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Carson McDowell first choice in legal field for many of our top firms

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Published 23/02/2016

Richard Gray and Arlene Foster
Richard Gray and Arlene Foster

Established in 1852, Carson McDowell is Northern Ireland's most dynamic law firm.

Well-established in the business community, it is the first choice for many of Northern Ireland's Top 100 companies, as well as international companies doing business here.

Carson McDowell also boasts that it has more experts working across more specialist areas of expertise than any other local law firm.

Richard Gray, partner and company head of the corporate team, said: "In recent times we have grown significantly and we currently have a head count of 144.

"That is an increase of nearly 30 people over the last 12 to 18 months. Our core areas are in business-related law, corporate banking, commercial property, commercial litigation and employment.

"Certainly a large part of our growth has been in these areas, to ensure that we remain at the forefront when delivering services for our clients."

Expansion and diversification have been at the centre of the firm's business plan and last October, they took over defence litigation practice, McCloskeys Solicitors, adding five lawyers and six support staff.

The recruitment of experienced and highly qualified lawyers has played an integral part in the success of the business.

Carson McDowell has more lawyers ranked at the top of their field in the latest Chambers UK Guide than any other firm in Northern Ireland.

The 2016 edition of the industry bible describes the Belfast-based practice Carson McDowell as a 'band one' firm in more practice areas than any of its rivals, and the firm's 25 partners are all included.

Carson McDowell charts in 22 different practice areas - with 15 areas receiving the highest possible classification.

Three of the firm's other lawyers are also recommended, along with the partners.

Carson McDowell was also named as a Regional Heavyweight in the Legal 500 rankings for 2015.

The Legal 500 directory is an independent series which is widely regarded as the world's largest legal referral guide.

Over four million users visit the Legal 500 website each year, where firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit.

Of the 14 categories reviewed, Carson McDowell was recommended in them all and ranked in the top tier for 11 in total, including dispute resolution, banking and finance, commercial property, construction, employment law and planning law. Overall, 24 of the firm's lawyers received recommendations.

As a leading law firm, Carson McDowell also plays a vital role in some of the biggest business deals in Northern Ireland.

Most recently, it handled all legal aspects of the purchase of the Open + Direct business from its current owners, Swinton Group Ltd, on behalf of Abbey Insurance Brokers.

The firm is also ideally placed to represent international companies doing business in Northern Ireland, while it also acts for local clients doing business outside of the province.

Clients they have worked with, delivering international advice, include Wrightbus, Chain Reaction Cycles Ltd, Cooneen and Watts, CDE Engineering Ltd, Camden Frames, Ulster University and Independent News and Media.

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