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Carson McDowell
Northern Ireland

Work Department

Commercial property.


Partner commercial property. Advises in respect of the acquisition, disposal and leasing of commercial property within Northern Ireland and England and Wales, with a particular specialism within the energy sector and advising energy companies in respect of the acquisition and disposal of property interests and property aspects of energy projects. Recent cases/clients: advising various companies including ESB, SSE, Infinis, TCI Renewables respectively in respect of the acquisition of various energy interests within Northern Ireland and advising generally in respect of the property aspects of energy projects; advising Bord Gais and Storenergy in respect of the property aspects of the development of an underground gas facility, acting on behalf of several developers in respect of the leasing, acquisition and disposal of property interests in Northern Ireland and England and Wales, including interests within the leisure sector and various shopping centres.


Trained Herbert Smith, London; qualified 2002; associate Carson McDowell 2006; partner Carson McDowell 2010 to date.


Law Society Northern Ireland; Law Society England and Wales.


High Leys Community College; Exeter University (Law 2(1) (Exhons)); College of Law, Guildford (LPC – Distinction).

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Real estate > Commercial property

(Leading individuals)

Emma CooperCarson McDowell

Carson McDowell‘s ‘exceptional practice’ acts on high-value matters across a wide range of sectors, including retail, energy, education and transport. Dawson McConkey leads the team and is highly experienced in acquisitions, disposals and lettings. Emma Cooper advises on contentious and non-contentious matters across Northern Ireland and England and Wales. The team was joined in September 2021 by Richard Dickson, who previously led the commercial property department at Johns Elliot. Mary-Kim Doherty and Chris Phillips are other key names.

Northern Ireland > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

Carson McDowell‘s ‘excellent team’ acts on a diverse set of matters for a range of high-profile clients, including Bright Energy, SONI ltd and Octopus Investments. The caseload covers natural gas, solar energy, and wind, and the department is particularly active on electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Senior partner Neasa Quigley leads the team and brings a wealth of experience in M&A. Planning expert Gary McGhee and real estate specialists Emma Cooper and Dawson McConkey as well as Sinead McGrath, whose finance practice is highly respected, are other key names. Associate Le-ann Campbell works closely with Quigley.