Mary-Kim Doherty > Carson McDowell > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Carson McDowell
Northern Ireland

Work Department

Commercial Property


Partner in Carson McDowell’s real estate team.

Mary-Kim has experience in all areas of real estate law including, site assembly and disposal, landlord and tenant law, land law disputes, rates appeals, refinance and compulsory acquisition. Mary-Kim acts for many retailers, landlords, developers and both advised public and quasi-public bodies.

Mary-Kim’s retail tenant clients include B&M, JD Sports, Molton Brown, Trespass, Pandora, Fat Face, the Body Shop, Regatta and The Original Factory Shop. Her landlord clients include the owners of Faustina Retail Park, Londonderry and Park Centre, Belfast. Mary-Kim also acted in the sale of Clandeboye Retail Park, Bangor, on behalf of her client Threadneedle.

Mary-Kim has experience in acting for a number of high-profile waste clients within the jurisdiction including River Ridge Recycling and Irish Waste.

Mary-Kim has extensive experience in student accommodation schemes having been involved in the disposal of a number of schemes throughout Belfast on behalf of her client McAleer and Rushe. In addition, she has advised Investec plc with respect to the financing of a number of other student accommodation schemes financed by third-party developers.

Mary-Kim acts for a number of food manufacturers, including Finnebrogue Foods, in the acquisition and development of production facilities and acting on behalf of Greggs plc in respect of their Northern Irish stores.


Joined Carson McDowell in 2002, qualified in 2004, associate in 2009.


Law Society of Northern Ireland


Thornhill College, Londonderry; The Queens University Belfast (1999-2002) LLB 2:1

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Real estate > Commercial property

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.