Declan Magee > Carson McDowell > Belfast, Northern Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Carson McDowell
MURRAY HOUSE
MURRAY STREET
BELFAST
BT1 6DN
Northern Ireland

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.

Memberships

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).

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Declan MageeCarson McDowell

The ‘professional and friendly‘ team at Carson McDowell has a ‘wide range of expertise with great depth of experience‘; it has been particularly active in the media and public sectors, but has also handled contract and company, IP, procurement and competition litigation. The ‘responsive and approachableDeclan Magee leads the team alongside healthcare head Roger McMillan. Hugh McGrattan heads the professional indemnity and insurance defence side of the practice, which was strengthened by the firm’s recent merger with Francis J Irvine Solicitors.

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

Carson McDowell advises on the full range of IP rights, including copyright, patents, trade marks, know-how and commercially sensitive information. In addition, the firm handles IP litigation, particularly patent and copyright infringement proceedings. The team has been highly active advising foreign clients with R&D facilities in Northern Ireland, and has growing expertise in software licensing, ICT managed services and technology transfer issues. Declan Magee and Dawn McKnight head the contentious and non-contentious sides of the practice, respectively, and Peter Guzhar is highly recommended for IP litigation, particularly patent infringement.