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Law firm Carson McDowell announces 18 promotions

Carson McDowell managing partner Roger McMillan and senior partner Neasa Quigley

LAW firm Carson McDowell has announced 18 promotions, including 10 senior associates and eight associates across its teams.

The firm employs 112 lawyers, over two thirds of whom are women, and has a total headcount of over 180 across its offices in Belfast and Dublin.

Managing partner Roger McMillan said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has been promoted this year. Everyone who has been recognised has gone above and beyond, showing complete dedication to our clients, which has been more important than ever during the past nine months.

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have concentrated on helping clients meet the challenges facing their organisations. It has not been an easy year for any business, including our own, but I am incredibly proud of the contribution that our people have made across multiple service lines to support our clients as they adapt and adjust to challenges caused by Covid-19.

“Our ongoing investment in technology and support systems has enabled our teams to advise on a significant number of deals and transactions during the year.”

Neasa Quigley, senior partner at Carson McDowell, added: “The firm has a long-standing policy of hiring and developing the best talent.

“All those being promoted have had their mettle tested this year and have not been found wanting, which gives us confidence that our next generation of lawyers stands ready to support the firm's clients through whatever challenges lie ahead.”

The new senior associates are Oliver Tighe (real estate), Niall Hargan (real estate), Stuart Nelson (real estate), Deborah Boyd (healthcare claims NI), Olivia Carroll (healthcare regulatory/professional discipline), Rachel McAllister (corporate), Joanne Harrison (healthcare regulatory/professional discipline), Sarah Dunlop (planning/environmental), Lucy Clarke (commercial litigation), Cathal O'Neill (defence insurance).

The new associates are Claire Elliott (real estate), John McCloskey (defence insurance), Brian Roulston (commercial litigation), Stephanie Johnston (healthcare regulatory/professional discipline), Rachel Toner (commercial), Aaron Roddy (commercial), Donia Reynolds (real estate), Alan Martin (healthcare claims RoI).

Carson McDowell is the top-ranked Belfast firm in the legal profession's two most respected industry guides, Chambers UK and the Legal 500, with the most practice areas and most lawyers achieving the highest ratings in both publications.

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