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Peter Guzhar

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Carson McDowell

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Peter is a Senior Associate in the litigation department at Carson McDowell LLP and works within the commercial litigation and dispute resolution teams. 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 August 2012 to date.


The Law Society of Northern Ireland


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

Northern Ireland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

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Peter Guzhar - Carson McDowell

Within: IT and telecoms

Carson McDowell¬†has a solid track record assisting technology companies, public sector bodies, retail companies and telecoms providers with regulatory matters, transactions and disputes, and has seen an uptick in instructions from start-ups. The group is advising Innovation Ulster, the technology company owned by Ulster University, on its investment in NeuroCONCISE Medical‚Äôs brain computer interface invention, a wearable neurotechnology that interprets brainwaves and translates them into control signals so the wearer can interact with computers without moving; the invention is aimed at helping people with brain injuries. Other clients include Go Testify and AMMI Systems. The ‚Äėapproachable and knowledgeable‚Äô Dawn McKnight¬†leads the team and is well known for her expertise in tech-related mandates. Peter Guzhar¬†made partner in May 2017.

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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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