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Carson McDowell

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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).

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Real estate > Construction

(Hall of Fame)

Stuart MurphyCarson McDowell

Carson McDowell‘s large team of dedicated construction law specialists offers comprehensive expertise in planning, procurement, and health and safety, in addition to contractual and dispute resolution matters. The group has broad sector expertise, with areas of strength including social housing, education, and the agri-food sector. Heading the team is Stuart Murphy, who has significant experience working in both contentious and non-contentious matters across Northern Ireland and England. John Dugdale is experienced in litigation and arbitration, and advises on the project delivery process of high value and complex mandates from end to end. Associate Gavin Kerr is a key name.

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution

Carson McDowell‘s sizable litigation team works across a number of disciplines, providing comprehensive dispute resolution expertise. The group is active in high level and complex matters both within Northern Ireland and internationally, with experience acting in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court. Declan Magee is department head, while Stuart Murphy leads on construction matters, Darren Toombs is head of debt recovery, and Hugh McGrattan heads insurance. Peter Guzhar covers a range of commercial disputes, and has particular specialism in contentious intellectual property matters. John Dugdale is a key name for construction and real estate litigation. Senior associate Lucy Clarke, who is dual qualified in Northern Ireland and England and Wales, leads the English litigation team.