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Carson McDowell
Northern Ireland

Work Department

Litigation (clinical negligence unit).


Managing partner of Carson McDowell and head of the healthcare team. Considerable experience dealing with mixed but primarily high-value clinical and dental negligence cases on behalf of Medical Protection Society (MPS), Dental Protection Limited (DPL), Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS), Association of Optometrists (AOP) and Lloyd’s Underwriters. Claims included failure to refer, failures to diagnose, delays in diagnosis, failures to treat, medication errors and intra-operative complications. Extensive experience in representing the interests of healthcare professionals at inquests, statutory inquiries, disciplinary hearings, matters before the Ombudsman and PSNI investigations. Many cases successfully defended and significantly reduced settlements negotiated on behalf of clients. Presentations given on all aspects of healthcare law. Considerable previous experience acting on behalf of many hospital trusts and the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA).


Trained McGrath & Co, Birmingham; qualified 1997; assistant Mills & Reeve, Birmingham 1998-2000; assistant Browne Jacobson, London 2000-01; assistant Carson McDowell 2001-02, associate 2002-05, partner 2005-19, managing partner 2019 – to date.


Law Society of Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland Medico-Legal Society; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


Coleraine Academical Institution; Brunel University (1994 LLB (Hons)); College of Law, Chester (1995).

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

The ‘excellentCarson McDowell has ‘expertise in all areas of civil litigation, including industrial disease claims’ and ‘experience in handling the defence of complex investigations’. Managing partner Roger McMillan, who jointly leads the team, has extensive experience in handling clinical negligence claims. Fellow practice head Claire Harmer focuses on personal injury cases involving motor and work accidents, with expertise in examining employer’s and public liability. Jacqueline McAleese splits her time between Belfast and Dublin and is an expert in clinical negligence claims. Newly promoted partner Catherine Carton is well regarded for public and employer liability claims.

Ireland > Insurance

Belfast-headquartered Carson McDowell launched its practice in Ireland in 2016 and recently strengthened its team with the appointment of Sinéad Keavey, who joined from William Fry in November 2020, as head of the Dublin office. The team, which is led by Roger McMillan, Jacqueline McAleese and Claire Harmer, focuses on the defence of medical negligence and personal injury claims throughout the island of Ireland.