Carson McDowell

Cathy Colton

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Practice Areas

Cathy enjoys an extensive client base in both the retail and business sectors at the forefront of Liquor Licencing in Northern Ireland for the past 20 years and is recognised as being a leading player in this niche area of practice. She practices widely in the fields of Betting and Gaming Licensing together with Bingo Licensing, representing a wide range of clients in all applications relating to this area. Cathy also has experience in pharmacy licensing and again has advised and acted widely in this field.


Cathy joined the Real Estate team at Carson McDowell as a Partner in 2015 and heads up the Licensing sub-team within the department.

Professional Memberships

A member of the Judicial Committee appointed to advise the judiciary on Liquor Licensing practice in the course 2018/2019.

A member of a Law Society of Northern Ireland sub-team appointed to prepare a response paper to proposed liquor licensing reform in Northern Ireland 2019.


Cathy qualified through Queen’s University, Belfast and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and has worked in private practice since qualifying in 1984.