Carson McDowell invests in bright young talent

TRAINEES: Carson McDowell’s 15 trainees with Gerard Armstrong, Roger McMillian and Neasa Quigley
TRAINEES: Carson McDowell’s 15 trainees with Gerard Armstrong, Roger McMillian and Neasa Quigley

THE north’s largest independent law firm Carson McDowell is investing in bright new legal talent with the appointment of seven trainee solicitors.

They join the eight trainees already engaged in the firm’s solicitor training programme and five others who have recently completed training and are progressing their careers as newly-qualified solicitors.

The solicitor training programme provides trainees with an opportunity to learn and develop skills across a wide range of legal practice areas.

Each trainee completes a comprehensive two-year training programme, working alongside Carson McDowell’s skilled lawyers, providing them with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to ensure the best start to their career in law.

During the programme, trainees can expect to gain experience in legal specialisms, including corporate and M&A; commercial law and IP; employment; real estate; litigation and media; banking and finance; healthcare; and planning and environmental law.

Gerard Armstrong, training partner at Carson McDowell, said: “Our training programme is designed to ensure trainees get a high-quality training experience. Our trainees and junior solicitors play a key role in supporting the future growth of our business.

“They are often at the forefront of exploring new practice areas and new technologies, and we aim to provide an environment that allows them both to pursue those avenues and to develop the skills they will need to do so.”

The seven newly appointed graduates, who secured training contracts following an application and interview process, are Anna Haughian, Kerrie Emerson, Aoife McConnell, Dylan Toner and Eilis Maguire, all graduates of Queen’s University; Kamila Wroniak, a graduate of Ulster University; and Sophie Hunter, a graduate of University of Nottingham.

The firm's managing partner Roger McMillan said: “Taking on seven trainees this year demonstrates our continued commitment to investing in the future talent of our legal profession. It also allows us to develop and grow, from within, solicitors with the required expertise to service our ambitious clients.

“This year’s successful candidates exemplify everything great about our team; they are talented and driven and bring a fresh perspective and dynamic to the firm.

“I’m delighted to welcome our new recruits and look forward to seeing all of our 15 trainees develop and thrive as they undertake their training.”