Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Our highly experienced commercial litigation team strives to help clients avoid litigation where possible. We have been at the forefront of the movement towards alternative forms of dispute resolution in Northern Ireland and regularly represent clients in mediation, arbitration and adjudication settings. Where litigation cannot be avoided we guide clients through what can be a difficult process and provide commercially focused, strategic advice to deliver the best possible outcome.

We regularly act in County Court, High Court with experience also in the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice.

What we do

  • General commercial disputes including breach of contract and negligence
  • Contentious Corporate matters including Shareholder Disputes and SPA Disputes
  • Judicial Review
  • IP Litigation to include Patent, Trademark and Copyright Disputes
  • IT Disputes including issues surrounding procurement of IT Solution and Website Development
  • Civil Fraud cases (including dawn raids)
  • Banking & Financial Services Litigation
  • Insurance Disputes including coverage issues, material non-disclosure etc
  • Procurement challenges
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Media & Broadcasting/Reputation Management
  • Product Liability
  • Property litigation
  • Debt Recovery
  • Insolvency

What Others Say About Us

Chambers UK 2021

What the team is known for

Large, pre-eminent team, well versed in disputes arising from a wide spectrum of sectors and industries, including renewable energy and transport, with a proven track record of acting on behalf of important businesses based in Northern Ireland. Typical work includes contentious issues related to procurement and supply contracts. Also handles shareholder litigation. Often acts for major manufacturing and agri-food sector clients. Continues to advise on high-value commercial disputes, with an additional presence in mediation work.


One client reports that "their advice had the benefit of dealing with the short-term situation but with a view on the long-term strategy."

"I have found all members of the team to be excellent," says another client.

Work highlights

Represented Translink in a procurement challenge launched by Farrans to contest a £15 million contract related to the Belfast Transport Hub.

Notable practitioners

Declan Magee

John Dugdale

Lucy Clarke

Peter Guzhar

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Often instructed in High Court litigation, Carson McDowell's highly diverse expertise in dispute resolution encompasses media defamation issues, professional indemnity claims, construction litigation, debt recovery work and contractual disputes. Declan Magee leads the practice and has notable experience in major media cases involving defamation elements and injunctions; he has also been active in criminal cases involving public bodies. Senior litigator Hugh McGrattan is a key name for professional indemnity work, and has represented insurers and individuals in the legal, accountancy, architecture and engineering sectors. Darren Toombs handles debt recovery mandates and has represented liquidators, trustees and administrators, while Peter Guzhar focuses broadly on commercial litigation with additional expertise in IP issues.


"Carson McDowell has consistently provided excellent service and advice in multiple areas of corporate law in a very prompt and effective way."

"Carson McDowell is an excellent law firm."

"What make them unique is their simple, straightforward, no-nonsense, advice. Always feel they are on your side."

Key clients

  • Tayto Group Limited and Tayto
  • Independent News & Media NI
  • Sentence Review Commissioners
  • Alpha News Group
  • Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland
  • Northstone NI Limited
  • Translink
  • FP McCann Ltd
  • Wrightbus Ltd
  • Medical Protection Society