Neil Bleakley - Partner
Neil graduated from Queen's University, Belfast in 1995 with a degree in Law (LLB Hons.), before attaining a masters degree (LLM) in Computers and Law the following year, also from Queen's University, Belfast.
Neil joined Carson McDowell as an apprentice in 1996 and qualified as a solicitor in 1998. From qualification, Neil has worked in the Private Client team, becoming head of the team in 2002.
One source in Chambers UK 2020 stated: "He's a good listener and he understands what clients are looking for. He is forensic in his preparation and goes beyond the call of duty and he makes people feel special." Another source added: "Neil is very client-focused, professional and knowledgeable. When dealing with a particularly complex probate case Neil was able to keep the client well informed without burdening them with the full complexity of the matters involved."
In Chambers UK 2021 an impressed client says that Neil is an "absolute gentleman and always keeps his promises," while another describes him as "a consummate professional with an eye for detail. He is also very relaxed and engaging with the clients."
The Legal 500 2021 guide highlights Neil's "extensive experience in disputes over the interpretation of wills and trusts, as well as mental capacity matters." He is also recognised in the "hall of fame". One interviewee commented on Neil's "excellent advice", stating that he is "approachable, knowledgeable" and instills trust and respect in a client's mind.