘Jacqueline McAleese is an extremely capable lawyer- one of the best I have come across. She is forensic and insightful in her analysis of cases and yet at the same time she is friendly and easy to work with. She always tries to take the pressure off those instructing her. She is definitely someone you would want on your side.’

‘Principally I deal with Claire Harmer. She is always prepared to go the extra mile. Her technical knowledge of personal injury litigation is first class. Claire communicates in detail and regularly. She has good social skills and relates well to our clients. Cathal O’Neill is also an excellent solicitor, particularly in handling liability claims and NIHL cases. He is also prepared to take on board our views and that of the client.’

‘Claire Harmer: exceptional, expert and always available.’

‘Cathal O’Neill: exceptional in knowledge and response times.’

‘Sam Francey is very smart, responsive, always available and very hard working. He is a pleasure to work for.’

Key clients

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection

Associations of Optometrists

Faraday Underwriting

Enstar Group

Axis Capital Insurance

Irish Ferries

Thomas Miller Claims Management

London P&I Club


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