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.

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.


  • 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.

Corporate Solicitor

The Corporate team at Carson McDowell is one of the leading practices in Northern Ireland. Top ranked in both Chambers UK and Legal 500, we advise leading local businesses and international companies doing business in Northern Ireland, across a broad range of sectors. We provide specialist legal advice on a full range of corporate, M&A and corporate finance transactions. For decades, our lawyers have advised on the most significant M&A and corporate transactions in Northern Ireland. Our experience and reputation speaks volumes, which is why we are widely recognised as one of the leading corporate and M&A legal practices in the country.

If you would like to join this dynamic team and can meet the criteria listed below we want to hear from you. We are ideally looking for a 3+ years PQE corporate specialist with the following experience and capability:

  • Mergers and acquisitions;
  • Private equity and venture capital;
  • Reorganisations and restructuring;
  • Shareholder agreements, joint ventures and partnerships;
  • Advice on corporate governance and company law issues such as director duties, payment of dividends and returns of capital;
  • The ability and willingness to work as part of a team;
  • Strong interpersonal skills; and
  • Excellent technical and written skills.

At Carson McDowell in return for your hard work and dedication we will provide every opportunity to develop your skills and experience and further your career.

Applicants should apply by emailing a covering letter 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.


  • 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.

Paralegal (Temporary Contract)

Working in an extremely busy 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;
  • Preparing briefs; and
  • 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; be able to 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 to: Marie McKeown, Human Resources Manager.

Head of Marketing and Business Development

This is a crucial role within Carson McDowell. You will be responsible for developing and implementing marketing and business development plans on a firm wide basis and across sectoral and business teams. You will manage media relations in conjunction with a PR Agency, events and hospitality, brand management, stakeholder engagement, sponsorship management, digital marketing and internal communications.

Further information and the main roles and responsibilities can be found here.

Essential Criteria

You will have a 3rd level qualification in Marketing or related discipline and a minimum of 5 years’ experience operating at a senior level ideally within a professional services environment. You will have at least 3 years’ team management experience.

You will be able to demonstrate clear leadership, a passion and enthusiasm for marketing and business development and a desire to work collaboratively with stakeholders to drive engagement and awareness of the firm.

You will have demonstrable experience managing marketing campaigns across multiple channels, including digital content and distribution, social media, PR, sponsorship (team and events) and brand management. You will be a strategic thinker with strong analytical skills and attention to detail. You will be knowledgeable in the commercial benefits of marketing and understand how to analyse ROI of marketing activity.

You will have proven experience working on simultaneous marketing projects meeting tight deadlines, as well as excellent organisation skills and the ability to work on your own initiative. You must have excellent communication skills and enjoy working as a team player in a fast paced environment.

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