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Carson McDowell
Northern Ireland

Work Department

Commercial property.


Partner with specialist areas of practice in planning and environmental law. Types of work undertaken include: the co-ordination of major planning applications for commercial clients; representation of clients at planning and enforcement appeals; instigation/defence of judicial reviews of planning decisions. Mr McGhee is currently involved in a series of judicial reviews on behalf of commercial clients, challenging and defending decisions of the Department of the Environment. His clients include Tesco Stores plc, the Port of Belfast, Belfast International Airport, Northern Ireland Electricity and House of Fraser.


Trained Carson McDowell; qualified 1996; assistant solicitor 1996-2001; associate solicitor 2001-04; partner 2004 to date.


Environmental and Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland; UK Environmental Law Association; and Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute.


Queens University, Belfast (1994 LLB Law).

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Real estate > Planning and environment

(Hall of Fame)

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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.