Carson McDowell announce new round of promotions in Belfast

L-R: Carson McDowell partners Francesca Lowry, Roger McMillan, Neasa Quigley, Sarah Cochrane and Cathal O’Neill.
L-R: Carson McDowell partners Francesca Lowry, Roger McMillan, Neasa Quigley, Sarah Cochrane and Cathal O’Neill.

THE north’s largest independent law firm Carson McDowell has announced the appointment of three new partners to its senior team in Belfast.

The legal outfit, which employs more than 200 people across Belfast and Dublin, has also confirmed the promotion of 14 lawyers to the position of senior associate.

The appointment of Sarah Cochrane as partner in the employment team, Cathal O’Neill in the defence insurance division and Francesca Lowry in healthcare, brings the firm's senior team to 34 partners.

Based at Murray House, next to the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Carson McDowell represent around 50 per cent of Northern Ireland’s top 100 companies.

Managing partner Roger McMillan said: “I would like to congratulate Francesca, Sarah and Cathal, who I know will each, through their contributions, add significant value to our market leading team.

Neasa Quigley, senior partner at Carson McDowell, added: “I would like to add my congratulations to our new partners and to the 14 individuals who have been rewarded for their hard work by being promoted to senior associate within the firm, as we remain focused on delivering for our clients and helping them to take advantage of opportunities for growth.

“Our law firm is made up of a diverse range of talent and we are continuing to invest in our people at all levels to ensure we offer our clients a wider variety of expertise than any other law firm of our size.”

The 14 associates promoted to senior associate positions within the firm are:

• Aisling O’Hare, commercial

• Andrew Davison, private client

• Anna Haines-Smyth, healthcare claims (ni)

• Enya McKenna, defence insurance

• Faye Phillips, planning & environmental

• Fergal McGoldrick, media, communications & reputation/litigation & dispute resolution

• Gillian Greenfield, professional indemnity

• Helen Cosgrove, litigation & dispute resolution

• Laura McKee, healthcare claims (ni)

• Le-ann Campbell, corporate/energy

• Niamh Magee, procurement/competition

• Orla Kelly, planning & environmental

• Rosie Timoney, corporate

• Yvonne McMahon, real estate