Jacqueline McAleese > Carson McDowell > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Carson McDowell
Northern Ireland

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Jacqueline is a partner in the litigation department at Carson McDowell LLP and works within both the healthcare and commercial litigation teams. Jacqueline has extensive experience of defending doctors in relation to clinical negligence claims, of mixed but primarily high value on behalf of Medical Defence Organisations and Insurers, including Medical Protection Society, the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland and Lloyd’s Underwriters. Jacqueline’s breadth of experience also includes defending other (non-clinical) professionals in relation to High Court negligence claims to include surveyors and architects on the instructions of their professional indemnity insurers; defending personal injury/industrial disease claims on behalf of various insurers, loss adjusters/self-insured companies and defending claims arising from general accidents (including catastrophic injury/fatal accidents). Jacqueline also has experience of conducting judicial review proceedings associated with various healthcare matters and of assisting/advising doctors/corporate bodies in relation to public inquiries/inquests. In addition, Jacqueline has very significant experience in defending companies in relation to health and safety investigations/criminal prosecutions following serious work-related accidents and deaths, which has involved assisting with site investigations, representation at formal interviews with the police/the health and safety executive Northern Ireland (HSENI), and advice and representation in relation to HSENI prosecution proceedings. Jacqueline regularly provides bespoke seminars in relation to healthcare law and health and safety law.


Trained Everatt & Co (now Plexus Law); qualified 2003; assistant solicitor Everatt & Co 2003-06; associate solicitor Arthur Cox, Belfast 2007-08; assistant solicitor Carson McDowell 2007-08; associate solicitor 2008-14; partner 2014 to date.




Law Society of Northern Ireland.


St MacNissis’s College, Garron Tower; Queen’s University, Belfast (2000 2(1) Joint Honours degree in Common and Civil Law with French); College of Law, Chester (2001 Commendation).

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Northern Ireland > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

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Jacqueline McAleeseCarson McDowell

Carson McDowell has expertise in both personal injury and clinical negligence matters, with a client roster spanning medical associations, insurers and private companies. Managing partner Roger McMillan leads the medical negligence side with additional expertise in professional indemnity work. Leading the personal injury work is Claire Harmer, whose speciality lies in motor accidents as well as employer and public liability issues. The team also features Jacqueline McAleese, who is an expert in clinical negligence work, and Catherine Carton, who focuses on public and employer liability claims.

Ireland > Insurance

Carson McDowell has continued to develop its Dublin practice following the appointment of Sinéad Keavey as head of the office in November 2020. She is building an offering that leverages the expertise of other senior colleagues that split their time between the firm’s Belfast headquarters and its office in Dublin; this includes Jacqueline McAleese, the head of clinical claims, and clinical negligence specialist Claire Harmer. Personal injury, employer’s liability and public liability claims are also a forte for the team.