Current Vacancies.

At Carson McDowell we believe that our continued success is dependent on attracting and retaining the top talent in all areas of the business. We attract and retain the best by providing rewarding careers and a supportive working environment, allowing our people to maximise their potential and fulfil their ambitions.

Paralegal (Temporary Contract)

Working in an extremely busy Corporate Commercial team, this role will primarily be to assist with the following:

  • Summarising legal documents
  • Performing records research
  • Performing legal research
  • Checking legal forms for accuracy
  • Drafting all sorts of legal documents

The successful candidate will have an excellent academic record, having graduated with at least a 2:1, or equivalent, at degree level. All applicants must have the ability to perform legal research, prioritise and work under a tight schedule; have in-depth knowledge of legal terminology and principles; excellent communication skills, and good computer skills. Ideally, applicants will have some previous Paralegal experience.

We require an enthusiastic individual with a proven ability to use their initiative and manage their own time.

Applicants should apply by forwarding a covering letter and CV via the link below. Alternatively, you can email your application to: Marie McKeown, Human Resources Manager, [email protected].

Financial Accountant

We are recruiting for a Financial Accountant to join the Finance team at Carson McDowell. The role will report to the Finance Manager with responsibility for financial, statutory and management reporting and supporting the Finance team.

Responsibilities:

Reporting:

  • Production of monthly management accounts with commentary
  • Production of Quarterly WIP valuation
  • Production of annual statutory accounts
  • Production of variance analyses with commentary
  • Production of branch accounts
  • Production & distribution of Management Information to Partners, Team Leaders & Heads of Departments.
  • Attending monthly KPI meetings with the Finance Partner and other members of the management team, offering commentary on firm performance

Compliance:

  • Assisting the Finance Manager to ensure compliance with Solicitors Accounts Regulations in each of the firm’s practicing jurisdictions
  • Production and submission of UK and Irish VAT returns
  • Providing VAT guidance and support to colleagues

Other Duties:

  • Assisting the Finance Manager with production of budgets and cash flows
  • Assisting colleagues with client, supplier and ledger queries
  • Providing cover & support for team members as required
  • Assisting to deliver financial and regulatory training

Experience:

  • Essential – Chartered Accountant
  • Essential – meeting strict timetables and deadlines
  • Essential – accounts production
  • Desirable – working in a regulated environment and/or professional services environment
  • Desirable – systems improvement and implementation

Skills & Abilities:

  • This role covers a broad spectrum of both accountancy and administrative activities and consequently requires an individual that has the ability to operate across a diversity of tasks:
    • Essential – Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills
    • Essential – Working to a high level of accuracy and professionalism within a busy environment
    • Essential – Ability to work as part of a team
    • Essential – Ability to use initiative, offer solutions and innovate
    • Essential – At least intermediate experience of working with MS Excel
    • Desirable – Experience using Power Query and Dashboard design
    • Desirable – Exam passes in auditing and tax

Applicants should apply by forwarding a covering letter, which includes details of their current package, and CV to: Marie McKeown, Human Resources Manager.

Legal Compliance Officer

This is a broad and varied role, covering all aspects of compliance and risk related matters as they pertain to a limited liability partnership (LLP). Working alongside the Director of Legal Operations and Compliance, the Managing Partner and the Senior Partner, the successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that any compliance and professional risks are identified and managed. The role will also include ensuring that the firm is compliant with the regulatory requirements of the Law Society of Northern Ireland and other legislative bodies.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that legal and regulatory risk and compliance issues are identified, monitored and addressed proportionate to the firm’s key business objectives, targeting resources (internal and external) to managing risks that have the potential to expose the firm, clients and employees;
  • Providing input into business and strategic decisions from a compliance perspective;
  • Managing the firm’s risk and incident registers;
  • Undertaking and managing investigations of potential compliance issues;
  • Preparing regular reports to the Risk Committee on risk and compliance issues, identifying developing trends and areas of risk and proposing suitable solutions for mitigating risk;
  • Coordinating the in house file review process;
  • Conducting regular reviews of the firm’s risk and quality compliance policies and procedures and ensure that reviews take place within the appropriate time period;
  • Assisting with ISO and other quality accreditation schemes;
  • Implementing appropriate risk and quality management training programmes for all staff to ensure compliance with all relevant regulatory and legislative requirements;
  • Working closely with all Departments across the firm, to develop enhanced processes to mitigate risk and delivering training on new and existing policies and procedures;
  • Resolving potential conflicts of interest as between clients or prospective clients;
  • Ensuring compliance with the firm’s onboarding process; and
  • Providing support for tender applications.

