19 October 2023

Eleven successive years at the top for Carson McDowell.

For the 11th consecutive year, Chambers UK, an independent professional legal industry guide, has recognised Carson McDowell as the leading law firm in Northern Ireland.

Carson McDowell continues to outrank all other local law firms, ranking in 26 practice areas of the Chambers UK 2024 guide, and achieving ‘Band 1 status in 20 of those areas. In addition, an unprecedented 40 lawyers received individual recognition, including 24 ‘Band 1” rankings, a definitive mark of excellence across the legal industry.

The guide states that Carson McDowell is ‘a prominent Northern Ireland firm’ who are ‘sufficiently resourced to handle the needs of any deal process or complex case’. Their individuals are described by clients as ‘highly competent’, ‘head and shoulders above the other solicitors that we use’, with one client stating, ‘I have been consistently impressed by the depth of knowledge and standard of advice provided by Carson McDowell. They always adopt a commercially pragmatic approach, providing advice with a view to minimising the client's exposure’.

Commenting on Carson McDowell's continued strong performance, Managing Partner, Roger McMillan said,

"I am very pleased to see our practice areas continue to be recognised; however, what makes me very proud is our team's exceptional individual rankings. Achieving 40 lawyer recommendations demonstrates the excellence and expertise of the firm’s team of multidisciplinary legal professionals. Not only have our Partners received recognition with band rankings, I am also honoured to have 15 of our junior team recognised as Star Associates or Associates to Watch. Such significant results confirm Carson McDowell’s continuous commitment to attracting and advancing top talent and is a testament of the quality of our work and the strength and depth of our specialist expertise. A huge congratulations to everyone.”

Carson McDowell is regarded for representing a large number of commercially sophisticated local businesses, high-profile international clients and prestigious organisations in education and the public sector.

Neasa Quigley, Senior Partner at Carson McDowell, added:

At Carson McDowell, we have always been 100% focused on delivering for our clients across multiple sectors and service lines. These significant results evidence our market-leading capabilities and confirm our continuous commitment to guiding our clients through an increasingly complex way and supporting them to achieve their goals. I would particularly like to extend our thanks to our clients and referees. I am very grateful to you all for taking the time to participate in the research and provide such positive feedback and testimonials.”

Carson McDowell is headquartered in Belfast with offices in Dublin and is renowned for having more experts working across more specialist areas than any other Northern Ireland law firm. An extensive list of Carson McDowell’s lawyer rankings, recommendations and mentions is available here.