Carson McDowell Announces Five New Partners

12 June 2017


Northern Ireland’s largest independent law firm, Carson McDowell, today announced the appointment of five new partners.

The new partners are Mary-Kim Doherty, Peter Guzhar, Grant McBurney, Olivia O’Kane and Kerry Teahan.

This year has seen further expansion for Carson McDowell in terms of headcount, with staff numbers now standing at over 150, including 29 partners.

Olivia O’Kane graduated with a first class honours degree from Queens University Belfast in 2004 and qualified as a solicitor in 2006 from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies QUB. She later qualified as a solicitor advocate in September 2012. Her extensive Court of Appeal work includes privacy, data protection, anonymity and super injunctions.

Kerry Teahan, who recently joined Carson McDowell, specialises in public procurement, advising on all aspects of the tender and contracting process.

Grant McBurney has been a member of the planning and environmental law team within Carson McDowell since 2005. He is one of the few solicitors in Northern Ireland to specialise exclusively in the areas of planning and environmental law.

Mary-Kim Doherty joined the firm in 2002 as an apprentice whilst obtaining professional qualification at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies of Queens University. In 2004 Mary-Kim qualified as a solicitor and joined the commercial property team. She has experience in all areas of commercial property law including acting on behalf of many private developers, companies and public bodies in site assembly and disposal.

Peter Guzhar, who also joined the firm in 2002, works closely with partner, Declan Magee, in areas of commercial litigation and employers’ and public liability. He has gained experience across a broader spectrum of disciplines including intellectual property disputes and licensing law.

Carson McDowell has also promoted a number of solicitors to associate and senior associate level.

Michael Johnston, managing partner of Carson McDowell, said: “I would like to congratulate all those who have received a promotion, particularly those who have become partners. Carson McDowell has a long history of recognising and rewarding our colleagues who go above and beyond and we remain committed to retaining and appointing the brightest and the best in the legal profession.

“I would also like to welcome Kerry to the firm. We know that her experience in procurement will be a great asset to our clients.”