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Belfast’s commercial, property and family lawyers

Mackenzie & Dorman has provided legal services in Belfast since 1904, when Charles A Mackenzie established his office on the Albertbridge Road – the first solicitor to set up a practice in the east of the city.

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More than 100 years of service to the local community.

Today the practice represents a tradition of more than 100 years of dedicated, progressive legal service to private and business clients throughout Belfast, North Down and further afield.

Our accessible practice on the Holywood Road comprises five solicitors supported by a dedicated, experienced team. We are approachable, friendly and customer care is always our priority.

Meet our solicitors
Judith Hutchinson, director
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Judith Hutchinson, Director

Judith studied at Strathearn School and graduated in Law from Queen’s University Belfast in 1990 when she joined Mackenzie & Dorman as a trainee solicitor, qualifying in 1992. Judith heads the conveyancing and probate practice in the firm which covers wills, inheritance tax planning and trusts, and services for senior clients and their families, including providing advice on Enduring Powers of Attorney, Controllerships and planning for long-term care.

Judith is a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is the module co-ordinator for the Administration of Estates Course at the Institute for Professional Legal Studies, Belfast.

Also married with three adult children, Judith is a keen amateur dressmaker and an Ulster Rugby season ticket holder.

Jill McDowell, associate director
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Jill McDowell, Director

Jill studied at Bloomfield Collegiate School and graduated in Law from Queen’s University Belfast, joining the practice as a trainee solicitor in 2006 and qualifying in 2009. Jill’s areas of practice include domestic conveyancing, wills and matters pertaining to senior clients and their families.

Married with a young family, Jill has little time for hobbies but enjoys a game of badminton when she gets the chance.

Robyn Butler, solicitor
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Robyn Butler, Solicitor

Robyn studied at Assumption Grammar School and graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a master’s in legal science in 2011. Robyn gained experience with a city centre law firm before becoming a trainee solicitor in 2015 and qualifying in 2017. Robyn’s areas of practice include domestic conveyancing, commercial property and Wills.

Robyn enjoys visiting local National Trust properties with her husband and children at weekends and on holidays.

Colin Bates, director
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Colin Bates, Consultant

Colin attended Annadale Grammar School and is a law graduate from Queen’s University Belfast, qualifying in 1984 as a trainee solicitor with the firm. Colin is the senior litigator in the firm with particular experience and interest in personal injury, family law and divorce. Colin also manages the firm’s commercial conveyancing practice.

Married with three adult children, Colin’s passion is supporting the Northern Ireland football team, home and away.

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For a friendly, experienced, dedicated and progressive legal service from commercial, property and family lawyers in Belfast, speak to Mackenzie & Dorman today.
 Call 028 9067 3211 
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