Peter Guzhar > Carson McDowell > Belfast, United Kingdom > Lawyer Profile

Carson McDowell
United Kingdom

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Peter is a partner in the commercial litigation team at Carson McDowell and heads up the firm’s contentious IP practice. Peter has extensive experience of advising and acting in company, shareholder and partnership disputes to include minority shareholder petitions, breach of directors’ duties actions and partnership dissolution actions. Peter’s breadth of experience also includes defending and prosecuting intellectual property actions in the High Court in Northern Ireland to include a number of high value and complex patent infringement cases for clients in the technology and manufacturing sectors; advising and acting in copyright and trademark infringement matters, and further misappropriation and misuse of confidential information actions which have necessitated applications for injunctive relief to include mandatory injunctions and search and seizure orders. Peter also has experience of advising in complex contractual disputes relating to supply and manufacturing defect issues and has defended a number of Commercial Agency Regulations claims brought by agents. In addition, Peter has successfully prosecuted a judicial review action on behalf of interested parties against a Health Trust in respect of the failure to properly consult on the proposed closure of a hospital facility.


Trained Carson McDowell LLP; qualified 2006; joined commercial litigation team; associate 2012 – 2017; partner 2017 – to date.


The Law Society of Northern Ireland


Loreto College, Coleraine; Queens University Belfast (LLB); and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies.

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Peter GuzharCarson McDowell

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.

Northern Ireland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Peter GuzharCarson McDowell

Carson McDowell has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, and is highly active across UK jurisdictions and internationally. Declan Magee and Dawn McKnight co-lead the department. Magee leads on IP disputes, and has particular expertise in the electronics and engineering sectors, while McKnight heads the non-contentious group, and specialises in the manufacturing, technology, and life sciences industries. Peter Guzhar is a key name for contentious IP matters, with experience in the prosecution and defence of trademark and patent infringement proceedings. Senior associate Helen Cosgrove is a name to note.

Northern Ireland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

(Leading individuals)

Peter GuzharCarson McDowell

Carson McDowell‘s cross-disciplinary team acts for prominent clients in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The department has particular strength in the area of cybersecurity, and provides thought leadership in this area. Litigator Declan Magee co-leads alongside Dawn McKnight, who is a cybersecurity expert with experience in the negotiation of ICT contracts and software development agreements. Peter Guzhar is a key contact for contentious commercial, corporate, and IT matters. Senior associate Helen Cosgrove specialises in contractual telecommunications disputes.