Real Estate

Carson McDowell’s real estate team is ranked band 1 in Chambers and Partners UK and is recognised as a leader in the Northern Ireland market place providing advice to clients on all aspects of property law. In an ever changing market and challenging economic climate, the real estate team advises many specialist sectors and is constantly adapting to meet the demands of its clients. The great breadth and quality of expertise of the team ensures that all issues that clients face are met with innovative and commercial solutions. With a high profile in the retail sector, the team successfully manages the balance in acting on behalf of both landlords and tenants. The team has also developed a strong reputation for development work and has been involved in major infrastructure, education, leisure, and entertainment projects. The team also has a particularly strong presence in the energy sector having advised clients on energy related property issues for over ten years.

Our team understands the issues concerning our clients, whether they are landlords, tenants, investors, developers or corporate-end users in particular need for speedy, effective and commercial advice. In an uncertain market, we have an unrivalled ability to add value to our clients by sharing our market knowledge, providing a proactive and dedicated team to meet client demands. The team increasingly works as part of a larger multi disciplinary team on complex transactions, drawing advice from other specialisms across the firm such as the corporate, environmental, construction, dispute resolution and regulatory teams to ensure that our clients enjoy a full and seamless service at all times.

What we do

  • Advising landlords and tenants with respect to all issues pertaining to the leasing of property
  • Advising with respect to the acquisition and disposal of property
  • Advising with respect to site assembly for residential and commercial projects
  • Advising with respect to commercial and residential site development
  • Energy projects including wind, off shore and bio mass
  • Energy from waste projects including landfill
  • Infrastructure and project development
  • Portfolio management
  • Advising with respect to Compulsory Purchase and blight
  • Property due diligence
  • PFI/PPP
  • Title defect rectification

What Others Say About Us

Chambers UK 2021

What the team is known for

Outstanding team representing an impressive number of blue-chip clients and advising on the full gamut of property transactions. Possesses considerable expertise in relation to acquisitions and sales, as well as site assembly and licensing matters. Regularly offers expert advice to clients in the energy, transport, retail and leisure sectors. Frequently acts for vendors, purchasers and funders on real estate transactions.

Work highlights

Advised PwC on a development agreement for lease and lease to secure over 200,000 sq ft of Grade A offices in the heart of Belfast city centre.

Notable practitioners

Dawson McConkey

Emma Cooper

Rosemary Carson

The Legal 500 2021

Carson McDowell advises on some of the biggest property transactions in the market, with a client base that includes major foreign investors such as Threadneedle and Investec, as well as local names such as Belfast International Airport. Dawson McConkey leads the team and has a special interest in the property aspects of major energy deals. Emma Cooper is another key member and similarly has a strong focus on the energy sector. Former practice head Rosemary Carson continues to work with the team as a consultant.

Key clients

  • The Belfast Harbour Commissioners
  • Belfast International Airport
  • Ulster University
  • McAleer & Rushe
  • Threadneedle Pensions/Property Investments
  • Northstone
  • Rapid7 International
  • PwC
  • Investec Bank
  • Renewable Energy Systems

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