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Carson McDowell
Northern Ireland

Work Department

Corporate finance.


Michael is a consultant at Carson McDowell, having previously been managing partner for eight years and head of the firm’s corporate finance team for twenty-four years. Michael has wide experience in advising clients throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland and often in the United States with regard to commercial activity within the province. He has also advised on projects (in particular PFI) for the past fifteen years.

Experience includes: advised Evermore on the setting up of the £80m combined heat and power Evermore Renewable Energy Plant in Derry/Londonderry, provision of general legal advice at a senior level to Belfast Harbour Commissioners team, advice to the shareholders on the sale of Foyleside Limited and associated shopping centres, advising Fivemiletown Co-op on the sale to Glanbia, advising PFC on the sale to Davy, advising Shareholders of Chain Reaction Cycles, advising Fane Valley on the sale to Lakeland Dairies, advising on the sale of Diamond Recruitment to Staffline.


Trained Carson McDowell; joined Carson McDowell 1983; qualified 1984; admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland 1984; partner 1993 – 2011; managing partner 2011 – 2019; consultant 2019 – to date.


Law Society of Northern Ireland.


Bangor Grammar School; Queens University of Belfast (LLB Hons); Institute of Professional Legal Education, Belfast.

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and M&A

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Carson McDowell has particular strength in traditional Northern Irish industries such as construction, real estate and manufacturing, as well as growing sector expertise in energy and technology and cybersecurity. The team acts for leading Northern Irish and international businesses. The ‘very good‘ Neasa Quigley, who specialises in energy and the knowledge economy, heads the team along with M&A and finance expert Richard Gray. Gerard Armstrong and managing partner Michael Johnston are also key contacts.