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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

Ireland > Insurance

Carson McDowell has a substantial presence in clinical negligence and personal injury matters. Industrial disease is a particular forte, along with employer’s liability and public liability claims. The core Dublin team is supplemented by colleagues that split their time between Belfast and Ireland’s capital. Working across the two cities, healthcare head Roger McMillan is a prominent figure in catastrophic injury cases. Also based between Belfast and Dublin, Jacqueline McAleese leads the clinical claims group, while Sinéad Keavey heads the Dublin office, where she defends healthcare professionals and indemnifiers. Kathleen Byrne joined as a partner in Dublin from Clyde & Co in February 2022. Claire Harmer left the firm in January 2022.

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

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Roger McMillan Carson McDowell

Carson McDowell‘s dedicated personal injury and clinical negligence teams provide clients with ‘prompt and detailed service’, with experience acting in the full range of matters. The clinical negligence group is jointly led by managing partner Roger McMillan, who is active in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and Jacqueline McAleese, who focuses on high-value birth injury, expedited cancer, and complex cervical cancer mandates. Catherine Carton and Cathal O’Neill lead the personal injury team, with Carton particularly active in the retail, engineering, education and social housing sectors, while O’Neill is noted for his expertise in industrial disease claims, including asbestos-related matters.