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Carson McDowell
Northern Ireland

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Richard is a partner and heads Carson McDowell’s corporate team. His main areas of practice are in corporate and finance work. He has more than 20 years experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance work. He has advised on numerous high value transactions in recent years both in Northern Ireland and Britain and has been recognised as a leading figure in corporate law in Northern Ireland.


Called to Northern Ireland Bar 1989; CMS Cameron McKenna (London) 1989-92; re-qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and Northern Ireland 1992; L’Estrange & Brett, Belfast 1992-2009, partner 1996; partner McGrigor LLP following its merger with L’Estrange & Brett 2009-11; partner Pinsent Masons LLP 2011-13; partner Carson McDowell 2014 to date. Directorship: Council member of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.


French, Spanish.


Law Society of England and Wales; Law Society of Northern Ireland.


Methodist College, Belfast; Queen’s University, Belfast (1988 LLB (Hons)).

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and M&A

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Carson McDowell has particular strength in traditional Northern Irish industries such as construction, real estate and manufacturing, as well as growing sector expertise in energy and technology and cybersecurity. The team acts for leading Northern Irish and international businesses. The ‘very good‘ Neasa Quigley, who specialises in energy and the knowledge economy, heads the team along with M&A and finance expert Richard Gray. Gerard Armstrong and managing partner Michael Johnston are also key contacts.