Sinead McGrath > Carson McDowell > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Carson McDowell
Northern Ireland

Work Department

Banking and finance.


As a partner at Carson McDowell, Sinead heads the banking and finance team. She acts for a wide variety banks, financial institutions and borrowers in relation to general acquisition finance, real estate finance, general corporate lending, project finance and restructuring. Key clients include Barclays Bank, Ulster Bank and Danske Bank.


Trained McKinty & Wright; qualified 1996; L’Estrange & Brett 1999-2009, partner from 2004; partner McGrigors 2009-12 (following merger with L’Estrange & Brett); partner Pinsent Masons 2012-13; partner Carson McDowell November 2013 to date.


Law Society of Northern Ireland.


Queens University, Belfast (1994 LLB Hons); Institute of Professional Legal Studies (1996).

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

The team at Carson McDowell stands out for ‘the breadth of experience, the commitment of individual lawyers and the expertise across sectors‘. It advises major banks, insolvency practitioners and corporates on contentious and non-contentious matters, and has experience handling cross-jurisdictional insolvencies and personal insolvencies. ‘Strong insolvency practitioner‘ Darren Toombs leads the team jointly with the ‘technically very strong‘ Sinead McGrath. The team was bolstered by the appointment of two new associates.

Northern Ireland > Finance > Banking and finance

(Hall of Fame)

Sinead McGrathCarson McDowell

Carson McDowell has experience acting on the lender and borrower side of domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions, with a particular focus on energy and real estate finance. The team is also active in advising leading financial institutions on lending to SMEs. Highly regarded practice head Sinead McGrath advises leading banks, peer-to-peer lenders, corporates and energy suppliers, among others.