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Carson McDowell
Northern Ireland

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Rachel is a partner in the highly regarded employment team at Carson McDowell. Although she practices a broad range of non-contentious and contentious employment law, Rachel’s particular expertise is in providing clients with advice on strategic and advisory employment law matters, including sensitive investigations, executive appointment and termination, outsourcing transactions (particularly those involving the public sector), large scale ‘change management’ and redundancy programmes. Rachel is also known for her work on transactional employment matters, particularly acquisitions involving TUPE and trade union issues.


Trained Linklaters; qualified 2000, joining employment team. Eversheds’ London office employment team 2001; Arthur Cox 2006; Carson McDowell 2009; partner 2013. Has dual qualification and practising certificates in Northern Ireland and England and Wales.


Law Society of Northern Ireland; Law Society of England and Wales; Employment Lawyers Group (NI); Employment Lawyers Association (GB).


Wellington College, Belfast; Trinity Hall, Cambridge University (1996 BA 2:1); College of Law York, Legal Practice Course (1997 distinction).

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Employment

(Leading individuals)

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Carson McDowell‘s client roster contains a number of public and quasi-public employers such as Translink, Royal Mail and Ulster University. Orlagh O’Neill leads the ‘commercially astute’ practice and is also vice chair of the Employment Lawyers Group NI, with a strong reputation for handling contentious employment matters. She works alongside the ‘outstanding‘ Rachel Penny, who is highlighted for her expertise in TUPE regulations as well as redundancies and reorganisations. Clients have also singled out senior associate Sarah Cochrane for her ‘ability to stay abreast of the ever-changing legislation and guidance around the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme‘.