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).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Next Generation Partners)

Jacqueline McAleeseCarson McDowell

The ‘excellentCarson McDowell has ‘expertise in all areas of civil litigation, including industrial disease claims’ and ‘experience in handling the defence of complex investigations’. Managing partner Roger McMillan, who jointly leads the team, has extensive experience in handling clinical negligence claims. Fellow practice head Claire Harmer focuses on personal injury cases involving motor and work accidents, with expertise in examining employer’s and public liability. Jacqueline McAleese splits her time between Belfast and Dublin and is an expert in clinical negligence claims. Newly promoted partner Catherine Carton is well regarded for public and employer liability claims.

Ireland > Insurance

Belfast-headquartered Carson McDowell launched its practice in Ireland in 2016 and recently strengthened its team with the appointment of Sinéad Keavey, who joined from William Fry in November 2020, as head of the Dublin office. The team, which is led by Roger McMillan, Jacqueline McAleese and Claire Harmer, focuses on the defence of medical negligence and personal injury claims throughout the island of Ireland.