Dawson McConkey > Carson McDowell > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Carson McDowell
Northern Ireland

Work Department

Real estate.


Dawson is a partner at Carson McDowell and advises clients on a full range of property matters, including acquisitions and disposals, development work, landlord and tenant matters and investment work. He has a specialist interest in the property aspects of energy and renewable projects and has been personally involved in the majority of wind energy developments in Northern Ireland to date. Dawson also represents a number of clients in the food and agriculture sector.


Trained L’Estrange & Brett; qualified 2000; partner 2007, and subsequent successor firms McGrigors 2012; Pinsent Masons 2013; joined Carson McDowell as partner 2013.


Law Society of Northern Ireland (co-opted onto the Conveyancing and Property Committee 2015); former chairman of the Northern Ireland Commercial Property Lawyer’s Association.


The Queens University of Belfast (1998 LLB Hons); The Institute of Professional Legal Studies (2000).

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

Carson McDowell‘s ‘excellent team’ acts on a diverse set of matters for a range of high-profile clients, including Bright Energy, SONI ltd and Octopus Investments. The caseload covers natural gas, solar energy, and wind, and the department is particularly active on electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Senior partner Neasa Quigley leads the team and brings a wealth of experience in M&A. Planning expert Gary McGhee and real estate specialists Emma Cooper and Dawson McConkey as well as Sinead McGrath, whose finance practice is highly respected, are other key names. Associate Le-ann Campbell works closely with Quigley.

Northern Ireland > Real estate > Commercial property

(Leading individuals)

Dawson McConkeyCarson McDowell

Carson McDowell‘s ‘exceptional practice’ acts on high-value matters across a wide range of sectors, including retail, energy, education and transport. Dawson McConkey leads the team and is highly experienced in acquisitions, disposals and lettings. Emma Cooper advises on contentious and non-contentious matters across Northern Ireland and England and Wales. The team was joined in September 2021 by Richard Dickson, who previously led the commercial property department at Johns Elliot. Mary-Kim Doherty and Chris Phillips are other key names.