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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

(Hall of Fame)

Richard GrayCarson McDowell

Carson McDowell is a key name in the market for corporate deals involving the energy and agri-food industries, with a growing foothold in the private equity and venture capital arenas. The ‘truly exceptional’ Richard Gray leads the team and advises major domestic companies including SHS Group and Lagan Investments. Neasa Quigley is a key name for energy and private equity work and was made senior partner in 2019, while Gerard Armstrong stands out for his skills in the agri-food, waste and construction sectors. Former managing partner Michael Johnston is now a consultant.