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Declan Magee

Tel:
Work 028 9024 4951
Email:
Carson McDowell

Work Department

Litigation.

Position

Declan is a partner and jointly heads the dispute resolution team. The team has enjoyed continuous growth during his tenure and is widely recognised within the legal sphere as being at the forefront of the niche practice areas it covers. Declan specialises in commercial disputes including procurement disputes, judicial review, intellectual property, professional negligence defence work, fraud, regulatory matters and defamation. He has a strong client base both in the public and private sectors. Declan is regularly involved in high value, high profile matters. His breadth of expertise extends to matters at an appellate level before the Northern Irish Court of Appeal to a successful challenge before the House of Lords which has set a new test on judicial review discovery obligations. He has successfully represented a private company in a challenge to the awarding of a significant public sector contract which also set a leading authority on the issue of award criteria for contract procurement. Defending a challenge to a release decision of the Parole Commissioner for Northern Ireland will see Declan again before the Supreme Court, as will the defence of a challenge to a public sector pension provider. Declan’s ability to provide prompt advice, to present solutions and to relate complex legal issues into real terms readily understood by clients greatly enhances and secures his footing as one of Northern Ireland’s forefront litigators.

Career

Trained Carson McDowell; qualified 1996; associate in commercial litigation department 2003; partner 2005.

Member

Panel member Law Society’s mediation service; ICTA.

Education

St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena; Queen’s University, Belfast (1994 LLB); Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast (1996).


Northern Ireland

Dispute resolution

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Declan Magee - Carson McDowell

Within: Dispute resolution

Carson McDowell ’s disputes practice provides ‘an excellent level of service’, as well as ‘straightforward advice’ relating to construction, insurance, media, energy and administrative disputes, among others. Highlights for 2017 included the ‘determined litigatorDeclan Magee defending the Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland in a judicial review made by a life sentence prisoner challenging the decision not to release him from custody; the defence was successful. Other clients include Belfast International Airport, the National Trust and Translink. McGee leads the practice with Roger McMillan , who is well known for his expertise in healthcare matters. The ‘knowledgeableHugh McGrattan acts for insurers and is a key name for professional negligence cases.

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Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Carson McDowell’s IP expertise ranges from M&A-related IP work to patent agreements, infringements, licensing rights, software protection and ownership management. The group’s client base includes IT and technology companies, healthcare entities, educational bodies, energy companies, infrastructure providers and retailers. The team is advising Independent News and Media on expanding its trade mark portfolio by registering new marks to protect its existing brands as part of its IP activities in Northern Ireland. Other highlights included assisting biopharmaceutical company SiSaf with entering into a patent and know-how licence agreement with another biopharmaceutical entity for developing plaque psoriasis treatment drugs through using SiSaf’s IPR. The firm also acts for US technology company Xilinx, the University of Ulster, and Firmus Energy. Dawn McKnight  leads the team, which also includes Declan Magee and Peter Guzhar, who are well known for acting on contentious IP mandates. Consultant Eileen Moughan left the firm in December 2017.

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