We require a qualified solicitor with experience of working in a legal practice environment. Experience in real estate and/or corporate/commercial work would be an advantage. You must have detailed and up to date knowledge of the regulatory framework in Northern Ireland and be process driven. The successful candidate will have the ability to identify, analyse and gauge the impact of legislative and regulatory changes to the firm. Excellent communication skills are essential with the ability to give succinct advice. Strong IT skills are also essential.

Applicants should apply by emailing a covering letter and CV to: Marie McKeown, Human Resources Manager.

Corporate Legal Secretary (Full Time)

This role reports to the Senior Partner and Procurement team and is responsible for supporting the fee earners with daily administrative responsibilities. The role will be part time, 21 hours per week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Responsibilities:

  • Managing documentation to include scanning and printing of documents, e-filing and updating of fee earner files.
  • General administration to include Mimecast, diary planning, booking meetings, emails and opening and closing files.
  • Adhering to all manual and electronic filing systems.
  • Dealing with telephone calls and assisting clients.
  • Researching and summarising legal information.
  • Issuing correspondence.
  • Amending large documents.
  • Assisting relevant fee earners in the conduct of files as required.
  • Billing.

Experience:

  • Essential – At least one years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Essential – Must be currently working in a busy legal role or professional services environment.
  • Desirable – Secretarial qualification.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong organisational skills, ability to prioritise work and meet target deadlines under time constraints.
  • The ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.
  • Excellent knowledge of PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook is essential, with the ability to format.
  • Strong communication skills and be able to take direction.
  • Strong precision and accuracy skills.

Applicants should apply by emailing a covering letter and CV to: Marie McKeown, Human Resources Manager.

Planning and Environmental Solicitor (0-3 Years PQE)

We have a vacancy within our Planning and Environmental team, for a Solicitor.

Ideally candidates will have previous planning and environmental experience but this is not essential.

Applicants should apply by emailing a covering letter and CV to: Marie McKeown, Human Resources Manager.

Finance Assistant (Purchase Ledger & Time)

We are recruiting for a Finance Assistant to join the Finance team at Carson McDowell. This role reports to the Finance Manager and will share responsibility for the business's purchase ledger and time transactional activity.

Responsibilities:

Purchase Ledger & Expenses:

  • Inputting purchase ledger invoices
  • Liaising with budget holders for payment approval
  • Reconciling supplier's ledger accounts to statements
  • Preparing supplier payments

Nominal, Office & Client Ledgers

  • Preparation of Nominal analysis for Budget Holders
  • Inputting disbursements to office and clients ledgers
  • Maintaining accurate office & client ledger information

Time

  • Time Transfer & Revaluations & Write-offs

Other Duties

  • Providing cover & support for other members of the team as required
  • Assisting legal and support staff with ledger queries

Experience

  • Essential – 2 years working in a busy transactional role requiring a high degree of accuracy
  • Essential – Legal Bookkeeping or Purchase Ledger
  • Essential – working within a finance team
  • Essential – working with MS Excel, Outlook & Teams
  • Essential – working with computerised accounting software
  • Desirable – working within a Regulated environment
  • Desirable – working within a Professional Services environment
  • Essential – Strong communication, interpersonal & organisational skills
  • Essential – Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Essential – Ability to use initiative to keep own & others’ work current

Skills & Abilities:

This role covers a broad spectrum of both accountancy and administrative activities and consequently requires an individual that has initiative and the ability to operate across a diversity of tasks.

  • Essential – Strong communication, interpersonal & organisational skills
  • Essential – Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Essential – Ability to use initiative to keep own & others’ work current
  • Desirable – Level 2 AAT (or support can be offered to study for level 2)

Applicants should apply by emailing a covering letter and CV to: Marie McKeown, Human Resources Manager.

