Expert Legal Advice For Local Clients

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.

Today the practice represents a tradition of over 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 four solicitors supported by a dedicated, experienced team. We are approachable, friendly and customer care is always our priority.

Meet Our Solicitors

Colin Bates, Director

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.

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, services for senior clients and their families including providing advice on Enduring Powers of Attorney, Controllerships and planning for long term care.

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

Jill McDowell, Associate 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.