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

Carson McDowell
Northern Ireland

Work Department



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).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Jacqueline McAleeseCarson McDowell

Carson McDowell‘s department works closely with the Dublin office to offer comprehensive service across Ireland. The practice is split into two distinct teams for clinical negligence and personal injury, offering great depth of experience in both areas. Managing partner Roger McMillan leads the healthcare team, for which he defends claims on behalf of medical organisations in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Jacqueline McAleese  supports McMillan on the clinical negligence side, specialising in birth injury, cervical cancer, and expedited cancer cases. The defence insurance litigation team is co-led by Catherine Carton, who deals with employer and public liability claims, and Cathal O’Neill, an expert in industrial disease claims.

Ireland > Insurance

Carson McDowell has a substantial presence in clinical negligence and personal injury matters. Industrial disease is a particular forte, along with employer’s liability and public liability claims. The core Dublin team is supplemented by colleagues that split their time between Belfast and Ireland’s capital. Working across the two cities, healthcare head Roger McMillan is a prominent figure in catastrophic injury cases. Also based between Belfast and Dublin, Jacqueline McAleese leads the clinical claims group, while Sinéad Keavey heads the Dublin office, where she defends healthcare professionals and indemnifiers. Kathleen Byrne joined as a partner in Dublin from Clyde & Co in February 2022. Claire Harmer left the firm in January 2022.