Finance Assistant (Cashiering)

We are recruiting for a Finance Assistant to join the Finance team at Carson McDowell. This role reports to the Finance Manager and will share responsibility for the daily banking transactional activity of the business.

Responsibilities:

Cashiering:

  • Maintaining complete and accurate bank account records
  • Keying, posting & co-authorising of electronic payments to cut-off times
  • Liaising with colleagues (including professional staff) and branch banking teams to record receipt of transactional funds
  • Posting client cash to ledgers, direct debits & supplier payments
  • Posting & printing cheques (daily)
  • Reconciling multiple bank accounts (daily)
  • Arranging foreign currency payments
  • Treasury (moving funds between banks to ensure appropriate funds)
  • Resolving queries with other banks, solicitors firms, clients and government organisations
  • Posting client interest
  • Maintaining complete and accurate bank account records
  • Maintain petty cash

Other Duties

  • Organising & maintaining a busy general accounts mailbox
  • Collaborating with team members to ensure emails are actioned
  • Providing cover & support for other members of the team as required

Experience

  • Essential – 2 years working in a busy transactional role requiring a high degree of accuracy with cut-off times
  • Essential – Legal Cashiering or Bookkeeping, Sales or Purchase Ledger
  • Essential – working within a finance team
  • Essential – working with MS Excel, Outlook & Teams
  • Essential – working with computerised accounting software
  • Desirable – working within a Regulated environment
  • Desirable – working within a Professional Services environment
  • Desirable – working with foreign bank accounts

Skills & Abilities:

This role covers a broad spectrum of both accountancy and administrative activities and consequently requires an individual that has initiative and the ability to operate across a diversity of tasks.

  • Essential – Strong communication, interpersonal & organisational skills
  • Essential – Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Essential – Ability to use initiative to keep own & others’ work current
  • Desirable – Level 2 AAT (or support can be offered to study for level 2)

Applicants should apply by emailing a covering letter and CV to: Marie McKeown, Human Resources Manager.

Employment Solicitor

Carson McDowell is one of the only firms in Northern Ireland that can claim genuine expertise in the entire spectrum of employment law. Our clients, who span the private, public and voluntary sectors, tell us they value the quality and speed of our technical advice and our ability to provide strategic solutions which balance legal and commercial issues. Above all, they value the importance we place on investing time in getting to know our client’s business and building on personal relationships.

If you would like to join this excellent team and can meet the criteria listed below we want to hear from you:

  • 4-6 year PQE employment specialist.
  • Strong contentious and non-contentious employment law experience (including experience of providing employment support on corporate matters).
  • Ability to demonstrate deep understanding of areas including TUPE, collective redundancy, discrimination, industrial relations / trade unions.
  • Experience of complex employment policy and procedure (both review and redrafting).
  • Ability to juggle a large caseload of contentious matters for high profile clients, including the meeting of regular KPIs.
  • The ability and willingness to work as part of a team, but also with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills, including confidence in public speaking.
  • Excellent technical and written skills, and attention to detail.

Desirable

  • Dual qualification and practice experience (NI plus RoI).
  • Experience of advising employer clients on business immigration.

Applicants should apply by forwarding a covering letter and CV to: Marie McKeown, Human Resources Manager.

CV’s ideally should be no longer than 2 pages.

Defence Insurance Litigation Solicitor (5+ years PQE)

Due to expansion we now have a vacancy within our market leading Defence Insurance Litigation team, for a solicitor.

Carson McDowell’s Defence Insurance Litigation team possesses a wealth of experience in handling a wide spectrum of contentious matters involving employer’s liability, public liability and motor claims, as well as industrial disease matters. Top ranked by the Legal 500, the team acts on behalf of both insurers and self-insured companies, with experience in handling the defence of complex investigations.

At Carson McDowell in return for your hard work and dedication we will provide every opportunity to develop your skills and experience to ensure you are fully equipped to provide an excellent service.

Applicants should apply by forwarding a covering letter, which includes details of their current package, and CV to: Marie McKeown, Human Resources Manager.