Sarah Cochrane > Carson McDowell > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Carson McDowell
Northern Ireland

Work Department



Sarah is a senior associate in the employment team advising clients on contentious and non-contentious aspects of employment law. She advises clients in a wide variety of industries across both the public and private sectors throughout the UK. Sarah regularly defends claims in the industrial and fair employment tribunal and advises clients on matters such as TUPE, restructuring, bullying and harassment, grievances and redundancy. Sarah also assists Carson McDowell’s corporate team in relation to the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.


Trained at DAC Beachcroft LLP from 2007 – 2009; qualified into the Employment and Pensions team in 2009; Solicitor at Carson McDowell from 2013; Associate at Carson McDowell from 2015 to date. Sarah has dual qualification and practising certificates in Northern Ireland and England and Wales.


Law Society of Northern Ireland, Employment Lawyers Association, Committee Member of Employment Lawyers Group of Northern Ireland


Ballymena Academy; Queens University Belfast (2005 LLB(Hons))


Music and travel.

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Employment

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‘.