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Stuart heads up Carson McDowell’s construction practice and works on a dedicated basis on construction and engineering matters. Stuart has experience of drafting and negotiating construction contracts, warranties and other documents necessary for the building process and of vetting and carrying out tender analyses. He has advised clients during the progress of construction works, to resolve issues as they arise and try to avoid disputes escalating. Where disputes are unavoidable, Stuart has a wide range of experience in the variety of different dispute resolution processes, including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and the increasingly frequently used alternative dispute resolution techniques such as mediation, expert determination etc. Stuart also lectures regularly on legal topics of interest to the construction and engineering industry. Stuart’s major clients include the Belfast Harbour Commissioners, several of Northern Ireland’s Housing Associations and the Construction Employer’s Federation of Northern Ireland and their members.


Trained Mills & Reeve, Cambridge; qualified 1992; worked in the construction department of Masons (now Pinsent Masons) 1993-2007, latterly as a senior associate; partner Carson McDowell 2010 to date.


Law Society of England and Wales; Law Society of Northern Ireland.


Royal Belfast Academical Institution 1979-86; University of Liverpool (1989 LLB (Hons)); Chester College of Law (1990 Law Society Finals).

Northern Ireland: Real estate


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Carson McDowell’s construction team is well known for its strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters and for its solid client base of Northern Ireland-based contractors. Port, education, housing, energy and hotel projects are notable areas of instruction for the group; practice head Stuart Murphy and associate Gavin Kerr are advising the Belfast Harbour Commissioners on the construction of the third phase of the City Quays project, as well as assisting the client with the contractual arrangements for the fourth phase of the project. Other clients include McAleer & Rushe, NIE Networks and Southern Regional College.

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