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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

Carson McDowell has expertise in both personal injury and clinical negligence matters, with a client roster spanning medical associations, insurers and private companies. Managing partner Roger McMillan leads the medical negligence side with additional expertise in professional indemnity work. Leading the personal injury work is Claire Harmer, whose speciality lies in motor accidents as well as employer and public liability issues. The team also features Jacqueline McAleese, who is an expert in clinical negligence work, and Catherine Carton, who focuses on public and employer liability claims.