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.

Summer Internship Scheme

Following the success of our recent internship schemes, we have decided to extend our summer internship programme by an additional two weeks.

Additional scheme dates

The additional scheme dates will be between:

8 August 2022 – 19 August 2022

About Carson McDowell

Carson McDowell is Northern Ireland's most dynamic law firm. We have more expert solicitors working in more specialist areas than any other law firm in Northern Ireland. We have always believed that the quality of our service depends on the calibre of our people. That’s why we consistently recruit the best legal talent and then maximise their potential by developing their skills and experience throughout their traineeship at Carson McDowell.This is borne out by our retention rate, with 100% retention of trainees on qualification for the past 5 years.

What does the scheme involve?

An intern can expect a week spent working with partners, solicitors and trainees across a range of specialist areas of law.Interns will get to advise on real-life scenarios; take part in skills workshops; participate in negotiation and mediation exercises with partners, solicitors and trainees; and get involved in social activities with members of the firm.

Who can apply?

This scheme is open to law graduates and those in or entering the final year of study of a qualifying law degree.

What are we looking for in interns?

  • All-rounders
  • Motivated, high achievers
  • Good attention to detail
  • Problem-solvers and lateral thinkers
  • Good communicators and team players
  • If have already graduated: when you graduated and your current employment/study status.
  • If you are a student in or entering the final year of study of a qualifying law degree: where you are studying and the date of anticipated graduation.

How do I apply?

Please email [email protected] by 5.00pm on Friday 8 July 2022 to register your interest in securing a place on our Summer Internship Scheme for 2022 and to request a copy of the short application form for the scheme. When emailing, please confirm:

  • If have already graduated: when you graduated and your current employment/study status.
  • If you are a student in or entering the final year of study of a qualifying law degree: where you are studying and the date of anticipated graduation.

Senior Marketing Executive (Temporary Contract)

We are seeking a Senior Marketing Executive to join our Marketing and Business Development team in Belfast. The Senior Marketing Executive will work closely with key stakeholders within the company to deliver initiatives and assist in driving the company towards meeting its marketing objectives.

This is a full time temporary role for approximately 1 year.

The role will involve a variety of marketing and business development activities. Candidates must hold a relevant degree in Marketing, Business, Communications or a related field and have 4+ years previous marketing experience, preferably in the professional services sector. Experience in event, campaign and social media management, along with knowledge of the local legal market is desirable.

A full job description is available to download here.

To apply:

Applicants should apply by forwarding a covering letter, which includes details of their current package, and CV to: [email protected]

Solicitor Planning and Environmental Law

Our continued success is dependent on attracting and retaining the top talent in all areas of the business. We now have a vacancy within our market leading Planning and Environmental Law Team, for a Solicitor. Carson McDowell is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers for both Planning Law and Environmental Law. The firm is also the only Tier 1 firm in Northern Ireland for Planning and Environmental Law in the Legal 500.

Previous Planning and Environmental experience is essential.

Applicants should apply by forwarding a CV and covering letter, which includes details of their current package to: [email protected]

Closing date for applications is Friday 1st July 2022

Sub Team Lead – Cash & Payments Operations (Full Time)

Due to expansion we now have a vacancy within our finance team, for a Sub Team Lead.

The Finance team consists of a Finance Director, Finance Manager, Management Accountant, 4 Finance Assistants, Credit Controller and Credit Control Assistant.

This role is for sub-team Lead of the Cash and Payments sub-team, reporting to the Finance Manager dealing with the daily banking transactional activity of the business. There is one other member in this sub-team.

Ideal candidates will be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Essential – 2 years working in a busy transactional role requiring a high degree
  • Essential – Sales or purchase ledger experience
  • Essential – working with MS Excel, Outlook & Teams
  • Essential – working with computerised accounting software
  • 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 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.


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.

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.